When January comes around, the rumor mill starts to buzz pertaining to ideas heading down the road to WrestleMania. When it comes to a Rumble victory this year, a possible winner remains up in the air for both the male and female Rumble matches. Speculation indicates that John Cena and Nakamura are both favorites to win the match. Shinsuke can easily face Styles for the championship, though the WWE can also take the route of having Cena win the Rumble and take on The Undertaker. In this case, Taker would win the Championship before Mania and take on Cena for the title, which could result in Taker retiring and Cena becoming a record breaking 17-time champion. Yeah, it seems like a hell of a stretch, but wouldn’t that be something?
With rumors all over the place at the moment, we’ll take a look at some of the current rumored post Royal Rumble plans. We’ll discuss possible Rumble winners along with returns, the Hall Of Fame and feuds that could start to shake up after the Rumble. You’ll likely enjoy most of the rumors, but we do have a few you’ll be praying won’t take place; that’s the beauty of sports entertainment, folks!
Enjoy the article and like always, be sure to share it with a friend. Without further ado, here are 15 rumored post Royal Rumble plans that Vince doesn’t want us to know about. Let’s get started!
15. Goldberg & The Dudleys To Highlight Hall Of Fame Class
Keeping a Hall Of Fame inductee a secret has been nearly impossible for Vince McMahon and the WWE. Every year, rumblings seem to take place pertaining to who’s next (no-pun intended). Last year, Kurt Angle was the rumored name and of course, he was inducted. This year, yet again another huge name is set to take center stage at the ceremony, WCW legend Bill Goldberg. He’ll also be involved in the Raw Anniversary Show, meaning he’s likely to get the mention on the show.
The Dudleys are another rumored duo set to highlight the Hall Of Fame class. D-Von has been retired for quite some time since transitioning into a backstage role. Bubba recently called it quits as well, retiring on the indie scene shortly after his WWE departure. Like Goldberg, the duo is also set to take part in the upcoming Raw 25th Anniversary Show.
14. Returning Divas Might Be Sticking Around
With the Women’s Royal Rumble set to take place for the very first time, we can expect to see various returns from former WWE Divas. Two of them already seem to be confirmed; Michelle McCool being one of them, along with Molly Holly who’s apparently training for her Rumble cameo.
Although most returns seem to be a one-off for the event, we can expect some to further their involvement with the company depending on their performance in the Rumble match. We saw something similar with Mickie James, who was supposed to only compete in one match against Asuka, however that later changed to a permanent deal on the Raw brand. The company needs faces to put over the younger talent and that can result in some older faces staying a little longer.
13. Randy Orton To Take Time Off
It sounds weird, but some rumors are suggesting that Randy Orton might miss this year’s WrestleMania due to taking some extended time off. Now the timing seems rather peculiar, however we might not see The Viper at WM 34 this year. Orton has admitted he’d like to wrestle well into his 40 and although we believe him, protecting him is something that might be in the best interest of the WWE. At the age of 37, giving Randy some time off might not be a bad thing – although it does hurt that it might take place during WrestleMania season given his high star power.
On the positive side, time away will only add to his character as he can recreate himself once again and return with a fresher gimmick. Again, it remains to be seen when he’ll be taking the hiatus, but we know it’ll most certainly take place in 2018.
12. Ziggler To Be Involved In A Major WrestleMania Match
Speaking of longevity in the business, Ziggler (like Randy) is inching closer to his 40s at the age of 37. Ziggler’s WWE gimmick has grown stale for quite some time now, and Dolph himself even admitted to requesting time away from the company in order to revamp his character, though they were never willing to oblige.
That finally changed following his US Title win and it looks like there’s a reason for it. Ziggler is set to be involved in a major match at the show; according to the rumors, a Ladder Match might be taking place featuring the new US Title holder to be crowned during SmackDown Live’s current tournament, and Ziggler, the champion who never lost his belt. The bout might feature two titles hanging from the rafters, Dolph’s old US Title along with the new US Title of the tournament winner.
11. Adam Cole To Become The Face Of NXT
Following WrestleMania, not only does the WWE undergo a type of reset, but NXT tends to do the same with numerous talents getting called up and entering the system as well. Among others, Aleister Black and Johnny Gargano are among those speculated to debut on the main roster after WrestleMania.
NXT needs a face driving the brand and it seems as though Adam Cole is the guy to carry the promotion moving forward. In all likelihood, he should win the championship during the TakeOver event just prior to WrestleMania; the title victory would cement his spot at the top for a very long time. It remains to be seen who he’ll face. Perhaps Gargano winning the championship and taking on Adam Cole can garner lots of interest. No matter how Hunter books it, expect to see Adam Cole as the face of NXT following the Rumble as he’s crowned champion the night before Mania.
10. Daniel Bryan Turning Heel
We would love to tell you that Daniel Bryan is set to return following the Rumble and into WrestleMania season, however he still hasn’t gotten any type of clearance from WWE doctors. For that reason, his in-ring return with the company still seems far-fetched despite his positive testing outside of the company. It remains to be seen if Daniel will wrestle in a WWE ring, or if he’ll take his talents elsewhere once his WWE deal expires.
For now, we’ll have to deal with the non-wrestling Daniel Bryan and a character the WWE has plans for. According to the latest rumors, Bryan is set to turn heel following the Rumble; in all likelihood, he’ll join both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, while opposing Commissioner Shane McMahon. Daniel’s been hinting a heel turn in the last couple of weeks and you can expect one to take place sooner rather than later.
9. No Neville
Recent talks between Neville and the WWE seem to be going nowhere at this point and for that reason, we don’t expect the “King Of The Cruiserweights” following the Royal Rumble and in fact – his time with the company might be done with.
A discussion between himself and Vince McMahon was said to have gone very well, with speculation also indicating that he was set to re-debut with SmackDown Live at one point, though again, those rumors were squashed shortly after. His involvement moving forward is a massive question mark and although fans would love to see him return at the Rumble, that doesn’t appear to be the case. He might be frozen out of his contract till it expires – sadly at the prime of his career; he’s spending his better days at home.
8. Asuka The Favorite To Win The Rumble
Initially, plans suggested that Asuka might have defeated Alexa Bliss at the Rumble, setting up a blockbuster match with Ronda Rousey. However, that no longer appears to be the case with Rousey not likely to attend the Rumble due to other obligations as she’s currently shooting a movie.
Asuka is now the odds on favorite to win the Rumble and challenge for the championship at WrestleMania. Who she’ll face for the championship remains to be seen; rumors indicate that a title change can possibly take place before Mania dethroning Alexa Bliss – Paige is a heavy favorite to walk into the event as champion taking on Asuka. We can also see The Empress perhaps even challenging Charlotte over on SmackDown Live – options still seem wide open. However, Asuka is set for a huge push regardless of her opponent following the Rumble.
7. Kurt Angle & Triple H Feud To Intensify
Plans for Kurt Angle and Triple H were quite sketchy just a couple of weeks ago. One plan suggested that a match between the two would take place at the Royal Rumble, thus allowing both to be free for another match at WrestleMania. Speculation indicated that Jason Jordan would interfere in the match, turning on his dad, setting up the Mania bout between the “father and son” duo. The other rumor featured a rivalry between Triple H and Braun Strowman heading into Mania, though again, that plan seems to have been scrapped following the poor reaction it received during the Survivor Series.
The WWE is apparently going back to their original plan of having the two legends face off at Mania. At the end of the day, it’s the right call and a match that’ll garner lots of interest during its buildup to WM.
6. Shane McMahon To Wrestle At WrestleMania
Once again, it seems quite likely that Shane will in fact take part at WrestleMania this year. He stole the show with his return match at WM 32, taking on The Undertaker, and put forward another great effort against A.J. Styles at WM 33. He’s set to return to the event once again, this time, likely taking on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. What kind of match it’ll be remains to be seen.
Early speculation led us to believe that Daniel Bryan was taking on Shane, though rumors also indicate that such a match can take place at SummerSlam 2018 with the WWE pushing the event as a major PPV every year. For now however, Shane will once again be implicated in a major storyline with his long running feud against Zayn and Owens, likely to reach its peak at the WrestleMania show.
5. Batista To Return
Wrestling fans know darn well that following the Survivor Series, rumors begin to swirl pertaining to possible returns. A name that won’t seem to go away is Batista’s; his name intensified in the rumor mill when he admitted to being open to a return. Batista even made the claim that if he is to return, he’d want to make a comeback on a full-time basis, competing at live events as well, similar to what Chris Jericho does when he returns to the company.
It the rumors are valid, the WWE must pounce on this during WrestleMania season. Dave’s a name that’ll only help the show and aid in putting over the younger talents. Looking at the roster, the likes of Seth Rollins and Finn Balor can use such an opponent to add to their resumes. Batista seems like a perfect opponent for either one as the veteran plays the role of the villain.
4. Ronda Rousey To Take Part
The Ronda Rousey rumors slowly began to subside with the recent news that she’s working on a movie. However, the rumor mill was once again a buzz recently, as Triple H was spotted by TMZ having supper with Rousey just a couple of days ago. In all likelihood, talks about the future came into play between the two.
Rousey competing in a match doesn’t seem all that credible anymore; however, we might be able to anticipate a cameo at the WrestleMania show given all the hype behind her name at the moment. It wouldn’t be a match but more of an appearance, setting something up for the future. At this point, that seems to be the biggest possibility when it comes to Ronda and her post Royal Rumble plans with the company. Perhaps they’ll begin to hype up a future WM match between Rousey and Asuka a year before, similar to what was done with The Rock and John Cena.
3. Nakamura The Favorite To Win The Rumble And Take On A.J. Styles
It seems like Nakamura is the heavy favorite to win the men’s Royal Rumble match. For a while now, the WWE has teased the possibility of an A.J. versus Shinsuke match to take place, there seems to be no better time than at WrestleMania with a championship at stake.
Styles contributed to the rumor, recently stating that he’s pushed for the match himself with the higher ups in the company. The two had a monumental stare down at the MITB PPV which received an incredible reaction, in all likelihood from that moment on, that bout was likely penciled in for this year’s Mania as one of the dream matches. Even if Nakamura doesn’t win the Rumble, you can expect these two to be adversaries regardless. It’ll be the most anticipated match on the entire WrestleMania card.
2. Roman And Brock To Headline The Show
Following the end of last year’s WrestleMania, the rumored main event for this year’s show was Roman against Brock. The speculation predicted a dominant run from Lesnar as Universal Champion for a year, while Roman would kick some serious butt himself while the WWE tried to once again put him over as a top tier babyface. Well, that’s exactly how things went down; Lesnar is untouched as champion almost a year later while Roman was given a huge push alongside his Shield brothers; the angle helped Roman as he gained more cheers and sympathy from the audience.
Just months away from the show, the rematch from WM 31 is more than likely to close out the show. It’ll be Roman’s third time ending the marquee event in a high profile matchup. Roman’s the odds on favorite to win the match and endure a lengthy run with the championship.
1. Undertaker To Return For One More Match
It seemed as though last year was the end for The Undertaker. The bout against Roman was rather underwhelming with The Deadman finally showing his older age. The match ended with the chilling moment of The Undertaker leaving his coat and hat inside of the ring; many of us thought he was done and that a Hall Of Fame induction was next for him.
That no longer seems to be the case with another return brewing. Taker is set to take part in the Raw Anniversary Show. Rumors suggest he’ll challenge Cena in one last battle. The match has been rumored for years now and was supposed to take place last year, though Cena had other plans with his proposal. Regardless of Taker’s age and ring rust, it’ll once again garner lots of interest. This time around, the match is likely to be Taker’s “last ride”.
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