Rumor Roundup Feb 29: WrestleMania Card, Stipulation For Edge vs Randy Orton, Nia Jax Update

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1. WrestleMania Card Is Set To Be Stacked

WrestleMania is now just over a month away and the card is starting to take shape with two more huge matches announced last night on SmackDown. The Fiend will now be looking for some redemption as he takes on John Cena, while Goldberg’s first title defense will be against Roman Reigns. There may only be a handful of matches official for WWE’s biggest show of the year at present, but according to a report by The Wrestling Observer, the card is expected to have around 16 matches.

Of these matches, there is expected to be a percentage of women’s bouts since all four Championships will be defended and the Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal is believed to be making its return.

2. Tyson Fury’s WrestleMania Status

It was rumored a few weeks ago that WWE officials were keeping an eye on the match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in the hopes that a Fury victory would allow him to believably return to WWE for another match. Fury picked up the victory over Wilder and now speculation suggests that Fury could be returning for a match against Braun Strowman at WrestleMania.

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer noted that following his win, talk seems to have sped up and Braun Strowman has already pitched the idea of putting his Intercontinental Championship on the line for the match.

3. Edge vs Randy Orton Set To Have An Added Stipulation?

Edge’s return to WWE back in January kicked off what has been one of the best feuds of 2020 between The Rated R Superstar and his former teammate Randy Orton. Edge hasn’t been seen on WWE TV in almost a month and still, the company has been able to continue to build up their potential WrestleMania match, something that will continue when Edge’s wife Beth Phoenix appears on Raw on Monday Night.

According to The Wrestling Observer, not only is this match on a WrestleMania collision course, but it’s also expected to have an added stipulation. Given the fact that Orton has taken to using chairs to injure his opponents lately, it could be that WWE decides to let the two men collide in a No Holds Barred match to completely end their feud.

4. Nia Jax Ready To Make Her WWE Return

Nia Jax was last seen in a WWE ring at last year’s WrestleMania when she came up short alongside Tamina Snuka in their quest to become Women’s Tag Team Champions. It was then revealed that Jax had to undergo double surgery on her legs since she was missing her ACL.

In recent months the former Women’s Champion has shared a number of videos on Instagram showing that she is preparing to make her in-ring return but now it’s reported that Jax is ready to return to the ring and should be back just in time for WrestleMania 36 in Tampa.

5. Jeff Hardy’s WWE Return

Jeff Hardy hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring in a number of months, but while the WWE Universe has been concentrating on the future of his brother Matt, Jeff has been preparing himself to make his return. Jeff Hardy was given extra leave by WWE to deal with some personal issues at the tail end of 2019 and now it appears that he is ready to make his return.

Hardy is set to appear on WWE Backstage next week, but according to PWInsider, The Charismatic Enigma was also backstage last night for SmackDown and is expected to return to the brand as soon as next week’s show.

6. Beth Phoenix To Wrestle At WrestleMania?

Beth Phoenix makes her return to RAW this Monday night to be part of the storyline involving Edge and Randy Orton, but reports from The Wrestling Observer now state that the WWE Hall of Famer could instead be returning to help out her old friend Natalya in her feud against The Kabuki Warriors.

Natalya and Phoenix battled for the Championships in a fatal four-way match at last year’s WrestleMania but are expected to challenge Asuka and Kairi Sane one-on-one at this year’s Showcase of the Immortals.

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.