According to PWInsider.com, The Undertaker was said to be walking around in a great deal of pain at Raw last week, and as a result there is growing concern in WWE regarding The Dead Man’s future in the company.
The Undertaker was said to be pretty unhappy at Raw this past Monday night due to the level of pain he was in, which resulted in talks that this year might be ‘Taker’s final WrestleMania.
There was quite a bit of buzz on social media following Raw last week that Undertaker appeared to “wince” following the Chokeslam he delivered to Braun Strowman. Some fans took this as an indication of pain, but some took it as just a possible in-character reaction.
According to a correspondent we had in attendance for Raw, “Taker was a bit slow to get up after the spear he took from Roman Reigns, and while he was noticeably limping up the entrance ramp to make his exit, again, that could have been ‘Taker selling the move from Reigns. It appears, however, he was in legitimate pain either before or after the move from Reigns.”
Undertaker celebrated his 52nd birthday this weekend, and there are still big money matches on the table for him, including “dream bout” scenarios with John Cena and Sting.
However, with his reported level of pain, WWE officials are beginning to come to the conclusion that this year might be it for ‘Taker, and after WrestleMania he might undergo major surgery which would likely end his career.
Next Sunday, April 2 sees the 33rd mega-event in WWE’s history land in Orlando, Florida.
It promises to be typical WWE fare on the extravaganza side of sports entertainment, with a lot to get excited about.
Here, we have all the information you need to watch the action unfold.
WHERE IS IT?
This year’s WrestleMania takes place at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
WHEN IS IT?
As stated above, local time sees the event kick-off at 5pm on April 2 but for those of us in the UAE, the goalposts are moved slightly.
In the UAE, the kick-off show begins at 1am GST.
The main show gets underway two hours later at 3am GST and is likely to run until between 7-8am in the morning.
It will be an early one and if you’re staying up then you might want to work out some WrestleMania friendly hours at work or school the next day.
HOW CAN I WATCH IT?
For the kick-off show, you’ll need the WWE Network, which you can watch on OSN WWE, via the WWE Network App, on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One.
You can also access it through the likes of Apple TV and most smart TVs that support the Network.
When it comes to the main card, OSN WWE and OSN Play are your two best options in the UAE, while all of the above apps will also see you through from start to finish.
For those wanting a bigger screen to take in the action, VOX Cinemas are showing WrestleMania at selected cinemas in the UAE. You can find out where and buy your tickets, here.
WHAT’S ON THE FULL CARD?
In a word; Plenty.
Neville (c) vs Austin Aries [Cruiserweight Championship]
Alexa Bliss (c) Open Challenge [SmackDown Women’s Championship]
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
[Confirmed entrants: Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn, Goldust, Curtis Axel, Primo, Epico, Bo Dallas, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews, Mojo Rawley, Big Show, Curt Hawkins, Dolph Ziggler, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Chad Gable, Rhyno, Heath Slater, Tyler Breeze, Fandango]
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (c) vs Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs Cesaro & Sheamus [RAW tag-team Championship]
Dean Ambrose (c) vs Baron Corbin [Intercontinental Championship]
John Cena & Nikki Bella vs The Miz & Maryse
Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens [United States Championship]
Bayley (c) vs Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax [RAW Women’s Championship]
Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles
The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins vs Triple H
Goldberg (c) vs Brock Lesnar [Universal Championship]
Bray Wyatt (c) vs Randy Orton [WWE Championship]
The wrestling rumour mill at this time of year goes into overdrive.
As soon as WrestleMania looms large over us, reports of famous former faces, celebrities and new signings dominate conversation as much as talk about the confirmed matches.
It was Kurt Angle a few months back, while Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar has had a long run at further whetting the nostalgic appetite and some returning Divas have this week been confirmed.
But the near-constant internet chatter has been about the impending comebacks of hottest free agents in the business – Matt and Jeff Hardy.
The pair, famed for their death defying antics of the Attitude Era and reinvention as the Broken Hardys in TNA Wrestling, have been talked up with growing volume about a return to WWE.
And Twitter ramped those levels to fever pitch this week, the WWE Network’s account sharing a video package from WrestleMania XXV when the two brothers met each other.
It contained a nod to the Broken characters that have proven so popular in TNA, reportedly patented by the Hardys this week, and was shared by Matt Hardy to send the WWE Universe into pandemonium.
Throw in a hint of a ladder match for the RAW tag-tiles at WrestleMania and, again, the world was wondering whether there would be a cause for further Deletion at the Show of Shows.
But do not hold your breath, least of all because the team are in action at Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor on April 1.
Yes, it looks like the WWE has offered a contract to the Hardy brothers, but to push through a deal in time for WrestleMania will be incredibly tricky.
Far more realistic would be some mooted notes that the Hardys will make a dramatic return to RAW the following night.
If they were to pull it off, either at Mania or RAW, it would be a stunning move that would light up the Florida crowd.
In a division that has been lacking since New Day relinquished the titles, WWE’s tag-teams need a breath of fresh air and Broken Hardys would definitely inject life into storylines.
To pull the rabbit out of the hat, completely under wraps and on the Grandest Stage is the stuff that dreams are made of.
We will have to wait and see if those hopes remain in the imaginary realms rather than rooted in reality but you can be sure that right up until the final bell of the triple-threat battle for the RAW tag-team titles, the Hardys will be willed on to make an appearance.