WWE has a lot of things that they can pull from to re-create history. The company is also notorious for plans changing, especially back in the day when Vince McMahon ran the show.

Jimmy Fallon was mentioned as potential WrestleMania host in 2018, but plans changed. Several ideas were developed by the creative team, including segments featuring 16-time world champion John Cena and then-WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. It was recently revealed that the American television host, was approached to team up with WWE icon Road Warrior Animal at WrestleMania 34.

Jon Rineman worked as a writer for WWE and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On his Turnbuckles Podcast, Rineman said that the writing team wanted Cena to put a sign on Fallon’s back that said, “I want a match.” McMahon would have seen the sign and booked the WrestleMania host in an impromptu in-ring encounter in a separate segment.

“He runs into Vince McMahon, and there’s a sign on the back,” Rineman said, reading a pitch he received from WWE’s writing team.


He [McMahon’s character] thinks it’s a great idea. When Jimmy tries to back out of the match, thinking it’s not such a great idea, Vince McMahon can cut a passionate speech firing Jimmy up and making him ready to believe in himself.

The pitch went on to say that Jimmy Fallon “could dress up in apparel that looks like another one of our legendary tag teams, The Road Warriors.” Rineman liked the idea and thought Fallon would go viral if he did the Hall of Fame tag team’s finisher alongside Road Warrior Animal.

My what if, as I used to do back then, was, ‘What if you did The Doomsday Device?’ I was like, ‘If you could get up on the rope and clothesline a guy, that would go viral and it would be all over the place.’ And that’s where we left it, and he didn’t do it [host WrestleMania]. That was the last idea, Jimmy comes down as one of The Legion of Doom and does a high-flying move.

Kane, carrying Fallon backstage after interrupting his opening monologue, was another creative team initiative. Braun Strowman would have hung the TV personality on a hook in his dressing room moments later before greeting everyone to the show himself. A confrontation with “two to three bad guys” could have made Fallon’s night even worse. The New Day would have stepped in at that point to save the guest host.

WrestleMania 39 will take place on April 1st and 2nd, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The two-night event is set to feature a star-studded lineup due to its location. It remains to be seen whether Jimmy Fallon will be a part of the show, but it will likely be star-studded. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.

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Shivangini Rawat

Shivangini, a law student, writes for Ringside News to share her passion for wrestling. She joined in 2021, striving to deliver the best content while enjoying her hobbies of baking, cooking, reading and playing musical instruments.

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