Major Backstage Update: 2013 HOF & WrestleMania 29 Plans


Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

— As noted earlier, WWE developmental talent Joe Anoa’i, brother of former WWE Superstar Rosey and WWE Hall of Famer Yokozuna, recently changed his ring name in NXT from Leakee to Roman Reigns. His new character is a successful businessman who dons three piece suits and hits just as hard outside the ring in business negotiations.

— At this time, the only name considered a lock for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class is Mick Foley.

— As noted late last night here on the website, WWE will be bringing in several celebrities for WrestleMania weekend, including Mr. T. The company is looking to induct him into the Celebrity Wing of the Hall of Fame, due to his involvement in WrestleMania, which was held at Madison Square Garden. The 2013 WWE HOF Ceremony will be held at the Garden. Floyd Mayweather recently revealed in a radio interview that he would be at WrestleMania 29. WWE sources say there are plans to use him at the show, as well as Pete Rose and Jenny McCarty. As always, plans can and likely will change.

Also because we’re on the subject of WrestleMania 29, here is what we reported earlier:

— As of this writing, WWE is still planning on the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar rematch taking place at WrestleMania 29. As always, plan can change so stay tuned.

— WWE is also considering having John Cena vs. Rock II at WrestleMania 29, but may have that match take place at the Royal Rumble. That would then allow a match between The Rock and CM Punk to take place at WrestleMania 29.

— WWE is said to be aware that the top two matches at WrestleMania 29 being rematches could hurt the buyrate.

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