WrestleMania is fast approaching and, on April 3, WWE will take over Dallas and the AT&T arena for their hottest show of the year.
In the view of many, one of the best things about WrestleMania are the superstar cameos. The Rock, D-Generation X and the NWO all made their presence felt last year, but who can we expect at this year’s show of shows?
The Rock has already confirmed he will be at WrestleMania, but, since this year’s Mania takes place in Texas, we can expect a few local boys to make appearances. Houston-native The Undertaker is set to meet Shane McMahon inside Hell in a Cell, so his place on the card is confirmed.
Article continues below
But what about two more of the biggest names in wrestling history who call Texas their home – Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin? With no official word on either yet, it would be a shame for the WWE to miss out on an opportunity to include these guys in the show somehow. But how could the company include these main eventers from Mania '14 in this year's incarnation?
The Heartbreak Kid. The Showstopper. Mr. WrestleMania. Any opportunity the WWE can get to include Shawn Michaels on a pay-per-view is not often ignored; especially the event he helped cultivate.
Article continues below
The San Antonio-bred former three-time WWE Champion has made appearances at three of the last four WrestleManias, getting involved in matches on all accounts. A certain draw, Michaels always puts smiles on the faces of the WWE Universe, so it would be strange to not see him at a WrestleMania in his home state.
Michaels is retired and, despite suffering no serious health issues, has refused time and time again to step back in the ring to wrestle, keeping up his kayfabe retirement from 2009. Acting as outside enforcer/special guest referee on numerous occasions since then, Michaels continues to be a key figure at WrestleMania.
Michaels is retired and, despite suffering no serious health issues, has refused time and time again to step back in the ring to wrestle, keeping up his kayfabe retirement from 2009. Acting as outside enforcer/special guest referee on numerous occasions since then, Michaels continues to be a key figure at the 'granddaddy of them all'.
It would make sense to have him involved in this year’s main event; his good buddy Triple H is defending the world title as a heel, so it would fit the storyline to have Michaels alongside The Game as some extra muscle.
This would further stack the odds against Roman Reigns, feeding into his “One vs All” storyline and it would be a good way to add some draw factor to the main event by including a big name like Michaels.
Couple that with another big name (who just happens to be a cousin of Roman Reigns who might want to even up the odds) and maybe the main event that looks so bad on paper can be salvaged in Texas.
The Texas Rattlesnake is arguably the biggest star the wrestling business has ever seen. Steve Austin helped make the WWE what it is today and he is extremely popular among fans over pretty much every generation of wrestling fans; especially in Texas.
The now-podcast host, who was born in Victoria, has had his fair share of WrestleMania moments and this year he could well add another to his cache. The current plans for Austin are to have him involved in a similar segment to that of WrestleMania 30, where he, The Rock and Hulk Hogan shared the spotlight at the beginning of the show.
However, I think there’s a much bigger opportunity for The Bionic Redneck at Mania. If Vince McMahon is going to be in the corner of The Undertaker for his match against Shane McMahon, which it would make sense for him to be, then why not have his greatest rival opposite him.
Austin’s hell-raising, anti-corporate persona could be revitalised by siding with Shane, who wants to unseat his father as head of Monday Night Raw, something the Attitude Era Austin would support at the drop of a hat - despite his problems with the McMahon's as a whole when he was on the roster.
Whether Austin’s physical condition will allow him to participate physically at Mania is unclear, but, in my head, it makes perfect sense to pit him up against Vince and write a new chapter in the greatest rivalry in wrestling history.
Whatever WWE does with these two, you know they’re going to crop up at some point, and when they do, it’ll be something special going down in Texas.