1. Cena’s chance to shine
The time for talk between WWE Champion The Rock and John Cena will soon be over. At MetLife Stadium, they will clash in a rematch from last year’s epic WrestleMania battle, and both Superstars steadfastly believe they will emerge victorious this time around. For Cena, it’s a self-admitted must-win situation. Last week, The Rock got the better of Cena, blasting him with a blistering Rock Bottom. Will the Cenation leader be looking for retribution on this week’s Raw?
2. Has Punk gotten inside Undertaker’s head?
The Undertaker’s phenomenal 20-0 WrestleMania streak is perhaps the most respected accomplishment in WWE history. Now that CM Punk is in possession of the late Paul Bearer’s urn, could he be the one to break The Streak finally? Last week The Phenom snapped, taking out his emotions on The Straight Edge Superstar. Will The Deadman’s frustrations carry over into this week’s Raw … or on The Grandest Stage of Them All?
3. Uncertain future; guaranteed fight!
Triple H is one of the most revered Superstars on the current roster. At WrestleMania, he’ll face one of the most dangerous Superstars of all time in Brock Lesnar. If The Game fails to win their No Holds Barred Match, he must retire. Regardless of who you are rooting for in this match, one thing is certain: You will witness a fight for survival! Will sparks fly early when both Superstars come to this week’s Raw?
4. Who does the WWE Universe want as its World Heavyweight Champion?
In one corner is Jack Swagger, a Superstar who re-emerged in 2013 with a tougher demeanour … and an agenda for his version of a better America. In the other corner is World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, who has endeared himself to the WWE Universe. Throw in the outspoken Zeb Colter and you have a powder keg ready to go off at WrestleMania. Will tensions explode even sooner on Raw?
5. Can The Shield be Stopped?
Ever since their debut, The Shield has wreaked havoc in WWE. Now the trio must face its toughest challenge yet at WrestleMania against the volatile pairing of Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus. Can the unlikely trio keep it together and work as one to stop the black-clad renegades? If The Shield does prevail, the post-WrestleMania landscape could be a drastically different — and more threatening — environment for the entire roster.
Get pumped for WrestleMania by watching the most anticipated Raw this year! Tune in at 8/7 CT on USA Network. (Or if you live in England like me, record it at 1am on Sky Sports 3 and watch later on in the day)
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IGN recently interviewed WWE Superstar CM Punk. Here are some highlights from the interview.
Having a match with Undertaker and not breaking The Streak:
“I mean, does anybody really think they have to break the streak? It’s one of those things. The streak is this monumental thing and I think everybody has these feelings of not wanting to see it broken, so therefore it should never be broken. But once that bell rings I don’t have a boss and nobody can tell me what to do. The guy who beats the streak is gonna go down as a legend. If I broke the streak, I’d be a legend. So it’s up to me to do everything I can to break it.”
Putting pressure on himself:
“I expect the best from myself, no more no less. I don’t know what anybody else expects from this match given [Undertaker’s] year away from the ring and possibly his physical condition. Or the fact that I don’t have a Hell in a Cell or all these different kinds of stipulations, like No Disqualification, to work with. But I like it when they handcuff me.”
“I always seem to find a way to make it the best that it can be, given the circumstances. I don’t think I can look at it like ‘Oh, this has to be better than other matches Undertaker’s done.’ To me this match is going to be what it has to be. It’s part of a story, you know. So I don’t look at those other matches. It’s really a different beast. I’m making him angry. It’s not just ‘I’m going to break your streak.’ I’m trying to piss the guy off and I want him to try and kill me. So it’s a completely different animal than the last couple matches he’s had at ‘Mania.”
If Undertaker is his dream WrestleMania opponent:
“You know, probably not. To be honest. I mean, I probably would have said, hell, at this point, John Cena. You know what I mean? Or, of course, Stone Cold Steve Austin. He’s always been my answer to that question over the last two years.”
28 years ago today, the first ever Wrestlemania took place, Hulk Hogan & Mr T defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff in the main event with Muhammad Ali & Pat Patterson as Special Referees. Here it is in full.
5 years ago today, Ric Flair’s career came to an end at the hands of Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXIV, here’s the full match.
Dolph Ziggler hits out at part-timers headlining Wrestlemania, AJ & Big E, Bella’s take a shot at AJ
– Speaking to XFINITY by Comcast, Dolph Ziggler revealed that he is none too pleased with WWE opting to utilize part-time talent in the premiere matches at WrestleMania instead of regulars—four of the six wrestlers advertised in the top three billed bouts are part-timers. When asked whether he is annoyed or inspired by this fact, he replied “it’s both.”
“It really pisses me off,” Ziggler noted. “But, it also is good business. Every year a part timer comes back, but there’s a reason that they’re back. Whether it’s the fans want to see them, if they’re a draw, if they’re a movie star, there’s a reason that they’re back. They’re not back just to do it. There’s business to be had. And it pisses me off and it motivates me a hundred percent. It makes me want to be that guy that they’re begging to come back. I appreciate it, it’s just good business. When people come to Wrestlemania to see the Rock and the Undertaker and they leave that Wrestlemania thinking, “Wow, that Dolph Ziggler stole the show. I can’t wait to tune in to ‘Raw’ to see what he does next.” That’s how I’ve lived my entire career.”
“The Show-off” also offered his two cents on his affiliation with Big E Langston and AJ Lee, saying it’s “crazy” that he’s now a locker room veteran assisting young talent.
“As the roster is changing and we have less guys from the late 90s, unless they’re on a lightschedule, I’m good enough to be giving back to young up and comers,” said Ziggler. “And it’s really cool to have someone like an AJ and a Big E. I really appreciate that they want the best, they want to know what’s going on, they want to know why I did things in a match. It helps that they were childhood fans. AJ’s dream as a child was to be a WWE Superstar. I was five-years-old and I wanted to be a Superstar. We have that bond. It makes it that much more rewarding. And we’re just getting started. Once Wrestlemania comes and goes we’ll have more time to settle in and I think you’ll see a nice trio of great talent that could be the future of the business.”
Ziggler also discusses hosting WWE Download, the wear and tear of the Money in the Bank briefcase, who he idolized growing up, and more. The full interview is available here.
– The official WWE website held a poll Friday asking who Divas Champion Kaitlyn should defend her title against. AJ Lee was the runaway winner, capturing over 70% of the vote. A member of The Bella Twins, however, pondered on Twitter whether Lee is even actually a “Diva,” while also taking the opportunity to slam her promiscuous behaviour.
A fan wrote to the twin duo, “As much as I’d love to see AJ get a chance, she’s too busy smooching it up with Dolph. Go Nicole! Go B!” In response, a Bella Twin wrote, “Is she even a diva? I think she’s WWE’s town bicycle. :0
– As reported today, Reid Fliehr, better known to wrestling fans as “Reid Flair,” son of legendary wrestler Ric Flair, was found dead in a hotel room in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday morning. WWE issued a statement via its official website acknowledging the 25-year-old’s passing.
“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Reid Flair, son of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair,” WWE states. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Flair family and friends.”
Several wrestling personalities have had the following to say on Twitter;
Jim Ross – Words cannot express our emotions re: death today of Reid Flair the 24 year old son of Ric Flair. Condolences to the Flair family. So sad.
Taz – Extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Reid Flair. My deepest Condolences to the Ric & his family.
Mick Foley – My heart goes out to the family and friends of Reid Flair. I can’t imagine the grief they are going through at this time. So young. So sad.
Matt Hardy – Heard about the passing of Reid Flair-it’s terrible & sad. My heart goes out to his family & especially his father, Ric Flair. Damn.
Eric Bischoff – Heavy heart. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to Ric Flair and family at the passing of Reid Flair. Such a sad day.
Bobby Roode – Saddened to hear about the death of Reid Flair. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ric Flair and his family.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department has confirmed that Reid Flair, the 25-year-old son of legendary wrestler Ric Flair, was found dead Friday in a Charlotte hotel.
According to a press release issued by police, officers received acall for service in reference to an unresponsive individual at a room at the Residence Inn in South Park. Police identified the person as Richard Fliehr (his real name), and he was pronounced dead.
Police say there didn’t appear to be foul play involved in his death.
Ric Flair’s agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, issued a statement on Facebook: “We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric’s son, Reid Fliehr, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC.
Ric Flair’s agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, issued the following statement on Facebook concerning Reid’s passing: “We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric’s son, Reid Fliehr, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C.
“The investigation into the cause of death is on going. Reid was 25 and an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler.
“No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time.”
A day before his death, Reid wrote a message on Twitter announcing he would be appearing in Maryland this weekend for independent wrestling shows.
“Two shows in Maryland this weekend with @RicFlairNatrBoy. Good #wrestling and even better times ahead,” he wrote