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With the first women's main event in the show's history and without John Cena or the Undertaker on the card, there's a lot of room for surprises at WrestleMania 35 next Sunday.

Here are some I could see happening at WWE's biggest show of the year:

Ronda Rousey wins. Like fellow former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar a few years ago, Rousey holds the fate of the WrestleMania main event in her hands. If she chooses to leave WWE afterward, she'll almost certainly drop her Raw Women's Championship to Becky Lynch. But if she isn't going anywhere, the same might be the case for her title. Much as I'd prefer to see Lynch's improbable rise to the main event of WrestleMania end with her dethroning the undefeated Rousey, I'm guessing the Rowdy one continues dislocating arms and kayfabe alike for a few more months. After all, Vince McMahon got Lesnar to stick around. And he's gone out of his way to make the build to Rousey and Lynch's triple-threat with Charlotte Flair weirdly unsatisfying, so the finish could be as well.

The New Day turns on Kofi Kingston. To be clear: No one, myself included, wants to see Xavier Woods and/or Big E turn on Kingston. Their support for him, culminating in them earning Kingston his shot against WWE Champion Daniel Bryan on the big stage last Smackdown, has been one of WWE's most heartwarming stories in years. But like the kid with too many toys, McMahon just can't help but break them. So I expect The New Day to go the way of The Shield and other needlessly split groups by SummerSlam. But it could happen as soon as Sunday, especially if Kingston comes up short against Bryan again.

John Cena challenges Kurt Angle. Angle ending his 20-year career against Baron Corbin just smacks of a setup for something bigger. My money's on the Olympic gold medalist tapping Corbin in under a minute, only to issue an open challenge. Answering it will be Cena, just as he did against Angle in 2002. Angle was Cena's first WWE opponent, and so Cena will be Angle's last.

Seth Rollins wins. With Roman Reigns back in action, it's only a matter of time until the Universal Championship is back around his kevlar-covered waist. But even after his leukemia battle, I doubt WWE fans want to see Reigns spam finishers with Lesnar for the title yet again. But Rollins could provide a nice transition between the two, perhaps dropping the title to his Shield brother at SummerSlam. And it'd just be good to have another guy on the main roster with a win over the nigh-untouchable Lesnar.

Dean Ambrose "returns." This may be the least likely of the surprises on this list. Ambrose is all but gone from WWE, sitting out his contract until it expires in April. But an appearance during Reigns' match with Drew McIntyre could signal that the Lunatic Fringe is remaining with the company. And because WWE made such a show of The Shield's last ride in February, rebooting Ambrose's heel turn — with a character that doesn't suck this time — would be the best bet. A feud with Reigns could keep both away from Rollins and the Universal Championship for a little while.

The show ends before 2 a.m. With 14 matches, and maybe a few more being added this week, I'm not optimistic about this one. But it'd be nice to get some sleep next Sunday night.


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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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