WWE WrestleMania XXX: Latest Buzz and Speculation Around Massive PPV for Feb. 13

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WWE WrestleMania XXX: Latest Buzz and Speculation Around Massive PPV for Feb. 13
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The latest word on WWE's plans for WrestleMania XXX centers around battles that currently sit on the drawing board. 

Rumors and backstage reports point at a number of possible matches for the upcoming pay-per-view. Sting is reportedly gunning for a shot at the company's ultimate prize, Sheamus may be in line to slug it out with a powerhouse and the members of The Shield are the subject of several prospective bouts. 

The card is ever-changing at the moment, the result of a buzzing nest of ideas.

Some of these ideas are stellar while others destined to stumble if WWE goes through with them. The following is a look at what is being batted around for WrestleMania, picking apart the unlikely from the far more plausible.

 

Undertaker vs. Sting?

Ending Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania is the most career-defining moment available in the WWE world. A man who has yet to officially be a part of that world is reportedly requesting a shot at that opportunity.

Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, reports, "word is that Sting himself was hoping for a match against The Undertaker at this year's event."

The report also states that WWE officials are "dragging their feet" when it comes to signing "The Icon." There appears to be little urgency with bringing him over, but for a man at such a late stage in his career, he's likely seeing this as the last chance for him to take on Undertaker at WrestleMania.

Sting's TNA Hall of Fame video

He has the needed desire, as he's reportedly willing to train at Undertaker's house before the bout, but he has too much going against him for this to pan out.

His age is his first obstacle. Undertaker is no rookie either, but Sting is 54 and hasn't looked fantastic in recent work. While one could argue that he may have one last great match in him, company officials are more likely to choose someone with more of a WWE-specific history to challenge "The Phenom."

 

Midcard Matches

One match many expect to be part of the event doesn't feel as much of a lock thanks to one of the participant's recent denials.

Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes is a no-brainer of a match. Goldust has looked fantastic since coming back and there is always something special about brother vs. brother clashes.

"The Bizarre One" persists it's not happening, though. In a recent tweet, Goldust resorted to overuse of caps to express his belief that the match is off.

The bitterness in that message perhaps suggests that he's reacting to something he heard behind the scenes. It certainly should be a match that garners great spotlight, but maybe WWE doesn't value the bout.

While that match seems to be done for, a more surprising contest is reportedly on the table.

PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that "There is apparently more to come in the Sheamus vs. Ryback feud, possibly a match at WrestleMania XXX."

Ryback and Sheamus collided on the Feb. 7 edition of SmackDown. "The Celtic Warrior" picked up the win that night, but it's easy to see why WWE would want to book a rematch.

Ryback and Sheamus battle on SmackDown.

This was one of Ryback's better performances. His chemistry with Sheamus was excellent, each man's hard-hitting style complementing the other's.

Sheamus has been tossed in the idea pile for potential Undertaker opponents, per Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, and at one point, as Daniel Bryan's rival, per F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com. Those both seem like long shots as those foes are likely to be busy with other enemies.

Ryback vs. Sheamus is a smart move as a third option, one that should result in a compelling collision of powerful men.

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

While Bryan vs. Sheamus was a much talked-about potential match early on, that was before Bryan's fanbase erupted at the Royal Rumble.

WWE has since been thinking of placing Bryan higher on the card. According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, "WWE officials are discussing the idea of putting Daniel Bryan into the WWE World Heavyweight Title match" in a Triple Threat match. 

Bryan vs. Batista would be a fine choice as well, but the beauty of this scenario is that Bryan could have his long-awaited triumphant moment happen at WrestleMania. If Randy Orton retains at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Bryan can win the title from him on the biggest stage WWE has to offer.

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Can Daniel Bryan win the WWE title at WrestleMania XXX?

This would please Bryan's vocal fans while inserting the stars the company initially wanted in this spot.

Non-singles matches are rare as WrestleMania main events, though. Are Bryan, Orton and Batista set to make history? If they don't, WWE reportedly has a backup plan that includes another Triple Threat bout. 

 

The Shield 

F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reports the following:

There is talk within WWE of doing a triple threat with The Shield at WrestleMania XXX, which would be Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns. The match will likely happen unless they decide to add Daniel Bryan to the Batista vs. Randy Orton match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Officials don't want two triple threat matches on the same show.

The Shield has been showing obvious signs of tension within the team. Punctuating that eventual breakup with a Triple Threat match is a brilliant idea.

It would be a logical ending to a narrative that has been building for months. The in-ring result is likely to be excellent as well with how superbly Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose have all performed since debuting.

Roman Reigns has an excellent match against CM Punk.

This could be yet another launching point for Reigns or a way to showcase his partners.

CM Punk's departure has created another option for Reigns if this match doesn't end up happening. WrestleZone.com reports the following:

Triple H versus Roman Reigns is a strong possibility for the big event. WWE is currently very high on Reigns, and the company would use the storyline of The Shield having been the henchmen for The Authority in the past year as the launching point of a singles match between Reigns and HHH.

Reigns would benefit from this scenario, but where would that leave Rollins and Ambrose? If WWE truly believes that Reigns is ready for the mountaintop, it will focus on thrusting him there rather than what to do with teammates, though.

It's a potentially great match with youth taking on experience and power meeting power.

There is no guarantee that either The Shield Triple Threat match or Reigns vs. "The Game" will happen as fans who have paid attention to WrestleMania reports already know. Plans for the event are constantly shifting. 

Many of these possibilities being discussed are worth keeping around for the next stage of discussions. Giving Bryan a marquee match, placing Reigns in the spotlight and making the most out of Sheamus' brawling are all wise moves.

 

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