Speculation about the line-up for WrestleMania has begun in earnest, despite World Wrestling Entertainment having two more pay per view events on the schedule before everyone heads to New Orleans for pro wrestling ‘s biggest annual event in April. Rumor is that the company would love to score a mixed tag team match, with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and Hollywood’s Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson going up against Stephanie McMahon and hubby Triple H as the main event because there is a major desire to make Steph into a mainstream star.
A potential major hurdle to that happening would be the Rock’s movie schedule. Though he has become a huge screen star and commands mega money for his virtually unrivaled box office success, he does not seem to have forgotten his roots in the wrestling business and has been willing to show up in character and ready to rumble on a number of occasions since his cinematic success began years ago.
Unfortunately, that one year he got hurt at Mania and the surgery he had held up his shooting of his Hercules venture and now the producers, who have big money invested in their productions, are leery enough to forbid such gambling on the part of the A-lister. If Rock can’t be had, the logical next option might appear to be Kurt Angle. From this corner, the best scenario would be to have former UFC champ Brock Lesnar team with former UFC champ Rousey. Maybe that’s a little wishful thinking, but there has also been a rumor of WWE possibly putting Paul Heyman with Rousey as her advocate (really promo specialist).
Of course, they are said to want Brock for a Universal title defense on the show, most likely against Roman Reigns, if plans have not changed in recent days. Reigns will be in the Elimination Chamber match in two weeks in Las Vegas, after qualifying with a win over Bray Wyatt at Raw. Miz is also going to be in the structure, along with John Cena, Braun Strowman and Elias. Another spot will go to the winner of a second chance four- way to be held tomorrow on Raw with Wyatt, Balor, Matt Hardy and Apollo Crews. Balor would be the favorite from this vantage point. Jason Jordan, who had neck surgery this past week after being sent home from Raw by Papa Angle, was probably originally figured into the Chamber Match, but that won’t be happening now.
At Smackdown, the Sami Zayn-Kevin Owens 500th match for a shot at AJ Styles and the WWE championship ended in a disqualification when Styles interfered. Daniel Bryan quickly announced there would now be a three-way at Fast Lane, the Smackdown ppv in March. Other possible matches for that one might include the Usos and Bludgeon Brothers and Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton.
The women will be in action at the Elimination Chamber with Sasha Banks, Bayley, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, and champion Alexa Bliss. Sheamus and Cesaro would seem likely to defend the tag straps. Maybe that would be against Rollins and Balor if Finn does not get a spot in the chamber tomorrow night at Raw.
Nakamura has said he would like to use his Rumble victory to face Styles at Mania, so it would seem AJ would likely be successful against Owens and Zayn at Fast Lane, but who knows? There is still talk of Cena vs. Undertaker at Mania. Will that happen? It will all play out soon enough. Add the Dudleys to the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Will Heyman induct them? Or might it be Edge and Christian? The Hardys have also been mentioned as they were also classic Dudley opposition during their WWE heyday.