Despite All Elite Wrestling stealing most of the headlines in professional wrestling this week, there is still plenty of buzz in respect to WWE.
It sounded like the odds were better than ever that Kenny Omega might be WWE bound, but is a report suggesting he may have turned down the latest offer from Vince McMahon and company true? Did Lars Sullivan just bury himself before the WWE ever could? Is Goldberg headed to AEW or will WWE try to stop that partnership, especially after already knowing Jericho was making the jump?
Here are the biggest rumors in WWE for the week of January 12, 2019.
Kenny Omega Has Turned Down WWE Offer
The latest news as it relates to Kenny Omega is that he has turned down his lucrative offer from WWE. While Omega has been absent from the recent reveals of AEW and has publicly stated he'll be taking some time away from New Japan Pro Wrestling, he's not turned up in WWE, despite being the only one of Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page and The Young Bucks to not definitively rule out a WWE arrival.
The latest word from Wrestling Observer Newsletter is that Omega has declined to accept a seven-figure deal to sign with WWE and will not meet with Triple H and Vince McMahon. Speculation now leads to Omega showing up in AEW in the near future.
Lars Sullivan vs John Cena Off
There were reports that Lars Sullivan was penciled in to take on John Cena at WrestleMania 35. However, those plans may have now changed. While he was set to debut this week, plans changed and according to Wrestling Inc, there have been varying reports as to why. Some are saying he showed up to the arena, had an anxiety attack, and was sent home. Others have been told that Sullivan never showed up to Raw at all. There were other rumors he no-showed SmackDown Live.
If any of this is true, this is a potentially huge issue for Sullivan and his future in WWE. Wrestling Observer Newsletter had reported that WWE was planning to put him in a program with John Cena at WrestleMania 35 which would have been a push of gigantic proportions. The likelihood of that still happening if any of the above reports are true is low.
Chris Jericho Arriving In AEW Was No Surprise
EXCLUSIVE: @IAmJericho on why his insistence on continuing to reinvent himself lead him to sign with @AEWrestling: "I think I was the piece of the puzzle that they desperately needed at this point in time."#AEW pic.twitter.com/Wni7htEwWM— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) January 10, 2019
While it came as somewhat of a shock to the rest of the wrestling world, when Chris Jericho walked out on stage at the All Elite Wrestling rally in Jacksonville, Florida, one man outside the AEW family already knew. That man was Vince McMahon.
Jericho knows what his arrival in AEW means and with that knowledge, he wanted to have a chat with his former boss first. “He knew it, he knew what I was doing. It was not a surprise,” Jericho explained. Suggesting he didn’t ask for permission, he did feel he owed it to Vince who’s been good to Jericho in the past.
Whether McMahon feels upset about this is hard to know. Immediately after Jericho showed up at the AEW rally, Jericho was moved to the alumni section on WWE.com and his likeness was removed from promotional videos that opened SmackDown Live.
Word is too, Jericho's deal with AEW also includes the right to still wreste for NJPW.
Goldberg Headed to AEW?
President of All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan has confirmed rumors that the company might be interested in acquiring the services of former WWE and WCW star Bill Goldberg.
X-Pac conducted an interview with AEW president Tony Khan on this week's X-Pac 12360. During that interview, Khan admitted that it is a goal of his to work with Goldberg in some way. It will be interesting to see if WWE reaches out to Goldberg in any way and tries to stop that partnership from happening.