The rumor mill in professional wrestling makes it impossible to keep most things a secret. WWE plans and drama usually finds its way online before too long thanks to sources and wrestling insiders. The current landscape of WWE having two separate rosters on Raw and SmackDown Live following the brand split should lead to more opportunities for the talent. Opportunity usually leads to happiness, but there is still a bit of controversy going down behind the scenes. WWE is unhappy with a few wrestlers along with a few, being upset with their position or the happenings in the company.
We'll take a look at some of the hottest rumors going down backstage in WWE. These are the specific rumors that WWE can’t be happy about leaking out and becoming common knowledge. Vince McMahon definitely would not want to see such information in the public. It either paints WWE in a bad light or shows how difficult things can be working for the company. There are a few that aren’t necessarily bad things, but WWE would want to keep it a secret considering the fact they would get spoiled. All will be examined when looking at fifteen current backstage WWE rumors Vince wants to hide from us.
15 Wrestlers Upset At Brock Lesnar Being Champion
One of the major issues in WWE right now is the company relying on part-timers and sacrificing their full-time talent. The 50 year old Goldberg defeating Kevin Owens to win the Universal Championship summed up this problem and Brock Lesnar defeating Goldberg isn’t any better. We have not seen the Universal Championship on television since the night after WrestleMania 33.
14 American Alpha In The Doghouse
The Tag Team Division has been the most disappointing aspect of SmackDown Live following the brand split. American Alpha were drafted out of NXT to be the faces of the division. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan showed tremendous potential in NXT and have delivered flashes of brilliance on the main roster. The road to getting consistently over has however been a tough task.
13 Roman Reigns Was Supposed To Join SmackDown
The recent Superstar Shakeup was supposed to have one major trade that never happened. A.J. Styles was rumored to be heading to Raw and Roman Reigns was going to SmackDown Live. Something changed at the last minute to keep both men on their respective shows. Reigns coming off his win over The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 likely made it important that he remain on the flagship show.
12 Jinder Mahal Only Pushed To Get Over In India Market
Jinder Mahal winning the number one contender spot for the WWE Championship shocked the wrestling world. No one expected the enhancement talent to receive such a major push in the main event picture. The reason for this is not one WWE wants fans to put together. WWE Shop launched in India with the plans for further expansion coming soon.
11 Sasha Banks Heel Turn In Works
A storyline swerve coming soon that most of us can already sense is Sasha Banks turning heel. The friendship of Banks and Bayley has been one of the focal points of the Women’s Division on Raw. Banks turning on her best friend to return to her roots as the heel Boss character is rumored to happen in time for SummerSlam. WWE can’t be thrilled with a large percentage of the audience expecting it.
10 WWE Trying To Buy "Broken" Hardys Gimmick From TNA
The return of Matt and Jeff Hardy at WrestleMania 33 created a memorable moment that stole the show. Fans fell back in love with the Hardys with their inception of the Broken characters. WWE chose to use them with their old music and characters for the nostalgia. One of the reasons we haven’t seen the Hardys become “Broken” just yet is due to TNA claiming ownership of the gimmick.
9 Kurt Angle Going Through Physical Tests
Wrestling fans are excited about the potential of Kurt Angle wrestling again in WWE. Angle entering the WWE Hall of Fame and becoming the new Raw General Manager are both great ideas, but the elephant in the room will always be his wrestling career. It's no secret that Angle wants to wrestle for WWE again to end his career on a strong note.
8 Baron Corbin On Track For Big WWE Championship Win
Baron Corbin is the most valued WWE prospect since Roman Reigns, but they are booking him with the complete opposite route. The heel character of Corbin is slowly rising up the ranks on SmackDown Live. WWE learned their lesson of shoving a wrestler down the throats of fans with Reigns and are looking to organically push Corbin to the top.
7 Sami Zayn Road To Main Event Picture
WWE’s plans are sometimes subtle in getting the fans to do what they want. Sami Zayn appears to be underutilized with the majority of his feuds being losses on the main roster. Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe and now Baron Corbin have all had good matches with him that ended with their power winning out.
6 WWE Wants To End Relationship With Paige
The controversy surrounding Paige in general is something WWE wants to avoid at all costs. Paige’s recent scandal put both her and the company in the news for reasons they are not pleased about. WWE did not release Paige from her contract following the news due to public perception. It would look horrible to fire someone that had private business leaked in an incident that destroyed them personally along the way.
5 Locker Room Supports Mauro Over JBL
The bullying scandal in WWE regarding JBL’s treatment of other employees has become a huge story to hurt WWE’s reputation. Mauro Ranallo stopped working for WWE and left the company after being treated poorly by JBL. The depression and mental illness issues of Ranallo became a big problem thanks to the pressure of working with a bully.
4 WrestleMania 34 Main Event Already Set
Vince McMahon has already made up his mind for the WrestleMania 34 main event next year. The plan has Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in another moment expected to place showing Reigns as the top guy in WWE. This creates two negative things that will upset fans. Reigns’ relentless push has no end in sight with everything built around him and Lesnar will hold the Universal Championship for a full year.
3 Brock Lesnar Will Easily Defeat Braun, Finn & Seth
The path to WrestleMania 34 for Brock Lesnar is rumored to see him destroy the Raw roster. Lesnar looked weak for the first time back in WWE when losing to Goldberg in 86 seconds at Survivor Series 2016. The moment of Lesnar getting his win back at WrestleMania 33 was to start a reset of his character back to dominance.
2 Daniel Bryan Preparing To Wrestle Outside Of WWE
The retirement of Daniel Bryan may be short-lived once his WWE contract expires in 2018. WWE’s medical team does not believe Bryan is fit to compete due to concussion and head injuries piling up. Bryan has word from other doctors that his neck and head are as healthy as anyone else. A few interviews and unscripted moments on Talking Smack have revealed Bryan is not all that sure about retirement.
1 John Cena Retiring Soon
The rumor that Vince McMahon most wants to keep secret is the potential retirement of John Cena. We have witnessed Cena slowly transition into a part-time role with his schedule diminishing each season. Cena is looking to expand into the mainstream with acting roles and hosting opportunities. The hope is finding full-time employment outside of WWE to grow his name in new fields.
Cena could easily retire similar to The Rock to keep his health and safety for other jobs. Given the response to Roman Reigns, WWE is still attempting to have someone truly replace Cena as the face of the company. No one else positively impacts the numbers as greatly as Cena. If he's truly retiring, many investors will panic and Vince has to be hoping Cena proves the rumors wrong.
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