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1. Mixed Tag Team Match Set To Be Added To WrestleMania?

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Last night on the go-home episode of SmackDown, “The Glitch” revealed the truth behind Mandy Rose and Otis’ first date back in February, which showed that Sonya Deville and Dolph Ziggler worked together to break Otis and Rose up before they could even get together. This reveal caused a rift between Rose and Deville after The Golden Goddess walked away and refused to speak to her long time friend.

Ziggler had already attacked Tucker with a ZigZag on the steel steps which has now opened up the possibility that the originally rumored mixed tag team match could now take place at WrestleMania this weekend. The match would see Rose teaming with Heavy Machinery to take on Bobby Roode, Ziggler and Deville.

2. No WrestleMania Kick-Off Show?

Despite the current issues around the world, WWE has managed to pull together and put on a stacked WrestleMania over two nights which could consist of up to four hours each night. According to a report by The Wrestling Observer, FOX also requested a kickoff show for WrestleMania, but Vince McMahon turned them down.

At present, the company is struggling for content given the recent lockout in Florida which means that they need to save as many matches as they can so that they can be aired at a later date if they are unable to access The Performance Center in the weeks following WrestleMania. This means that WrestleMania will kick off at its usual time and skip the entire pre-show format.

3. Concern Over Goldberg as Universal Champion

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It was revealed last night on SmackDown that Braun Strowman would be replacing Roman Reigns in his Universal Championship match at WrestleMania this weekend since Reigns was forced to pull out of the show on health grounds. According to a report by Tom Colohue, the original plan was for Goldberg to lose the Championship to Reigns at WrestleMania which is why he isn’t scheduled for any more appearances with the company following the show.

Goldberg is expensive and keeping the Championship on the former WCW star could cost WWE more money than they planned.

“There is a concern that the Championship, the root as it were, from him after winning the Championship as was expected, and then going forwards, there is no saying what to do now. Goldberg is very expensive and he wasn’t planned for any more appearances than this one, so it’s difficult to say that this is going to happen or this is going to happen. There is some dislike about that.”

4. Backstage Heat On Roman Reigns?

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Roman Reigns pulled out of WrestleMania this past week given the fact that his health is already compromised given his recent leukemia battle. The former World Champion announced on his Instagram account that he had made the decision to pull out of his match with Goldberg based on his health and the health of his family, and according to Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, there is no heat on Reigns for making the decision.

“There is no heat on Roman whatsoever, or at least there is no heat on Roman that is public, I don’t mean to say that no one’s come and said it publicly but in the background, there may be, but in many ways, you may encounter unconscious prejudice. So there may be in the future at some point, someone will think to themselves, ‘Oh, we can’t use roman because he is unreliable.’ At the moment, everyone is in Roman’s corner, they truly believe in him and think this is the right move for him.”

5. Last-minute Change To SmackDown Storyline?

Last night on SmackDown, Michael Cole announced that Braun Strowman would be facing Goldberg at WrestleMania for the Universal Championship, but there was no mention of Roman Reigns, and the scheduled face-off between Goldberg and Reigns didn’t take place.

Triple H revealed earlier in the week on Ariel Helwani’s MMA podcast that WWE was going to spin the storyline in a unique way, but this didn’t take place, so it’s believed that whatever was planned was actually edited off the show. It’s unknown why Reigns’ storyline wasn’t extended, but it’s obvious that the plan was changed.

“Roman has his situation and his reasons for doing the things that he’s doing. I will say from our standpoint and the storyline standpoint, it’s going to play out in a unique manner and we want it to play out that way.”

He continued, “I don’t want to give away the ending of the movie before the movie takes place. So I just think everybody just has to watch and kind of see how this unfolds but it will unfold in a unique way and I think it will be meaningful.”

6. Why Vince McMahon Rejected Deal With ESPN?

Vince McMahon was in discussions with ESPN last year in order to have SportsCenter as part of this year’s WrestleMania but this deal was never finalized and Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated recently revealed why McMahon pulled out of the discussions.

“ESPN was in deep discussion with WWE last year about having a desk at WrestleMania and airing WrestleMania SportsCenter breaks all weekend, but the talks died the week before WrestleMania 35. A sticking point was McMahon did not want to reveal the behind-the-scenes aspects of WWE, including moments after the show, which makes sense because of the history of secrecy in pro wrestling. Of course, all that could have been acquired for an astronomical price, but the footage is far more valuable to WWE than it ever would be to ESPN.”

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

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