The wrestling rumor mill is heating up as we enter the summer. WWE is already kicking things into the next gear. Brock Lesnar is defending the Universal Championship against Samoa Joe in a dream match. The first ever women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match is about to take place. They're clearly looking to make some news as we head into SummerSlam.
Other promotions are also undergoing big changes. New Japan recently had the first ever “six and one quarter” star rating for a match by Dave Meltzer with a draw between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada. NJPW is expanding with their house shows in California in July and are looking to branch out more in the United States going forward. Ring of Honor and Impact are both attempting to make waves as the second top promotion to WWE.
Wrestling is arguably hotter than ever in terms of internet interest on social media, video channels and websites like ours. This has led to many rumors catching on over the past few weeks. We'll take a look at some of the more ridiculous ones currently being discussed. Keep in mind that Jinder Mahal is now the WWE Champion meaning nothing is out of the realm of possibility. We don’t know if these rumors will turn out to be true yet but they're the fifteen most ridiculous rumors currently in wrestling.
12 Bray Wyatt & JoJo Affair
The most shocking rumor to hit the news this week featured the love life of Bray Wyatt. It was reported that Wyatt’s wife is leaving him due to the wrestler having an affair with WWE ring announcer JoJo. The Superstar shakeup sent Wyatt to the Raw brand back in April. JoJo is the ring announcer for all Raw television shows and live events giving the rumor the possibility of being true.
None of the parties involved have addressed the report despite it blowing up online. Most wrestlers involved in such a high profile drama will shut it down if it isn’t true. This doesn’t spell a good sign for Wyatt and JoJo. The unlikely pair may very well be involved in this story for the rest of the summer. Wrestling fans are more in tune with the news these days meaning it's likely we could hear chants towards both going forward. A picture of the two arriving together at a recent Raw show also didn't help their cause very much either.
14. The Undertaker Returning To The ring
We witnessed one of the more emotional moments in recent WWE history when The Undertaker unofficially retired at WrestleMania 33. Roman Reigns scored the huge win over Undertaker before the legend left his gear in the ring as a sign of it being his end. Undertaker looked older than ever struggling to keep up with the younger Reigns with noticeable mistakes on his part.
Recent rumors have circulated that Undertaker may not be done with wrestling and could be hoping for one more match. This one is harder to believe given everything that went into his final match. Between putting over Roman as the guy who runs “the yard” in WWE and the farewell moment, Undertaker returning is a ridiculous notion to think about, but you can never know for sure with wrestlers.
11 Paige Working Out For WWE Return
The absence of Paige has been over a year now with WWE fans unsure of her future. WWE has been unhappy with her regarding the relationship with Alberto Del Rio, differing opinions about her neck injury and the shocking adult tape scandal all taking place in that time frame. The belief has been that WWE will let her contract expire with no intention to bring her back to television.
Paige has posted pictures of her time in the gym recently and appears to be working hard to get back into wrestling shape. Given the fact that she’s under contract with WWE for quite some time, it would appear she is looking to return to WWE as her health is back on track. Paige does hold name value and is only 24 years old. Time will tell if Paige can make her way back to the WWE to turn her career around.
10 Velveteen Dream Struggles
Patrick Clark is one of the interesting prospects at the Performance Center that WWE has been high on following his time on Tough Enough. Most wrestling fans that watched the show would agree that Clark stood out more than any of the other competitors and has already passed them in the Performance Center. A new character of The Velveteen Dream has been created to debut him on NXT TV.
The vignettes and teases for his debut in NXT have been postponed multiple times. WWE usually keeps their word on what they advertise with the intention of respecting the viewer’s intelligence. Velveteen Dream being postponed showed just how little faith the powers that be in NXT had of it. Clark finally showed off the flamboyant character to little fanfare from the crowd. We now know why WWE was hesitant to put it on television right away.
9 Buff Bagwell Retirement Tour
It's hard to tell which is more ridiculous - Buff Bagwell having a retirement tour or Buff Bagwell still wrestling in general. The former WCW star was exiled from WWE all the way back in 2001 but has been wrestling on and off since then. Bagwell appears at the occasional independent wrestling show trying to get a pop based off of the Monday Night Wars days.
The recent announcement of Buff saw him claim he's about to have his retirement tour. Bagwell released a letter calling on promoters to book him before he officially hangs up the boots forever in early 2018. This may very well be a tactic to get more bookings as wrestlers tend to get their value raised when on the verge of retirement. Regardless, Buff making headlines in 2017 is the definition of ridiculous in the wrestling business.
8 Finn Balor Scouting For WWE In Japan
Finn Balor has been off WWE television over the past two weeks due to WWE sending him abroad to promote the company. One of the major stops on the Balor promotional tour saw him return to his former stomping grounds in Japan. Balor posted pictures visiting multiple landmarks, but the ones that made the most news featured him hanging out with New Japan wrestling talent.
KUSHIDA, Kazuchika Okada and many others took pictures with their old friend. Rumors have indicated that Balor may have been there for more than friendly chatter. There is speculation that WWE sent Finn to recruit a few of the NJPW wrestlers they have interest in. The wrestlers in the rumor are Marty Scurll, Sanada, Kenny Omega and The Guerillas of Destiny. All five men are very talented and time will tell if they end up in WWE.
7 Cody Rhodes First Ever Dual ROH/NJPW Champion
Prepare yourselves...this happens...8 days apart.— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) June 12, 2017
CAN YOU IMAGINE?
6/23-Lowell, MA 7/1-Long Beach, CA pic.twitter.com/4YKU2q5RJj
One wrestler that went the opposite direction of Finn Balor is Cody Rhodes. The decision to leave WWE for Rhodes saw him end up in a great spot for NJPW. Rhodes is one of the top members of the Bullet Club in the upper tier with Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks as New Japan expands into the United States.
Ring of Honor has also invested a lot of time and money into Rhodes. The next ROH PPV will see Cody challenging Christopher Daniels for the ROH Championship. Rhodes will receive another huge title shot at the NJPW U.S. shows challenging Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The rumor mill suggests Rhodes will definitely win the ROH Championship and has a good chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. No one has ever held both of these major titles at the same time and Rhodes being the one to make history would be shocking.
6 Corey Graves & Bayley Love Storyline
Fan speculation has led to one of the stranger romantic rumors for WWE television. A recent backstage interview featuring Corey Graves and Bayley ended with the two hugging at the request of Bayley. Yes, Bayley hugs everyone but the fact that Graves has been involved in mysterious storylines recently has added extra incentive to second guess all his actions.
The awkward segment leading to something more would be huge for both characters. Graves is clearly being set up to have a bigger role on Raw. Bayley has nothing obvious on her horizon after losing to Alexa Bliss in embarrassing fashion. A storyline involving Bayley and Graves isn’t hard to believe, but the potential of them being romantically linked seems farfetched. However, the rumor seems to be trending as of late, which might actually make it true. Oh boy.
5 Sasha Banks In Cruiserweight Division
The cruiserweights were finally allowed to mingle with the main roster wrestlers when Sasha Banks teamed with Rich Swann to face Noam Dar and Alicia Fox at the Extreme Rules PPV. Banks is one of the most popular women’s wrestlers in the company and her time working with the cruiserweights and appearing on 205 Live helped to the reputation of the brand.
A few social media posts from Sasha joking about wrestling the men in the cruiserweight division have led to fans questioning her future. One specific drawing of Banks holding the Cruiserweight Championship was enough to lead to speculation about potential inter-gender wrestling in WWE. It's almost a sure thing that this will never happen. WWE is against inter-gender wrestling, especially when it comes to one of the smallest women on the roster.
4 Dolph Ziggler Leaving WWE For Japan
Shinsuke Nakamura’s recent appearance on Talking Smack provided a fun interview by Renee Young and JBL. We got to see Nakamura talk about his life and his thoughts on the other wrestlers. Nakamura’s English isn’t perfect yet so his comments about Dolph Ziggler created controversy. The words from Nakamura sounded like he was saying Ziggler would be leaving WWE to wrestle in Japan at some point soon.
It's no secret that Ziggler is not high in the WWE pecking order and likely will not be a World Champion anytime soon. A decision to leave WWE for a run in Japan could be the best thing for his career. Cody Rhodes showed just how beneficial betting on your own skills can work out in your favor. Ziggler has a lot of talent and a move to Japan may get his momentum back for the first time in many years.
5. Jim Cornette Vs Vince Russo In A Fight
One story that remains consistent in professional wrestling is old men bickering about nonsense. Jim Cornette, Vince Russo, Bruce Prichard and Eric Bischoff all have podcast that features insults being thrown in all directions. The war between Cornette and Russo is specifically a volatile one that has been in the news for decades now.
Cornette and Russo clearly hate each other following difficulties working together in WWE and TNA. The most recent update to the story featured Cornette challenging Russo to an actual fight. Cornette offered Russo $5,000 if Russo could get the better of him in a fight. Russo turned down the fight but wants to debate Cornette on IPPV. Both outdated wrestling personalities clearly want to settle their issues in a public manner and it will be interesting to see if they reach an agreement to make it happen.
3 Lana Women's Champion
It's rather scary to think about how close we are to the ridiculous rumor of a Lana Women’s Championship reign happening in WWE. Lana has only wrestled one match in her WWE main roster career and has yet to even have a singles match. The first one on one bout for Lana will take place at Money in the Bank in a shocking title match against Naomi.
The reports of Lana’s trial period wrestling on NXT live events were overwhelmingly negative, but WWE clearly loves her upside. Lana was actually favored to defeat Naomi to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion at the opening odds for the MITB PPV. A title win for Lana would hurt all the work WWE has done in recent years with the women’s division. Lana becoming the face of the SmackDown women would be a throwback to the older days of women being pushed based off looks, something that WWE tried to get away from.
3. Goldberg Vs Roman Reigns At Summerslam
WWE is teasing Roman Reigns making a huge announcement regarding his plans for SummerSlam next week on Raw. A wrestler revealing his plans for such an important show two months in advance usually means something huge is being planned. Some of the rumors out there that make sense features Reigns challenging the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar or wanting a “dream match” with free agent John Cena.
One theory that has become popular is a bit more farfetched and would see Goldberg return. Reigns challenging Goldberg certainly would create headlines but it remains a long shot. Goldberg’s WrestleMania 33 loss to Brock Lesnar felt like the end to his career with such a clean loss in a wrestling ring. Reigns and Goldberg having a match in 2017 would be a shocking and weird move by WWE.
2 Ryback Calling Out Seth Rollins
The downfall of Ryback has seen him turn into a bitter podcast personality trying to create headlines with controversial comments. A recent story to hit the rumor mill featured Ryback’s negative opinion of Seth Rollins. The Big Guy was asked about his time interacting with the members of The Shield. Ryback likes Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose but had a horrible relationship with Rollins.
According to Ryback, Rollins was backstage laughing at Ryback for having an embarrassing botch in a bad match with Rusev. Rollins allegedly mocked Ryback for the awful match and claimed he’s never been involved in a bad one. The part about Rollins laughing at the poor performance of Ryback seems possible. Ryback however likes to embellish stories for attention and the portion about Rollins boasting about his own skills is likely a lie.
1 CM Punk Returning To Random Indie Promotion
CM Punk has been involved in all negative stories for his reputation over the past few months. It's unlikely Punk will ever get another chance at a fight in the UFC after his embarrassing loss to Mickey Gall last year. The sad turn of events landed Punk on a humiliating MTV reality show that saw him get eliminated after having silly contests while covered in ketchup and mustard.
United Kingdom wrestling promotion 5 Star Wrestling is hoping to strike on Punk’s bad luck by bringing him back to the business. Punk was offered $1 million by 5 Star Wrestling to take part in their 128 man tournament featuring names like Rob Van Dam, Carlito and Johnny Mundo. There has been speculation that Punk will take the lucrative offer, but none of those rumors have been confirmed yet. Hopefully Punk finds a bigger way to return to the squared circle if he chooses to.