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.
15. 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.
Unlike other legends older in age with the freedom to work as an attraction, Batista would want to work live events and appear on television every week. The return of Batista could be cool since he’s a bigger star after his success in the Guardians of the Galaxy films. However, a full time schedule may not be as fun since he wasn’t the best wrestler during his best years. At an older age, the idea of him wrestling every week would just expose him similar to last time.
14. 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.
Today, the rumor mill states that Triple H is set to face Strowman at WrestleMania 34 in the second biggest match on the show. Strowman is clearly ascending towards the top tier of the WWE. The argument can be made that Strowman has received the best push in many years. A win over Triple H is not needed as both men have drastically different styles. There are way better opponents for both guys and this doesn’t seem like a good idea on paper.
13. 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.
This could be good for Ambrose as a singles performer, but taking away The Shield for a long time period again is not fun for fans to hear. Ambrose turning means that the trio will not be able to reunite for a long time until enough stories have gone by to warrant another reunion. It also would create the same dynamic as before with Ambrose and Rollins feuding as Reigns remains above them.
12. 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.
That is all expected to change in 2018 with his schedule getting even more limited. Cena has other projects scheduled, including a rumored potential gig as Doctor Manhattan in the Watchmen HBO series. Filming begins next year and he will not be able to fit WWE in as much as usual. Movie roles only have kept him busy for short time periods, but the television series requires more time away from WWE.
11. 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.
We likely won’t see Neville wrestle anywhere for 2018 if things stay the way they are. Neville could always return to WWE if he and the company get on the same page regarding his future. McMahon will keep him home away from the ring if he still wants out until his contract expires. Neville missing a full year of his prime would just be a disservice to all wrestling fans.
10. 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.
Vince McMahon doesn’t believe Balor is over enough for a title shot and has canceled those plans. There are new reports that Brock may very well just sit out the Rumble and relax at home until the WrestleMania 34 plans go into motion. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are going to still be a tag team at the Rumble. Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe have already had title shots. WWE doesn’t have anyone they feel is worthy of facing Brock before Roman Reigns does.
9. Roman Reigns Winning WrestleMania Main Event… Again
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.
Fans have been displeased with this report going all the way back to the beginning of 2017. The fans of Reigns even admit that this is a lackluster plan that doesn’t provide much excitement. Lesnar and Reigns had a great match at WrestleMania 31 before Seth Rollins cashed in, but the idea of another showdown seems like a cheap way to get back to an old story that everyone is over aside from McMahon.
8. 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.
Wrestling insider Dave Meltzer recently reported that there was no plans for a female Rumble match and the call-ups were just done to add depth to both rosters. WWE skipping on making history as the Rumble would be a wasted opportunity. The first lady to win a women’s Royal Rumble match would be set for a long time as a huge name to help the division.
7. 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.
Paige is rumored to be the one to end Bliss’ title reign and will head into WrestleMania 34 as Raw Women’s Champion. Asuka is reported to be the woman likely to walk out of WrestleMania 34 as the champ meaning she would defeat Paige in a singles or multi-woman match. Regardless, the best story is putting Bliss’ dominant title reign against the undefeated streak of Asuka on the big stage.
6. 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.
However, the match is now rumored to take place earlier than expected. Angle is now reportedly facing Triple H at the Royal Rumble where he will likely lose due to his son Jason Jordan turning on him. Fans hate Jordan and WWE seems to be playing it up despite his traditional face role. The end game is Angle facing Jordan at WrestleMania 34 in a match that is just disappointing when thinking of potential dream matches for the legend.
5. 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.
Fan speculation fears the successful group ending in early 2018 when one or two members turn heel. This would mean that the odd man out would be getting pushed as a singles star. WWE sadly failed with all three men as singles performers before New Day was born. All three men have admitted that they never want to end it. This could be a horrible move for all involved, especially the fans, if the end of New Day happens.
4. 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.
If WWE doesn’t clear Bryan in 2018, he is going to leave the company when his contract expires in September to work for other promotions. This is bad for WWE as it adds interest to other companies. It is also bad for WWE fans because SmackDown will suffer. Bryan being the General Manager played a pivotal role in being considered an alternative to Raw. The short stints without Bryan over the past year have seen the show take a hit. SmackDown could be a worse show if Bryan leaves.
3. Ricochet Joining Cruiserweight Division
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.
It is a given at this point that Ricochet will be joining the company in some form whether it is the main roster or NXT. The worst case scenario is apparently being considered as he may be hired to try to save 205 Live. Ricochet certainly would help the Cruiserweight Division, but the lack of commitment from the company and weaker talent depth hurts the idea. The fans would benefit most from him joining NXT and having a main roster run outside of the failing 205 Live world.
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.
Balor was the longest reigning NXT Champion of all-time and the first ever Universal Championship. This means nothing if McMahon views him as comparable to the most irrelevant wrestler on the roster. Balor not getting another chance in the main event picture would be one of the most disappointing WWE decisions in quite some time. Hopefully WWE proves this rumor incorrect or Finn could be the next man to walk out.
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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