WWE WrestleMania XXX: Latest Buzz and Speculation Around Massive PPV for Jan. 23

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WWE WrestleMania XXX: Latest Buzz and Speculation Around Massive PPV for Jan. 23
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Rumors, speculation and questions buzz as WWE takes its first steps down the road to WrestleMania XXX.

Batista, Sting, Hulk Hogan and Goldberg are all at the center of much of it. Which of these men will be at the next WrestleMania, and what are WWE's plans for them at the event?

While there is very little in the way of definitive answers to go on thus far, there is plenty to glean from the latest backstage reports.

We can be rest assured that John Cena, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar will play prominent roles at the pay-per-view. The question of just how Hall of Famers like Hogan will participate has fans in search of WrestleMania info.

 

Hulk Hogan's Health

By now, it's far from a secret that WWE has been working together to bring back the man who headlined the inaugural event. Scenarios ranging from a match with Roddy Piper to teaming with Cena have been swirling around.

It looks as if there will no match at all for "The Hulkster." Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, reports the following:

Hulk Hogan will not be wrestling at WrestleMania XXX but will be making some sort of appearance. Word is that Hogan was examined by WWE doctors and the company has made the call to not only not put him in a match, but not to book anything physical involving him. 

This is not a surprise for anyone who has seen Hogan walk lately. Not only is he 60 years old, but his long ring career shows in his pained gait. 

WWE doesn't need him to wrestle; it just needs him to show his face. This news takes the decision out of the bookers' hands. There will be no repeat of Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 26.

Instead, the company is forced to use him as a cornerman of some sort rather than a wrestler, which will be better for all involved.

 

 A Man Called Sting

Six years younger than Hogan, Sting is a hot topic for the coming pay-per-view despite being past his prime.

Fans wonder if he'll ever wrestle for WWE, if he has one great match left in him and if the dream bout between him and The Undertaker could ever turn into a reality. The latest word will give fans of the TNA Hall of Famer reason to be plenty optimistic.

Per Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com"WWE officials have reportedly believed for months that Sting was coming in this year, and it's been talked about even more like it's going to happen recently."

Is that a case of misguided confidence, or is Sting really going to make the jump to McMahon's company? This would be far more exciting had this happened 10 years ago, but it's hard not to get psyched for something fans have imagined and talked about for so long.

As star-studded as WrestleMania XXX promises to be already, Sting elevates the buzz over the event even more.

 

Goldberg vs. Ryback?

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On the list of potential matches for the pay-per-view that often get tossed out, Ryback vs. Goldberg comes up as often as Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust.

Two sources of information about the potential match conflict. Word from Goldberg himself trumps the backstage reports, unless of course, the former WCW world champ is misleading us as not to ruin the surprise.

According to PWMania.com"The rumored Ryback vs. Goldberg match at WrestleMania XXX is said to be close to dead because both sides are still far apart on money, but it's not being completely ruled out just yet."

When Ryback was at his hottest, when he was in main events, this seemed to be a more likely scenario even with Goldberg's issues with WWE. As "The Big Guy" floats around the card, shifting personas and is reportedly not well-liked backstage, per Wrestling Observer (h/t WrestleZone.com), it's hard to imagine this being how WWE would use a Goldberg return.

Goldberg denies that he's even talking to WWE officials.

Superstars have lied on Twitter about coming back before a la Chris Jericho, but with as long as Goldberg has had animosity with WWE, this feels like he's being straight up. Some fans won't let go of the idea of him coming back rest, though, no matter what he says.

 

Batista vs. Randy Orton at WrestleMania?

Batista made his intentions clear not long after his WWE return on Jan. 20. He wants to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

At least one report points to that scenario playing out. PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, writes the following:

WWE's plan going forward is to push Batista heavily in the storylines. Plans do change but the idea since signing him was for him to win the Royal Rumble match and go on to headline WrestleMania XXX.

It won't be long before fans discover if this becomes reality. Should Roman Reigns, CM Punk or some surprise entrant win the Rumble instead, this potential path to the title becomes irrelevant. There are other paths to headlining WrestleMania XXX, though.

The winner of the Orton vs. Cena match at Rumble will have to fight ferociously hold onto the championship. Batista is one of many sure to be trying to snatch it away.

He'll be at WrestleMania either way, perhaps on a card that features both Hogan and Sting, as crazy as that sounds.

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