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Massive Backstage News on Wrestlemania 33 Plans for Undertaker & Roman Reigns, Possible Royal Rumble Winner

According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE officials are not planning on having current WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens or WWE Champion AJ Styles going into Wrestlemania as the champions.

Styles will defend his title against Cena this weekend (Sun. January 29, 2017) at the Royal Rumble, while Owens is set to defend against Reigns. It has also been confirmed that the WWE Title will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber in the upcoming February pay-per-view (PPV) event as well.

The Observer states that the Mania line-up so far is looking like¬†Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar, Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho, Shaquille O’Neal vs. Big Show, The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton and RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks.

As for who will win this weekend’s Rumble, it is being rumored that Randy Orton will get the nod, Bray Wyatt winning the WWE Title in the Elimination Chamber match, setting up a title bout between the two in Orlando. Goldberg vs. Lesnar could very well end up being for the Universal title, while Kevin Owens vs. Jericho would most likely end up being for the United States Title.

It is also being discussed that NXT star Samoa Joe is set to be called up as well to feud with John Cena, possibly setting up a match at Wrestlemania. AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon is also being looked at as a possibility.

  • Arnold Jackson

    AJ vs Shane is horrible. Why would they even be wrestling each other? The answer is that AJ could make the boss’ son look like a million bucks in the ring. It does nothing for AJ who is the actual talent and just gives Shane an ego boost with a Mania victory. AJ has been great all year and deserves a win against a credible opponent at Mania after having to job to Jericho last year.

  • Abhinaba Chakraborty

    Exactly….bro…i was thinking about it too…but it would be better if they set up a fatal-4-way match starring the Undertaker…Goldberg…Brock Lesnar…John Cena….
    That would be a memorable Wrestlemania moment…as both Goldberg and John have never competed the Dead Man inside the squared circle at the Grandest Stage of Them All….and Taker would also have the chance of a payback to the Beast….

  • D2K

    It’s too bad that the streak is over, because they could have had Reigns become the biggest heel EVER by breaking the streak and dashing Taker’s last hopes for a title in his “last match.”

    I think the best way to play this is to have Taker defeat Reigns for the title at Mania, then have Taker come out the next night on RAW, make his retirement speech, lay the belt down in the middle of the ring, and walk off into the sunset.

    Then you can have a Universal title tournament at the next RAW PPV.

  • Hbk

    Hmm sounds interesting but owens vs Y2j needs to be for the universal title and the US title to make it more intresting…. cena vs Joe would be good too. Shane vs aj styles would be good too make it a hardcore match. Taker vs Kane both guys retire and Kane(bring back his original costume and mask) finally beats his brother at mania…. regions vs braun strowman….. get rvd or shelton Benjamin vs ambrose vs miz vs zigler fatal 4 way ladder for the ic title hardy boyz vs cesaro n shamus tag title match…. Kurt angle vs rusev submission match…. get Rollins vs hhh (have sting interfere and cost Rollins the match and have sting be hhh new raw gm and part of the authority because Rollins injured him and cost him his career)

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    Interesting that they don’t know what they’re doing with Cena yet. Also, what about Ambrose? I like the idea of Wyatt as champion. I don’t think Lesnar v Goldberg needs to be for a title. That would mean one of them would have to win on Raw or Fastlane?

  • d

    I’d flip it have Wyatt win the rumble and have Orton turn on Bray at the chamber and pin him to set up the Title match.
    Although personally I think Styles should have a long reign like punk had

  • TheFizPop

    It’s about time creative made the list!!

  • Mister Who

    I don’t like the idea of Orton getting the WWE title shot, screw him, have Bray Wyatt get that title shot instead, and Seth Rollins the Universal title

  • CC

    If any of this is true, its pretty much all bad.
    Owens vs Jericho is great, but for the US title? Come on. It needs to be for the Universal championship for it to make it worthwhile splitting them up.
    Goldberg or Lesnar winning the title .. do we really need another part time champ?
    Orton winning the rumble would be yet another case of someone who does not need to win, and taking it away from those who could really do with the rub of a rumble win.

    One of the current title holders at least needs to go into WM as champion. If neither Owens or Styles is in a world/universal title match at WM it will just show that WWE has no faith in them to headline WM.

  • I hate the idea, especially if it ends up being Taker’s last Mania.

  • blkwolf13

    Taker against Reigns? ….. i donno how i feel about this