In this week's WWE rumors, we look at some very interesting developments.
What was supposed to be a Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34 has now become a controversial idea that backfired on the WWE in a major way. What will this do moving forward with other plans the company might have had in the works?
Also, is WWE concerned that Ronda Rousey's first match is so big that they are smart not to take any chances? What will they do to ensure everyone performs at their absolute best? Is Daniel Bryan returning to the ring for WrestleMania? It looks like yes, but also no. What about Jeff Hardy? What is his status after his DWI charge?
Here are the biggest rumors in WWE this week.
Moolah Match Change Has Domino Effect
The change made to the title of the Women's WrestleMania Battle Royal has done more than make the WWE rethink how they viewed Fabulous Moolah. With the amount of ferocity of the backlash the company received, there is concern behind the scenes that other wrestlers who may have been on WWE's radar as returning need to be reconsidered.
Namely, WWE is rethinking Hulk Hogan who was viewed as someone who would eventually come back when things cooled down. But, since Moolah's name brought on such hatred, WWE is concerned Hogan's return might receive backlash as well.
Rousey Competitors Getting In Full Practice
Considering the importance of match between Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Ronda Rousey, WWE appears not to be taking any chances that the in-ring action will come off as less-than-ideal so they are laying out the entirety of their match at WrestleMania 34 ahead of time and practicing it. Probably not a bad idea considering Rousey is not only learning, but Stephanie is not necessarily the best of the best in WWE.
Speaking of Rousey, it appears her being advertised to appear on every Raw until WrestleMania was an error and that the backlash from her non-appearance last Monday won't happen again since she's going to be at every Raw from here on in.
Daniel Bryan Guest Referee
It appears the plan moving forward is that Daniel Bryan will return to SmackDown Live this coming Tuesday and announce a Triple Threat Match between Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Since the match will appear one-sided, McMahon might get a partner but speculation is that Bryan being that partner is less than a 10 percent chance.
It is believed that Bryan will instead end up as guest referee and try to even things out in some other way. What seems certain is that the Owens vs. Zayn match will no longer be a one-on-one contest. The other thing to note here is that if Bryan is not in the match as a wrestler, this is the clearest sign to date that he'll never be cleared by WWE and that come September 23, 2018, when his contract expires, he'll be leaving WWE.
Strowman To Get A Partner
After winning the Tag Team Battle Royal on Raw, there is a ton of speculation as to what WWE plans to do with Braun Strowman in his match against The Bar at WrestleMania 34. Wrestling Observer Radio, is reporting that it’s unclear if Vince McMahon has decided to give Braun Strowman a partner or let him go at the challenge alone.
Rumors are that Elias could be Strowman’s partner as he has no set plans for the show and Vince is a big fan. Elias and Strowman just came off of a mini-feud and teaming them together as champions could pose for some interesting juxtaposition.
Jeff Hardy In Warm Water
It's probably too early to suggest that Jeff Hardy is in hot water with WWE after his DWI arrest. That said, WWE isn't terribly pleased and it sounds like his cameo appearance in the Ultimate Deletion video that was shot on the Hardy Compound will be edited out before being aired.
Speculation is that if this incident with Hardy is a one time thing, WWE is not going to lay down the law and that they set the precedent on how to deal with this stuff when they let the Uso incident slide earlier this year.