2017 is coming to an end and that just means there’s more intrigue for WWE coming up. Any diehard fan knows that the end of the year is relatively quiet in terms of the on-screen product. WWE usually heats up in January as the Royal Rumble is being set up. WrestleMania is the real driving force as WWE starts to put things in motion for the big event at the Rumble. This means there are plenty of rumors involving the near future of WWE as we head into 2018. Various plans of matches, storylines, character changes and debuts are being discussed and leak online.
We are going to be taking a look at some of the more negative potential ideas out there when it comes to the point of view of a fan. These are all stories that provide some reason for us to express regret about getting excited for another year of wrestling. All of the rumors that we don’t want will be revealed here along with explanations as to why the negatives outweigh any positives. The only hope is that time will change the plans and Vince McMahon will come up with new ideas. These are the fifteen terrible rumors going around about WWE in 2018 that we hope aren’t true.
13 Batista Coming Back Full Time
A recent interview of Batista appearing on Jim Ross’ podcast saw him reveal some interesting information. Batista said that he would like one more run in WWE ending with a program against Triple H for his final match. The most interesting comment came when Batista revealed he was in talks with WWE regarding a return with a full-time schedule.
12 Triple H Facing Braun Strowman at WrestleMania
The end of Survivor Series featured a shocking moment of Braun Strowman beating down Triple H. Strowman did not take it kindly that Triple H conned him at the end of the match by stealing the tag and double crossing Kurt Angle. The attack by Strowman on Triple H came out of nowhere as it wasn’t in any rumored plans until the segment occurred.
11 Dean Ambrose Turning On Seth Rollins
The recent reunion of The Shield helped show that the fans love the trio together. Roman Reigns is even getting some cheers while reuniting with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. WWE should do their best to keep this in their back pocket for future matches. The reports indicate that Ambrose is going to be the one that turns heel on Rollins to end the group.
10 John Cena's Reduced Schedule Due To Potential Big Acting Role
Vince McMahon is starting to feel the heat of not having John Cena in WWE on a weekly basis. Cena is working a relaxed schedule that sees him work the big PPVs and a few other shows per year along with television appearances. The schedule of Cena at the beginning of the year saw him work live events leading up to WrestleMania 33.
9 Neville Sitting Out The Entire Year
The unhappiness of Neville being pigeonholed and losing out on money and opportunities due to being in the Cruiserweight Division has him at odds with WWE. Neville requested his release from the company to work for independent promotions and try to go the same route as Cody Rhodes. Vince McMahon reportedly is refusing to allow this and plans to freeze out Neville.
8 Brock Lesnar Not Defending Title Until WrestleMania
Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship reign has reminded us how annoying it is having a part-time wrestler as the champ. The majority of Raw shows and half of the Raw PPVs will see the brand not having a representative as the champion. Lesnar was reportedly scheduled to defend against Finn Balor at the Royal Rumble in his final match before WrestleMania.
Speaking of Roman Reigns, the longest going rumor has seen him planned to dethrone Brock Lesnar for over a year. Even before WrestleMania 33, this was the plan set in motion as Vince McMahon badly wants to have the moment of Reigns defeating Lesnar end the show. It is yet another hope to have Reigns get his moment of being “the guy” leading the company into the future.
7 No Women's Royal Rumble Match
The return of Paige along with the NXT callus of Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan and Ruby Riott had fans hoping this meant we were getting the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match. WWE now has 18 ladies on the main roster, excluding the two champions. Add in a couple of surprise names or returns and we would have twenty names which would be enough for a Royal Rumble match.
6 Paige Will End Alexa Bliss' Title Reign
Another new rumor going around following the return of Paige starting her new group Absolution regards the future of the Raw Women’s Championship. Alexa Bliss has dominated the division on Raw since moving SmackDown during the brand split. However, the momentum of Paige seems to be growing with fan interest and a fresh feel following her return to the show.
5 Kurt Angle's WrestleMania Match
Kurt Angle returning to the ring in team matches on the most recent two WWE PPVs was a huge shock. Everyone expected the return match to be at WrestleMania 34 in a singles bout against Triple H. The match makes sense since Angle has been clashing with both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on Raw as the General Manager working under them.
4 New Day Splitting Up
The New Day are still going strong as a beloved trio despite the fact that they have little to do these days. Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods all still bring the entertainment and have had some of the best WWE matches all year against The Usos. The problem here is that they have little to do when not the tag champs on either show.
3 Daniel Bryan Leaving WWE
The hottest rumor about 2018 may be about the future of Daniel Bryan. Despite being retired from the ring in WWE, Bryan still gets the biggest pop from fans SmackDown every week. The interest in Bryan is there but WWE doesn’t believe he is healthy enough to perform in the ring again. Other doctors have cleared him outside of WWE and he is planning to wrestle again.
Ricochet is one of the biggest names on the free agent market and will be able to sign with WWE in early 2018. The high flying display by Ricochet in each of his matches makes him a special performer that can get over in a major way. Ricochet’s Lucha Underground contract finally expired recently and the stipulations will have him finally free to sign with WWE in a month or two.
2 Finn Balor, The New Dolph Ziggler
The report about Vince McMahon being down on Finn Balor was bad enough, but there was one major statement that was harsh. Balor missing out on a Universal Championship match was bad enough. Sadly, that wasn’t even the worst part. McMahon apparently views Balor as being the “new Dolph Ziggler” as a talented performer that belongs in the mid-card.
1 The Undertaker Having Another Match
The Undertaker appeared to have retired after his WrestleMania 33 loss to Roman Reigns. A touching moment saw him leave his gear in the ring symbolizing the end of his career. However, Jerry Lawler recently shared some details on his podcast about the legend. Lawler mentioned hanging out with Undertaker and Kane backstage at Survivor Series like old times.
Undertaker apparently looked to be in great shape and Lawler got the idea that the legend will be back in the ring again. Lawler’s belief is that Undertaker is going to be in the ring at WrestleMania 34 for another match. While it would be fun to see him again, the performance against Reigns was embarrassing for Undertaker’s legacy. The veteran struggled to keep up and botched a few times. We can’t risk another low moment in a bad match for The Undertaker to end his career in embarrassing fashion.
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