WrestleMania 34 is in the books and it was…
well it was a mixed bag of emotions.
We had the awesomeness of Charlotte vs. Asuka
and Ronda Rousey’s in-ring debut, the disappointment
of AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, and the
lows of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar.
Not to mention Braun Strowman choosing a 10-year
old as his tag team partner to take on The
But now that we know all the surprises and
results, let’s take a look back at all the
rumours leading up to the event – and see
which ones were pure poppycock.
Here are 10 crazy WrestleMania 34 rumours
that didn’t happen.
Roman Wins LOL
Yeah we’re going to kick off with the obvious
one – but Roman Reigns winning the Universal
Championship from Brock Lesnar was first reported
this time last year by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling
Observer and by all accounts was the plan
right up until the show itself.
In fact there are some reports since that
WWE changed the finish of the match – which
saw Brock Lesnar shockingly retain despite
claims he was going back to UFC – mid-way
through the WrestleMania 34 main event.
Meltzer has also reported that only a select
few people – not even the producers of the
match – knew that Brock was going over and
everyone was told Roman was winning.
Some reports are now saying that Roman Reigns
will win the Universal Championship at Greatest
Royal Rumble as he’ll get a better crowd
reaction there than he would have done in
Asuka Wins LOL
Another surprise win at WrestleMania 34 was
Charlotte retaining her Smackdown Women’s
Championship against the undefeated Asuka.
Reports had suggested leading into the event
that Asuka was set to win the belt, move over
to Smackdown, and remain undefeated until
WrestleMania 35 where she would face an also
unbeaten Ronda Rousey in a dream match.
The Rock and Batista Tagging With Ronda Rousey
When Ronda Rousey debuted at the Royal Rumble,
it was reported by Dave Meltzer that the plan
was to have her tag with The Rock to take
on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon – the match
WWE had been wanting to do since WrestleMania
However it was then reported that The Rock
would not be able to make the show, and he
was replaced by Raw general manager Kurt Angle.
And in the week leading up to ‘Mania, Meltzer
also revealed that a potential replacement
for Rock was Batista.
However Batista reportedly turned down the
offer, as he wanted his next return to a full-time
one, working house shows and every Raw or
Smackdown Live taping.
Rey Mysterio As Braun’s Mystery Partner
One of the big mysteries leading up to WrestleMania
34 was who Braun Strowman’s tag team partner
for his match against The Bar would be.
Justin Barasso of Sports Illustrated claimed
to have the inside track, reporting that it
would be none other than Rey Mysterio – who
was reportedly in talks for a return to WWE.
However it turns out that the mystery partner
was in fact the legendary 10-year old Nicholas.
But that wasn’t Barasso’s only Rey-related
Rey Mysterio vs. John Cena
Prior to WWE Fastlane, John Cena challenged
The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania
34, but said that he was told “by the office”
that this wouldn’t happen.
Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer
Newsletter back in December last year that
Cena vs. Undertaker was going to happen at
WrestleMania, and that promo was designed
to throw people off the scent.
Which apparently it did, as Justin Barasso
reported after Cena’s promo that Big Match
John would instead face Rey Mysterio in a
As we now know, Cena did take on The Undertaker
in a very, very short match and Rey wasn’t
on the show at all.
The Undertaker vs. John Cena Won’t Happen
And someone who didn’t believe that match
would happen was Mike Johnson of PWInsider
– who reported shortly before WrestleMania
34 that Undertaker was only scheduled to appear
on the show and cut a promo on John Cena.
This would have set up a match for next year’s
WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey.
Sorry, New York.
Intercontinental Championship 5-Way
Before Braun Strowman was set to face The
Bat for the Raw Tag Team Championships, Sports
Illustrated’s Justin Barasso reported that
he would be part of a Fatal 5-way for the
Which would have seen The Miz also defend
against Finn Balor, Seth Rollins and Elias.
The Drifter instead interrupted John Cena
before his match with The Undertaker, and
Braun won the tag straps with a 10-year old.
WWF Old Skool reported that Goldberg would
be doing more than just be entered into the
WWE Hall of Fame over WrestleMania weekend,
saying he was going to be a surprise entrant
in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
In the end there were no surprises in the
match, which was won by Woken Matt Hardy with
the help of Bray Wyatt.
Charlotte vs. Ronda Rousey
Following Rousey’s Royal Rumble debut, Mike
Johnson of PWInsider reported that he had
heard the plan was for Ronda to take on Charlotte
at WrestleMania 34 for the Smackdown Live
Women’s Championship – but did add in the
caveat that plan wasn’t set in stone.
In the end, Rousey teamed with Angle, and
Charlotte ended Asuka’s undefeated streak
to retain her championship.
However a new rumour is that a match between
Charlotte and Rousey will take place at next
year’s WrestleMania – and will be the main
event of the show.
Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen
For a lot of 2017, there was a rumour floating
around that a potential match for WrestleMania
34 was the UFC Horsewomen of Ronda Rousey,
Shayna Baszler, Jessmyn Duke and Marina Shafir
vs. WWE’s Horsewomen of Charlotte Flair,
Sasha Banks, Bayley and Becky Lynch.
This was then furthered during the Mae Young
Classic, when WWE shot a backstage angle where
the women stared each other down.
And in October following the TLC PPV, Dave
Meltzer reported that the match was likely
going to happen at WrestleMania 34.
Instead Baszler won the NXT Women’s Championship
the night before at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans
– and there have been no reports that either
Shafir or Duke have signed with WWE.
So those are just some of the WrestleMania
rumours that didn’t happen.
But remember folks, some of these might have
been plans at some point.
But as the old saying goes – plans change.
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