WWE fans aren't just WWE fans. The WWE Universe is known for keeping up with a number of things sports and combat and that includes other wrestling promotions, boxing, MMA and independent talents that could one day become WWE Superstars. Because WWE fans have an insatiable thirst for all things wrestling and sports, it makes sense to piece together some of the biggest news items not to come from the WWE. Why? Because an argument can be made that other news affects WWE news.
This week, we take a look at items like Floyd Mayweather taking on the UFC, a couple of independent wrestlers perhaps making their way to the WWE and other wrestling promotions making some interesting choices with their talent pool.
Here are your 5 Most INSANE Things That Happened OUTSIDE Of WWE This Week.
Mayweather Jumping to MMA?
It was reported on Wednesday that UFC commentator Joe Rogan spoke with UFC President Dana White, and it was confirmed Floyd Mayweather is looking for a deal with the UFC. Speculation is Mayweather is thinking $1 billion in a multi-fight deal seems about right.
Why would this affect WWE? First, a deal with MMA would mean Conor McGregor would have his next opponent and it would effectively rule out any chance of him coming to WWE. Second, the fight would generate huge interest in two other sports not wrestling related. That sort of thing always had a bit of trickle-down effect on WWE business.
Cody Rhodes Loses ROH Title
Just prior to his match at Wrestle Kingdom 12, Cody Rhodes lost his title to Dalton Castle. It was a surprising decision considering Rhodes' popularity outside WWE and how much attention he's brought to ROH. Rhodes' reign as champion has to be considered nothing but a huge success so to take the title off him seems like an interesting choice.
It might not be a long-term decision and simply last long enough to let Rhodes put over Kota Ibushi and not lose the title.
Talents Leaving ROH and New Japan
It is being reported that both high-flying independent scene star Ricochet and monstrous tag team War Machine are finishing up any commitments with other promotions and making their way to the WWE in the new year.
Both are considered huge gets for the WWE if they are indeed true rumors. Ricochet was highly sought after by Impact Wrestling but instead chose to give WWE a try. War Machine will compete in their Wrestle Kingdom 12 match and make their way north. Both will possibly debut in NXT.
Vince Relaunching the XFL?
It sounds incredibly far-fetched considering how huge a disaster the first go-round with the XFL was, but rumors are that Vince McMahon has launched new trademarks with the speculation he wants to give things another look.
Mr. McMahon is planning on relaunching the football brand as part of a new initiative through a new company called Alpha Entertainment. Through that venture he will ‘explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football’.
Vince To Sell WWE?
It might be related to the XFL announcement or it might not be, but rumors have begun to swirl that Vince is open to considering a sale of the WWE to outside investors. According to Dave Meltzer, McMahon took note when the UFC sold for $4 billion to Beverly Hills talent agency WME-IMG. It has opened his eyes to future options.