WWE WrestleMania XXX: Latest Buzz and Speculation Around Massive PPV

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WWE WrestleMania XXX: Latest Buzz and Speculation Around Massive PPV
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Before WWE has even produced its first pay-per-view of 2014, buzz still swirls around WrestleMania XXX.

Backstage reports and straight-from-the-source denials give fans a clouded picture of what the latest WrestleMania will look like. Which returning Superstars will be part of the event? Who will Undertaker, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk face?

Examining what media outlets have culled helps to answer those questions, at least for now.

WWE's plans are constantly shifting and many of the matches and appearances being talked about are merely in the idea stage right now. The happenings at Royal Rumble will provide some clarity, but there is already plenty to pick apart regarding WrestleMania XXX.

 

Fitting in Two Legends

Two rivals from the first WrestleMania being part of WrestleMania XXX appears to be in the works, but the question is in what capacity. Both Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan are rumored to make appearances at the event.

Per PWInsider, via LordsOfPain.net, "There is now a deal in place for Hulk Hogan to return to WWE and he's expected to sign any time now."

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What will Hulk Hogan's role at WrestleMania be?

Does that mean that he will be in someone's corner at the pay-per-view or actually get in the ring? Piper has reportedly been discussing options involving the latter.

As reported by WrestleZone.com, Piper has been "pushing for a match at the PPV that would feature he and a top heel vs John Cena and Hulk Hogan." One of the names for that heel was apparently Punk, who currently is a babyface.

Hot Rod has also thrown out ideas for other scenarios, including a singles match against Hogan and those two Hall of Famers teaming up against The Real Americans, per WrestleZone.com.

He's also taken to Twitter to get folks taking about him and Hogan facing off.

All of those possibilities are long shots due to Piper and Hogan's combined age of 119. As managers or advocates of current Superstars, they would still have value in terms of drumming up interest in the event. As competitors, there is little appeal and a high chance of injury.

 

Returns, Likely and Otherwise

In addition to Piper and Hogan, fans can count on WWE bringing in all the star power it can. WrestleMania is normally huge, but this one being the 30th installment is going to have the company seeking to make it feel as momentous as possible.

That means marquee part-timers getting the spotlight and major returns taking place.  

Buzz crackles around Chris Jericho, Goldberg, Rob Van Dam and Steve Austin's possible returns to the ring. For some of those Superstars, the odds of that happening are slim. For Jericho, there is far from a definitive answer.

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Is Chris Jericho coming back or not?

The Winnipeg Sun reported that Jericho was scheduled to wrestle at a WWE house show in March. Before fans could get out their "Save Us Y2J" T-shirts, F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, wrote that WWE claimed that the "advertisement was a mistake and they are asking the newspaper to run a correction."

Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, then added information that only clouded the situation, reporting that "some people are under the impression Jericho is returning for WrestleMania XXX season while some say he is not."

In an interview before Christmas on WWE.com, Jericho said the following about performing at WrestleMania.

There's a lot of stuff going on. Having said that, I'd be open to it, but I haven't had any conversations or anything like that. It's WrestleMania. Anybody that's been in WWE wants to be involved. If I'm there, it'll be awesome and I'll do everything I can to have the best match on the show. If I'm not, I'll have a great time watching it, I’m sure.

Goldberg was far more clear when asked about his involvement about the event.

It appears that fans can count on Van Dam being their. After taking a hiatus in early October, Mr. Monday Night is reportedly coming back in January.

PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that "current plans call for Van Dam to return to the company for WrestleMania XXX season at the Royal Rumble."

With Hogan, Piper, Van Dam, Batista, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker all possibly appearing, WrestleMania XXX would be one of the most star-studded pay-per-views ever. That won't satisfy fans pining for Stone Cold to come back, though.

His name comes up every year during WrestleMania for one dream match or another. As usual, there is little reason to believe that will happen this year.

Jim Ross wrote the following on his blog about Austin returning.

I do not see Stone Cold wrestling at WM30 nor likely at any WrestleMania unless....unless....all the stars aligned and it was in something that was very creatively enticing to Austin and only IF WWE promoted a WrestleMania in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and even that 'dream scenario' is a LONG shot.

The Texas Rattlesnake himself didn't give his fans any false hope when he spoke on a PWTorch livecast, via Philly.com. Austin said of wrestling at WrestleMania, "To be quite frank and candid with you I don't see it happening."

Eventually, Undertaker will join Austin in retirement, but for now he is still set to defend his WrestleMania streak.

 

Who Gets a Shot at the Streak?

The annual battle for the right to be the first man to defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania has become an attraction bigger than the WWE title match.

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Who will challenge The Undertaker at WrestleMania?

The names being discussed for who faces The Deadman at this year's event has included names both expected and surprising. Many expect Lesnar to get that coveted spot.

Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that there is some nervousness backstage about that bout, however.

Regarding Lesnar vs. Undertaker, there had been some concern because Lesnar works such a physical style and Taker is in really rough shape physically. This is why there was some talk of Sheamus facing Taker.

Talk of Undertaker's injuries and age catching up to him are only going to increase with each WrestleMania. Working against the always intense Lesnar is understandably a concern, but it's not as if Sheamus works like a feather either.

While WWE discusses those two bruisers as options, Undertaker has his own vision for his next opponent.

Per F4WOnline.com, via WrestleZone.com, Undertaker "has reportedly requested to work with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30." This is an intriguing direction. Bryan has made a habit of working stellar matches and no one is more popular with fans right now.

Would he make a believable threat to accomplish something that so many other men have been unable to do, though? Booked properly, it could work, but the idea seems too outside the box for WWE to roll with it.

Besides, WWE has another big name in mind for Bryan.

 

Marquee Matchups

Forget that Shawn Michaels is retired; he's reportedly on WWE's wish list to face Bryan.

PWInsider, via WrestleZone.com, reports, "It's being said that if HBK does indeed agree to work one more match, WWE wants it to be a singles match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30."

That report is from mid-December and there has been little word about that possible matchup since. WWE did tease the bout when Bryan and Michaels collided on Raw, first just after Hell in a Cell and then when the two butted head during a brawl on Dec. 13.

Punk and Triple H got physical that night, too.

Punk has since had many run-ins with The Shield and watched as Triple H's friends The New Age Outlaws turned on himWrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that this is all leading to up to a showdown between Punk and Triple H.

WWE's long-running Authority storyline is currently scheduled to climax at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Triple H facing CM Punk in a singles match. However, there is also the possibility of Roman Reigns facing "The Game" at the pay-per-view spectacular, as the 28-year-old is currently slated as a "back-up plan."

Should Bryan face Michaels and Punk be busy with Triple H, who challenges for the WWE title? Dave Meltzer, via WrestlingInc.com, "speculates that Batista is returning to win the 2014 Royal Rumble match and face Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XXX."

Fans won't have to wait long to see if that scenario plays out as the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is fast approaching.

If all WWE's dream matches materialize and Undertaker vs. Lesnar, Orton vs. Batista, Punk vs. Triple H and Michaels vs. Bryan are all on the WrestleMania card, where does that leave Cena? Would WWE really have such a big star be in a tag match with Hogan?

One report has Bray Wyatt getting an opportunity against the former world champ.

F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that a Wyatt and Cena bout was in the works, although "the match wouldn't necessarily main event the pay-per-view."

Expect the pieces to keep shifting, but there appears plenty to be excited about on the WrestleMania lineup. Not every big name fans want will be there, but star power doesn't appear to be an issue.

Should a significant number of the battles that these reports discuss come to fruition, "The Showcase of the Immortals" will be a challenging one to follow.

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