WrestleMania is WWE’s biggest event of the wrestling season. One of the biggest aspects of the Pay-Per-View is the return of former superstars.
One former WWE champion is already guaranteed to be highlighted at the event. Batista came back after nearly four years, and won the Royal Rumble following his first appearance on “Monday Night Raw.” While the fan reaction hasn’t been what the company had expected, there’s a good chance he’ll leave he’ll leave the PPV with the WWE World Heavyweight Title.
Sting is a wrestling legend, but he’s never been a part of the WWE. However, the most recent rumors suggest Sting is done with TNA and could sign with WWE any day now. The former WCW great wouldn’t necessarily make his debut in time for WrestleMania, but he may join the company in the first half of year.
The return WWE is most hoping for most may not happen. CM Punk has left the company, even though his contract runs until July. Vince McMahon is reportedly trying to get the superstar back as soon as possible, and the company is preparing for life without Punk. The Rock is also not likely to appear at the event after working it for three straight years.
WrestleMania 30 is the biggest event in the company’s history, and there are certainly more surprises to come. Below are five wrestlers that could make their return to the WWE in time for the PPV or by the end of 2014.
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Arguably the biggest star in WWE history is likely to show up at the event that he helped make so popular. Several reports indicate that Hogan will be a WrestleMania 30 in some capacity. He’s likely not healthy enough to wrestle, though Rowdy Roddy Piper has been pushing to have a match with his former rival. Hogan hasn’t appeared on WWE TV since the end of 2007.
Last year, there were questions surrounding whether or not the legend would be able to partake in a WrestleMania match. However, he extended his streak to 21-0, and should get another win at this year’s event. Undertaker had a few matches with The Shield in April, before taking another hiatus. At this point, though, it would be a surprise if he didn’t face Brock Lesnar in New Orleans.
The 54-year-old will head the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class, along with Jake The Snake, who is the other known inductee. Other than his appearance at the ceremony, there’s an outside chance that he could get in the ring one more time. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that WWE has discussed Warrior facing Ryback at WrestleMania. There had been rumors that Ryback could take on Goldberg, but that looks to no longer be a possibility.
It’s been seven years since the former Diva was a part of WWE, but that could be changing very shortly. Multiple reports claim the two sides are discussing a deal that would put George Clooney’s former girlfriend in the Hall of Fame. She might end up playing a role a WrestleMania, though not likely in the ring.
Angle won’t return to WWE in time for WrestleMania. However, his contract with TNA is reportedly set to end in the Fall. According to the Wrestling Observer, there is a feeling in WWE that the 45-year-old will return to the company that he debuted for in 1999. Recently, Angle praised a match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan on Twitter. He also denied reports that he had an argument with a TNA official during a recent show.