Report: Exclusive Sources Say MASSIVE Heel Turn Coming at WrestleMania

With only a day remaining until WWE’s show of the year, hype and expectations are at their absolute height. One of the biggest matches at this year’s show is the Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns, and it’s one that offers no shortage of controversy to wrestling fans.

Reports are now circulating that Reigns vs. Undertaker will close the show, and with Roman expected to come out on top in that match there’s no doubt WrestleMania will end with a chorus of angry fans and boos the likes of which no one could ever dream.

But we here at Wrestling Rumors have got an exclusive scoop on why this is going down. WWE is under no illusions about how another Roman Reigns coronation is going to be received by fans, and they know how this will turn out. That’s why they’re going all the way.

They’re going to turn Roman Reigns heel.

Roman will take down Undertaker with a low-blow during a ref distraction spot–our sources were non-specific about the specifics of the finish, but they promised it would be “bloody.” It’s unclear whether they meant that in a literal sense. But there will be no doubt following the end of WrestleMania that Roman will be booked as a villain.

On the following Raw, Kurt Angle will make his return and announce that he will be taking up Mick Foley’s role as Raw general manager. His first duty as GM will be to announce the return of a pair of “Broken” superstars–and, indeed, this is how Matt and Jeff Hardy will make their debut.

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But wait, there’s more! Matt and Jeff will then announce that they’ve added a brand-new member of the Broken family! None other than… Broken CM Punk.

Also, the entire WrestleMania show has been moved to the evening of April 1st.

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WWE Hopeful Dropped From WrestleMania Week Events After Child Porn Charges

According to a report from Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE hopeful “Rude Boy” Riley has been arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. This has led to his removal from several wrestling related events this weekend in Orlando.

He was scheduled to wrestle with Punk Pro Wrestling on Friday, as well as Orlando City Wrestling on Wrestling on Friday and Monday. However, Orlando City released the following statement:

“In light of today’s recent events James Rude Boy Riley will not be performing with Orlando City Wrestling this week or in the future.”

“We pride ourselves in being family friendly entertainment and have zero tolerance for that. With our owners and most talent being fathers and mothers, something like that hits closer to home. Behavior like that has no place in the wrestling business and will not be tolerated.”

He has also been pulled from from future appearances with Warriors of Wrestling:

Editor’s Note:

Good. Human beings like this deserved to be locked up for the rest of their lives. There is no place for the degradation of a child in our society under any circumstances.

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Seth Rollins Has Major Illness Heading Into WrestleMania

Things keep getting worse, health-wise, for Seth Rollins.

Yesterday, WWE posted a video in which he admitted that he has been fighting a cold all week and had to cancel a workout session with Cesaro and others:

According to a report from Wrestling News World, “The Architect” went to his doctor this morning, and learned that he has been running a fever of over 103.5 degrees. In addition, there are also reports of Rollins contracting pneumonia.

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WWE posted another video this afternoon, which gives us an update on Rollins’ condition. He said that he didn’t get much sleep last night, but that he is feeling better today:

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There is no word yet on whether this illness will effect his match at WrestleMania. He is currently slated to finally have his long-awaited match against WWE COO Triple H.

We’ll update this story as more details become available to us.

Editor’s Note:

“The Architect” is one tough son of a gun. I have no doubts that he will fight through this and we’ll get the best of him on Sunday. Having him miss WrestleMania two years in a row would just be awful.

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Jeff Hardy Responds to WWE Return Rumors

Multiple sources are reporting that Matt and Jeff Hardy will be returning to WWE very soon–perhaps even on Sunday. With a triple threat ladder match set to go down between Raw’s top tag teams, there’s even a perfect venue for their return.

But in a recent CBS Sports interview, Jeff was playing coy about that return. “Knowing they’re going to have a ladder match,” he said, “makes me think: why aren’t we in that? Because we should be. Oh well, maybe next year.”

But when the interviewer pressed him a bit more directly about the rumored WWE return, Jeff responded in no uncertain terms about whether they’d be at WrestleMania. “No, because you have to go through so much testing and all of that. It’s a long process. But, no. We know some people there and naturally, after WrestleMania dies down, maybe a couple of months from now, we’ll see what’s possible. But there is no truth to that whatsoever.”

So there you have it, folks. Jeff himself says there’s “no truth” to the rumors of a WWE return “whatsoever.”

Yeah, we don’t buy it either. Nobody would be mad over the lie if they were to show up Sunday or Monday, and they’d be far better served in keeping the secret by outright denial than a coy refusal to answer the question.

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Naturally, nothing is confirmed until they hit the ring, and it’s always possible that the talk of a return could be just talk. But with a variety of reliable inside sources having talked up that return now for weeks and months on end, the smart money is with it actually happening.

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The Undertaker Isn’t The Only Legend Talking Retirement This Year

Every year around WrestleMania season, the question about The Undertaker’s time in the company is brought up and if each year’s event will be his last.

However, there is another WWE legend who is considering retirement. In a very strong way.

According to Reddit User “STICKSNBRICKS17,” The Big Show confirmed earlier today on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Sirius Radio Show that this year’s Wrestlemania would be his last.

Rumors had been running rampant for quite a while that Big Show was going to have a match this year against Shaquille O’Neal at the “granddaddy of them all” this year. However, as of right now, that contest is not going to be on the card.

In addition, Big Show said that he got in trouble with WWE executives for calling Shaq “fat,” saying that it was considered bullying.

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Editor’s Note:

While I’m disappointed by this, I’m not surprised. The Big Show has been one of the staples of WWE for many years, and is currently doing some of the best work of his career. I hope that he stays around in a backstage role, either working in production or down in NXT training the next generation of athletes.

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JBL is ‘Hot’ About WWE Fans’ Opinion of Roman Reigns

JBL has never been one to hide his opinions and thoughts about the topics of the day.

On the most recent episode of “Bring it to the Table,” the topic of Roman Reigns was brought up, and JBL had the following to say about how the ‘Internet Fans’ react to “The Guy:”

“Let me tell you this: for all these internet fans out there that want to hate Roman Reigns and say, ‘No, we’re standing up because we don’t like him’: Few people in the history of this business walk into an arena and everybody stands on their feet. Everybody. I’ve seen it night after night after night. That to me is an absolute superstar. Whether you love him or whether you hate him, Roman Reigns has earned his spot. I’m hot at all these little crybabies out there going, ‘We just stand up and boo him because we really don’t like him.’ Oh, really?”

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JBL also said that the last time he was on the show, he said something nice about Reigns and the fans said that JBL was “toeing the company line.”

Editor’s Note:

Thank you, JBL. I’ve been saying this for two years. To be successful in WWE, all you have to do is get a reaction from the crowd. Period. Roman Reigns elicits one of the most emotional and passionate responses from the WWE Universe in recent memory every time that he goes out to perform. He is a superstar in every sense of the word. Period.

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Nikki Bella Suffers Injury; Will She Be Cleared for WrestleMania?

In a potentially scary story, a new video chronicling Nikki Bella’s road to WrestleMania has revealed that she suffered a severe strain in her neck last week. As a result, she had to miss the live events that she was scheduled for in Virginia.

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However, the test results came in and although she has a slight herniation right above where she had previously had neck surgery, she has been medically cleared for the “granddaddy of them all.”

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In what has been one of the most talked about feuds on “Smackdown Live” in recent weeks, Bella along with her boyfriend, John Cena, will be taking on the team of The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania. This feud has been the first time that WWE has acknowledged the fact that Bella and Cena are a real life couple.

It has been rumored that the leader of the “CeNation” will propose to his girlfriend at the event as well.

Editor’s Note:

I have to admit that going into WrestleMania season, this was one of the big questions that I had. Bella’s history with neck problems is no secret to anyone, and the fact that she’s being featured in such a high profile feud could be a concern. But, she is good to go, and I can’t wait for this match!

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New WrestleMania Set Photos Show Off a Roller Coaster

Perhaps when WWE was touting this year’s WrestleMania as the “Ultimate Thrill Ride,” they meant it quite literally.

New photos and video have surfaced indicated that a roller coaster of some sort is being constructed in preparation for this weekend’s “granddaddy of them all.” The news was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

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In addition, the following aerial footage was taken, adding to the suspicion that WWE is planning something special for their event:

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Editor’s Note:

Having a roller coaster at this year’s WrestleMania only makes sense. With the event being in Orlando, it is so easy to tie it into Walt Disney World, which is right around the corner. While it might just be there for show, I could see The New Day taking a ride as a part of their duties as hosts, or something like that!

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PSA: Hall of Fame Ceremony Is Tonight

Things are a bit different in WWE’s WrestleMania week schedule this year, and that means if you want to catch Kurt Angle’s triumphant return, you need to be tuning into the WWE Network tonight.

Historically, the Hall of Fame event has taken place on the Saturday night prior to WrestleMania, but this year that slot is taken up by NXT Takeover: Orlando.

The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony will air tonight on the WWE Network at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central.

You’ll also be able see an edited version of the ceremony on the USA Network following the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania.

Here’s the full lineup of inductees:

  • Kurt Angle will be inducted by John Cena
  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express will be inducted by Jim Cornette
  • Teddy Long will be inducted by JBL and Ron Simmons
  • Diamond Dallas Page will be inducted by Eric Bischoff
  • Beth Phoenix will be inducted by Natalya
  • “Ravishing” Rick Rude will be inducted by Ricky Steamboat
  • Eric LeGrand will receive the Warrior Award

That–again–puts NXT Takeover on Saturday night, followed by WrestleMania on Sunday.

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Two Huge Stars Set to Change Brands Following WrestleMania

Even though they haven’t officially announced it yet, WWE is planning on doing another draft at some point following WrestleMania, and two huge stars are rumored to be switching brands.

According to Cageside Seats, WWE is thinking about moving AJ Styles over to Raw, while SmackDown will get Roman Reigns. Seems like a fair trade, right?

Whether or not Reigns moves to SmackDown remains to be seen, but WWE does want to move AJ Styles over to Raw, and his match with Shane McMahon on Sunday could very well be his last match on the blue brand.

It was recently reported that the planned main event for next year’s WrestleMania is Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, which will presumably be for the Universal Championship. If that does remain the plan until next year, then Reigns will likely stay on Raw, unless they’re planning on moving both stars over to SmackDown.

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