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SUN. UPDATE: Lots of Wrestlemania news, fighters and celebs in town, WWE Network big news tomorrow

By Dave Meltzer

Tonight is WrestleMania, the biggest event of the year, a five-hour show starting at 3 p.m.

Pre-game show:

*Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. Usos vs. New Day vs. Los Matadores for the tag title - It's WrestleMania, and even on the pregame show these guys are going to want to show they should have been on the main card.  I expect this to be as good as it can be given whatever time restrictions they are under, but with two bouts in a one-hour preshow, there's no real need to rush.

*Andre the Giant Battle Royal - Even though it's really all the same thing, because the vast majority of viewership is network viewership that gets the preshow.  In the past the traditional PPV viewers haven't gotten the preshow but it would make sense to change that for this show since both of these matches have been pushed on television for weeks.  The most over guy in the match is likely to be Mizdow.  The problem with Mizdow is that people want them to pull the trigger on the turn, but once they do, the whole gimmick that got him over has to change.  But the most over guy has to be a favorite.  Ryback can be a favorite.  They've teased problems with Kane and Big Show.  If Sheamus (who was at least as of a few days ago scripted into the show in some form) is put in this match, he should be a favorite.  Another key is how they treat Hideo Itami.  It would be great for NXT for him to win.

Main show:

*Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE title - There's not much more that can be said about this match.  In the end, no matter what the result, this is a gigantic match for Reigns.  The crowd will be against him, but if they have a great match and he loses, does that help him?  Or does Vince McMahon go with his original booking of Reigns over?  Because of all this, there is more interest and discussion in this result than any WWE match in a year.  And there's more true intrigue as to the winner in any WWE match in a longer time than that, because last year it was pretty clear Daniel Bryan was winning.  This year, logic seems to indicate Lesnar winning is the right move at this time unless Reigns winning leads to a strong double turn finish.  Yet, Reigns winning as a face was the direction dating back a year.  With seven matches in four hours, this may be going close to 30 minutes, which will give Reigns ample opportunity to prove those who don't like him wrong, but he's got pressure on him like no wrestler in any match has had in a long time.

*Sting vs. HHH - Sting's first match in WWE is pretty historical.  And the question is how well it goes and is this also the last match of his career?  Sting should win.  That doesn't mean he will win.  Done right, HHH can lose and he gets so much TV time and is such a strong TV character that he's fine.  Sting losing would likely hurt him.  Sting should wrestle at least once more if he performs at a good level, because him retiring should be part of a storyline and this year it was never touched on.

*Rusev vs. John Cena for the U.S. title - Rusev hasn't lost cleanly since coming to the main roster.  Cena had put over the U.S. title and it feels like Cena is there to elevate the belt.

*Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins - If Rollins is getting the WWE title soon, then Orton should win and be set up as a babyface challenger.  If Rollins is not getting the title soon, he should win.

*Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt - Does Undertaker have another great match left in him after a year off?  Undertaker losing here makes no sense because, again, retirement hasn't been mentioned and Undertaker's last match should be something heavily promoted and next year makes sense.  Some will say the full-time guy should go over, but Wyatt won't be hurt by losing, unless the match is bad. 

*IC title ladder match with champion Bad News Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, R-Truth and Dean Ambrose.  Bryan is the favorite to win and then do a program for the title with Ziggler.  This match will be insane and could be the show stealer.

*A.J. Lee & Paige vs. Bella Twins - It doesn't really matter who wins this.  It's more about how much time they are given and how the crowd reacts to them.  The amazing reaction on Friday to the women may tell a real story here. 

        The only two shows of the year that are real history in WWE is Mania and SummerSlam.  Even a bad Mania is historical and people talk about it for years.  On paper, there shouldn't be a bad match.  The matches that look like they may not be great have been worked on significantly.  The key matches will all have time.  It's hard to look at this lineup and think the show won't deliver, even if the buildup has lacked compared to past years.

The most talked about Raw of the year, the one where just about everyone will appear, the one that is probably going to be the highest rated episode of the year, and the one where huge angles are likely to be shot, takes place tomorrow night at the SAP Center in San Jose.

We're doing our poll on the WrestleMania show, so please send in a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to Dave Meltzerdave@wrestlingobserver.com">

We're looking for reports on the WWN Live show on Saturday as well as both nights of King of Indies and the Wrestlecon shows to Dave Meltzerdave@wrestlingobserver.com">

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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • Check out some of WrestlingObserver.com's Wrestlemania week coverage!

WWE Hall Of Fame 2015 TV Report: Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, Bushwhackers, more!
WWE: The casual fan's guide to Wrestlemania 31
WWE Wrestlemania 31: Stage pictures, musical dress rehearsals
Wrestlemania: Why Paul Heyman could be the key to what happens post Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns

  • Bryan and I have our show on the Hall of Fame up right now on the site and we'll be back for Mania together tonight and have a show after Raw on Monday.  You can send questions for tonight's show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com although we may not get to questions until tomorrow.
  • Was told to expect great ring entrances from Rusev, Bray Wyatt, Undertaker and that the HHH entrance will e amazing.  
  • We haven't heard an update regarding Bobby Fish's knee from Friday night.  We saw Samoa Joe yesterday and he injured his knee in the first minute of his match with Jay Briscoe doing a hip toss.  He went though a 20 minute match and you could tell his was hurt, but it also appeared he did everything planned including all the big spots.  He was limping on it a little yesterday but seemed like he was in a good mood.  He pulled himself from wrestling on last night's WrestleCon show but didn't seem to think it was serious.
  • Samoa Joe was a surprise guest on Jim Ross' talk show yesterday afternoon.  Joe never outright said he was going to WWE, but at every event he was at, it seemed made clear such as Jim Ross saying that next year he thinks Joe will be on the main card at Mania.  It was interesting that Joe brought up that years ago, Ross told him that for cosmetic reasons WWE wasn't going to take him and Joe said it served as motivation to him to succeed.  Ross defended himself saying that's what the people above him thought about how wrestlers then needed to look.  He also brought up Kia Stevens (Kong) who people knock him for not signing  and he said his orders at the time is that the women had to be good looking enough for Playboy, and said that Kong and he are good friends.  Years ago at Cauliflower Alley, Kong heavily praised Ross even though he told her that with her look she wasn't going in WWE back then.
  • Michelle Beadle of ESPN was at the Ross show and coming to Mania. She did the Lesnar inteview on Tuesday.  Ross made a knock in jest at Erin Andrews when introducing Beadle, since the two are rivals.
  • Scotty 2 Hotty on Twitter wrote:  "In Dec. 99, 3 guys that were pretty much obsolete in the wrestling biz came together and mad each other. 1 apparently doesn't remember that."  Apparently there was a falling out with Rikishi, Scotty 2 Hotty and Brian Christopher over an incident on the indie scene and even though that was probably Rikishi's most famous act, he never acknowledged either, and used his sons to dance at the end instead of his old partners, who were not there.
  • Adam Thornstowe beat Willie Mack in the King of Indies final last night.  Thornstowe beat Timothy Thatcher and Mack beat Jeff Cobb in the semis.  Cobb was the one who knocked Brian Cage out of the tournament.  We didn't hear much about the show past the first night of King of Indies was okay and the second night was better.  We did hear people raving about Timothy Thatcher vs. Chris Hero in the WWN show that afternoon that went head-to-head with the Hall of Fame. 
  • Drew Galloway united the Evolve title and Open the Freedom Gate title beating Johnny Gargano on that show.
  • People are raving about the Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino fight last night on World Series of Fighting.  Gaethje retained his lightweight title and people have brought up match of the year for that fight as well as Hideo Tokoro vs. LC Davis on Bellator Friday. 
  • Regarding Rey Bucanero saying Rey Mysterio was thinking about retiring, Mysterio told us that he hadn't even spoken to Rey Bucanero.
  • Mysterio Jr. will be going to the AAA TV taping on Wednesday in San Luis Potosi. 
  • Brock Lesnar and Rena Mero arrived last night.
  • Apparently Conor McGregor slapped Jose Aldo in the back of the head as they were doing their press stuff around the world.  
  • Tons of 49ers were at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, which is the WWE host hotel.
  • The new WWE Network subscriber number, expected to be very big, will be announced at Noon tomorrow.
  • Three of the Four Horsewomen, sans Ronda Rousey, were in town last night.  Chael Sonnen arrives today.  Daniel Cormier was at the Jim Ross show for a while but then left and was also at the Hall of Fame.  Tom Lawlor of UFC worked the ROH show as the manager of Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly and has been in town.  He's been around with Kyle Kingsbury, a San Jose-based UFC fighter.  Freddy Prinze Jr. is in town.  Ted DiBiase Jr. was brought in.  Phil Baroni said WWE brought him in.
  • Sympathies out to Kofi Kingston, whose sister passed away this past week.
  • Brian Stann of UFC was at an event at Levi's Stadium Friday at the San Francisco 49ers museum.  Stann was there as CEO of his Hiring for Heroes group that WWE sponsors and there were high tech hiring people there.  Stann headed the Q&A.  A friend of mine, Derek Sousa, was there and said that he couldn't have been more impressed with Stann./  Tamina Snuka, Lilian Garcia, Jack Swagger and Goldust were there.  
  • One person with the 49ers who has worked with WWE all week really praised Stephanie McMahon saying she could not have been nicer.
  • Last night's Saturday Night Live hosted by Dwayne Johnson did a season low rating in the overnights according to Deadline.
  • Article about Brock Lesnar's time in NJPW at King of Sports.
  • Video interviews from Brian Fritz for The Sporting News recorded at the WrestleMania media events: Charlotte, Stardust, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, and Paul Heyman.