The calendar continues to move forward faster than ever as we approach the end of the year. WrestleMania 34 is inching closer and closer and will be here in no time. WWE has been reportedly putting together matches for the biggest event of 2018 ever since WrestleMania 33 ended. Many rumors have been changing with certain names now being in new plans for the big event. However, there are a few plans that have been rumored since April and still are stronger than ever. We'll take a look at both the best and the worst things regarding this show in the news.
Fans collectively want to see certain matches and people on the show. These positive rumors provide hope and optimism for WrestleMania 34 to be a better 'Mania event than most others in recent years. Some other rumors add the opposite effect of pessimism and doubt regarding the card on the biggest night of the year. Both sides will be examined along with the explanation as to how likely these matches, appearances and segments go down. Hopefully WWE only rides with the best ideas and erases some of the worst ones. These are eight rumored plans for WrestleMania 34 that we want to see and another seven that we don’t.
15 Want: Dean Ambrose Turning Heel to face Seth Rollins
We are all enjoying the duo of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose teaming together for the first time since The Shield ended. However, both guys have way more potential and should be singles wrestlers in the long haul. This is clearly the right call for them to be together during a time period where there’s nothing better for them.
14 Don’t: John Cena vs. Jinder Mahal for WWE Championship
The idea of John Cena making history by winning his 17th WWE World Championship at WrestleMania 34 is great in theory. However, a problem arises when you hear the other half of the rumor would place Jinder Mahal in the top match. Mahal has been a rather disappointing champion with zero breakout performances during the six months he has held the title so far.
13 Want: Sasha Banks vs. Bayley
WWE has teased the idea of Sasha Banks turning heel on Bayley for a long time now. WrestleMania season and the road to Summerslam this year each showed signs of it happening. Banks showing signs of jealousy at Bayley getting opportunities set the table but it just never happened. Rumors indicate that WWE wants to hold off on this story until the time is right.
12 Don’t: The Rock Appearing Again
The Rock is one of the biggest stars in the world but he manages to hurt WWE many times when he returns. This was shown most at WrestleMania 32 when Rock showed up to have a surprise conformation with The Wyatt Family. Rock defeated Erick Rowan in a matter of seconds and mocked the rest of the members of the faction.
11 Want: Big Show Winning Andre Memorial in Final Match Before Retiring
Big Show is clearly at the end of his career. Various interviews have seen him admit that this will be his current contract will be the final one. WWE has spotlighted Big Show in a handful of segments this year, especially during his feud with Big Cass. Jinder Mahal revealed that Big Show giving him a strong live event match before his push helped him out a lot.
10 Don’t: Big Cass Returning in Major Way
The push of Big Cass as a singles heel after he turned on Enzo Amore was a huge disappointment. Enzo may be more annoying but he has shown to provide some interest, even if the interest wants to see him get beat up. Big Cass didn’t even do that as he was the prototypical generic big man. Aside from wrestling a boring style, he showed zero character.
9 Want: Rey Mysterio Returning for Cruiserweight Match
The Cruiserweight Division definitely needs a big name to add relevance in the big picture. Vince McMahon’s desire to make this division special and unique has been a disaster. Main roster talent like Neville, Enzo Amore and Kalisto have helped the division, but no one has been able to truly lift it into something exciting.
8 Don’t: Finn Balor vs. The Miz
A fan theory online has seen the rumor of a big match for the Intercontinental Championship take off. The Miz is close to the all-time record for most days spent as Intercontinental Champion. WWE can take the title off Miz for a few weeks and set it up so Miz could break the record at WrestleMania 34. Finn Balor is one of the most popular faces on Raw and the theory would have him dethrone Miz.
7 Want: Asuka Winning Raw Women's Championship
Asuka joining the WWE main roster after a two-year undefeated run in NXT is a huge move. The talented Japanese star has been one of the best women’s wrestlers in the world for many years now. WWE is looking to cash in by making her a huge star right away with momentum from her NXT tenure. A rumor of her undefeated streak going into WrestleMania 34 would see her win the Raw Women’s Championship.
6 Don’t: Carmella Cashing In MITB
Carmella has held the Money in the Bank briefcase for many months now. Most wrestlers have cashed in their title shots by now, but WWE seems to have a long term plan for Carmella. Speculation of her winning the belt at WrestleMania 34 is a bit disappointing for many reasons. As great a job as Carmella has been doing in her role, she’s not at a level where it makes sense for her to have such a high profile win.
5 Want: Kurt Angle Having Another Major Match
Kurt Angle returning at TLC is tremendous news for all fans. However, this isn’t necessarily a big match for him when looking at his overall career. Angle needs to have a singles match on the biggest of stages at WrestleMania 34. The fact that WWE feels comfortable enough clearing him for a random TLC match with no build means they believe he is fit to compete.
4 Don’t: Kurt Angle Wrestling Triple H or Jason Jordan
The rumor of Kurt Angle facing one of two specific names doesn’t provide the dream scenario fans hoped for when thinking of his big match. Angle and Triple H have a feud going all the way back to 2000. This rumor is based off the belief that Stephanie McMahon will oppose Angle when returning as his boss on Raw. Triple H representing Stephanie to face Angle makes sense, but there are more exciting matchups.
3 Want: Ronda Rousey Appearance
One of the more buzzworthy rumors to circulate for a long time now regards the future of Ronda Rousey. The former UFC fighter is seemingly done with MMA. Aside from acting, Rousey has her eyes set on the world of WWE. Professional wrestling is a huge passion of hers as seen from her attending many WWE shows and using the Four Horsewomen nickname for her and friends.
2 Don’t: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
The one match that fans have been complaining about since the rumor broke after WrestleMania 33 is the potential of Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns next year. Lesnar winning the title appears to be solely for him to have a long reign that establishes him as the unbeatable beast that loses to Reigns.
1 Want: A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
A rumored match with the complete opposite reaction to Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar focuses on two world renowned wrestlers currently on SmackDown. A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakmaura could be argued as the two best wrestlers on the SmackDown brand today. Both men had incredible runs for New Japan and one classic match there on the company’s biggest show Wrestle Kingdom.
WWE could provide something even more special if they face off here given the presentation on WrestleMania every year. Styles has stated that his dream match is facing Nakamura at a WrestleMania and he is trying to convince Vince McMahon of it. Neither wrestler has an obvious route to WrestleMania 34. We may just get a classic bout between these two stars on the biggest show of the year.
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