In 2013, it was reported that Dave Batista would be returning to the WWE. When he arrived in 2014, the news was set that he would win the Royal Rumble, yet again, and go on to face Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 30. It was a match no one but Vince McMahon wanted to see seemingly.
Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan was getting massive cheers and was the story of 2013. He more than deserved the big win at WrestleMania. However, WWE didn’t put him in their plans for whatever reason. So, the fans sort of rioted. They overly cheered for Bryan, and the “Yes!” movement was alive and well.
WWE eventually came to their senses and gave Bryan the spot fans wanted him to see. Just like last time, fans aren’t happy with the current WrestleMania plans. This has made WWE think a bit. WWE is worried Roman Reigns will get booed or hated if he wins the Royal Rumble match and goes on to win the title at WrestleMania.
The original plans have called for Reigns to win the Rumble and face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Now, those plans could potentially be on hold, as reported by the Inquisitr.
Dean Ambrose is considered the most likely choice to win the Rumble match if Reigns does not, but fans are calling for both Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose to get top billing at WrestleMania.
Due to a possible cash-in by Seth Rollins on the winner of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Royal Rumble, there is some speculation on how things could work after the Rumble is over. If John Cena wins, it is his 16th World Title win, tying him with the legendary Ric Flair. This would be celebrated by WWE, not ruined by a cash-in. If Lesnar wins, it makes sense for him to have had a long reign then lose it. But what happens in a rematch? We couldn’t see a heel vs heel match, so what would happen?
Even if they went with both concepts, John Cena would be in the main event at WrestleMania and neither Ambrose or Ziggler would be.
In the end, there is more wrong with the idea of a cash-in than right. So the plans may not change, however, if fans want them to….that seems to be where WWE is leaning.
What is currently going on backstage is that WWE, out of fear of another Batista issue, is seriously considering changing Mania plans up. Both Ambrose and Ziggler are said to be getting the Daniel Bryan treatment in that both are set for big positions in WrestleMania. Like Bryan, neither were in talks for major roles in WrestleMania before though. However, both were set to be apart of the show….just not in a major role.
While one could win the Royal Rumble match, the other could qualify to make it a triple threat match similar to what happened with Daniel Bryan last year. However, this could happen at Fast Lane instead. Fast Lane is WWE’s newest February PPV. Still, a lot has to go right and not out of the norm to make it all work.
There is a possibility for a Fatal Four Way that could include Roman Reigns as well, but this is just a rumor as of now. So WWE, while they would have to change up the WrestleMania plans a great deal, could in theory make things work. However, a lot will not make sense. WWE wants to capitalize on what fans want to see. However, with two men instead of one, the likelihood of them giving fans everything they want is less likely.
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