Never has there been so much confusion and doubt going into a WrestleMania as there is going into this year’s show. Massive rewrites to the show began way back in November when Seth Rollins went down with an injury. Rumors indicated that Rollins was penciled in to take on the COO of the company, Triple H.
Since then, injuries are still pilling up and this year’s card is still up in the air, believe it or not. To add to this scenario, this year’s WrestleMania is taking place in the AT&T Stadium which holds about 80,000 plus seats.
As you can imagine the WWE’s creative team is working night and day to find drawable scenarios for this year’s big event. Names like Stone Cold, Kurt Angle, The Hardy Boyz, Sting and Shawn Michaels are all being rumored as high profile replacements for this year’s show. Without further ado, here are 10 of the top WrestleMania rumors we wish were true. Enjoy!
10) Daniel Bryan Returns and Competes For The Championship
Rumors are beginning to swirl about possible main events for this year’s WrestleMania. With so many injuries to the main roster, matches are starting to really slack in terms of draw value. It looks like once again, Triple H will be involved in the main bout of the night taking on WWE Champion Roman Reigns. Now can you imagine for a second, Reigns taking on Daniel Bryan instead? This certainly would make for a better main event matchup. There aren’t very many wrestlers Bryan does not matchup against. Lesnar could also be a potential opponent for Bryan at WrestleMania. For now, these are just rumors. Bryan is still not medically cleared to wrestle. Some believe that if Bryan doesn’t get the green light soon he may ask for a release from the company. One thing’s for sure, having Bryan compete at WrestleMania would certainly boost the draw value of the event a whole lot. For now, all we can do is sit back and watch how it’ll all play out.
9) The Hardys Return To Take On The Dudleys in a TLC Match
This is the rumor that is most likely to happen on this list. Rumors have been intensifying about a Hardys return to the WWE for quite some time now. Jeff Hardy revealed during Ric Flair’s podcast that he still has so much left to accomplish with the WWE. Jeff made it clear that he and his brother Matt, would love to end their careers with the WWE. Hardy also said that he would love to have another encounter with the Dudleys. Hardy concluded the interview by stating that a return will happen, it’s just a matter of when. With this year’s WrestleMania in a massive venue and injuries pilling up, it seems like there’s no better time for a return then right now. A return from the Hardys would certainly add some much needed depth to the card. It’ll be interesting to see how this will play out.
8) The Bullet Club Makes Its Debut
This would truly be a ‘what’s best for business’ type of move. This faction has the potential to flip the landscape of the WWE upside-down. The group was conceived in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Prince Devitt (aka Finn Balor) was the initial leader and founder of the group. He filled this club up with some of the most talented wrestlers outside of the WWE, including the tag team of The Young Bucks, former WWE star Luke Gallows and eventually AJ Styles. The faction drew immense popularity in Japan for their disregard for Japanese traditions and cultures. This put them over as a must see faction in Japan and later all over the world. Seeing this group invade WrestleMania would certainly send shockwaves around the world of pro wrestling. Wrestling fans are very hopeful that this rumor will become a reality down the line.
7) NXT Gets Its Opportunity To Shine
The hottest commodity in the WWE today continues to be WWE’s developmental brand, NXT. Wrestling fans are now starting to demand more of it and on a much larger scale. Rumors are beginning to surface concerning an NXT match at this year’s WrestleMania for the first time in history. Despite its low key underground style, NXT certainly deserves an opportunity to shine on a larger scale like WrestleMania. With injuries pilling up this year and NXT riding an intense wave of momentum, there is no better time to do so than this year. Just imagine an NXT fatal-four way match for the championship featuring Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn. Now that would bring the house down. For now unfortunately, this is simply a rumor.
6) The Divas Division Gets Their Time To Shine
WrestleMania and classic Divas matches haven’t necessarily went hand in hand over the last couple of years. It seems like the divas are either thrown into a Battle Royal or compete in a tag team match year after year. This year should finally be the year the Divas get a proper opportunity to steal the show, since we’ve seen numerous examples this year of the women doing exactly that on multiple occasions.
A classic one on one match seems to be the best option. A Triple Threat match however, can also be a good idea that can also be potentially show stealing. Let’s hope this year the Divas finally get a proper opportunity to steal the show.
5) Kurt Angle Returns
With his career winding down, Kurt Angle has made it clear he would love one last run with the company. Angle expressed some interest in making a return in the past, but according to alleged rumors, the WWE wasn’t interested in bringing Angle back. Kurt also noted that he wasn’t interested in working with NXT at this point in his career. If he is to return, Angle made it clear it would be with the WWE’s main roster. In a recent interview, Angle stated that he would love to have his final match on the biggest stage of them all, WrestleMania. With such a depleted roster, bringing Angle back for this year’s WrestleMania would be a very wise move. There are also rumors surfacing that Angle may be a potential surprise entrant in this year’s Royal Rumble match.
4) The Undertaker Faces Off Against Sting
What better for these two iconic wrestling legends to ride off into the sunset with a match against one another on the biggest stage of them all. A match between these two would certainly tear the house down. The biggest issue concerning this match is Sting’s current health. Some believe his wrestling days are done, while others believe he still has one match left in him. With his Hall of Fame induction scheduled for this year, fans would truly love to see this icon compete in one more match the following night. I can’t think of a better opponent than the Deadman himself, The Undertaker. A lot of things need to fall in place in order for this match to become a reality, and for now this is only a rumor.
3) Shawn Michaels Returns To Steal The Show One More Time
WrestleMania is taking place in Texas this year, and rumors quickly started to surface concerning a return from Shawn Michaels. It would certainly make sense to have Mr. WrestleMania himself show up to an event in his home state, not to mention the massive venue it’s set to take place in at AT&T stadium. Despite the rumors though, HBK has quickly turned down these speculations, saying that he will not be coming out of retirement for one more match. With injuries pilling up, can Mr. WrestleMania possibly change his mind? If he does, think of the possibilities. Opponents such as The Rock, or a rematch with his long time buddy Triple H, would truly be a dream come true for WWE fans. The WrestleMania 32 card would certainly get a huge jolt with the Showstopper returning to action.
Does Mr. WrestleMania have one more show stealing performance left in him?
2) Austin Returns: Headlines The Event Against Brock Lesnar
With injuries mounting all over the place at the moment, this match certainly seems to be the option to salvage this year’s WrestleMania. Having this kind of a match this year makes more sense than ever before. Here are a couple of reasons as to why. First off, WrestleMania’s in Texas, Austin’s home state. With a massive arena holding the event, the WWE hopes to sell as many seats as possible. With all these injuries pilling up, bringing a name like Stone Cold Steve Austin into the mix can certainly help fill up a building in a hurry. As far as Lesnar goes, there aren’t many suitable challengers for him at the moment. Rumors speculated that Kevin Owens may be a contender this year. No disrespect to Kevin Owens, but it’s still early for him to take on such a high profile match. Also keep in mind Owens has never fought at a WrestleMania before. Daniel Bryan was a possibility for Brock, but with still no medical clearance, this match is highly unlikely to take place. It just seems like these two are perfect for one another this year.
With Jim Ross claiming Austin is 99% confirmed for WrestleMania, let the rumors begin to intensify in regards to this matchup!
1) John Cena Turns Heel
Can you imagine, on the biggest stage of them all, John Cena turns heel, breaking the hearts of millions around the globe? Now obviously, with Cena’s recent injury this is unlikely to go down this year. However, it remains a strong possibility for the future. With such a big character change must come a big stage and there is none bigger than WrestleMania. I can already hear the roar of the crowd seeing Cena turn heel, it would truly make for must see TV. Imagine Cena joining the Bullet Club and becoming their leader? Yeah, I guess I took it a little too far there but the prospect of Cena turning heel at WrestleMania down the line is very real. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait for next year to potential see this go down.
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