• 5 Main Event Superstars That Won’t Have A Match At WrestleMania 39
Obviously a lot of legendary, major part-time WWE Superstars – that were usually brought back for a match at WrestleMania – are retired by now, and some of them even retired within the last few years, like The Undertaker, Triple H, Kurt Angle and Batista.
That leaves WWE with much fewer options to book some big names from the good old days, exclusively for a match at WrestleMania 39 this year.
Ruthless Aggression Era Legend Brock Lesnar will be there and is probably going to challenge Gunther for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, as well as Attitude Era Legend Edge, who is rumored to wrestle Finn Balor.
Hollywood Megastar John Cena (also a Ruthless Aggression Era Legend himself) is still not 100% confirmed, but if he’ll have enough time to make the show within his busy filming schedule, John will be up against young up-and-coming superstar Austin Theory.
However, 5 main event superstars are not going to have a match at ‘WWE WrestleMania 39: Hollywood’ on April 1st & 2nd 2023 at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California:
5. AJ Styles
The Phenomenal One broke his ankle at a WWE Live Event earlier this year and he’s going to be out of action for a while now, which will make him miss the biggest show of the year.
4. Randy Orton
The Viper has been out of action for several months now, due to a back injury. He underwent lower back fusion surgery last year.
His return date is near and he might even return at WrestleMania 39, but he isn’t scheduled for a match as of this writing.
WCW Legend Bill Goldberg had his last professional wrestling match a year ago this month, at the WWE Elimination Chamber 2022 premium live event in Saudi Arabia, where he challenged Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship and lost.
He has since recovered from shoulder surgery and is currently a free agent, but WWE could have easily booked him for a match at WrestleMania, but for some reason Triple H chose not to do that.
2. Stone Cold Steve Austin
In 2022, WWF Legend ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came out of retirement after 19 years and defeated Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38 in his homestate of Texas.
We recently reported that WWE offered Stone Cold two match options for the upcoming WrestleMania 39 event, one against Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns for the title, and another one against Brock Lesnar in a once-in-a-lifetime type of match, after Steve walked out of their already scheduled RAW match in 2002.
Unfortunately Austin turned them down and is not going to wrestle at the biggest show of the year this time.
1. The Rock
The Great One was heavily rumored to challenge his cousin, Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns for the title in the main event of Night 2 this year, but due to his busy schedule (filming in Hollywood, re-starting the XFL, …), he turned them down, because – even if he would be able to be there and make the show – The Brahma Bull would have no time to prepare himself for an actual pro-wrestling match.
Preparation is very important in his case, as he had his last real match 10 years ago at WrestleMania 29 (not counting his brief 6 second squash win over Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32), so there is obviously a lot of ring rust to get rid of.
Whether The Rock will be at WrestleMania 39 in a non-wrestling role or not, is still up in the air at this point.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 13, 2000) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It was taped at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Way Out 2000’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
D-Lo Brown vs. Mosh
Viscera vs. Funaki
The Big Boss Man vs. Mark Henry
WWF Light Heavyweight Title: Gillberg vs. Essa Rios
Tazz vs. Joey Abs