Mania Plans Changing, Hogan Update & Hall of Fame News


According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels is currently NOT in the Wrestlemania plans, which change regularly . (Oops!)’s Dave Scherer, however, is saying that this is still a possibility, so who really knows?

Since The Undertaker vs. Batista seems likely, there are no plans to turn Taker, Batista, HBK or Cena heel, and WWE doesn’t want to do two face vs. face matches on top at Mania, one possibility for the RAW main event in Detroit is Cena vs. Edge and/or Orton. It’s probably safe to assume that if Cena faces Edge or Orton in a singles match, HBK would face the other member of the current World Tag Champions.

Assuming the Big Show won’t wrestle at Mania — an assumption WWE seems to have settled on, since Show has yet to say yes (although he’s also not said no as he heels up and loses weight) — some ideas that have been presented to Hulk Hogan are: Hogan vs. Khali, Hogan vs. Umaga or… Hogan (w/Donald Trump in his corner) vs. Shane McMahon (w/Vince AND Khali in his corner). Personally, I’d rather see Hogan team with Flair (or even Austin) to face Rated-RKO, and Shawn get his title shot vs. Cena, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

In Mania-related news, Ann Russo-Gordon, who is the woman who called Hogan and presented him with possible Hall of Fame names when he was on Bubba the Love Sponge’s show a while ago, is actually NOT Vince McMahon’s secretary. She is Johnny Ace’s, and he likely got some heat for the incident.

Aside from Hogan, members of the writing team and some wrestlers were asked to submit their feedback on the HoF possibilities by January 15. It really comes down to what Vince wants in the long run, with several factors involved, including not wanting too many “main event level” stars, nor too many deceased wrestlers, honored at the same time.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter (click here for subscription information)

Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.