5 Biggest Questions Remaining on the Road to WrestleMania 30
The gladiator pit that is WrestleMania 30 already has several warriors set to clang swords, but there are several stories yet to have a clear climax ahead.
The Shield, The Real Americans, AJ Lee and The Usos are without official opponents for now. Where those wrestlers are headed will be among the most intriguing subplots in the buildup to WrestleMania.
Raw, SmackDown and WWE's other programming will soon reveal who will join John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar in the Superdome at "The Show of Shows."
The following is a look at the WrestleMania narratives that offer the least clarity, the ones that create questions that fans will want answered in the coming weeks.
Who Else Will Join the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?
The first-ever 30-man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is less than halfway full, but there are already six former world champs set to compete in the match. As WrestleMania approaches, every WWE show is a possible stage for another Superstar to announce their entry.
As of now, WWE.com lists the following as confirmed entrants:
- Titus O'Neil
- Big Show
- Dolph Ziggler
- Alberto Del Rio
- Big E
- Mark Henry
- Damien Sandow
- Curtis Axel
The leaves 18 opens spots for others to snatch up.
PWInsider reported that Cesaro had entered his name into the mix on the German version of Raw. Cesaro, though, has not been officially entered, instead perhaps heading for a showdown with The Usos.
Bad News Barrett, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Goldust and The Miz are among the notable names on the roster without a feud or WrestleMania match. Even if WWE adds all those wrestlers, there will be plenty of openings to fill.
Will WWE borrow a few prospects from NXT, or will this be a chance for little-used workers like Yoshi Tatsu to work their way onto the WrestleMania card?
Where Does The Shield End Up on the Card?
The Shield has been featured too much on Raw and SmackDown in recent weeks to just be left out of the WrestleMania picture.
After attacking Kane on Monday's Raw, it's clear that the company has a plan for Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose that includes the Director of Operations.
How exactly that comes about will be something to watch in the coming weeks.
Will Kane bring up The Ascension to aid him against the trio of insurgents? That's a scenario that TribLive.com reports WWE is considering.
Other options include Kane facing a single member of the group, entering a handicap match against all three or finding another pair of allies to go to battle with him.
With so much of the WrestleMania card set, this remains the biggest puzzle piece yet to come into focus.
Will The Usos Defend The Tag Titles and Against Whom?
The Usos don't have a clear set of rivals.
The New Age Outlaws have not encountered them lately. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have made no move toward the champs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust haven't been positioned as challengers either, but that could change with a single victory.
The Real Americans did score a non-title win over the brothers on Monday's Raw, a surprise after how much infighting Cesaro and Jack Swagger had been doing before that.
Will Zeb Colter's crew get a crack at The Usos' gold? Will it be a match featuring several challengers, with the Rhodes boys sliding into the mix as well?
Even with the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal being longer than the standard match, WrestleMania is going to need a few more bouts to fill up the four hours of the pay-per-view. The Usos defending their titles is one of the more likely options to make use of that airtime.
Who Is the No. 1 Contender for the Divas Championship?
In non-title competition and tag team action, several Divas have defeated AJ Lee. Will that translate into a championship opportunity for one or more of them?
Nikki Bella pinned AJ on March 10. On Monday's Raw, Naomi celebrated her return to action by getting a three-count on the Divas champ.
Those results hint at the possibility that several cast members of Total Divas battle AJ at WrestleMania.
There is also the possibility that Tamina Snuka begins a feud with AJ. After The Funkadactyls defeated those two women on Monday's Raw, AJ barked at her bodyguard. Tamina responded by pushing her down.
The next few weeks should clear up a scrambled Divas title picture if WWE indeed plans on having that championship be a part of WrestleMania.
Are The Real Americans and The Shield Really United Again?
Before Monday's Raw and last Friday's SmackDown, there seemed to be a race between The Real Americans and The Shield in regard to who would break up first. Both teams have since forged together once more.
The Shield defied Kane on both shows, attacking the Director of Operations.
Cesaro and Jack Swagger seemed to work out their personal issues at some point. They knocked off the Tag Team champs on Monday's Raw with no signs of splintering.
Will these units remain whole all the way to WrestleMania, or will tension creep up once more?
The answer to that question will help determine what kind of bout these men have at WrestleMania. Splitting up will likely pit comrade against comrade while sticking together could create new opportunities.
The Real Americans may challenge for the Tag titles, while The Shield could be in line for a battle against The Authority in some form.