The rumor mill surrounding the future of WWE continues to get more bizarre. It is unpredictable to figure out the direction of WWE right now with so many plans in motion heading towards WrestleMania 34. There are the rumors everyone already knows about such as Roman Reigns challenging Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. However, there are some more peculiar ones floating around the WWE roster right now. These rumors are ones that we can’t be as sure of happening, but they are worth talking about.
Raw, SmackDown and NXT are each represented as different brands meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for wrestlers going forward. That means the writing teams are throwing ideas at the wall hoping everyone on the roster will have something relevant going on. We'll look at various rumors and all forms of speculation right now regarding the more surprising stories in wrestling.
These rumors all will make you shake your head or give a double take to truly process as potentially going down. Time will tell if the wrestlers involved will have to do these things since plans change all the time backstage. These are fifteen current bizarre WWE rumors going around backstage that you won’t believe.
15 John Cena Missing WrestleMania To Play Doctor Manhattan
John Cena’s schedule is up in the air regarding a potentially huge role. The HBO television series about the DC Comics series Watchmen is expected to begin filming at some point in early 2018. Cena is rumored to be one of the strongest candidates to get the role playing Doctor Manhattan. This is an important role on the show and he would likely need a lot of time on set.
14 Woken Matt Joining 205 Live
Matt Hardy is finally using the character that made him the hottest thing in wrestling during his run in Impact Wrestling. The “Woken” version of Matt is on television feuding with Bray Wyatt and a surprising announcement was recently made. Hardy and Wyatt were both added to the roster for the upcoming 205 Live house shows in January of 2018.
13 Vince McMahon Trying The XFL Again
The sports and entertainment world has come together this past week to laugh at the latest idea of Vince McMahon. A recent report showed that McMahon is launching a side company called Alpha Entertainment and he will be funding projects outside of WWE. The major one involved is a football league shades of the failed XFL.
12 Kid Rock Entering The WWE Hall of Fame
The recent list of rumored Hall of Fame names is out, and most are actually respectable. Goldberg, the Dudley Boyz and Ivory are on the list to join the 2018 Hall of Fame. All of them are worthy of the accolade and it was only a matter of time. The celebrity name this time however makes less sense as Kid Rock is expected to get inducted.
11 Rich Swann Unofficially Fired
The status of Rich Swann in WWE is up in the air after his recent arrest. Swann was charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment when refusing to let his wife out of the car. Fellow wrestler Su Yung is married to Swann and the victim here as he reportedly violently pushed her into his car and locked her in when she wanted out.
10 Michelle McCool Returning to WWE
Michelle McCool retired from the wrestling business over six years ago to start a family with The Undertaker. The career of McCool ascended during her time with Undertaker as she would become the top star in the SmackDown Women’s Division. We have only seen McCool in the crowd during Undertaker’s matches since her retirement but that may change soon.
9 James Ellsworth's Release May Be Fake
The news of James Ellsworth’s firing a month ago was a bummer given the nature of the story. Ellsworth achieved his dream after a few unlikely breaks going in his favor and became a full-time character on SmackDown. The pairing with Carmella added to her act and helped her turn into a top heel as the first woman to win the Money in the Bank briefcase.
8 Bayley Heel Turn Coming Soon
Bayley has endured a difficult 2017 after achieving the dream of retaining the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 33. The title would switch hands when Bayley dropped it to Alexa Bliss. Bayley spent the rest of the year struggling to find a consistent role. Fans turned on her for a few months and now she’s working as a secondary character in the Raw women’s division.
7 Neville Wants To Work on SmackDown
WWE and Neville are still at odds regarding his future with the company. Neville recently requested his release due to frustrations of being stuck with the 205 Live brand. While Neville is a great Cruiserweight, the lack of opportunities made it a miserable situation. Neville worked hard to get to WWE for the bigger pay check and spotlight
6 Dolph Ziggler Getting Pushed in 2018
Dolph Ziggler defeating Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode to win the United States Championship at Clash of Champions shocked the WWE Universe. The reaction was confusion more than happiness or anger when the finish took place. No one expected Ziggler to get the win given how irrelevant he has become. Roode also seemed like the perfect fit to win the United States Championship heading into WrestleMania.
5 Jason Jordan Becoming Next "Chosen One" of The Authority
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are still eluded to as the evil authority figures on Raw. Stephanie is the Commissioner and Triple H is a part-time wrestler on the show. However, they have no had a wrestler set up as their chosen one since Seth Rollins. The push of Rollins being the guy Triple H and Stephanie believed in helped him become a huge star.
4 A.J. Styles' Next Challenger Is... Mojo Rawley?
A.J. Styles getting past Jinder Mahal raises a lot of questions regarding his next few challengers. Kevin Owens has faced Styles too many times in 2017 for them to feud again. Sami Zayn doesn’t get booked as a credible top guy. Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura are in face roles. There have been rumors about A.J.’s next heel challenger being Mojo Rawley.
3 Mixed Match Challenge The Most Important Project in 2018
WWE made a surprise announcement last week when revealing there will be a new show in 2018. Mixed Match Challenge will see teams of one man and woman competing against each other in tournament style. Both talent rosters from Raw and SmackDown will be involved in this project and it will air on Facebook Live rather than WWE Network or a television network.
2 Triple H Says He's A Bigger Star in India Than Jinder Mahal
This isn’t a rumor as much as it is a story that recently happened. Triple H was asked in a recent interview about a controversial match result. Jinder Mahal finally wrestled in India a few weeks ago after many months of being pushed as the WWE Champion appealing to the fans of India. Instead of getting the valiant win in front of his fans, Mahal lost to Triple H in shocking fashion.
1 Daniel Bryan Return Match Against... Shane McMahon
The future of Daniel Bryan is still up in the air as WWE doctors have not cleared him. Bryan has been talking to other doctors that all claim he is no risk comparative to the other wrestlers. WWE’s doctors think his head is prone to concussions more than the average performer and they will not allow him to compete as of now. There are rumors of WWE thinking about changing their stance.
Bryan has been undergoing various treatments and states he will wrestle elsewhere when his contract ends in late 2018 if WWE doesn’t clear him. WWE has started teasing tension between Bryan and Shane McMahon. There is a theory that WWE would have Bryan wrestle his first match in years at SummerSlam if they clear him. Bryan’s first match being against Shane would be a bizarre choice given the deep roster of dream matches available.
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