WWE News: Women's Title Match Set For 'Wrestlemania'

Wrestlemania 33 is now officially less than a month away, and it looks like the card is beginning to shape up. Gears have been set in motion, and now matches are being made, and storylines are being written to support them. On the March 7 episode of Smackdown, it was announced that Alexa Bliss will defend her Smackdown Women’s Championship at the “Show of Shows”. It was during her “Blissertation” that the first ever two-time Smackdown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss claimed that she was the greatest female athlete on the Smackdown roster. The champion also revealed who she would not be facing at Wrestlemania 33. She said she would not be facing Naomi, as she was injured, nor would she be facing Nikki Bella, who was being treated by medics following an attack from The Miz and Maryse. Carmella was also not seen as a viable opponent, as Bliss said she was taking care of James Ellsworth. Bliss then said she would not be facing Becky Lynch either before the Irish superstar interrupted her. [Image by WWE] Later on Natalya arrived and argued that Lynch was not “championship caliber material”, and that Bliss would face her at Wrestlemania, but Bliss denied her. Bliss’s companion Mickie James then grabbed the microphone and said that she would face the champion at Wrestlemania 33, but Bliss also said no to her. Daniel Bryan then came out and said that since Alexa Bliss said she was the best superstar on the roster, she would be defending her title against “every woman available”. “Shane and I have been listening to your ‘Blissertation’ backstage, and if we were grading it, we would have probably given you an ‘F’. But, then you said something that sparked our interest. You claimed to be the greatest female superstar on the entire ‘Smackdown’ women’s roster, and as surprising as this may be, we thought, ‘hmm, maybe she’s right’, but there’s only one way to really find out, and that’s by having you defend your title at ‘Wrestlemania’ against every available woman on the ‘Smackdown’ roster.” Then Bryan claimed to be taking tips from WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long and set up a tag team match. Becky Lynch and Natalya teamed up against Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, but Natalya turned on Lynch, which allowed Bliss to tag herself in and pin Lynch. After the match, Mickie James kicked Bliss and raised the title over her head, announcing her intentions to win the title at Wrestlemania 33. Right now it is currently unclear what the rules of the match are. Whether it will be a battle royal, a championship scramble, an elimination match, or a gauntlet match. It is also uncertain just who will be competing. Aside from Lynch, Bliss, James, and Natalya, no other participants have been announced. Carmella may later be added to the match. Some also suspect that former female superstars may take part in the match. Names such as Kelly Kelly and Victoria are being thrown around as possible participants, as they have been rumored to appear at Wrestlemania 33. [Image by WWE] Wrestlemania 33 will be the first time both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championships will be defended at a Wrestlemania event. The Raw Women’s Championship was contested for, but not defended, at Wrestlemania 32, as it was for the crowning of the inaugural Women’s Champion, while the Smackdown Women’s Champion was only created last August 23 after the brand split. There have been a total of four different reigns split between three superstars. Inaugural champion Becky Lynch won the title at Backlash and held it for 84 days before dropping it to Alexa Bliss at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. Bliss held the title for 70 days before Naomi won it from her. Just nine days later, Naomi would be forced to vacate the title due to injuries suffered at Elimination Chamber, and Bliss defeated Lynch again to become the first ever two-time Smackdown Women’s Champion. With Bliss set to defend her title, it is sure to be an exciting bout, whether it is on the pre-show or on the main card. [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE Rumors: Bayley Turning Heel Instead of Sasha Banks After 'Wrestlemania 33'

It’s been rumored for some time that Sasha Banks will betray Bayley sooner rather than later and turn heel, but some people are questioning if WWE officials are planning big swerve for the Raw Women’s Champion to turn heel instead of The Boss. Bayley and Sasha have been featured as close friends on WWE television for months now, but the WWE Universe knows it’s only a matter of time before their rivalry is rekindled. As Wrestlemania approaches, the WWE Universe continues to speculate about creative plans for the Raw Women’s Title match. After the post-FastLane edition of Raw, Bayley is set to defend the title against both Charlotte and Sasha Banks in a Triple Threat match. It was reported that Nia Jax is expected to be added to the situation soon, which means WWE officials are planning a Fatal Four Way match for the Women’s Title. Originally, a lot of people assumed Bayley would end Charlotte’s undefeated streak on WWE PPVs and win her first WWE Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania 33. Instead, she won the title on Raw, which was a surprise to many fans. Now, the WWE Universe is waiting for the Bayley vs. Sasha Banks rivalry to begin. [Image by WWE] Vince McMahon is said to be high on Bayley since her main roster debut on WWE television. He recognizes her potential as a babyface with the WWE Universe. In fact, he wants Bayley to be the top female babyface in the company after Wrestlemania 33. Her greatest strength is a lack of attitude, but a world of confidence that can inspire anyone in the WWE Universe regardless of their demographic. That’s a very rare thing. However, some people are noticing a few changes in Bayley’s character after WWE FastLane that have them wondering if a surprising heel turn is being planned for her in the near future. It’s clear that Bayley vs. Sasha Banks is happening at some point after Wrestlemania, but most people are naturally assuming it would be The Boss who would turn heel, which means Bayley could be the more surprising and effective swerve. More specifically, a new report discussed the way Sasha Banks and Bayley were presented during Raw Talk after WWE FastLane. The intent was to show their friendship and natural chemistry, but some people are saying they came off like heels, especially with the way Bayley has been winning matches with Sasha’s help. [Image by WWE] The argument is that Charlotte told Dana Brooke to go to the back, which was a strong face move. However, Bayley won the title match at WWE FastLane after interference from Sasha Banks, which is the exactly how she won the Women’s Title in the first place a few weeks ago. The reality is the majority of WWE fans didn’t see the Raw Talk segment on the WWE Network, but WWE officials need to be more careful in the future. Bayley plays such a clean character with a positive personality on WWE television that it doesn’t take much for the WWE Universe to notice a change in her persona. If WWE officials are planning some kind of a heel turn for Bayley because everyone expects The Boss to betray the latter, Raw Talk may have been something of a trial run to see if the WWE Universe notices and responds to their segment during the show. Of course, some people may be digging too deep at Sasha and Bayley having fun after WWE FastLane. The idea of Bayley turning heel is interesting because most WWE fans would struggle to imagine what that may look like on WWE TV. The WWE Universe will continue to wait for Sasha’s betrayal, but Bayley turning heel is an option as well. [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE News: Daniel Bryan Drops Major Tease About In-Ring Future On 'Talking Smack'

Daniel Bryan hasn’t wrestled in a WWE ring since the April 16, 2015, edition of SmackDown, but his comments on last night’s edition of Talking Smack have the WWE Universe buzzing. Bryan and The Miz have engaged in several verbal spats on the SmackDown Live post show, including this infamous exchange which prompted the YES! Man to walk off the set. The Miz continued his antics last night, accusing Bryan of giving John Cena preferential treatment — Bryan fired back by making fun of The Miz making made-for-television movies. At that point, The Most Must-See WWE Superstar shed light on Bryan’s in-ring career being over because of his concussion issues (via IWNerd). “You want to be a wrestler but you can’t because of your head,” The Miz said. However, it was Bryan’s response that set off a social media firestorm. “I can’t or they won’t let me? We’ll see in a year and a half and see what happens.” As the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last September, Bryan’s contract does not expire until 2018 (via Wrestling Inc). If Bryan’s comment about a year and a half is accurate, he would likely be free to wrestle for another federation in May or June 2018. The report noted that Bryan’s WWE contract was frozen during his over one-year hiatus from the ring as he tried to recover from concussions. PASSION FOR WRESTLING Tuesday’s comments are far from the first — and likely far from the last — time Bryan has teased an in-ring return, even if it’s not in the WWE. After over a year of inactivity, Bryan made several media appearances throughout 2015 and 2016 speaking candidly on his future. Bryan during his brief reign as WWE champion in 2014. [Image by WWE] “I told [WWE], regardless of them, if they won’t clear me… we’re independent contractors, in theory… and I will wrestle again,” Bryan said on Busted Open in 2015. Bryan, 35, has said on multiple occasions that his personal doctors and several others have cleared him to wrestle. Speaking to ESPN’s Cheat Heat, Bryan explained that WWE held up his return and not the other way around. “The whole problem with this process is getting cleared by the doctors. I’ve been cleared by one doctor in Phoenix, but the WWE doctor is hesitant to clear me. It’s a very complicated situation, that I guess they don’t really want me talking about.” However, it’s WWE’s doctor that refused to clear the former WWE Champion after several evaluations. “The WWE doctor Joe Maroon [is] amazing and highly respected in the concussion field, and if they send me to a third neurologist who’s also highly respected in the concussion field and they say literally no… well, then is it really smart to go against two doctors?” Bryan said to IGN. “I get all fired up… and then I’m like, maybe that’s not the best thing for me and my family going forward.” Bryan has teased potentially working elsewhere, telling the New Paper in Singapore last year that these concussion issues “could be the end of my career in WWE, but I don’t think it will be the end of my career.” Bryan has served as the SmackDown Live general manager alongside commissioner Shane McMahon since last year. [Image by WWE] Even during the aforementioned initial run-in with The Miz on Talking Smack, Bryan said he would return to the WWE, “if they let me.” Since becoming the SmackDown Live general manager, Bryan has been a focal point of the program but never involved to the point of an in-ring return. Despite saying he’s accepted retirement, Bryan’s dreams still involve him inside a wrestling ring “A part of my mind hasn’t accepted it. I wake up sometimes with dreams of wrestling,” Bryan said to The Daily World in June 2016. “This literally happened to me [the night before the speech]. I was in Las Vegas and I flew in. I woke up this morning from a dream where I was going to wrestle and I’m not. I have to remind myself at times.” [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE News: Massive Post-Wrestlemania Creative Plans Revealed For Seth Rollins

Even if Seth Rollins can’t compete at Wrestlemania 33, WWE officials have massive creative plans ready for him whenever he is able to return to WWE television. Seth Rollins is claiming that he’ll be at Wrestlemania, but his health status is still very much in question. As of this writing, the belief is that Rollins vs. Triple H is going to continue as originally planned, but WWE officials have backup plans ready to go if Rollins can’t. It’s been reported that Finn Balor will replace Seth Rollins in the match with Triple H if it’s determined over the next few weeks that Seth can’t perform on the grandest stage of them all. The WWE Universe is anxious for Balor’s return to WWE television, which is expected to happen in the coming weeks. WWE officials are still waiting for Rollins’ status to be confirmed, but they’re biding their time on the Road to Wrestlemania. WWE officials are prepared for the worst case scenario, which is Seth Rollins not being able to compete. He will still likely appear at Wrestlemania 33 in some capacity, but he may be forced to be in the corner of Finn Balor against HHH or Samoa Joe depending on what WWE officials want to do. Regardless of what happens in Orlando, Rollins will begin a massive feud after Wrestlemania that most WWE fans will be excited to see. [Image by WWE] The original plan for Samoa Joe’s main roster debut with WWE was to attack Seth Rollins, align with Triple H, and gain a lot of heel heat immediately with the WWE Universe. Joe vs. Rollins would have been the feud heading into WWE FastLane, which would have delayed The Architect vs. The Game until the right time. It was unfortunate that Seth was injured in the initial attack, but Samoa Joe has benefited more than anyone. Joe has dominated on Raw in Seth Rollins’ absence. On paper, that means that Rollins will need to contend with both Triple H and Samoa Joe at Wrestlemania 33 or on WWE television afterward. It’s being reported that no matter what happens on the grandest stage of them all, WWE officials are planning a massive feud for Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins. It’s expected to be one of the biggest post-Wrestlemania rivalries for Raw. Joe vs. Rollins is expected to last for months after Wrestlemania 33. In fact, the rivalry could last all the way through WWE Summerslam. Their feud would still be the plan even if Seth defeats HHH at Wrestlemania, but WWE may push the final match between Rollins and Triple H back to WWE Summerslam if the former is unable to compete in Orlando. Either way, WWE is planning Joe vs. Rollins after Wrestlemania this year. [Image by WWE] Ultimately, WWE officials are trying to build Seth Rollins into the top babyface in the company. The rivalry with HHH was meant to give him the biggest win of his career and a huge moment with the WWE Universe to truly cement him as a top babyface. He could still have that moment, but it may happen differently than WWE originally intended. Now, Rollins’ purpose on WWE television is about a lot more than seeking retribution against Triple H. He needs to even the score with Samoa Joe as well. In many ways, Seth’s injury has given him a lot more to do on WWE programming, and the story isn’t going to end after he defeats Triple H at Wrestlemania. In fact, the whole storyline may last through WWE Summerslam or even Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans next year. The WWE Universe was invested in Rollins’ babyface run before, but the injury could be the best thing for him in the long run if WWE can capitalize and keep the story going as long as the fans are into it. [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE News: Original 'WrestleMania' Pitches For Shane McMahon & Brock Lesnar

Shane McMahon and Brock Lesnar provided the WWE Universe with some of the more memorable moments in 2016, and both will surely look to do the same as the WWE embarks on the road to WrestleMania. Shane’s shocking return to the WWE in February is arguably one of the biggest surprises ever unveiled, in a company notorious for them. That return, of course, set the stage for a monumental match between Shane and the Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania 32. Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania was lackluster compared to Shane’s, but as it turned out, the Beast was being cautious in advance of his secret plans to return to the UFC for one-off match with Mark Hunt. Despite a failed steroid test voiding that win, Lesnar returned to the WWE with as much juice as ever, parlaying that into a WWE SummerSlam main event with Randy Orton. The Lesnar-Orton battle, billed as 15 years in the making, ended in disturbing fashion when Brock bloodied the WWE’s Apex Predator, giving him a legitimate concussion that prevented him from wrestling for the next month. It turned out that Shane’s match with the Undertaker was the biggest selling point of last year’s WrestleMania. He used that momentum and became the new Commissioner of WWE SmackDown Live while Brock Lesnar ended his WWE run in 2016 in a marquee program with Goldberg. [Image by WWE] Around the time of the Lesnar-Goldberg match from WWE Survivor Series, Vince McMahon had it in his mind to book Brock Lesnar in a match with his son for WrestleMania 33. Lesnar’s program with Dean Ambrose a year earlier was received as such a dud that Vince wanted to make Brock’s next ‘Mania match a priority. When it became apparent that The Rock wouldn’t be available, he turned to Shane. This was before Goldberg’s return was met with such positive reviews from the WWE Universe. Goldberg and WWE management agreed to extend his reunion tour, at least through WrestleMania, holding off any WWE Hall of Fame talk at least for another year. The new plan, which has gone unchanged in the five months since, would see Goldberg win the Universal Championship and defend it against Lesnar in Orlando on April 2. As noted, Vince was extremely interested in the idea of Shane and Brock in the same ring inside Camping World Stadium. They actually went as far as to shoot an angle that would have been the catalyst for such a match. This, of course, came following that WWE SummerSlam main event between The Beast and The Viper. Shane tried to stop the carnage, but received an F-5 for his troubles. [Image by WWE] In between the WWE’s two big shows of SummerSlam and Survivor Series last year, there were several backstage discussions, resulting in multiple ideas for the Shane-Lesnar program that would have culminated at this year’s WrestleMania. One would have simply been a straight up singles match between Shane McMahon and Brock Lesnar, but the other two most notable pitches involved Shane bringing in a proxy to face Brock for him, according to a report from Daily Wrestling News. Early on, the first name that surfaced was Samoa Joe. In this scenario, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman would have continually provoked Shane for months before Shane promoted Joe to the WWE to fight on his behalf. Interestingly enough, another idea pitched for Joe’s WWE promotion would have seen him become the first wrestler to beat Braun Strowman in a one-on-one match. That honor went, of course, to Roman Reigns this past Sunday at WWE Fastlane. Joe still made a significant impact upon his WWE debut, however. He attacked Seth Rollins in late January at the behest of Triple H and is now rumored to be involved in some sort of reincarnation of the Evolution stable, led by Hunter, teaming with Kevin Owens and a yet-to-be-determined fourth superstar. The other option would have seen Shane request the services of Goldberg to face Lesnar in the ultimate culmination of a rivalry that has spanned 13 years. That idea came once Goldberg agreed to stay in the WWE longer than was originally planned. But WWE officials decided to take Shane out of the mix altogether and instead, he is expected to face AJ Styles next month in a feud that should continue to take shape tonight on SmackDown. [Featured Image by WWE]

Kevin Owens Originally Told He'd Likely Not Be Promoted From NXT To Main Roster

Kevin Owens is one of the more unlikely WWE superstars, though the sports entertainment has seen a shift in perception in recent years. Getting to the main roster of the WWE is one thing, but becoming Universal Champion on the company’s flagship show is an entirely different one. That’s exactly what Kevin Owens became a little more than 15 months after he was promoted. It wasn’t easy getting to the point, as is the case with many wrestlers and sports entertainers. Kevin Owens had his first sanctioned match in 2000 when he was just 16 years old, and he’d spent the next 14 working his way up the independent scene. Owens made his biggest impressions, wrestling as Kevin Steen, with Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, before finally catching his break in 2014 when he signed with WWE and reported to the NXT brand. [Image by WWE] Two months to the day after Kevin Owens debuted in NXT, he became the brand’s top champion, defeating Sami Zayn. The two’s relationship is well-documented, spanning nearly the entire time frame detailed above through this very day with WWE. On the surface, it seemed obvious that NXT and WWE officials had big plans for the Kevin Owens character. However, as Owens revealed on The Steve Austin Show podcast, he didn’t get that impression when he signed (Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription). “When I got to NXT, I had no idea what or who I would be really. I got signed, but I was never given an indication of what the plans were, if there were plans. As a matter of fact, when I got signed, Canyon Ceman, who is Triple H’s kind of right-hand man with recruiting talent, called me and said, ‘well, we’re going to hire you, but I was told to let you know not to get your hopes up as far as RAW and SmackDown goes because, as you’re aware, you’re maybe not somebody who Vince McMahon would gravitate towards. But you’re going to get your chance in NXT like everyone else.’ And my exact words back to him were, ‘well, I look forward to the challenge’ and he said, ‘well, I thought that’s what you’d say.’” It seems laughable now considering the significant storylines Kevin Owens has been a part of since being called up to the main roster. Not only did he have successful title defenses against the likes of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, but his debut program came against John Cena as you recall, which included a victory over the face of the company on his first night in the promotion. Many speculated that had Kevin Owens gone over John Cena in that first feud, he would have gone on into a program with Brock Lesnar. That didn’t happen, of course, as Cena ultimately went over which ended up dropping Owens down a few pegs and wouldn’t be another year until he was elevated back into the main event. From the interview, you got the impression that Kevin Owens always saw himself on WWE’s grand stage, despite being told by a top official otherwise when he first came in. Even Owens’ wife had some reservations about her husband’s confidence that he’d be traveling the world with the biggest sports entertainment company in the world. “I wasn’t okay with living in Florida for an extended period and I don’t know what made me say this, but I told her ‘once I’m on NXT television, I’ll be on the main roster in six months and we can move back home.’ And as much as she loves me, as much as she believes in me, she was the one to say, when a lot of people would tell me you’ll never get to WWE’ or ‘if you do make it, you won’t be successful’, she would always tell me that they weren’t right and that I would. As much as she loved me and believed in me, she still said, ‘well, guys stay in NXT for years. Like, it’s a nice thought, but come on!’ But then, if you do the math, I started in NXT on December 11th and May 18, I showed up on RAW and was called up and that was six months, so it came true.” [Image by WWE] As noted, the WWE is a different product than ever before, a seemingly more inclusive company in regards to the types of performers they’ve been hiring. Kevin Owens is a key example of Vince relaxing his stance on ‘body’ guys. Owens credits that to one man who’s opened the door for himself and others like him. “Now it’s a very different environment and a very different territory, if I may borrow the expression. We really do have guys of all sizes, all shapes, and there [are] the cruiserweights. Everything [has] really changed in the last two years, but at that time, it still wasn’t this way. There’d already been guys that, much like myself, were successful even though they weren’t the kind of guys you’d expect Vince to be onboard with, like Daniel Bryan. He probably deserves a lot of credit for people like myself and Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe being here because he really broke down the barriers, almost like the fake barriers that people were putting up. Yeah, the perception. He really changed the perception.” As seen on RAW on Monday night, the WWE made the match between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho official for WrestleMania. Owens had to drop the Universal title to Goldberg at Fastlane, but will now challenge Jericho for the United States Championship on April 2 in Orlando. [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE Rumors: Roman Reigns To Face The Undertaker For 'WrestleMania'?

We’re just a few weeks away from “wrestling’s big night,” and the latest WWE rumors suggest that two of the biggest superstars that wrestling has ever seen will be facing off against one another during WrestleMania. It was hinted at during last night’s Raw, of course, and would be one of the biggest matches that WrestleMania has ever seen. The #Undertaker returned to @WWE #RAW to send a message to @WWERomanReigns: It’s STILL HIS YARD! @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/BkiXyBerUl — WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2017 That’s the word according to Sky Sports, whose latest round of WWE rumors suggest that, after last night’s Raw, Roman Reigns and the Undertaker will face off against one another at WrestleMania. “The Undertaker and Roman Reigns look poised for a WrestleMania 33 showdown following a confrontation on Monday Night Raw which ended with The Big Dog being chokeslammed. The Phenom and Reigns went face to face in Chicago – Reigns saying “This is my yard now” to the veteran – and then stared at the WrestleMania sign. Taker had the final say, though, flooring the former Shield man and all-but guaranteeing that the two would face off in Orlando on Sunday, April 2.” Are we going to find out whose yard it TRULY is at @WrestleMania?! #Undertaker @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/bRcjLZEGgk — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 7, 2017 Meanwhile, according to the latest WWE rumors from Forbes, there’s another reason for Roman Reigns detractors to hate the “Big Dog”: he was thought to be wrestling in a $595 pair of sneakers by high fashion house Balenciaga. It’s not unusual for brands to sponsor famous people of all types — especially celebrities of such a high caliber as Roman Reigns — but it’s unusual for a wrestler to get an endorsement of that magnitude. Naturally, because it’s Roman Reigns, he’s going to get some hate and some name-calling for his new endorsement. “Reigns, who defeated Braun Strowman at WWE Fastlane last night, debuted a new pair of sneakers, which some fans initially thought to be the trendy Balenciaga Speed Knits. The fashionable black-and-white, stretch-knit high-top trainers currently retail at Barneys New York for $595.” However, it was later revealed that the shoes were actually much cheaper. “However sneaker website Kicks on Fire later confirmed that Reigns was wearing the SFB 6 Canvas boots, which currently retail for $130. Per usual, Twitter immediately zeroed in on an otherwise minor detail of Reigns’ ring gear, making his shoe choice an overnight sensation. Reigns’ ability to get wrestling fans talking is uncanny. The concept of WWE’s top babyface being such a polarizing figure is the subject of public diaries and philosophical Wikipedia pages. It’s very possible that Reigns’ posh update to his wardrobe could be The Big Dog simply provoking his haters.” Retweet if you love Roman Reigns pic.twitter.com/ZPLWV7Exqn — Roman Reigns (@NottRomanReigns) March 6, 2017 Finally, the latest WWE rumors from The Mirror suggest that the choice for Roman Reigns to fight against The Undertaker was one that was months in the making, and one that was made, ultimately, by The Undertaker himself. Some wrestling experts view this match as a chance for The Undertaker to pass down the torch to Roman Reigns. “A WrestleMania 33 meeting between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns is ON after Monday night’s WWE Raw in Chicago. The event ended in dramatic circumstances, with Braun Strowman calling Reigns into the ring to exact revenge on him for what happened at Fastlane just 24 hours earlier. Strowman then left before Reigns’ entrance music boomed around the Allstate Arena and he entered the ring to confront The Undertaker. “Braun wasn’t calling you out here, Deadman, he called me,” Reigns said to The Undertaker. “So with all due respect, this is my yard now.” What do you think of this latest round of WWE rumors? Will you be watching WrestleMania?
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WWE News: Real Reason Why Goldberg Defeated Kevin Owens In 22 Seconds Revealed

At WWE FastLane, Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens in 22 seconds to become the WWE Universal Champion because WWE officials felt it was necessary for a specific reason. The WWE Universe was ready for the title change because it was been rumored for weeks, but there has been a lot of backlash against the booking since the PPV. However, the reason why Goldberg beat Owens so quickly was about Wrestlemania. On WWE television, Chris Jericho is responsible for Owens losing to Goldberg in 22 seconds. Y2J’s distraction allowed Goldberg to take advantage and win the WWE Universal Title. On Raw, Owens claimed he’s owed a rematch anytime he wants it, but his priority is revenge and taking the United States Title away from him. As expected, Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens will happen at Wrestlemania 33 for the US Title. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar has been official for a few weeks now, but their final match in Orlando will be for the WWE Universal Championship. Not everyone in the WWE Universe is thrilled with Goldberg vs. Lesnar being for WWE’s top prize, but it will be pivotal to the upcoming Wrestlemania card. In fact, WWE officials booked Goldberg vs. Owens at WWE FastLane to be a squash match to save Goldberg for Wrestlemania 33. [Image by WWE] According to a new report, WWE officials are still being overly cautious about Goldberg’s health, especially with Wrestlemania 33 only a few weeks away. It’s been noticeable that he hasn’t taken many bumps despite being featured in three huge matches over the past six months of WWE television. Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens so quickly because WWE officials aren’t willing to risk Goldberg getting hurt before Wrestlemania. It’s understandable that WWE would protect Goldberg heading onto the grandest stage of them all. He has become one of the WWE’s most bankable stars over the past few months, and he’s now the WWE Universal Champion. The last thing that WWE needs is for Goldberg to go down with an injury before Wrestlemania in the same way Seth Rollins did a few weeks back. He is too important to their creative plans in Orlando. The powers that be may or may not be aware that by protecting Goldberg until Wrestlemania, they are also hiding his weaknesses from the WWE Universe. All his in-ring appearances have been short with only a few big moves. Goldberg has not been challenged in the ring since returning to WWE, so the match with Lesnar will most likely be the opportunity for him to put on a longer match, but the pressure will be on to perform. [Image by WWE] WWE may have unintentionally turned the WWE Universe against Goldberg in their attempt to protect him heading into Orlando. The fans were prepared for Goldberg to go over Owens at WWE FastLane, but a lot of the backlash against him becoming the WWE Universal Champion was it might have buried Owens. There are many people who didn’t like the title going from Owens to Goldberg the way it did, which may be a problem. Goldberg has been universally loved by the fans since returning to WWE, but the Chicago crowd during last night’s edition of Raw has a different reaction. There were noticeable boos, and the crowd favored Lesnar during their segment. Chicago is a very smart city, which is a good comparison to what WWE can expect at Wrestlemania 33. If WWE officials aren’t careful, the crowd could ruin the final Goldberg vs. Lesnar match. Goldberg’s health has been protected since his return. He has logged in less than ten minutes of in-ring time over the past six months and is still be able to remain one of the company’s most bankable stars. His run has been very successful, but the WWE Universe could still turn on the match if it’s bad or if they feel Goldberg hasn’t earned his place on the Wrestlemania card. WWE officials should be cautious about more than just Goldberg’s health heading into Wrestlemania. There are a lot of factors still in play for Goldberg vs. Lesnar. [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE News: Undertaker's 'RAW' Return, Sets Up 'WrestleMania' Match Against Reigns

WWE news about the Undertaker at Monday Night RAW will surely come as a respite for several fans who were dejected by his absence at Fastlane 2017. It was expected that Undertaker would appear during the match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. Fans were looking forward to his appearance at the PPV and a possible confirmation about his match with Reigns at WrestleMania 33. To the disappointment of the fans, that did not happen, and Reigns won the match. However, the latest WWE news is that the Undertaker appeared on Monday Night RAW in the most unexpected turn of events. [Image by WWE] At the Monday night RAW, Braun Strowman came out to the ring and asserted the fact that Reigns was lucky at Fastlane 2017, and he assured he would rip Roman limb from limb at WWE Monday Night RAW. Fans were expecting Reigns to come out and face Braun, but before that could happen, the Deadman walked out to the ring. Amidst all the pyro effects, he entered the ring and stared down at Braun Strowman. The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman just called out @WWERomanReigns, but he’s getting The #Undertaker! #RAW pic.twitter.com/Lho2tU4zkJ — WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2017 WWE news for Braun Strowman fans is not good. He appeared clueless and decided to walk back despite being booed by the WWE fans. It was not yet clear why Strowman was shown cowering in such a manner, as reported by Cageside Seats. As soon as Braun was gone, Roman Reigns decided to come out in the ring. Reigns came out to the ring and questioned Undertaker what he was doing in the ring as he was not the one being called by Strowman. Fans started chanting “Roman sucks, ” and the noise kept getting louder. Reigns did not appear to be in the mood to budge, and told the Undertaker, “With all due respect, this is my yard now.” That is when Undertaker decided to reveal the match for WrestleMania 33. The WWE news that fans have been waiting to hear since Reigns eliminated Undertaker at the WWE Royal Rumble 2017, was finally revealed in the most spectacular fashion possible. The Undertaker looked at the WrestleMania 33 sign with his typical gaze, hinting that both would meet at the WrestleMania 33. He then dropped Reigns with a chokeslam before leaving. The #Undertaker returned to @WWE #RAW to send a message to @WWERomanReigns: It’s STILL HIS YARD! @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/BkiXyBerUl — WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2017 WWE Raw went off after the incident, and no official confirmation was made for the speculated match. But, it is expected that WWE will soon announce the Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns for the upcoming event. The Undertaker is contemplated to retire after WrestleMania 33, and this could be the last chance that WWE has to set up the blockbuster match. WWE news had also emerged that the company is planning to turn Reigns into one of the biggest heels of recent time. Defeating the Phenom at WrestleMania 33 could be the greatest opportunity for Reigns. [Image by WWE] The Undertaker has not lost at Mania for nearly two decades except against Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. He holds a career record of 23-1 at the grandest events of WWE. The Phenom has not missed a Mania since 2000, which he had missed due to injury. On the other hand, Reigns is already one of the most hated wrestlers of recent times, and fans would be furious if he ends up defeating the Undertaker. For WWE, the match between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns makes sense from a business point of view, as reported by Forbes. Reigns is the second highest merchandise seller, whereas Taker seats at the fourth spot in spite of his rare appearances. Even at 51, Undertaker holds a special place in the heart of his fans, and it is evident from the numbers. In 2015, Undertaker vs. Lesnar at Hell in a Cell increased the PPV by five percent compared to previous years. Undertaker and Reigns were part of co-main and main events, respectively, at WrestleMania 32, and the event broke all previous records with $17.3 million in revenues. Considering the benefits of the Undertaker vs. Reigns match at the WrestleMania 33, WWE news about the official confirmation is expected shortly. Do you think Reigns would defeat Undertaker and turn heel at Wrestlemania 33? Share your views in the comments section below. [Featured Image by WWE]

WWE News: Major Update On Upcoming WWE Draft, New Rules And NXT Stars Included

The WWE Draft will be coming up a bit later this year, and many people are already wondering where some of their favorite WWE Superstars will end up going when it takes place. The original draft happened similar to the way things were done last year, and when the brands were split things shifted around. One thing done was that there was a drawing and whomever got picked was on that person’s show. So if the WWE RAW GM picked a person at random from the WWE SmackDown Live roster, then that man or woman had to head to RAW. Then later on things shifted again with a yearly draft where shows would battle for a pick, which eventually included ECW. Whatever show that won would get a pick and a random person from the other show or shows would go to the winner’s brand. Sometimes people even went to different shows in the same night. Obviously with the new brand split happening last year, a WWE Draft must come up again and of course new rules would be added. These rules are seemingly very important to how things are set up, unlike before when things got a bit weird regarding champions and rivalries. Cageside Seats is reporting that the General Managers and Commissioners of each brand will have a reduced amount of picks they can use, which makes total sense. [Image by WWE] However, what is key to this is that they can also pick from the WWE NXT brand or their rival brand. It is undetermined if there is an actual pick made on their end, or if it is random at this point. The fact that NXT names are up for grabs means there may need to be a pick on if an authority figure wants to go from there or from the rival brand. Also, an important rule for this time as well is that champions on each brand cannot be picked. It is uncertain if this applies for NXT, but for both WWE RAW and WWE SmackDown Live, none of their champions can be picked in the draft. This is pretty significant as well, as this makes sure the titles of the brand never leave. Most of the time, if a champion left it was no big deal. The other side would get a similar title back in some way. However, the titles are not distinctive to the brand they are on now. The titles are now called the WWE RAW or WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team or Women’s titles. Then you have the red look of the WWE Universal Title. If any of these newer titles switched brands, things may get a bit odd on the brand it goes to. That does not mean that top names contended for titles could not be moved, causing a bit of a problem. [Image by WWE] For example, if Roman Reigns is set to go after the WWE Universal Title against the champion Seth Rollins at, let’s say, WWE SummerSlam….there is no real issue normally. However, if Reigns is drafted to the blue brand before this event yet the title match is already set up….Reigns could still win and take that title to WWE SmackDown Live. This is where some parody could come into play eventually, if not this year it could in upcoming years. Various men and women are rumored to be switching brands. Reports have AJ Styles and The Miz heading to WWE RAW while Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Sasha Banks are all rumored for WWE SmackDown Live. While various names will probably switch brands or be called up, it can be assumed that the shows will even out. It also rumored that trades and contracts will be spoken of more in this time period too. This could make the WWE Draft even more interesting. If someone gets drafted to another show that one brand cannot afford to lose, trades would be terrific to see. The major issue comes in what could happen then, and why a trade would be needed to keep that person. If they were a champion, it would make sense. With champions not being available to draft, that means a top star would have to get moved in that situation. Regardless of how all of this plays out, fans will probably be into what happens in the WWE Draft this year. [Featured Image By WWE]