The Undertaker arrives in San Jose for WrestleMania

The Undertaker was completely absent from his WrestleMania 31 build with Bray Wyatt but the Phenom arrived in San Jose yesterday with his wife and former WWE Divas champion Michelle McCool.

The Undertaker arrived at the airport just like everybody else and with thousands of WWE fans descending upon the city for Mania weekend it was inevitable for him not to bump into fans. Uproxx.com posted some photos on their page which shows the Undertaker with a beanie hat and sunglasses on posing for some photos with fans who were waiting for their luggage with him.

Taker’s appearance at WrestleMania 31 will be the first one since he lost the streak last year against Brock Lesnar. You can see the photos below.

WrestleMania Today report for 03/26/2015

The WWE Network had its first WrestleMania week broadcast with WrestleMania Today live from Axxess in San Jose, California.

The show was anchored by Michael Cole and featured Booker T and Corey Graves on the panel as well.

The first item to cover was the Brock Lesnar news that he re-signed wit the WWE. They show the ESPN SportsCenter clip where Lesnar announced his new deal with WWE and the three talked about what it means for the company to have Lesnar around.

Next on the agenda was the Intercontinental title match at WrestleMania. They show a funny recap video of the whole saga and then Wade Barrett joins the panel live. He said that he brought prestige back to the IC title much like Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior did back in their days. Cole noted that the Intercontinental title changed hands at 9 different WrestleManias so the odds are not in his favor.

A long, long, recap video of the feud between Randy Orton and The Authority was then aired followed by a taped sit-down interview with Orton and Booker T.

The Kevin Nash Hall of Fame video was replayed along with a WrestleMania Rewind of John Cena and a Rusev/Cena recap video. The video of Sting from Raw a couple of weeks back was also played as an introduction for the next segment.

Hall of Famer Ric Flair joined the panel live at Axxess and reveals that he tried to get Sting to the WWE in 1993, “before making the mistake of going back to WCW” himself. Flair talked why Sting decided to come to WWE now and said win, lose, or draw, Sting will be a WWE Hall of Famer. Booker T said this will be a defining moment for Sting and it will show why WCW had the best wrestlers of all time! Flair picks Triple H for the win and notes that HHH already jobbed three WrestleManias in a row and he won’t lay down for the fourth one!

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Hall of Fame video then airs and the panel is joined by Miz and Mizdow to talk about the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Curtis Axel crashes the stage and Axelmania runs wild.

A WrestleMania 25 Rewind of the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels was played, followed by a recap of the Undertaker/Bray Wyatt feud so far. The panelists talk about the match and the Undertaker’s streak.

Live cuts to the WWE SupersStore and Wade Barrett signing at Axxess were then shown followed by a Seth Rollins taped interview conducted by Booker T.

Another video this time about the Divas tag team match airs and then Paige joins the panel live. She’s happy with what she accomplished over the past year and wants to continue doing that, and being the champion again. She hopes that one day she’ll be in the WWE Hall of Fame. She said she and AJ are the weirdos of the Divas division and both of them are OK with it.

Parts of the Brock Lesnar interview with Jonathan Coachman on ESPN was aired and the panelists discuss who will win. Cole says no way Reigns will win and Booker T says Reigns will walk out as the champion. Corey Graves says Lesnar will pick up the win.

Cole says goodbye to everyone as Smackdown was about to start and invited everyone to tune in tomorrow same time for the second WrestleMania Today show.

Life-size bronze statue of the Ultimate Warrior unveiled at Axxess

An Ultimate Warrior life-size bronze statue was unveiled last night at WrestleMania Axxess with the Warrior’s family in the ring.

Triple H did the unveiling as Warrior’s widow Dana and their two daughters, Mattigan and Indiana, looked on in the ring.

“The legacy that he leaves behind is something I am so deeply proud of. I am also so proud of what he did here with all of you,” Dana Warrior said. “The Warrior fans really are the ultimate, and I want to thank you; thank you for taking the girls and I in, and loving us too because it has meant the world.”

After the unveiling, Dana, Mattigan, and Indiana grabbed the top rope and shook it just like Warrior used to do. The statue is on display at Axxess.

The Warrior family will be at Axxess meeting the legion of Ultimate Warrior fans and Dana will be presenting the Warrior Award tomorrow at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

WWE.COM has photos of the unveiling which you can see here.

Hideo Itami advances to the Andre Battle Royal after win at Axxess

Hideo Itami won the NXT mini tournament last night at Axxess to advance to the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal this Sunday at the WrestleMania Kickoff show.

The tournament had Finn Balor defeating Tyler Breeze and then Hideo Itami defeating Adrian Neville with the final Balor vs Itami which ultimately Itami won.

This will be Itami’s debut match at a televised live WWE event.

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal moved to the Kickoff show

The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal has been moved from the WrestleMania pay-per-view to the Kickoff show. The Kickoff show will now have two matches, the battle royal and the fatal four way for the WWE Tag Team titles.

The demotion of the match to the Kickoff show now leaves the pay-per-view with seven matches on the card. The move is likely due to time constraints with some matches set to last longer than expected and maybe with some addition of “filler” segments in between.

The announcement of the match moving to the Kickoff show was made by Michael Cole during the WrestleMania Today broadcast on the WWE Network.

First look at the WrestleMania 31 stage setup

A photo snapped from inside the Levi’s Stadium, the home of WrestleMania 31, shows the set that is being constructed for this Sunday’s mega event.

The set features a gigantic LED video wall going across from one side to another with a big circle in the middle which looks like it will be the “play” button that has been part of the WrestleMania 31 logo. The words WrestleMania sit on top of the video wall but using a futuristic-looking font rather than the classic WrestleMania font.

The ring will be covered by some kind of canopy again as there are four large steel structures in the corners that will serve as the base to whatever will cover the ring.

The weather seems to be cooperating so far as forecasts indicate it will be 82 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday and will be sunny.

You can see the photo below.

Aloe Blacc to sing America The Beautiful at WrestleMania 31

WWE fans and country duo Florida Georgia Line revealed on Twitter that their writing partner and singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will be singing America The Beautiful to kick off WrestleMania 31 this coming Sunday.

“Just found out our #writingpartner @aloeblacc will also experience the @WWE stage! #WM31 #AmericatheBeautiful #WellBeWatching #WWEMusicFam,” the Twitter of FGL read.

The 36 year old California native was recently announced as the guest advisor for Adam Levine’s team on Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice.

He is perhaps best known for writing and performing the vocals on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” song which went #1 in 22 different countries.

Paul Heyman interrupts Roman Reigns on ESPN’s SportsCenter

Continuing their angle away from WWE television, Paul Heyman interrupted Roman Reigns yesterday during his appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation.

Reigns was being interviewed by Michelle Beadle and just before Reigns was going to show how hard he can punch on a boxing machine, Brock Lesnar’s theme kicked in and out came the advocate for the WWE World Heavyweight champion.

“I’m a great admirer of your work, sir,” Heyman told Reigns as he shook his hand. Heyman then introduced himself as Beadle lip synced along.

“Punching bags don’t hit back, Brock Lesnar hits back,” Heyman said as all three stood in front of the machine. Then Heyman told Beadle that Reigns is a WrestleMania main event and she is dressed inappropriately. Beadle, who is a huge WWE fan, pointed out that she was wearing The Shield t-shirt but then Heyman got a “I’m A Paul Heyman Girl” t-shirt from his pocket and presented it to Beadle. “Now you’re dressed appropriately,” Heyman concluded, as he put his shirt on her shoulder.

Heyman then left the stage as he shook hands with Reigns again, wishing him luck for Sunday. You can see the segment below.

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Fatal 4 Way match for the WWE Tag Team titles in the Mania Kickoff show

The WrestleMania Kickoff show has just got a match, a fatal four way for the WWE tag team titles.

The Kickoff show starts streaming on the WWE Network at 5PM EST and the match will have Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defending the WWE Tag Team titles against Big E and Kofi Kingston, Los Matadors, and The Usos.

This is the second year in a row that the Kickoff match will feature a fatal four way. Last year, The Usos, Los Matadores, and Cesaro were also part of that match.

List of community outreach programs for WrestleMania week

WrestleMania week brings along several community outreach programs and this year in the San Francisco Bay Area it will be no different.

On Wednesday, Sin Cara, The Usos, Cameron, and Eva Marie will be visiting the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Mattel will donate WWE action figures for the WWE Superstars and Divas to distribute to the patients at these two facilities.

On Thursday, Sheamus, Hornswoggle, and Rosa Mendes will visit the Horace Cureton Elementary School where over 100 students will participate in a reading celebration.

Also on Thursday, WWE’s Be A STAR campaign takes center stage at the Joseph George Middle School with Stephanie McMahon, The Miz, Damien Mizdow, Darren Young, Layla, and Renee Young attending along with representatives from GLAAD and Facebook.

The Fairmont San Francisco hotel plays host to a WrestleMania 31 media event on Friday at 11AM. Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Daniel Bryan will be in attendance and afterwards, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, The Usos, Jerry Lawler, and Rosa Mendes will be touring the city via cable car stopping at several San Francisco landmarks.

On Friday as well there will be a Veteran Employment Panel and Networking Event at the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium, with WWE, 49ers, Twitter, Hire Heroes USA, LinkedIn, and Orion International executives in attendance. Jack Swagger, Goldust, Tamina, and Lilian Garcia will be there to meet veterans.

John Cena will be hosting the annual Make-A-Wish pizza party at the Tech Museum in San Jose on Friday where he will induct 25 wish kids in the WWE’s Circle of Champions.

And finally on Saturday, WWE will be visiting the Peterson Middle School for an exhibition basketball game with Special Olympic athletes. Kofi Kingston and Cameron will serve as honorary coaches and The Fink will be the commentator.