The Super Bowl of professional wrestling, WrestleMania 33 takes place on Sunday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.
No official main event has been announced for the show but the featured matches include: Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Title, Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker, AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon Seth Rollins vs. Triple H and John Cena/Nikki Bella vs. The Miz/Maryse, The New Day are hosting the festivities.
There are a lot of uncertainties going into this year’s event. We take a look at the four burning questions heading into WrestleMania 33.
1) Which match will go on last?
Months ago, the direction appeared to be Goldberg and Lesnar. But in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Reigns and Undertaker are rumored to main event the show. Anything can obviously change but some credence has to be given to the report. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross will now be announcing a match on the show. One would have to assume it would be to call the latter match.
Also, it could be the final match for “The Dead Man”. Nothing is confirmed but if it goes on last, these two situations would lead one to believe to be the case. WWE though runs the risk of Reigns getting booed to end the show where Vince McMahon likes the babyface to get the big pop. But, McMahon at last year’s WrestleMania 32 had Reigns beat Triple H to win the WWE championship and thunderous boos rang through AT&T Stadium. Let’s remember though, McMahon can make a last second decision and reverse course.
2) Will Goldberg vs. Lesnar go more than one minute and twenty-six seconds?
When Goldberg returned to WWE and faced Lesnar at Survivor Series in November, the former WCW champion mauled the former UFC heavyweight champion in 86 seconds.
Then at the Royal Rumble in January, Goldberg and Lesnar were in the 30-man Royal Rumble match. Lesnar came in No. 26 and wrecked shop, eliminating three wrestlers in short order. Goldberg came in at No. 28 and after being in the match for 30 seconds, he clotheslined Lesnar over the top rope to eliminate him from the match.
Goldberg is 50 years old and the last time he wrestled for more than 86 seconds was his first match with Lesnar at WrestleMania 20 in 2004. That bout lasted 13:43. It was one of worst main attraction matches in the history of WrestleMania. Goldberg and Lesnar were leaving WWE after the affair and decided to just go through the motions to basically collect their paycheck and ended up getting loudly booed by the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden for their less than stellar effort.
Common sense would tell you there is no way this will happen again on wrestling’s biggest stage. Not in this day of age with social media at an all-time high and the knowledge of today’s wrestling fan. But in the wrestling business, you can never say never to anything.
3) Is John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella?
Cena and Bella have been dating since the end of 2012. They are the stars of 'Total Divas' and have their spin-off, 'Total Bellas.'
A four-year plus relationship is a long time. Cena’s been married in the past while Bella has not.
During this program, MIz and Maryse have used the the fact that Cena hasn't proposed to get under their opponents' skin.
Nikki has been accompanying Cena to more of his appearances, like The Today Show and his hosting spot at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
One could see it happening but wouldn’t it be tacky if you asked the love of your life to spend the rest of their life with you in front 60,000 people and millions watching around the world? Some might say that something that important should be done in private.
Of course, it wouldn't be the first time WWE has played this card:
4) Will we see any major surprise appearances?
We see some guest appearances at every WrestleMania.
One would think The Rock will be out at some point. He hasn’t missed a WrestleMania since WrestleMania 26 in Phoenix. What will he do? Who knows but it’s The Rock and he always gives an extra added boost. Hulk Hogan is in Orlando promoting the open of his new beach shop and it seems like a matter of time before the biggest name in the history of professional wrestling returns to where “Hulkamania” was born. Mick Foley was at The Hall of Fame on Friday night so an involvement in the Rollins vs. Triple H would make sense considering how Foley was fired as general manager of Raw.
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