As the new year arrives, the speculation surrounding potential WrestleMania matches for top Superstars inevitably heats up, and this week's WWE rumor mill is dominated by them.
Who is wrestling whom? Which Superstar will have the most significant match on the card? Who will John Cena be programmed against on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
That latter topic was at the forefront of this week's discussion.
Which other rumors dominated the discussion and should you buy or sell them and their effect on WWE programming?
John Cena WrestleMania 34 Plans
According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Cageside Seats), any rumors of another WWE Championship match between John Cena and AJ Styles are false.
"...it was noted by Dave Meltzer that he was told rumors of a John Cena vs. AJ Styles match for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 34 are incorrect. Further, he said Cena is in a 'much bigger match' than Styles and it will be clear what that match will be in a few weeks."
There is no further explanation as to whom the opponent may be.
Buy or Sell?
Buy. Yes, the idea of another Cena vs. Styles match, on the grand stage of WrestleMania, is one most fans could agree would be awesome but that match has been done before, on smaller stages. Cena, no longer a full-time performer, has earned a marquee match against an iconic Superstar.
Be it against The Undertaker, Goldberg or someone entirely unexpected, he deserves to work one of them at the Showcase of the Immortals. Such a match also prevents him from going over a full-time competitor who will be around WWE television long after Cena goes off to make his next movie so it is a mutually beneficial booking option.
Shane McMahon To Wrestle at WrestleMania
According to WrestleVotes (h/t Cageside Seats), "Shane McMahon is unsurprisingly “penciled in” for a major WrestleMania match." The report continued, "It’s expected to be part of his feud with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but there are still questions about who Shane’s opponent or possibly partner will be."
It is no surprise that McMahon is figuring into WrestleMania plans, especially given the integral part he has played in the previous two spectaculars, nor is it particularly shocking that whatever he does at that show will be related to his ongoing rivalry with Zayn and Owens.
Buy or Sell?
Buy. McMahon is a household name whose popularity dates back to the height of the Attitude Era. He still means a great deal to fans who may have tuned out of the current product and can help attract them for the biggest event of the year. Programming him with Zayn and Owens, not to mention the potential for a showdown with a medically cleared Daniel Bryan, does a great deal to shine a spotlight on the stars of today.
It also continues what has become one of the better stories in all of WWE, a power struggle between two authority figures enhanced by the presence of master manipulators Owens and Zayn.
Creative's Got Nothing for The Revival
Scott Dawson may have returned from injury in December and teamed with Dash Wilder to defeat former SmackDown tag team champion Rhyno and Heath Slater on Raw but according to Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats, that does not mean the former NXT tag champions have any storylines on the horizon.
"Despite the former NXT tag champs finally having a clean bill of health, WWE has no storyline plans for The Revival."
Considering the emphasis on The Bar, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan and the re-emergence of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows following their reunion with Finn Balor, it is not difficult to see how it would be somewhat difficult to puzzle them in.
Buy or Sell?
Sell. There is no reason a writing team cannot circle the names of Dash and Dawson on the roster and make it a priority to develop something for them to do. Arguably the best tag team in wrestling, a throwback to the days of The Andersons, The Revival should be the centerpiece of the division and the champions. Not having something for them to do is a bigger indictment of the writing staff than anything.