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8 Wrestling Rumors Heading Into 2018 We Hope Are True (And 7 We Hope Aren’t)

Pro wrestling rumors sometimes turn out to be true but at times, they also turn out to have not been based on reality in the slightest. It's sort of a mixed bag, in other words. While wrestling rumors are fun and give fans a lot to talk about, it should be noted that these are just rumors and shouldn't be taken as fact.

The issue in wrestling is that the secretive nature of the industry has allowed for numerous "insider" websites to pop up and gain a following by claiming to have information that nobody else does. Unfortunately, the method to obtain this information is almost always an anonymous source from the inside. That the sources are never made public tends to reduce the credibility of such rumors. While many forms of journalism utilize anonymous sources, in no other industry are they the sole providers of information. It's not a great system but it's fun to debate what could be possibly true.

Wrestling is in a weird place right now and there are plenty of rumors flying all over. Some rumors will have been spread by people with an agenda and others will have been spread because there is some truth to them. We just don't know which is which. Enjoy!

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15 We Hope Is True: Women's Royal Rumble

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According to the rumor mill, a women's Royal Rumble match should be coming our way early next year. There was some talk of a women's Royal Rumble match last year, but ultimately it was decided they still didn't have enough women on the roster. While WWE still doesn't have 30 women on their main roster, they have enough in NXT and WWE developmental that they should be able to make the match work this year. Perhaps they could decide to limit the number of female Superstars to 20.

A women's Royal Rumble match would also provide an opportunity for some surprise returns. Trish Stratus could be a surprise entrant and her inclusion would help the division feel more important. In fact, just having a women's Royal Rumble match will help all in the division feel more competitive.

14 We Hope Isn't: Undertaker Coming Out of Retirement

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Despite an iconic retirement at WrestleMania this year, rumors are Undertaker is training hard to make a return to the ring. If the rumors are true, Taker would be ready in time for Survivor Series, the same show he debuted at.

We hope this one isn't true. Undertaker is now in his 50s and has had an iconic career, but with all due respect, it's over for him. His retirement last year was an epic moment which would be forever tarnished if he doesn't stay retired.

Perhaps Undertaker's home life with Michelle McCool isn't quite how he expected his retirement to go. Maybe he just needs another big pay day. Whatever the reason, however, it would be a foolish move for him and WWE to allow his return and having it end up meaning nothing at all. As for who Undertaker would be facing at, that remains to be seen. Taker and John Cena have never met, food for thought.

13 We Hope Is True: Billy Corgan Re-Launching NWA In 2018

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Billy Corgan is a creative guy who loves wrestling. He now owns the branding to the National Wrestling Alliance, which sadly is about all that is left of the organization. According to Corgan, however, a new era is about to begin for the promotion.

In a recent interview, Corgan revealed he plans to begin running NWA live events in 2018. As we've seen numerous times with wrestling promoters, however, what they say and what ends up happening could be very different. Corgan seems more reliable than the usual crop of non-WWE wrestling promoters, however, if anyone could create something new and interesting from something old and forgotten, it's him.

Impact Wrestling fans will remember that Corgan was in-line to purchase that company until Anthem Sports and Entertainment swept in. So Corgan decided to purchase a somewhat more respected organization instead, which might not be the worst thing.

12 We Hope Isn't: Brock Lesnar Leaving WWE

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Most fans believe Brock Lesnar will be leaving WWE in 2018. Lesnar will most likely end up making a return to the UFC where he can earn PPV revenue from one or two more fights with the promotion.

Lesnar's contract is up after Summerslam this year, and while it's possible he is using a potential UFC return as leverage in contract negotiations, we've been down this road with Lesnar before. Despite signing his last contract with WWE, Lesnar competed at UFC 200, though he would ultimately fail a drug test and have his victory over Mark Hunt over-turned. Jon Jones, who also failed a drug test at UFC 200, called out Lesnar after his last fight. While a super-fight looked to be in the works, another failed drug test by Jones puts that big payday in jeopardy for both guys. Are the negotiations still open for the bout? That's the big question.

11 We Hope Is True: Neville Joins Bullet Club 

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Neville is MIA from WWE at the moment, but one Marty Scurll would love it if he would join the Bullet Club. Shortly after it was revealed that Neville had requested his release (or as is assumed to be the case) Scurll sent out a tweet in regards to Neville becoming his new tag team partner in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Neville would be just the latest in a long run of Cruiserweights who have wanted off of 205 Live. Austin Aries requested his release from WWE this summer and both Kota Ibushi and Zack Sabre Jr. turned down contract offers to be part of the brand. Now if The King of the Cruiserweights leaves as well, the writing might be on the wall for the division. Neville is a truly talented wrestler and  someone that can do big things outside of WWE.

10 We Hope Isn't: Jinder Mahal Vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 34

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Recently Jinder Mahal told media in India that he wants to face John Cena at WrestleMania. As WWE continues to attempt an expansion into the Indian market the idea of the company's top star facing Jinder at WrestleMania seems plausible.

It's arguable if Jinder has gotten over in India or not, but he certainly has not gotten over in the United States. Jinder has, however, gotten over in his home of Canada getting decent reactions during live events.

It remains to be seen if Jinder can become the big Indian hero that the Great Khali ended up becoming. Part of Khali's appeal in his home country was his larger than life stature, however, and not necessarily that he was a champion in storyline. A far more exciting proposition would be a Jinder Mahal versus John Cena match in India. That would be worth watching.

9 We Hope Is True: Kurt Angle At WrestleMania 34

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If you believe the rumors, some of which are being spread by Angle himself, the plan is for him to get back in the ring. The 48-year-old may be past his prime, but he was still having high-quality matches near the end of his TNA run. Considering Angle is a freak-of-nature athlete, there is nothing to say he couldn't still have some more amazing matches.

Does the idea of an A.J. Styles versus Kurt Angle match at WrestleMania sound appealing to you? It does to us. Unfortunately, Styles doesn't appear to be who WWE is looking for Angle to face at WrestleMania. In all likelihood, Angle's opponent will most likely be determined through his storyline with Jason Jordan. Angle vs Jordan at WrestleMania being scheduled after it is revealed Jordan is not really Angle's son seems regrettably possible here. The other major candidate for a match with Kurt is also Triple H. A feud between the two can start once Stephanie returns to Raw.

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8 We Hope Isn't: Conor McGregor At WrestleMania

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While Conor McGregor might be the biggest draw in the history of MMA, it is starting to feel as though too much Conor might not be a good thing. Unfortunately for those who feel this way, the rumor mill is currently saying Conor is in talks with WWE about appearing at WrestleMania this year.

If Conor simply makes an appearance, cuts an awesome promo, and gives a worked punch to someone like Curtis Axel that is one thing, if he actually wrestles a match (as Floyd Mayweather did against the Big Show) that is completely another. Bringing boxers or MMA fighters into WWE is hit or miss. Mike Tyson obviously had a big impact for WWE in the Monday Night Wars, and Floyd Mayweather's performance at WrestleMania XXIV was far more entertaining than it should have been. A fake wrestling match or segment involving Conor McGregor seems a waste of money, however.

7 We Hope Is True: Ronda Rousey Training For WWE Career

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It is believed that Ronda Rousey is currently spending her time in California training with Brian Kendrick. According to the rumor mill, Rousey asked WWE for suggestions on where she could train near her home and they suggested Kendrick's school.

WWE had previously sent Eva Marie to train with Kendrick to try and improve her ring work. While Eva Marie never did turn into a Shawn Michaels-type performer, WWE was evidently pleased with her level of improvement after training with the current member of 205 Live.

Unlike Conor, Rousey's fanbase extends past the sporting world and into pop culture. Conor might sell more PPVs but he does not get invited on the big time shows that Rousey does. Rousey's addition to WWE's Women's Divisions would have a tremendous impact on women's pro wrestling as a whole.

6 We Hope Isn't: Impact Wrestling Moves All Shows to Canada

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To be clear, we hope this isn't true on behalf of Canada. We are assuming a country rich in pro wrestling tradition might be wary of being associated with a brand like Impact Wrestling.

With Bound for Glory being held in Ottawa, the belief is that the company will begin to run all shows out of Canada. Their new ownership group is based in Toronto so rumors are they're looking to turn the company into a Canadian promotion, with all their TV and major shows being taped there.

Arguably the most ridiculed wrestling promotion of all time (WCW haters might beg to differ on this, however) Impact Wrestling is still holding on, only wrestling fans can't figure out why. While Anthem Sports and Entertainment should be given a chance to improve the company, it becomes hard to take any company who would invest money in Impact Wrestling seriously.

5 We Hope Is True: More Wrestlers Leave For Independents

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According to some members of Bullet Club, several WWE wrestlers have contacted them regarding how much money they would be able to make on the independent scene. Wrestlers such as Cody and Austin Aries have been bragging about how they make more money now than they did while in WWE. It seems some WWE Superstars are starting to feel the grass might be greener on the other side of the fence.

While we would hate to see a mass exodus from WWE of top talent, it would be great to see the non-WWE wrestling scene gain a few more names. For the first time since WCW closed, it feels as though there is a real non-WWE option available out there now. The combination of working for Ring of Honor in the United States and New Japan Pro Wrestling in Japan might seem far more appealing than working on 205 Live.

4 We Hope Isn't: Daniel Bryan To Ring of Honor

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Daniel Bryan has made no secret of the fact that he plans to wrestle again. Whether this is in WWE or not (definitely not) doesn't seem to worry him. Bryan's own doctor has cleared him to wrestle but WWE's will not. While the idea of Daniel Bryan wrestling again is appealing to many, what happens if he suffers another concussion?

By Bryan's own admission he has suffered multiple seizures that both WWE and his own doctors believe are related to the ten documented concussions he's had. Even though his doctors will clear him, some people just aren't interested in watching someone risk their future health just to extend their in-ring career by a few matches. Various concussions and seizures are just too much to worry about - he's risking his long-term health.

3 We Hope Is True: New Japan Opens Los Angeles Dojo

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It sounds as though New Japan Pro Wrestling is about to announce big plans regarding their expansion into the United States. If you believe the rumors, NJPW is about to announce plans to open a full-time dojo/training center in Los Angeles. The city would also become home to the company's United States operations.

WWE fans might not be overly aware of this as Vince McMahon is not the only promoter with international expansion plans. NJPW has slowly been making in-roads into the United States. They've added an English broadcast team, exposed American audiences to their talent through exchanges with Ring of Honor and discovered a lively fanbase willing to pay to see their product.

NJPW offers a different type of wrestling product, one more focused on pretending wrestling is a real sport. It feels much less cartoonish and many fans prefer its style over WWE's.

2 We Hope Isn't: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns At WrestleMania

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Most pro wrestling “dirt-sheet” websites believe they know which match will headline WrestleMania this year. Unfortunately, if they're right, it mean’s we're getting Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar.

You might remember Lesnar versus Reigns main evented WrestleMania 31. Oddly enough it would be Seth Rollins who would win that match by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase to turn the bout into a three-way.

Vince McMahon is convinced that Roman Reigns is "the guy" who should be portrayed as the biggest star in the company. That means he's got to beat Brock Lesnar. This was the plan the company had for quite some time. With Lesnar's WWE future in doubt, it's now or never to pull the trigger on this one.

1 We Hope Is True: Kenny Omega To WWE

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There are many who believe Kenny Omega is the most talented wrestler in the world right now. His matches in New Japan Pro Wrestling over the last couple of years have earned near-universal praise (Jim Cornette excluded). Even Triple H has hinted the company would be interested in bringing in the 34-year-old from Winnipeg.

Omega loves Japan and lives there year round. His contract expires shortly and it would be unreasonable to assume WWE won't make a huge play for him. As with many NJPW talents, Omega's contract is set to expire on January 5th, 2018, the night after the annual Tokyo Dome show. You may recall it was after this show a couple of years ago when Shinsuke Nakamura, A.J. Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows all ended up leaving NJPW for WWE.

Should Omega show up in WWE there would be numerous opponents waiting for him. Omega versus Styles, Omega against Nakamura, and even Kenny Omega taking on Finn Balor are all possible matches we could see in 2018.

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