WWE Rumors: Buzz on Road to WWE WrestleMania 2017 for Week of March 13
It's three weeks away from WrestleMania, and WWE still has some important, key plot points up in the air.
The most obvious question mark is Seth Rollins' status. Is he or isn't he? And if he is, will he wrestle a full-length match or will he partake in a scripted segment between matches?
On one hand, The Kingslayer (fantastic, new nickname!) doesn't want to miss WrestleMania for the second year in a row. On the other hand, if he rushes his recovery, he risks reinjuring himself and sitting out for even longer.
Today's rumors address this concern as well as others. Here's the latest buzz on the Road to WrestleMania.
Lana Is Headed to NXT
Last year at WrestleMania, Lana made her in-ring debut. But since then, the Russian sensation has reverted back to her managerial role. And outside of a few NXT house shows, she's been a non-presence in the ring.
But Rusev is going to be on the shelf for awhile, recovering from shoulder surgery. And this gives Lana the chance to brush up on her ring work. According to Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats, Lana will be focusing on wrestling in NXT while Rusev undergoes rehabilitation.
Lana is in a weird place right now from a narrative standpoint. She has one foot in her Russian gimmick and still puts on the thick accent for Raw. But she's no longer the intimidating, controlling presence that she was in 2014. And she's completely out of character on Total Divas, where she drops the accent and goes swimming and sunning with her fellow gal pals.
Lana is clearly a star—people cheer for her more than Rusev. But can she wrestle a full match? How well can she adapt to a daily grind? This upcoming NXT stint may answer both of those questions.
Goldberg's Got Two Appearances Left
Goldberg and Brock Lesnar are facing each other for the universal title at WrestleMania.
Thus far, Lesnar has lost to Goldberg twice: once at WrestleMania XX and again at Survivor Series (2016). It would make sense for Lesnar to win their upcoming match, if only to present the two men as competitive equals. But a recent rumor may confirm that Lesnar is walking out of Orlando as champion.
According to Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc., Goldberg is only signed for two more appearances. The first will be at the final Raw before WrestleMania on March 27. The second will be the aforementioned match against Lesnar at WrestleMania 33. Meanwhile, Lesnar is scheduled for the Raw after WrestleMania on April 3.
If true, it all but confirms that Lesnar is winning; can you imagine a post-Mania Raw without the champion?
If this is the last time fans get to see Goldberg fight for the foreseeable future, he should leave it all in the ring and go out in a blaze of glory.
Seth Rollins Is Cleared for Ring Work
The final in-ring segment on Raw hedged its bets. Clearly, Rollins is more mobile than people suspected; he dropped that crutch like it was nothing. But then, Triple H beat Rollins' leg with the crutch. Perhaps it was a sort of insurance; if it turned out that Rollins couldn't wrestle a full match, WWE now had a built-in, story-consistent excuse to explain it.
Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet all but confirmed this; he tweeted that Rollins is cleared to do rudimentary work in the ring but not to wrestle a full match.
A lot can change in three weeks. And ultimately, WWE might not make a final decision until the last moment to give Rollins as much time as possible to recover. Until they get final confirmation, the WWE writers should script contingency plans to account for Rollins' mobility or lack thereof.