WWE is in the midst of Wrestlemania season, so it's no real surprise that some spoiler reports are starting to leak about what WWE has planned. But it's surprising to learn what huge match WWE has scrapped for the big show.
It was initially speculated that The Undertaker would face John Cena for the WWE title at Wrestlemania 33. Specifically, the rumored plan was for Cena to defeat WWE Champion AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble for his 16th world title, while The Undertaker would then win the Royal Rumble in the main main event to set up the Wrestlemania match. However, PWInsider reports that while the initial reports of Cena vs. Undertaker were close, they were missing one key change: WWE had actually planned for The Undertaker to go into Wrestlemania as the WWE champion. There was no word on just how WWE planned to get the title on Taker, but that was what was initially in the cards for Wrestlemania.
Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that The Undertaker is no longer planned to be in a title match at Wrestlemania. Currently, he's planned to face an unnamed superstar from the RAW brand in an interpromotional match. Although WWE teased Braun Strowman on Raw this past Monday, and will likely tease a confrontation between the two in the Royal Rumble itself, Strowman isn't planned to be Taker's opponent.Source: YouTube
Needless to say, Wrestlemania planning seems more than a bit messy right now, and that's putting it lightly. You'd think WWE would know what they were doing for Taker's Wrestlemania match by now. But then, this is the company that brought in Shane McMahon last year when they couldn't come up with any other idea for The Undertaker. So I'm not even convinced WWE is sure who's getting the shot at Undertaker yet, since they seem to talk themselves out of every idea they have for the guy. If Taker is facing a RAW brand guy, I'd have to think Goldberg would be the biggest match WWE could run, but it's hard to imagine that Goldberg won't be paired in a rematch with Brock Lesnar, if only so Brock could get his win back from the Survivor Series. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens are probably going to be facing each other at the show, just from the direction their storyline has been heading. And I'm fully expecting Seth Rollins will face HHH, if only because they can't possibly drag the story out any longer than they have already. So the only other RAW stars whose booking makes them worthy of an Undertaker match are Strowman and Roman Reigns. With Strowman ruled out, that pretty much leaves Reigns.
Then again, if WWE doesn't plan on having Taker challenge for a title, then I would think that means Reigns either fails to win the Universal title at the Rumble, or he loses it at some point between the Rumble and Wrestlemania. Or, in an approach that's every bit as likely right now, WWE simply changes plans again. So yeah, I'm kind of overthinking this, especially considering how often WWE changes plans. With that said, I really don't know why WWE is so militantly opposed to actually running Cena vs. Taker at Wrestlemania. It's one of the few money matches they've never done at Wrestlemania, and if Taker were to put his career on the line against Cena's title, I don't have any doubt it would move ticket sales in much the same way the Taker/Shane McMahon match did last year when it was announced. Ah well, I guess we'll find out soon enough, once the Wrestlemania card begins taking shape.
But what do you think about the original plans for The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33? Who should The Undertaker face now? Sound off in the comments!
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