WWE Wrestlemania 34 Rumors Roundup: Future Plans, Surprise Returns, And More
WWE has big plans for Asuka.
Wrestlemania is quickly approaching. The 34th annual installment of WWE's biggest event of the year takes place on Sunday, April 8, coming to the Superdome in New Orleans. The match card for the event is still being filled out, and there is room for a few more matches.
That being said, there are plenty of rumors drifting around the 'net about additional matches, future plans for wrestlers, and surprise returns of injured wrestlers. One longstanding rumor that came true this past week was Daniel Bryan being cleared to wrestling once again. What else could come true? We rounded up some of the most believable ones coming from wrestling insiders.
Take these rumors with a grain of salt as not all rumors end up coming true. We'll be updating piece throughout the upcoming weeks to let you know what's confirmed and what we heard wrong.
Daniel Bryan's Future
Daniel Bryan has to go in for medical testing after every match. While many are saying Daniel Bryan is the healthiest star in the company, part of the superstar's new agreement requires him to get a doctor's evaluation after every match. (via Cagesideseats) At Wrestlemania, he'll be teaming with Shane McMahon to take on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. The stipulation for the bout is that should Owens and Zayn win, they get their jobs back on Smackdown Live.
Owens and Zayn Will Remain Fired
Should the duo lose their bout to Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania 34 and remain fires, they ay will be drafted by Raw. (via Ringsidenews)
Is AJ Styles Injured?
According to Styles himself, he is working through pain at the moment--as many WWE superstars do. However, he claims he is not injured and will be ready to shine at Wrestlemania when he defends the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. (via IGN)
Will Cena/Taker actually happen?
After weeks of buildup, John Cena is heading into Wrestlemania without any actual confirmation that he will be fighting The Undertaker. He called the deadman out multiple times to no response at all and claims he is now going to Wrestlemania as a fan. According to a report, Undertaker has been training for the match for months and will be at Wrestlemania to confront Cena. Whether that means viewers will get the full match Sunday--or merely a challenge for Wrestlemania 35--remains to be seen. (via Cagesideseats)
Big Cass Will Return
Remember Big Cass? He's been injured since Summerslam last year, and apparently, Cass has been telling people his leg has healed up, and he's cleared to wrestle again. It's unclear if he'll be at Wrestlemania this year, even if it's just for a quick spot in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal or perhaps as Braun Strowman's mystery tag team partner. If not Wrestlemania, then Cass could return at Raw the next night. (via PWInsider)
WWE's Plans For Asuka
Get ready for a long Asuka run. She's a shoe-in to win the championship at Wrestlemania against Charlotte, and the plan is for her to defend it for a year, leading to Wrestlemania 35 where she takes on Ronda Rousey. (via WrestlingNews)
The Greatest Royal Rumble On WWE Network
The Greatest Royal Rumble, an event taking place on April 27 in Saudi Arabia, will air on the WWE Network. It will be broadcast live, beginning at 11 a.m. ET, and will include a kickoff show.
[UPDATE 3/26] WWE announced that John Cena will be taking on Triple H at the Greatest Royal Rumble, and both the Intercontinental and Raw Tag Team Championships will be on the line for the event. Also, Samoa Joe is advertised for the event. Does this mean he'll make his return at Wrestlemania, the Raw after Mania, or will this event be his first show back? Tickets for the event go on sale on March 31.
Hulkamania To Run Wild Again?
Hulk Hogan hasn't been a part of WWE since July 2015, but that could change. Hogan is allegedly in talks with WWE to make his return. As to what he would do in WWE is the real question. With Shane McMahon spending less time on tv and Daniel Bryan going back to wrestling, there are a couple of positions open on Smackdown for a new commissioner or general manager. At this time, WWE stated it does not have a contract with Hogan but it has confirmed it's spoken with him. (via PWInsider)
[UPDATE 3/26] There are plenty of rumors revolving around where Hulk Hogan will fit in WWE if he returns. He's is reportedly being considered to become Smackdown General Manager as Daniel Bryan will go back to wrestling full time. WWE has not released any additional statements regarding Hogan's status.
We'll learn if more of these rumors are true during Wrestlemania weekend, which takes place April 6-8.