WrestleMania 31 is done and dusted, and it's already time for fans to start gearing up for WrestleMania 32, with reports indicating that Ronda Rousey and The Rock are both set to clash with WWE's power couple, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, at the Texas event.
Strangely, though, not in a mixed tag bout—as the newsworthy in-ring confrontation at WrestleMania 31 last week heavily hinted.
In this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives some background on the possible Rock/Triple H bout.
When Dwayne Johnson and HHH did that angle on Smackdown last year, it was with the understanding they would build to a match for either this year or next year at WrestleMania. Johnson’s schedule wouldn’t allow him to train for a match on the show as he was to be promoting “Furious 7,” although he was able to be at the show. That’s when Sting vs. HHH became the idea, with HHH going over, when they agreed to do Rock vs. HHH next year.
Melzter goes on to mention, “The plan, such as it was and as best we can tell, still is, is not for a mixed tag. The plan is for two singles with HHH vs. Rock and Ronda Rousey vs. Stephanie next year.”
Rock vs. Triple H is an interesting, if not exactly earth-shattering, prospect. With some good booking, it could be a very decent program. But frankly, these two have faced off so many times over the years that it's not a terribly fresh concept.
It's hard to fight the feeling that Rock vs. Brock Lesnar or Rock vs. Sting would be more promising matches.
Rousey vs. Stephanie in a singles match, meanwhile, sounds like a very risky idea, indeed.
Sure, fans would likely be lining up to see WWE's top female heel get her comeuppance at the hands of the wildly popular UFC star, but is Stephanie—who tries hard whenever she gets in the ring but is no Manami Toyota, even on her best day—up to the challenge of carrying a non-worker like Rousey to a good and lengthy match?