Undertaker Wrestlemania Rumors
According to the Wrestling Observer The Undertaker’s opponent at Wrestlemania is not somebody currently on the roster and is “not an active wrestler.” This has given rise to all sorts of speculation, from Goldberg (who may have recently been contacted) to Shawn Michaels, who Vince has tried to get out of retirement on multiple occasions, to CM Punk with his tail between his legs.
Ultimately we’ll have to wait and see. Perhaps it’s a celebrity or MMA crossover? Then again maybe it’s finally Sting?
Nakamura Wanted To Wrestle Bryan
Shinsuke Nakamura told the Japanese press that he’s very shocked at Daniel Bryan’s retirement and is upset that he wont get to face him. He says Bryan was one of the main reasons he decided to come to WWE.
Chris Nowinski On WWE Changing Their Ways
Former WWE star Chris Nowinski of the Concussion Legacy Foundation (formerly Sports Legacy) recently spoke with Fox Sports about WWE’s hard line on concussions:
Superstars are more likely to report concussions. That’s big. Wrestling also has an advantage over sports in general because you can write wrestlers out of storylines or have them participate without physical exertion when they are recovering from concussions.
Nowinski who had to retire young because of his own concussions was integral in reporting the Chris Benoit CTE findings. He had the following to say about the Daniel Bryan situation:
I felt extraordinary sympathy for Daniel. It’s tough to walk away when you feel like you could still perform. In a sense, I was lucky because I had headaches I couldn’t kick and other problems that told me I shouldn’t go out and do (wrestling) again. He didn’t have that. He had to really dig deep to find the justification to walk away from the job he loved. It has been very interesting to watch the process. I’ve read that he was upset about WWE’s decision, but he saw other doctors and WWE really encouraged him to find another path because they recognized his brain was injured too much.