WWE are set to stage their simplest WrestleMania of all time and that is why it is fair to assume there won’t be many surprise appearances. WrestleMania 36 was taped last week at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed 55,781 lives worldwide.
Vince McMahon’s promotion will air Mania this weekend as a two-part episode and the WWE Universe should be ready for a rather humble show.
That means that it is highly unlikely to see any surprise returns similar to The Hardy Boyz’s comeback in 2017 or Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock’s appearance at WrestleMania 30 when they confronted Hulk Hogan.
However, that doesn’t mean there will be no legends involved in the event that will go down in history as the most bizarre wrestling show of all time.
Express Sport take you through all the latest rumours regarding some of the sport’s biggest names that were linked with WrestleMania a while back:
Triple H won’t compete at WrestleMania for the first time since 2007 as he is focusing on his duties as WWE Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development.
However, the Hall of Famer was present at the Performance Center during the event’s taping and could make a non-wrestling appearance.
The 14-time world champion gained a lot of plaudits these past few weeks for his commentary skills after he called a few matches next to lead announcer Michael Cole.
Therefore, The Game could be seen again in the commentary booth but it is unlikely he will spend both episodes sat next to Cole.
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CM Punk shocked the world of wrestling after appearing on Fox’s WWE Backstage show last November five years after walking out of WWE.
Rumours suggested that this was the first step to Punk’s return to the ring ahead of WrestleMania.
However, The Best in the World has repeatedly claimed that he is not keen on wrestling again and insists there has been no contact with Vince McMahon’s promotion yet.
McMahon is also reportedly not keen to work with the six-time world champion after his unceremonious exit and so it is fair to assume that the legendary wrestler spent last week in isolation at his home in Chicago.
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The Rock is linked with an appearance at WrestleMania every year as he is arguably the greatest WWE superstar of all time and would be perfect for an event that combines wrestling with show business.
However, Dwayne Johnson is currently in isolation with his family and he most certainly didn’t appear at the PC during last week’s tapings.
A video message, however, would make for a nice touch during these difficult times.
Hulk Hogan stated a few months ago that he would like to have a retirement match at WrestleMania against Vince McMahon.
However, that won’t be happening this year or any other time as both wrestling legends are at a very advanced age and way past their prime.
Hogan is unlikely to appear at WrestleMania this year, although he was supposed to be inducted to the Hall of Fame for a second time as part of the nWo with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and X-Pac.
The 12-time world champion did make a surprise appearance last year but the coronavirus crisis hasn’t given WWE any opportunities to include legends as they were in a rush to tape the entire show on a tight schedule.
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