The rumors are only getting hotter as we get closer to WrestleMania 31. WWE news continues to leak out of Stamford, CT and rather than focus on one story I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a few headlines that are buzzing on the Internet.
[adinserter block=”1″]The biggest story and rumor that I came across has to do with the main-event. Many are all questioning the decision to headline WrestleMania with Roman Reigns. It is obvious to anyone not named Vince McMahon that Reigns is just not nearly as over as other Mania challengers heading into the big show. He is certainly nowhere near as over as Daniel Bryan was heading into last year’s match. So why is Vince the only one oblivious to this and why is he moving forward in spite of the obvious problems with Reigns?
According to several rumors, this all goes back to The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30 and the streak. The rumor is that Vince used his plans for Reigns to convince Undertaker to put over Lesnar and end the streak. Vince allegedly sold the idea to Undertaker on the fact that Lesnar needed the win so he could in turn put over Reigns this year, thus making Reigns’ win even bigger. Taking Reigns out of the match or going with someone else (Bryan) would be Vince going back on his word to the Undertaker, thus Vince is proceeding with his plan.
That is certainly an interesting take on the situation. Several insiders have accused Vince of being out of touch with the fans and product in recent years. Steve Austin asked Vince personally about it on his podcast. I don’t think there has been better evidence of that than this whole Roman Reigns debacle. However, Vince’s decision to stick with Reigns certainly makes more sense with this little tidbit to consider. If true, you have to appreciate Vince’s loyalty to the Undertaker. At the same time, Vince has to also be loyal to his shareholders. As a public company, there are a lot more people that Vince has to answer to other than the Undertaker. Would he really be that concerned about keeping his word to a superstar on the way out at the expense of jeopardizing his future business? I don’t know if that is commendable or just flat out irresponsible.
Brock Lesnar walking out of RAW continues to be a developing story. Quite frankly there are new rumors popping up daily and at this point nothing has been confirmed one way or the other. However, there are two new rumors floating around regarding the incident. The first one comes via Reddit.com by verified WWE insider MetsFan4Ever.
“The argument was that Brock wanted to go to the UFC show this past weekend and discuss a deal. Vince was strongly against this as long as Brock was under WWE contract. Brock stormed out of the building and as we all know, showed up at the UFC show. It’s just a matter of time before Brock is headlining another UFC show.”
This adds another layer to the story about Lesnar walking out. What we do know is that Lesnar was advertised on RAW two weeks ago, showed up, and left after a shouting match with Vince McMahon. Dave Meltzer speculated that the disagreement was over something in a new proposed contract. Most assumed that Lesnar showing up at UFC was a result of the argument, not the other way around. True or false, one thing we do know is that Lesnar walked and there could be ramifications…which brings us to our last rumor.
[adinserter block=”2″]Some insiders are reporting that Brock may “owe” the WWE a date after walking out of RAW. Brock’s contract expires with his WrestleMania 31 match. The new speculation is that the WWE could hold Lesnar to another date post-Mania due to his walkout.
It is certainly an interesting spin to a story with many layers. The WWE may wind up benefitting here if that is true. The RAW after Mania is generally the most exciting RAW of the year. Having Lesnar available and appearing would only enhance what is bound to be a super show. My gut tells me that if the WWE and Lesnar can’t reach a new deal, the WWE lets Lesnar walk after Mania without forcing him to make another appearance. I think at the end of the day both sides know that there is plenty of money left on the table and it is in the best interest of both to remain professional regardless of who winds up with Brock’s services.