– Following last night’s edition of WWE RAW, there was a belief internally that a Hell in a Cell match or an MMA rules type match would be the 2 most likely choices for the stipulation in the Triple H and Brock Lesnar match at WrestleMania, however any plans for an MMA rules match are said to have been nixed. Triple H is advertised for next week’s WWE RAW, where he will respond to Lesnar’s challenge.
– The Undertaker is said to be going “old school” at this year’s WrestleMania, wearing the classic attire he debuted with (hat, black gear, grey boots, tie) as a throwback and tribute to Paul Bearer. The feeling is that this could potentially be Taker’s last appearance at WrestleMania and that he could be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year. Speaking of Paul Bearer, his family agreed to have his name be featured in the CM Punk/Undertaker angle on last night’s WWE RAW, as well as CM Punk interrupting the opening segment, as Bearer himself would have loved the segment himself and would have had no problems with it.
– Vince McMahon is said to be unhappy with the Jack Swagger vs. Alberto del Rio program as it is not working to his liking and feels that neither of the men are helping to get the storyline over, however Zeb Colter’s role in the storyline is something Vince is a big fan of. The belief is that Vince will pull the plug on the program after WrestleMania.
– The Bella Twins released a Tout at this link hinting that they would be appearing at tonight’s WWE SmackDown tapings.
– WWE officials are said to be very happy with the preliminary buyrate for the 2013 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view which was released yesterday. As we mentioned on the site, the preliminary buyrate for the event is said to be 498,000 buys, which was headlined by CM Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship.
– John Bradshaw Layfield has a blog up at this link detailing his climb of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina.
– A lot of wrestling birthdays today as Johnnie Mae Young turns 90, Nunzio turns 41, Nidia turns 34, KENTA turns 32, Erick Stevens turns 31 and Yoshihito Sasaki turns 31.