In the world of WWE rumors, sometimes it seems like just about anything is possible. There’s been recent speculation that the WWE would court Ronda Rousey for a potential contract after she finishes with UFC. There’s been talk of Conor McGregor eventually stepping into a WWE ring. Rumors of former champion Hulk Hogan popping up at Mania have crept in despite his controversial exit from the company. Now there’s some potential speculation that another UFC star, CM Punk, or the President-Elect of United States, Donald Trump, will appear at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida next year. Is there a chance any of these will happen?
As of Wednesday morning, many people were waking up to the news that there was a brand new president elected. According to Wrestling News Source, WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump was announced as the surprise winner for many American voters and election analysts who had predicted a Hillary Clinton victory. He’ll now take office as the 45th President of the United States in 2017, and he just so happens to be good friends with one Mr. Vince McMahon. That would seem to bring about some initial speculation that he’ll be a part of a big event like WrestleMania. It’s not like he hasn’t been before.
That brings about the ongoing betting odds that exist for some upcoming pro wrestling events. The Unibet website out of the United Kingdom has listed odds for 10 different wrestlers or celebrities that could appear at WrestleMania 33. The biggest favorite so far is Shane McMahon, who has a money line price of -3400, meaning bettors would need to wager $3,400 in order to win just $100.
The Undertaker is next with a price of -1000 making him second favorite, and a likely candidate to be there. That one will possibly be off the table after next week’s 900th SmackDown. Many people feel that Taker will be wrestling in his final WWE match at Mania against none other than John Cena. So Shane McMahon and Undertaker are both easier to see appearing at the event than some of the other names being thrown out.
Digging into some of the potential returning stars or celebrities that could appear brings about some interesting ones. Right now, Goldberg has a price of -400 to be at WrestleMania 33, and that could happen if he is involved in the Hall of Fame or a match. Kurt Angle is actually listed at -150 making him another potential returning star. Batista is a +400 underdog but is also one to consider. However, there are several names that are bigger underdogs.
Right now, CM Punk carries a price of +700 to appear at Mania. Punk is known for his infamous exit from WWE and entry into the world of mixed martial arts. The UFC fighter has repeatedly said he’s fine with where he’s working right now, so it’s certainly a longshot. However, his co-worker, for now, women’s UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is a +125 underdog. There’s been plenty of speculation she’ll be courted by WWE as soon as she finishes up with UFC.
The brand new president Donald Trump had odds of +1000 to make an appearance at Mania. Keep in mind, these were his odds before he became elected as president. It was most likely more of a speculation that with a loss he’d have free time to show up at the big event in Orlando, Florida. That might be more of a longshot now that he’ll have a lot more to focus his attention on.
However, Trump did participate in the famous “Battle of the Billionaires Hair vs. Hair Match” against his good friend, Vince McMahon. For the match, Trump was represented by Bobby Lashley against McMahon’s representative Umaga. Once Lashley won the match, it meant it was time to shave Mr. McMahon’s head bald. Stone Cold Steve Austin was on hand to help officiate and make sure Mr. McMahon got the shave he deserved.
One main thing to keep in mind might be WWE’s lack of political involvement across their Raw and SmackDown shows for this election. During past elections, WWE usually poked fun at the candidates with “look-alikes” or even showed pre-recorded video messages from the actual candidates at events. It’s possible that McMahon stayed out of that and out of presenting a bias to WWE fans. So right now, it seems a Donald Trump appearance at the event is a major longshot, as the betting odds reflect.
One potential superstar appearance that wasn’t listed on Unibet but discussed on WWE Leaks is none other than Hulk Hogan. Another sportsbook has given him odds for an appearance at WrestleMania 33. The website mentions that as of Sunday, Hogan’s odds to appear were reduced quite a bit.
Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, first opened with odds of 7 to 4 to appear at Mania. Since then, the number has moved down to 5 to 2, and is now at 5 to 4. It’s being suggested that with Hogan having cleared up his Gawker lawsuit, he could also be cleared to return to WWE. Some might feel it’s too soon, though.
WWE always loves to do big things for their biggest pay-per-view of the year. They’ve already got a match featuring NBA star Shaquille O’Neal lined up for the event against Big Show, who has announced his impending retirement. There’s also the potential for a final match by The Undertaker. It wouldn’t be surprising if Goldberg is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and takes the stage during Mania. However, the likelihood of Donald Trump or CM Punk showing up seems pretty low.
As for Hulk Hogan, that could just be the shocking “ace in the pocket” controversial move that WWE makes to get more viewers for the PPV.
WWE fans, do you think Donald Trump will show up at the WrestleMania 33 event, or will the WWE rumors of a Hulk Hogan return prove to be true? What about CM Punk?
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