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Saturday, July 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Years ago, the WWE would end storylines at WrestleMania and start new ones that would run a year.

Granted, this was before weekly live shows and the Internet, but it used to happen annually.

Once the Attitude Era came around, angles were written weekly to outdo WCW.

However, it now appears that the WWE is already gearing up for Mania 30.

The main storyline with this coming Mania will revolve around the McMahon family, and the feud is already underway.

It has started with how Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H are trying to get the ear of Vickie Guerrero.

Look for the feud to pick up steam at, or right after, SummerSlam next month.

One of the other main event matches that is penciled in will feature Brock Lesnar, but it isn't known whether he will face the Rock or the Undertaker.

Regardless, it seems that the WWE is setting up its “Super Bowl” and working backwards from there instead of going show to show.

Sting heading to WWE?

Every year, there seems to be a few rumors of Sting heading to the WWE.

The one big star created by WCW that has never been employed by Vince McMahon, Sting is 54 and in the twilight of his career.

This past Monday on Raw, the WWE ran vignettes of former WWE and World champions, and they featured Sting.

This led to the speculation of Sting going to the WWE, but will it happen?

At this point, the match everyone would want to see is Sting against the Undertaker, but I don't see the match taking place.

Taker has been in the best match at Mania for seven straight years, and no one would expect much out of Taker and Sting.

Could Sting sign? Sure, and it would get him a nice Mania bonus, but I don't see it working out for anyone but McMahon.

Because, just like McMahon was able to get Bruno Sammartino to sign this year, he can say that he got the one guy under contract that he could never get, and that is Sting.

Announcer suspended

Ricardo Rodriguez, the personal ring announcer for Alberto Del Rio, was suspended for 30 days because the dietary supplement that he was taking tested positive for banned substance.

TNA signs announcer, releases five

TNA and Taz came to terms on a new contract this week, but they also released five wrestlers.

In memory of Ken Jugan

This week's column is dedicated to the memory of Ken Jugan, the father of one of my wrestling mentors and a dear friend by the same name.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jugan but, considering how helpful his son has been towards me both professionally and personally, I am quite sure Mr. Jugan was a class act.

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