There have been times, even recently, when WWE has mapped out its main event for WrestleMania an entire year before the show actually hit the air on pay-per-view (PPV). In fact, The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28 and WrestleMania 29, according to the former, was completely laid out before WrestleMania 27 even took place.
So it's no surprise to learn that the company may have already mapped out its big plans for WrestleMania XXX, which will invade the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sun., April 6, 2014.
From the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended):
As far as the top level of ideas, everything planned out a month back is going exactly as scheduled for Mania. Whatever changes are being made at the end before TV, are not changing the big picture. The planned main angle, and it will get bigger as SummerSlam approaches and explode at some point after that for Mania, is the McMahon family angle. The story that they are back on TV because the USA Network wanted it is really not the case. There have been times the USA Network has wanted Vince back on television, thinking Vince helps ratings, and usually he does, although this latest return has not, given Raw is at lower numbers than at anytime in 15 years when it's not football season and Smackdown has had its two lowest numbers for non-holiday weeks for a show with national penetration in its history the past two weeks. The McMahons are there because it's what they came up with as the key thing for the next year in creating a Mania main event . I've known of years where the top match is pretty much planned out a year in advance, including the last two years, but never where so much of the major direction of the top of the card is already in the plans so far in advance. They are already at the stage that usually isn't there until maybe November or December. As noted, there are tweaks based on injuries and non-regular talent that may change who is in what match, but the big angle for the main event is largely laid out. As for the people who were mad last year because non-regulars were in the top positions. You will be mad again as things are planned.
This is super intriguing on a number of levels, mostly because we can be reasonably certain who is included in the plans but we can't be anywhere near certain how they're going to line up when all is set in stone.
All told, we're likely getting some variation of what we got last year: Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, The Rock, CM Punk, and John Cena. Sting's name has been thrown around recently thanks to recent reports that he's been sending feelers out to WWE and the company essentially rolling out the red carpet for him, so he's a possibility as well.
According to Dave Meltzer, Undertaker vs. Lesnar is planned if the promotion can't put together Lesnar vs. The Rock, the initial main event that was scrapped when "The Great One" was injured at WrestleMania this year and had to fly home immediately, causing him to miss Raw the next night where the angle to set up the match was supposed to take place.
Meltzer also reports it is possible Rock is a part of the main event storyline without Lesnar attached to him, meaning the McMahon family drama will culminate in some form or fashion with a match between two wrestlers who aren't full timers.
Other rumors, as noted not long ago by our monger Eric B. Stephen, include CM Punk winning the Royal Rumble and challenging Cena for the WWE championship at the show. Pending his push and status at the time of the event, Daniel Bryan could find himself somewhere in that mix as well.
As usual, there are moving parts and a million factors that cannot be accounted for right now but it seems plans are in place already and it's now just about getting to "The Showcase of the Immortals" to carry them out.