Even though this year’s WrestleMania 32 was a record-breaking show regarding attendance, the show was looked at as a disappointment, as there were very few memorable moments. The show as built around Roman Reigns’ quest to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which is something that very few people were interested in, and even though he’ll likely still be in WWE’s main event scene in Orlando next year, he may not be in the World Title match on the “grandest stage of them all.”
We really only know one match — Big Show vs. Shaquille O’Neal — that will be on the WrestleMania 33 card. Other than that, the rest of that card is a complete mystery. Sure, there are a few matches that WWE is building towards that will likely take place at the event, most notably Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, which was originally going to happen this past spring, but it got scrapped due to Rollins blowing out his knee.
You can bet that we’ll be seeing the return of some familiar faces as we get closer to WrestleMania 33, as legends such as The Rock and The Undertaker always return to the company either just before WWE’s biggest show of the year, or at the event itself. But, what will they be doing there? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss.
- Undertaker vs. Sting
In a recent interview on the WWE Network, Sting told JBL that he was holding off on getting neck surgery because he’s still hoping to return to the ring for a match with The Undertaker. Of course, Sting suffered a neck injury at last year’s Night of Champions show during his match with Seth Rollins, and he later learned that he was suffering from a condition known as spinal stenosis. He then officially announced his retirement during his WWE Hall of Fame speech earlier this year.
If Sting were to undergo neck surgery, he wouldn’t have the option to return to the ring. Fans have wanted to see him wrestle The Undertaker for over a decade now, and it looks like that’s the only match that “The Icon” is interested in having. Will it happen at WrestleMania 33? Well, that depends on a lot of stuff. There’s been a rumor going around ever since the conclusion of WrestleMania 32 that The Undertaker is never going to wrestle again. So, if that rumor is actually true, then Sting vs. Undertaker obviously won’t happen next year, or any time after that.
- Roman Reigns vs. John Cena
WWE has been trying to get their fans to accept Roman Reigns as the company’s top hero for two years now, and even though the fans have refused to accept Reigns in that spot, Vince McMahon has been stubborn about it, as he’s determined to get Reigns over as the company’s newest megastar.
Of course, John Cena has been carrying WWE on his back for over a decade, and finally, at the age of 39, it looks like his days of being a full timer are over, as he’s focusing on crossing over into Hollywood. Even if he does end up finding success as a movie star, he’ll probably always be a part of WWE, even if it is on an extremely part-time basis.
Now that Cena isn’t a full-time guy, next year’s WrestleMania could be the perfect place for the former fifteen-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion to pass the torch to Roman Reigns. But that doesn’t mean that the fans will accept Reigns as the new top guy. In fact, they may actually decide to fully support Cena in the match, which is something that hasn’t happened at a WrestleMania since back at WrestleMania 20 in 2004.
- AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor
Both AJ Styles and Finn Balor captained the New Japan Pro Wrestling faction known as the Bullet Club during their time there. In fact, Styles debuted in NJPW as the faction’s newest leader on the night that Balor left the company for WWE.
Other than their brief interaction at last month’s SummerSlam, Balor and Styles have never come face to face in any wrestling organization. Now that they’re both top stars in WWE, the question isn’t if they’ll cross paths, it’s when will they cross paths? And the answer to that question could very well be WrestleMania 33.
Balor is hoping to return from injury in time for WrestleMania 33, and while Seth Rollins would be the opponent that would make the most sense for him, it looks like WWE is heading towards a Rollins vs. Triple H match at the event. There are a few other interesting match-ups for Balor upon his return, but none of them are more interesting than AJ Styles.
- Triple H vs. Seth Rollins
As previously mentioned, this match was originally scheduled to happen at WrestleMania 32 before Rollins’ injury. Now, it looks like it’s going to happen at WrestleMania 33, as WWE is slowly building up a match between “The Architect” and “The Game.”
Of course, we still have another six months left until WrestleMania 33, so we could end up seeing this match sooner. But it doesn’t look like Triple H will be returning to WWE television anytime soon, and even if he does, the Royal Rumble is the only major event that precedes WrestleMania, and they probably won’t do it there, because the Rumble hasn’t exactly been known for hosting major one-on-one matches. So it seems pretty clear that this match will happen in Orlando next year.
- The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar
The first and only meeting between Brock Lesnar and The Rock took place fourteen years ago. It was a huge match back then, and it would be even bigger now.
WWE originally wanted to do this match at WrestleMania 30, but that plan got scrapped after The Rock was injured during his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29. Since then, The Rock hasn’t wrestled again. Sure, he officially had a match against Erick Rowan at this year’s WrestleMania, but it only lasted a couple of seconds, and there was no build up to it beforehand.
There are really only three opponents on the table for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33; The Rock, Goldberg, and Roman Reigns. You could even throw Kevin Owens in there too. But the biggest match of them all would be the Brock vs. Rock rematch.
WrestleMania 33 is taking place in The Rock’s home state of Florida, so he will be a part of the show, and it’s likely that he’ll want to wrestle on the show. There have been issues over the last couple of years that have prevented The Rock from being able to wrestle again, but he’ll hopefully be able to resolve those issues prior to next year’s big event, so we can see him get back in the ring and have more than a five-second match.
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