We’re just under three weeks from the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 31, which comes to us live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The card is finally starting to fill out, with the main event set and two matches designed to get multiple bodies on the WrestleMania card. Below is a look at what we know so far:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Roman Reigns v. Brock Lesnar
Sting v. Triple H
WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
Dolph Ziggler v. Dean Ambrose v. Luke Harper v. R-Truth v. Bad News Barrett
(It’s safe to assume Daniel Bryan and at least Stardust will also be added to the match, with Goldust another possible addition.)
2nd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Participants announced so far include Big Show, Kane, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Adam Rose, Ryback, The Miz and Curtis Axel.
It seems inevitable that John Cena will challenge Rusev for the United States Championship once more, despite Lana and the champion both refusing to give Cena another shot, and we’re also all but guaranteed a Bray Wyatt v. Undertaker contest. Also likely to be added are a Tag Team Championship match and/or Divas Title contest.
Rumors are floating around today that Vince McMahon has decided on a WrestleMania 31 main event that will feature Brock Lesnar defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match against Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan.
The idea makes a lot of sense and the road to that match is easy to lay out.
Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are set to go one-on-one at WWE’s generic-as-can-be Fast Lane pay-per-view on Feburary 22nd, with the winner heading to WrestleMania to challenge the Beast Incarnate. Let’s remember that just a week ago, Roman Reigns interfered in the Bryan v. Seth Rollins match, costing Rollins a shot at Reigns at the PPV. Also don’t forget that Randy Orton’s return is imminent and he will have his sights set on Seth Rollins, who put him out of action with a storyline concussion.
The number one contender’s match at Fast Lane is ripe for a schmozz finish.
Rollins comes to the ring to screw Reigns out of the WrestleMania headliner as revenge for costing him this past Monday. Randy Orton returns to get even with Rollins. And then, of course, all hell breaks loose resulting in a no contest. Therefore, a triple threat match between Bryan, Reigns and Lesnar would be… best for business.
Going the route of a triple threat match makes a lot of sense. Lesnar doesn’t have to take the pin if you want to protect him and allow him to return at, say, SummerSlam claiming that since he never got pinned, he deserves a championship rematch. If there are any nerves about Reigns and Lesnar not being able to work a solid match together, you have Daniel Bryan in there as the glue to hold it all together.
It also makes sense because if Bryan wins at Fast Lane, there really isn’t a sensible WrestleMania program for Reigns, since Rollins will likely be paired with Randy Orton no matter what happens. Unless we want another Reigns v. Big Show match. The same can be said for Daniel Bryan who, aside from the Dolph Ziggler Twitter angle, doesn’t have a logical opponent who isn’t already tied up with something else. Putting Bryan and Reigns in the big match with Lesnar might be the most smooth road of all.
WWE has completed the card for NXT’s fifth live WWE Network special, Takeover: Rival. The event will air February 11th. If you haven’t yet checked out an NXT special event, be sure to tune in for this one as all of these events have been excellent so far.
Below is the current card for the big show:
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens v. Sami Zayn
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Sasha Banks v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch v. Charlotte
Match to Determine the Number One Contender for the NXT Championship
Finn Balor v. Adrian Neville
NXT Tag Team Championship Match
Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake v. The Lucha Dragons
No DQ Match
Baron Corbin v. Bull Dempsey
We’re just over 24 hours from the 2015 Royal Rumble and, in celebration of arguably the second biggest event of the year for the company, WWE has released its Top 10 compilation of dramatic Rumble match finishes.
Don’t lie… you thought that was actually X-Pac at first. I know I did.
Sting made his debut on Raw last night, helping John Cena to win his match by distracting the Authority. It was Sting’s first appearance since his WWE debut during the Survivor Series main event and also his first appearance on WWE’s flagship show.
WWE always does a great job with video packages and the Royal Rumble statistics montage is always a favorite of mine.
It has long been rumored but WWE announced after Raw that WrestleMania 32 will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The home of the Dallas Cowboys holds 80,000 for football but can fit over 105,000 for other events. The record attendance for a football game was 105,121 in September 2009 when the Giants beat the Cowboys in the stadium’s first regular season game. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game drew 108,713 fans to the stadium, setting the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance for a basketball game.
WWE will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops to try to fill Jerry World. An Undertaker retirement match would not seem out of the question, especially if WWE decides to keep him off the WrestleMania XXXI show. There has always been talk of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returning for one more match in his home state, so I’m sure Vince McMahon and company will be working the Rattlesnake over.
One thing to remember is that although the capacity can reach over 105,000, WWE generally has a pretty elaborate and space-consuming entrance way for WrestleMania, which will cut down on some of those potential seats.
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With less than a week to go until the Royal Rumble comes to us from Philadelphia, WWE has finally rounded out the card, adding three tag team matches to the slate. A Divas tag team match will feature Natalya teaming with new bestie Pagie to take on the Bella Twins, while A New Day will battle Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose on the kickoff show. The Ascension will seek revenge against the New Age Outlaws as well, bringing the total match number to six. Below is the full, updated card:
Royal Rumble Match
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
John Cena v. Seth Rollins v. Brock Lesnar
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos
The New Age Outlaws v. The Ascension
Natalya & Paige v. The Bellas
Kickoff Show Elimation Six-Man Tag Team Match
A New Day v. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose
“The Vigilante” Sting appeared at the close of last night’s Raw Reunion show to distract Seth Rollins and the rest of the Authority just long enough for John Cena to get a roll-up pinfall on the Money in the Bank briefcase holder. The win – against Rollins, Kane and Big Show – means Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler all get their jobs back, thanks to the stipulation agreed upon earlier in the night. Had Cena lost he would have had to forfeit his spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.
The appearance of Sting would seem to make a Sting v. Triple H WrestleMania match a lock and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Triple H makes the most sense to face Sting given the current situation. He’s still in incredible shape and can most likely put on a better match with Sting than Undertaker can at this point in his career.