This week is only half over, and so far the WWE has debuted five new female competitors to Raw and SmackDown Live, brought back Paige and called up Hideo Itami to 205 Live. The Bludgeon Brothers debuted, destroying The Hype Bros. and a title change has already occurred and the new champion, Roman Reigns, will be issuing open challenges.
Both NXT Takeover: WarGames and Survivor Series are in the books and new rivalries are beginning while it looks like others, which were teased at the show, might have to wait. Still, the furious action that has been the WWE over 48 hours hasn't slowed any of the rumors that seem to always float around about certain WWE Superstars.
Who's going where? Who's in trouble or getting a push? Here are the 5 Biggest Rumors In The WWE This Week.
According to the Observer, Vince McMahon doesn't seem to think Finn Balor has what it takes to carry a major pay-per-view. Originally scheduled to be Brock Lesnar's opponent at the Royal Rumble, Balor has been removed from that spot and a replacement has yet to be named.
Balor's loss to Kane and a lack of real progress for his character have given McMahon the impression Balor isn't as popular as the WWE first hoped he'd be. Balor's feud with Samoa Joe might be a way to rebound and prove McMahon wrong.
It is being reported that the WWE is in major talks with Facebook to produce a show starting in January 2018 that will air exclusively on Facebook Live. Some are thinking this is a tough ask for fans who are already expected to view hours of weekly WWE programming. Others think the idea of Facebook is a global and free platform for the WWE and could showcase some talent that hasn't been otherwise used properly.
The deal is not done yet but initial talks are ongoing and the show, if it goes, would take 205 Live off its spot and move it to a taped show somewhere else in WWE's weekly schedule.
Bring It To The Table is reportedly canceled, according to PWInsider. It was likely the latest casualty of WWE budget cuts. This is just one of many shows the WWE Network has gotten rid of that the fans really enjoyed. It was a mostly unscripted format that allowed WWE talents to freely discuss what was going on in the world of WWE.
It was refreshing and interesting and if it is done, is a huge loss for fans. How the show cost a lot to produce is baffling since it was all shot in a studio with no real sets and production costs besides three guys talking.
After his loss to Andrade "Cien" Almas at NXT Takeover: WarGames, it appeared as though Drew McIntyre was on his way up to the main roster. Unfortunately, McIntyre legitimately injured his bicep and that promotion will have to be put on hold for a while.
Almas seemed like a surprise choice to win the NXT Title, but it seems it was part of the plan for a while in NXT. How long McIntyre will be out of action is still uncertain.
In a move that was shocking to most WWE fans, the company debuted five new female competitors on the Raw and SmackDown Live shows. That's unheard of and not often something WWE does for the male talents.
There is speculation that the reason these five women were brought up together was to showcase them for an exclusively female Royal Rumble match. WWE has been toying with the idea of doing a women's version of the popular bout, and they would need female competitors the WWE audience recognizes.
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