WWE WrestleMania 30: 7 Things Every Fan Must Know
The biggest show in the history of professional wrestling is just around the corner—WrestleMania XXX.
And whilst the card is locked in, and the hype is at a huge level, there are plenty of things that fans need to know in advance of the show.
A little guidance as to the background of matches, statistical records or things to expect is never a bad thing—and we have some of the bases covered right here.
There is sure to be something that captures your attention that you may want to remember when the show rolls around—so check out this slideshow of the seven biggest things you need to know about WrestleMania XXX.
It Will Be the Last 'Mania Appearance for Many
There is a raft of part-time guys, as well as aging guys, on the current WrestleMania card.
That means it is almost time for a new breed of wrestlers to come in and take over from the current crop of legends. And for some in that latter group, the curtain could be about to fall on their WrestleMania careers.
Kane is competing against The Shield in a six-man tag match, and it is hard to see where he will feature in WrestleMania 31's plans, given how he is constantly becoming an authoritative figure.
Likewise, that's true for Kane's partners, The New Age Outlaws. They have been great servants for the WWE, but it is unlikely they will be around for next year's show.
And could Triple H be added to that list? His match with Daniel Bryan would be a fitting way to bow out.
Even More Returns Are Guaranteed
Brock Lesnar, Undertaker and Hulk Hogan are just three of the names that have returned to the company in time for WrestleMania XXX.
And you shouldn't rule out even more surprise returns in the actual show itself. For example, there are four slots left open in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal—and that suggests there could be a twist or two.
Rob Van Dam is the name that immediately springs to mind, as it would be a perfect setting for him to make a dramatic entrance in the match.
And—whisper it quietly—don't rule out a CM Punk return. It could still happen, believe it or not—and it would draw a huge reaction from the crowd in attendance.
One thing you're guaranteed at WrestleMania is surprises. Expect more this year.
There Will Be Plenty of Splits and Turns
WrestleMania is always a breeding ground for controversy. Friends become enemies, and enemies become friends. That is the fabric of the show.
And this year we can expect plenty of turns and splits, too. The relationship between The Real Americans could well come to a head in their tag title match—it has been teased for weeks, after all.
Cesaro is due the face turn that will launch his career, and the timing seems almost right. The battle royal will also provide plenty of opportunities for splits and turns, too.
Guys such as Sheamus could potentially turn in the battle royal, as could the Big Show—his whole career has been built around turning face or heel.
History Is Not on Randy Orton's Side
Randy Orton heads into the event as the defending WWE World Heavyweight champion. However, the chances of him defending the title successfully are slim on several fronts.
First of all, there's the logical front. Orton's time as champion is almost up—he has held it for a good few months and will have to defend it against two men.
But there's another reason history is not on his side. If Orton vs. Batista vs. TBD is the final match of the night—which it probably will be, given how one of the men in the match will be pulling double-duty—the champ has a terrible record to defend.
In the 24 championship matches that have closed WrestleMania, only 29 percent of defending champions have emerged with their title intact.
It looks tough for Orton. It has to be said.
A Lesser-Known Streak Could Come to an End
We've discussed him already, but Rob Van Dam has an important record to defend if he turns up at WrestleMania XXX.
Whilst all the talk is of Undertaker potentially going to 22-0 by beating Brock Lesnar, RVD will be putting his streak on the line, too.
OK, it is only 4-0, but it is still an undefeated streak at WrestleMania. It all began at WrestleMania X8, when he defeated William Regal. Two years later, he defended the tag titles with Booker T.
Note: In the intervening year at WrestleMania 19, RVD did lose a tag match with Kane, but it was on Sunday Night Heat, not the actual 'Mania card.
He then picked up wins at WrestleMania 22 and 23—making him four out of four on the biggest stage of all.
If he returns in the battle royal, it would be a remarkable effort to make it 5-0.
Triple H or Daniel Bryan Will Be Joining an Exclusive Club
It could easily be described as the biggest match on the card—Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan.
The stipulation surrounding the match is huge, with the winner advancing to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton vs. Batista.
And whoever it is that prevails to advance to the main event will be joining a special club—becoming only the 10th man to pull double-duty at WrestleMania.
That is without doubt a pretty exclusive bunch to be alongside, underlining just how rare a feat it is at WrestleMania.
Interestingly either HHH or Bryan will join the following men: Hulk Hogan (WM IX), Bret Hart (WM X), The Million Dollar Man, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang, Don Muraco and Randy Savage (WM IV), Yokozuna (WM IX and X) and Kane (WM XXIV).
Undertaker Has Another Streak to Speak of
All the talk surrounding Undertaker will be focused on one number—22. Can he make it 22 wins out of as many matches against Brock Lesnar this year?
However, there is another streak that Taker holds. It may not be as impressive as the 21-0 win record he possesses—but it is certainly admirable.
This will the 13th WrestleMania in a row in which Undertaker has competed, spanning back to 2001. He snatched the record at WrestleMania 29 from Bret Hart, interestingly enough.
Just behind on that list are John Cena, Randy Orton and Kane—who will be appearing at their 11th straight show. You would imagine one of those men will overtake Taker eventually, but for now, that is another streak Undertaker has in his grasp.