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Report on WrestleMania 31 Media Day & Press Interviews

Posted by Bryan Cheung Friday, March 27, 2015
This morning, WWE did a press tour for WrestleMania in San Francisco. John Cena, Daniel Bryan, The Bella Twins, Hulk Hogan and Roman Reigns all arrived via a traditional San Francisco cable car.

They were then taken to a suite inside The Fairmont Hotel where they went from station to station, answering questions from the local media.

At my station, it was a gathering of local television stations, so the questions were geared more towards wrestling in general and Bay Area-centric rather than what wrestling fans who watch on a weekly basis want to hear. However, I was able to sneak in a question here and there.

Stephanie McMahon spoke about how the fans do have influence over storylines and that they are constantly changing it to please the audience. She reiterated many times how it's a non-stop 52 week cycle and the stories continue and continue. I asked her about the #GiveDivasAChance hashtag and whether that had lead to more time for Divas matches previously on Raw. She asked me if I thought so. We then both nodded in agreement. She also said stay tuned to see if she will be walking Triple H to the ring and said she'd love to get into a match one day at WrestleMania.

Hulk Hogan said he has been training to get ready in case there is a match for him out there. He said he definitely has one more in him and he's 61 years old. He compared himself to Vince McMahon, who had his last match at 67. It seemed like Hogan made it clear if Vince can do it, he definitely can.
I asked him who his opponent would be. He said originally it would be John Cena or Stone Cold, but he's now focusing on Roman Reigns if Reigns wins the title come Sunday.

I asked him about the crowd reaction Reigns has been getting and if he had any advice for him. Simply stated, Hogan said Reigns needs to be himself and to believe in himself. As long as he does that, instead of getting only 70% and 80% of the fans, he can get them all. It was also very interesting they had Hogan and Reigns sitting next to each other on the cable car.

John Cena is not in the main event for the second straight year and won't be closing out the show. I asked Cena how that has changed for him the last two years and he said he is just happy to be apart of WrestleMania and it didn't matter in what capacity.

I asked Cena about the heel turn a lot of people want to see. He gave this response:

"There's a portion of the crowd that cheers for me and there's a portion that boos me. And the portion of the crowd that boos me wants me to be a bad guy so they can boo me. So my answer to that is, aren't I already a bad guy?"
The Bella Twins were great and the highlight was Brie not realizing Levi's Stadium was home to the 49ers. Nikki played off of this and said she was embarrassed to be her twin.

I brought up the great promo on SmackDown Nikki had and one from a few months ago which was edited down. Nikki said they were not part of the script and that because of Total Divas, she uses that element of realism in her promos to be more cutting edge and she thinks the fans enjoy it a lot more. She seemed very genuinely appreciative that the question was asked.

Everybody was super gracious and what the general public doesn't see is that all the wrestlers and Divas are promoting the WWE and WrestleMania around the clock it seems for the past week. It's a hectic schedule they have and to answer questions by the hour must be exhausting. Yet, they never come across as rude and all are genuinely nice people.


Cesaro and Kidd retain their tag titles.
Ryback wins the Andre the Giant Battle Royal.
Bellas defeat AJ Lee and Paige
Daniel Bryan wins the IC ladder match.
Sting beats Triple H.
Rusev beats John Cena
Undertaker over Bray Wyatt
Brock Lesnar retains against Roman Reigns

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