5 WrestleMania 36 rumors you need to know: John Cena backing former champion's ideas, Last-minute storyline changes?

John Cena is backing Bray Wyatt's ideas for their WrestleMania match
John Cena is backing Bray Wyatt's ideas for their WrestleMania match

WWE WrestleMania 36 is just a few days away at this point. Due to prevailing circumstances from the Coronavirus outbreak, WrestleMania will be taking place over two nights this year - 4th and 5th April - and will be shot in multiple locations ahead of time.

We have some big title matches on the card with The Undertaker taking on AJ Styles in a Boneyard match as well as John Cena facing Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House match. We have some rumors to take a look at including John Cena being a big supporter of Bray's ideas backstage as well as The Undertaker's physical condition ahead of WrestleMania.


#5 John Cena backing Bray Wyatt’s 'Mania plans

John Cena will face The Fiend in a Firefly Fun House match
John Cena will face The Fiend in a Firefly Fun House match

One of the biggest matches at WrestleMania 36 will see John Cena facing former WWE Universal Champion ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt. We still don’t know the exact plans for the Wyatt vs Cena match but we know that it will be a Firefly Fun House match.

According to Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue, Bray Wyatt was very much the brains behind the Firefly Fun House match. Colohue also added that John Cena had backed Bray Wyatt’s ideas for their match and even took them to the management. Here’s what Tom had to say:

I'm excited to see where John Cena fits into this because obviously he has always had Bray Wyatt's back and he's interested in having Bray Wyatt do more things like this, in much of the same way Randy Orton was for a long time. So this is very much Bray's baby, but John Cena has taken it to management on Bray's behalf as much as Bray has.

#4 AOP won’t back Seth Rollins at WrestleMania after Rezar’s injury

Things aren't looking great for Seth Rollins' faction
Things aren't looking great for Seth Rollins' faction

Seth Rollins’ faction has had some bad luck in recent weeks. The group was going strong but their momentum was derailed after Rezar, of the Authors of Pain, picked up a pretty nasty injury, tearing one of his biceps after catching Montez Ford in midair during a match. The injury was picked up on the March 10th episode of RAW.

Rezar has undergone surgery after the incident and will be out for a while. The report also stated that Rezar could be out of action for almost 7 to 8 months. This means that he will not play a part at WrestleMania 36 in the aid of Seth Rollins.

It was initially thought that WWE would still continue to have Rezar’s tag-team partner Akam on television while he was out. However, a report from the Wrestling Observer later said that WWE would be keeping Akam off the television while Rezar is out meaning that Akam will probably not make an appearance at WrestleMania either.

#3 Why Bayley isn’t facing Sasha Banks one on one at WrestleMania 36

Bayley and Sasha Banks
Bayley and Sasha Banks

Bayley will defend the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship in a five-way match at WrestleMania 36. The other competitors in the match include her best friend Sasha Banks as well as Naomi, Tamina, and Lacey Evans.

Dave Meltzer said that WWE were looking to have Sasha vs Bayley initially but changed plans once they realized there wasn’t enough time to build it properly. Instead, this match will serve as the beginning of their feud instead. Here’s what Meltzer said:

It's actually the kick-off of, you know the company actually wanted to do Bayley and Sasha at WrestleMania, and to their credit, given that there is no time to build it up like literally, this came up a week or two ago, and they just thought, well we just can't do a match after four weeks of no build, so they kind of got it pushed with like, okay, we'll do the six-way which would like be the start and we'll do the singles match when it's not so rushed.

#2 Undertaker in good shape ahead of WrestleMania

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The Undertaker is set for a massive WrestleMania match this year, going one on one with AJ Styles. This is probably Taker’s biggest match since his loss to Roman Reigns. The match is scheduled to be a boneyard match and although we don’t have too many details about the match, we do know some other things.

We have seen a new iteration of The Undertaker character on WWE television in recent weeks and this is the version we will get at WrestleMania. We have some good news regarding Undertaker from Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue. According to Colohue, the Undertaker is in good shape ahead of Mania and also added that surgeries had helped with Taker’s mobility. Here’s what Tom said:

The Undertaker is actually really fit at the moment. He's on a very good training schedule. He's had surgeries recently which have really helped his mobility. He's not at his athletic peak but the Undertaker never wrestled as the Undertaker to his athletic peak. He could always do a lot more than he was doing.

#1 Possible last-minute changes to storylines

Have WWE made any last-minute changes?
Have WWE made any last-minute changes?

WWE have had to make several last-minute changes to WrestleMania 36 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which includes hosting the show over 2 days along with the show being shot at multiple locations. According to Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue, we could also see some last-minute tweaks to storylines to better deal with the situation WWE are in right now. He said that there were likely to be no major changes to storylines, certain things would have to be changed around. Here’s what Colohue said:

They are making a few last-minute changes to storylines to better suit the area they find themselves in. We are unlikely to see big sweeping changes carve a whole story on its head. I still have confidence that certain people are going to win at WrestleMania and certain people are going to lose at WrestleMania, but when it comes to after that, there will be a period of a break because there is a reason they are pre-filming everything they can so that everyone can go home for a little while.

Take a look at Sportskeeda's WrestleMania preview below:

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Could we see any big surprises at WrestleMania 36? WWE have two nights to surprise us and we will find out more this weekend.

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