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A look ahead to "WrestleMania 30", updates on the Rock, Jack Swagger, Undertaker, NXT injury news, and more!
Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we will be taking a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.
Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt.
Looking Ahead: WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 29 isn't even in the books yet, but most fans can't help but look ahead towards WrestleMania 30. It was announced earlier this week that the 30th edition of the "granddaddy of them all" will be taking place at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA, on April 6, 2014.
There have been rumors circulating for some time that Vince McMahon has had a general plan in place for WrestleMania 30 for several years now. It is expected that he will spare no expense in making the event one for the ages.
So what might Vince have in mind for the event? The rumor mill has been constantly churning on that front and some recent events may shed light on those plans:
The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
With Lesnar inking a new, two-year deal with WWE and The Rock committing to work at match at WrestleMania 30, this match up is too good for WWE to pass up. The cross promotional appeal, thanks to Rock's Hollywood ties and Lesnar's UFC success, is another major selling point for this match. It is also believed that these two could meet at SummerSlam 2013 in August, which could possibly be used to set up a rematch at WrestleMania 30.
The Undertaker's Final Match
Whenever it happens, the Undertaker's final match will be a bittersweet moment for many long time WWE fans. "The Deadman" has been one of the greatest all around talents ever to grace a wrestling and his undefeated streak at WrestleMania is an accomplishment unlikely to be matched ever again, if for no other reason that the sheer longevity of it. Though his status for WrestleMania 29 is currently in doubt, it is widely believed that the Undertaker will have a final match at some point.
And what better time for that to occur than WrestleMania 30? It is also possible that "The Phenom" could headline the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class that weekend as well.
The Return of Stone Cold Steve Austin
What pro wrestling fan who grew up during the Attitude Era doesn't mark out at least a little bit when we hear the glass shatter? This one seems like a long shot compared to the first two rumors, but it is swirling nonetheless.
If Vince is serious about making WrestleMania 30 one of the greatest shows of all time, Stone Cold Steve Austin should absolutely be part of the event. Sources close to Austin indicate that it is unlikely that he will ever consider wrestling again. He has had major surgeries to both knees in recent years and will be 49 years old at the time of the event.
However, Austin himself has recently stated that he believes he could still perform at a high level and has not ruled out a potential return. The groundwork for a possible feud with CM Punk has even been laid through various Twitter spats between the two as well as during promotional work for WWE 13. Working with Austin would also give Punk the best opportunity he may ever get to wrestle in the actual main event of WrestleMania, one of his stated career goals.
Again, with so much time before the event takes place, it is hard to tell which rumors, if any, will come to fruition. But it is difficult not to get at least a little bit excited with the event's potential, even more than a year out.
Other Rumors for the Day:
- Yesterday, we reviewed some of the possible courses of action WWE could take in regards to Jack Swagger's DUI arrest. It looks like the first step has been taken towards punishing Swagger, as he has been pulled from all of this coming weekend's house shows. He is, however, still advertised for next week's Raw and SmackDown events.
- As you may have seen here at CSS already, The Rock is being advertised for Extreme Rules pay per view on May 19 from St. Louis, MO. While the card is obviously subject to change, the early word on the event seems to indicate that The Rock will indeed appear and wrestle a match. He will most likely be exacting his "rematch clause" for the WWE Championship against John Cena, assuming Cena wins their scheduled bout at WrestleMania 29 as most expect.
- If Undertaker is going to have a match at WrestleMania 29, this week's Monday Night Raw (Feb. 25) from Dallas, TX would be logical place for him to make his first appearance of the WrestleMania season. It takes place in his home state and, assuming CM Punk is his opponent, provides a good opportunity to set up a feud between them. Neither The Rock nor Chris Jericho is scheduled for the event, though Brock Lesnar and Triple H are expected to appear.
- Oliver Grey, one half of the NXT tag team champions, reportedly suffered a severe knee injury at an NXT live event earlier this week. The referee threw up the "X" symbol and Grey was helped to the back.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Please remember, these are merely rumors. Try not to take them too seriously, just have some fun with them.