Over the past few months there has been plenty of speculation over what the WrestleMania 28 card would look like, but with the Royal Rumble in the books and the January 30th RAW Super Show shedding even more light on the direction they’re going, we can really see how things are evolving.

Let’s take a look at the most likely card for the big event.

Headliner:
John Cena vs The Rock

This one was booked nearly a year ago, so there’s no speculation involved. Even though John Cena has been side-tracked with Kane as of late, there’s still no question about who Cena is facing at WrestleMania 28. Even last night on RAW when Kane was telling John to embrace the hate, he even REFERENCED the WrestleMania headlining match.

WWE Championship:
CM Punk vs Chris Jericho

See how I didn’t indicate that CM Punk was going to be the champion going into the match? That’s because I’d give it even odds that Chris Jericho wins the Elimination Chamber, putting the WrestleMania 28 match as a rematch. If CM Punk retains in the Elimination Chamber, then Jericho would still be getting the rematch. And if, by some chance, R-Truth or The Miz or Kofi Kingston or Dolph Ziggler win the belt at the upcoming event, I’d still predict Punk vs Jericho for WM 28, but the title wouldn’t be on the line. There are plenty of scenarios to discuss regarding who would get the title shot if one of those four guys comes through with the formerly-spinning strap, but I don’t see it being likely enough to consider here.

Triple H vs The Undertaker

The only thing standing in the way of this match is that Triple H looked like he felt sorry for Undertaker last night and didn’t initially appear to return the sentiment that he’d like to face his fellow legend. That won’t last. We’ve got two months to build up to it, and I’m expecting that Triple H will not only be convinced to take the match, but it’ll be a Career Vs Career contest. I’d also place money on Shawn Michaels being the one who helps convince HHH to take the match, and he’ll be the special guest referee.

World Heavyweight Championship:
Sheamus vs… someone other than Daniel Bryan

Regardless of all the talk about how ironic it would be to see Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan as one of the main events on this card after they were relegated to a Dark Match spot on last year’s event, I just don’t see it happening. I don’t see Daniel Bryan surviving the Elimination Chamber with the big belt still in his possession, especially with my prediction that CM Punk WILL. They won’t have both champs retain, and Daniel Bryan is all the better for it. Losing the belt in a multi-man match like that will give him another chance to get a bigger chip on his shoulder, furthering his heel turn, especially if he can’t get the WrestleMania title shot because it belongs to Sheamus (who won’t be the Elimination Chamber winner… or even a contestant). Top choices for Sheamus’ opponent, who would be the winner of Smackdown’s Chamber match: Mark Henry or Wade Barrett. I think it’s fairly evident that Randy Orton and Wade Barrett are at odds right now, but all that can change over the next 8 or 9 weeks. There was plenty of praise thrown in Mark Henry’s direction for the way he handled his title reign, and winning the belt back in the Elimination Chamber and then successfully defending the strap against Sheamus would MAKE his career.

Kane vs Zack Ryder

This one is easier to predict than the World Heavyweight title match. If anyone’s doubting this will be on the card, then they haven’t been watching. And if WWE simply relegates them to the Money In The Bank match, I’ll be shocked.

kHARMa vs Beth Phoenix

They’re clearly the top two female competitors in the company, and this match has the potential to be a great one. Expect kHARMa to destroy the Bella Twins over the next few weeks, Beth Phoenix to continue to show that she has no equal amongst the women from the 8 Diva tag match from The Rumble (from both teams).

Money In The Bank

They didn’t have this match last year, but it will almost definitely be on this year’s card. Let’s go with 8 competitors:  Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Pick 2 (Randy Orton, Wade Barrett, Mark Henry – whoever doesn’t win the Elimination Chamber), Drew McIntyre.  Personally, I’d like to see Hunico in this match and a couple other younger guys – like maybe Ted DiBiase Jr and Trent Barreta, but I see the card getting too full to do that, because Orton vs Barrett would need to be added.

United States Championship: Jack Swagger vs Big Show vs Brodus Clay

Two of them are too big to be in the Money In The Bank match, and they would all work well in a feud with Swagger.

Title vs Career: Cody Rhodes vs Goldust

Cody Rhodes is to be praised for his work during his Intercontinental Title reign, and this match would give it all the more prestige. It’s about time they let the brothers have a feud, putting a great worker in the elder of the duo back on the map one last time before his career fades out.