The backstage landscape of WWE may be more interesting than the on-screen product at this time. Following SummerSlam, the rumor mill is buzzing with lots of stories and juicy gossip about life backstage in WWE. Plenty of things have changed drastically over the past few months to set up new situations for the wrestlers right now. The rumors, confirmed stories and social media buzz have stirred up some fascinating conspiracy theories about various wrestlers. Wrestling is one of the few businesses that will see wild rumors and conspiracy theories often proven to be true rather than speculation. It is almost impossible to keep a secret in the industry right now.
We'll take a look at some of the most interesting theories and rumors currently circulating. All of them have enough credence to make them believable. While not being confirmed, they have a strong chance of being fact given how the WWE locker room operates. They range from theories about why certain wrestlers are being punished to why some are being pushed to potential hostility between workers. Hopefully we get confirmed confirmation or denial in the near future to these fascinating rumors. These are fifteen conspiracy theories currently going around the WWE locker room.
14 Enzo, The Shark Cage And His Fear Of Heights
The current position of Enzo Amore in WWE is not good with most of the locker room hating him. Following Roman Reigns kicking him off a tour bus and multiple wrestlers wanting to fight him due to his big mouth, WWE has moved Enzo to 205 Live as a demotion. WWE management clearly is souring on Amore since he shows little respect to the business but they may have gone way too far.
13 Vince McMahon Not A Fan Of Shinsuke Nakamura
The dream match between Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena saw Nakamura score the clean pin fall victory over Cena in August. Nakamura went on to get a WWE Championship shot against Jinder Mahal and lost in rather shocking fashion. The match didn’t see Nakamura get much offense considering it was the biggest match of his career.
Baron Corbin’s recent struggles have seen a massive shift in the SmackDown Live presentation of his character. Reports in early 2017 indicated that Corbin was slated to win the WWE Championship this year. Corbin winning the Money in the Bank briefcase gave further confidence to those rumors until he lost it in embarrassing fashion. Jinder Mahal rolled up Corbin in six seconds to completely end his path to the main event scene.
12 The Miz's Promo Against Reigns And Cena: Real Or Scripted?
The Miz has been underappreciated by WWE in recent months and he knows it. A low point came when the Intercontinental Championship did not get defended at SummerSlam. Instead, Miz was forced to team with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel against Jason Jordan and the Hardys on the pre-show. A champion being snubbed to the pre-show is bad enough, but this match took place in a 95% empty venue long when the doors were now opening.
11 Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey In WWE?
Two of UFC’s biggest names may be transitioning to the world of WWE soon. Ronda Rousey is clearly looking behind her MMA career and wants to branch out. A passion for professional wrestling has seen her attend multiple WWE shows, including the most recent Mae Young Classic tapings where she had a backstage meeting with Triple H.
10 Naomi Lost Her Title As Punishment
One conspiracy theory to hit the internet following SummerSlam featured the reason for Naomi losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Natalya. The most obvious ending to the match would have been Naomi defeating Natalya and Carmella cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase to capture the title. Instead, we were treated to a huge surprise with Natalya shockingly winning the belt.
9 WWE Quitting On United Kingdom Show
The WWE United Kingdom Championship was introduced at the beginning of the year with an impressive two-night tournament. Many great stars like Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate and Mark Andrews were showcased. Triple H’s original plan was to have a new weekly show dedicated solely to the United Kingdom wrestling scene.
8 WWE Manipulated Fans Into Loving Braun Strowman
The popularity of Braun Strowman has become one of the biggest surprises in WWE this year. Strowman has seen his stock skyrocket during a feud with Roman Reigns. Despite being the heel, Strowman started getting huge cheers after beating the hell out of Reigns. WWE even went as far as to have him throw around Reigns backstage before flipping an ambulance over.
7 Adam Cole Paired With Faction Due To Height
Adam Cole is arguably the biggest NXT signing since Shinsuke Nakmaura and he was introduced in such fashion. NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2017 ended with Cole and former ROH pals Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish beating down Drew McIntyre. Cole stood tall holding the NXT Championship as the biggest show of the year for NXT ended.
6 Bobby Roode Taking John Cena’s Place on SmackDown?
The call-up of Bobby Roode to the main roster on SmackDown Live was a great surprise but a bit hard to process. Roode played a heel for the entirety of his NXT run as the NXT Champion for the second half of his year there. Everyone expected Roode to make the main roster as a top heel. Instead, WWE had him play a face defeating Aiden English and cutting a fan appeasing promo.
5 WWE Considering Clearing Daniel Bryan
The future of Daniel Bryan is one of the biggest stories in wrestling after his recent podcast appearance on Edge and Christian’s show. Bryan confirmed he plans to return to the ring. His hopes are that a few treatments will help convince WWE to clear him. If he isn’t cleared, Bryan will leave WWE when his contract expires at some point in 2018 to wrestle on the independent and international circuits.
4 WWE's Burial Of Rusev
A conspiracy theory that has existed for a few years now revolves around why WWE apparently gave up on Rusev in 2015. Rusev had a strong unbeaten streak as one of the top heels in WWE. Following his hot run, Rusev lost to John Cena at WrestleMania 31 and has never rebounded. WWE has given him some relevant feuds but he’s always been an afterthought in them meant to put the other over.
3 Triple H Clashing with Vince McMahon
The backstage clashing between Triple H and Vince McMahon is one of the biggest conspiracy theories in wrestling. A potential power struggle is something to pay attention to given the glaring differences in their presentations. Triple H easily makes new stars and creates incredible stories with his vision reigning supreme in NXT.
2 The Mauro Ranallo Debacle
Vince McMahon is very hands on when it comes to the commentators on the main roster. All three men on each show get McMahon screaming directions into their ears. Past stories from former broadcasters have all confirmed that Vince is quite rude and often curses out the announcers every single show when he's upset with something they say.
Mauro Ranallo started to feel the heat as the play-by-play announcer for SmackDown Live when McMahon randomly added Tom Phillips to the table for a ridiculous four-man team. Phillips fit Vince’s style for how sports entertainment should be called rather than Ranallo’s sports background. There’s a conspiracy theory that McMahon encouraged JBL’s bullying of Mauro to help force him out. The change was apparently coming sooner than later. Ranallo at least gets to have freedom and an escape McMahon in NXT now.
1 John Cena Doesn't Believe Roman Reigns Can Replace Him
The current program between John Cena and Roman Reigns is giving us one of the few highly anticipated dream matches left on the table at a random PPV. Despite the timing being odd, Reigns and Cena had an incredible promo on Raw that sold it. Both men exchanged very personal insults with Cena obliterating Reigns with no remorse.
One of the critical comments from Cena saw him claim Reigns wouldn’t do his job of being “the guy” and is a poor imitation of Cena. Past social media posts have seen Cena throw shade at Reigns for not stepping up to the role the company has put him in. This rivalry may get even more personal through the next few weeks. There’s a theory that Cena doesn’t believe in Reigns as the face of the company and refuses to give up his spot to someone that he doesn’t think can handle it.
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