- WWE WrestleMania 36 will emanate from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 5th
- The Showcase of the Immortals is known for its involvement of stars from sports and entertainment
- Odds for which notable names are projected to make an appearance at WrestleMania this year can be found below
Between Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship and Charlotte Flair challenging Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship, WrestleMania 36 is already shaping up to be an incredible event, and there’s still another month to go for more marquee matches to be added.
Even more exciting than the lineup itself is the possibility of familiar faces popping up, specifically stars from sports and entertainment who have either gotten involved in the wacky world of wrestling before or would be naturals in that eccentric environment. There’s no better place for them to resurface than the grandest stage of them all: WrestleMania.
See all the odds on who bettors are currently expecting to either appear in the WrestleMania ring or tweet about the April extravaganza (in the case of U.S. President Donald Trump).
Odds Which Celebrities Will Appear in the Ring or Tweet About WrestleMania
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All odds taken on Feb. 25
Cain Velasquez’s WWE debut on the premiere of SmackDown on FOX back in October scored major mainstream attention for the company, but it was, unfortunately, all downhill for him from there.
Following his quick loss to Lesnar at Crown Jewel, the former UFC Heavyweight champion disappeared from WWE TV and hasn’t been seen since. He has reportedly been rehabbing a knee injury for the past several months, and although there were rumblings of him appearing in the Royal Rumble, he ultimately did not compete.
There has been no official timetable for his return, but it would make sense for him to make his presence felt at WrestleMania and potentially cost his longtime foe, Brock Lesnar, the WWE Championship against McIntyre. With it not being set in stone that he’ll be back any time soon, however, it isn’t surprising that the odds are currently split evenly for whether he will or won’t be there.
While fans shouldn’t put their money on him being at WrestleMania, he is a much safer choice than any other celebrity currently in the running to have any involvement with the event, including Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriot-turned-analyst has been off the gridiron since retiring from football a year ago. Although his last official appearance for WWE was at WrestleMania 33 (helping Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal), he did have some on-screen interaction with Rawley and R-Truth on FOX’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast.
It’s shocking WWE hasn’t attempted to bring him in to do more with Rawley and the 24/7 Championship, but perhaps that’s for the best. Gronkowski’s charisma and athletic ability alone would make him a fantastic fit for WWE, but he may be more content sitting on the sidelines for now and enjoying retirement, which would rule out any involvement at WrestleMania.
Conor McGregor is another sports star who would be great for WWE at some point, and although it hasn’t happened yet, it’s only inevitable. He recently reigned supreme in dominant fashion in his return to the octagon, so assuming all of his focus remains on building his brand within the UFC, it seems fairly unlikely he’ll be anywhere near WWE for the foreseeable future.
Unlike McGregor, U.S. President Donald Trump has done a ton with WWE over the past 35 years, having hosted a number of WrestleMania events and being a big reason why WrestleMania 23 was among the highest-grossing of all-time. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame’s celebrity wing in 2013 but hasn’t had much affiliation with the company since then, likely due to his subsequent presidential pursuits.
Considering Trump recently appeared at the Daytona 500, it’s entirely possible he pops up at WrestleMania as well in the crowd or simply tweets about it (much like he does for many other major sporting and entertainment events). Then again, if it hasn’t happened yet, there’s a good chance it won’t happen this year, either.
Mike Tyson is a fellow WWE Hall of Famer but has been out of the WWE bubble for nearly a decade. Outside of making a few headlines, it’d be pretty pointless of the promotion to trot him out to the ring for a quick cameo when someone such as Tyson Fury would make much more sense for that spot.
BetOnline also has odds up for who Fury could step into the squared circle with at WrestleMania coming off his huge victory over Deontay Wilder this past weekend.
Who Will Tyson Fury Appear in a Ring with at WrestleMania Odds
WWE left the door open for Fury to return following his count-out win against Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the company was waiting to see what the outcome of his fight with Wilder would be before determining what his future held with them, but since he remains undefeated, it’s more a matter of when and not if he’ll be back in the wrestling world.
His hard-fought victory over Wilder received plenty of attention from WWE online as well as on Monday’s Raw, so an appearance from him at WrestleMania isn’t out of the question whatsoever. Of course, a rematch with Strowman would be the most logical route to take now that Strowman is the Intercontinental champion, but a tag team match would be a better use of them considering their original encounter fell well below expectations.
It must also be noted that Strowman may be in line for a ‘Mania match with Sheamus and/or Daniel Bryan, so Fury going after Erick Rowan would be the better bet. Rowan recently suffered two setbacks at the hands of Aleister Black on Raw but would be the perfect person to take a few punches from The Gypsy King at the Show of Shows.
After all, Rowan was The Rock’s final opponent (to date) at WrestleMania 32, despite losing in a record-setting six seconds.
Other candidates include Big Show, Brodus Clay (who is reportedly being flown into Tampa for WrestleMania weekend), John Cena, Kane and The Undertaker. None of those matches are terribly appealing on paper, especially since most of them are past their prime and wouldn’t get the best bout possible with Fury.
Fury returning to WWE in time for WrestleMania 36 is virtually guaranteed, but what his role would be at the event remains to be seen.
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