The Road to WrestleMania will kick off with the Royal Rumble later this month on January 28th. The months leading up to WWE’s biggest show almost always involve some of the most memorable storylines because they are usually planned months in advance. However, this year is quite different,
Fight Select is reporting that WWE is still making changes to its WrestleMania plans. Fightful further confirmed that Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch is no longer in the works for WrestleMania. One top talent informed Fightful that Rousey is expected to have a big match at WrestleMania.
While Becky Lynch isn’t bothered that her match isn’t happening, WWE is still unsure what her match will be. The outlet was informed that any plans Vince McMahon had prior to his departure isn’t set for the show any longer. While it was presumed that Cody Rhodes would challenge for the WWE Championship, sources inside creative informed Fightful that it wasn’t outright told to them.
It was also reported that Logan Paul, The Rock, and John Cena aren’t confirmed for the show yet. While it was reported that Austin Theory vs. John Cena was planned for WrestleMania, there have pitches for Cody Rhodes vs. John Cena prior to the regime change.
Talent that we’d spoken to did confirm that most involved thought that the original WrestleMania 35 match should have been a one on one match, as Steve Muehlhausen had noted on Twitter. A source familiar with the situation said that Becky Lynch did not seem bothered by the notion that the match was no longer happening, but there wasn’t an update on what her match at the show would be.
It goes without saying, but we’re told that anything that Vince McMahon had in mind for next year before his departure isn’t set for the show any longer. Ahead of Vince leaving, it was presumed that Cody Rhodes would end up competing for the WWE Championship at the show, however sources in creative told Fightful that while that was assumed, it wasn’t outright told to them.
WWE does want Logan Paul and The Rock for the show, but we’ve gained no confirmation on whether or not either will appear. John Cena’s status was also unclear to us, and internal conversation shifted from Austin Theory to Logan Paul recently, but we can confirm that other top talent was pushing to work with him as far back as July for WrestleMania. There had actually been pitches within the company at that point for Cody Rhodes vs. John Cena, but we haven’t heard that discussed since the regime change.
Ringside News exclusively reported that WWE was pitching alternative ideas to if The Rock can’t do WrestleMania. This year’s show is still very much a work in progress.
WWE will need to figure out what their plans are with regards to the WWE title and Women’s Title scene before the Royal Rumble. Following the Royal Rumble, the Road to WrestleMania will be in full swing. Stay tuned to Ringside News for live coverage of the Royal Rumble.
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