The rumour mill is always turning both in and outside of the WWE circle, with fans from all over the globe speculating as to what may happen next in this big weird world of sports entertainment.
Some rumours are quite concrete and others are downright ridiculous, but one way or another, the dirt sheets are always going to find something to fill our timelines with. Of course, that can create quite a lot of controversy depending on the subject matter, and ironically enough that’s one of the ways in which professional wrestling keeps people so invested.
You may choose to believe some of these rumours meanwhile others may cause you to roll your eyes, but that’s the beauty of this bizarre thing we all know and love. With shows like Bring It To The Table being cancelled, we’re left to fend for ourselves until these 15 queries are either confirmed or denied.
15. Female Superstars On Their Way Out?
The introduction of five new NXT superstars last week, as well as the return of Paige, certainly got people talking about the supposed ‘invasions’ taking a lot of fans by surprise. Their motivations were unclear, the partnerships seemed random, and most importantly – we were intrigued to see what they were going to do next.
But as is the case in any walk of life, the current crop of talent was understandably a bit threatened by this influx of new stars. According to Dave Meltzer, both Raw and SmackDown Live superstars are a bit concerned as to what this all means for their positions on their respective shows. For now, all we can do is wait and see how this whole thing unfolds.
14. Balor Isn’t Over
Last night was tough…
But I will get OVER
— Finn fOreVER (@FinnBalor) November 28, 2017
Finn Balor, by all accounts, is one of the hottest prospects of the last few years over on Monday Night Raw. The Irishman went from being the king of New Japan to being the king of NXT, and following his injury, after his Universal Championship win at SummerSlam 2016, many expected him to pick up right where he left off upon returning.
Alas, that wasn’t the case, even though many outlets were still reporting that the plan for the 2018 Royal Rumble main event was Brock Lesnar vs Finn Balor for the Universal Title. As we now know, many rumours have been circulating that suggest Vince McMahon believes Balor isn’t over enough to warrant a position such as that.
13. The Women’s Royal Rumble
This is one that’s been on everyone’s lips for quite some time now: an all-female Royal Rumble match. For years now it’s been something that has been teased through a variety of interviews, in addition to the fact that several female superstars have actually appeared in the original Royal Rumble match stipulation itself.
Apparently, this is something that’ll be announced within the next few weeks as we grow closer and closer to Rumble season, but one major issue that some people have with it is that there simply aren’t enough women on the main roster to make it work. Sure, they could call in favours from legends of days gone by, but they’ll still probably have to trim the size of it down to 20 instead of 30.
12. Zayn In Trouble?
In our minds and in our hearts, Sami Zayn is the ultimate underdog. His journey towards being the NXT champion was something that was years in the making, and now that he’s finally been positioned as one of the top guys on SmackDown Live, we’re able to see him flourish in a heel role that few would’ve anticipated could have worked so well.
But apparently, things aren’t going quite as well behind the scenes. Several sources have suggested that the reason Zayn and Owens were sent home from the European tour a few weeks back was due to their attitude, and while KO has supposedly been forgiven for this, WWE is still holding a grudge with Sami over the incident.
11. AJ’s Impending Retirement
AJ Styles is, without a doubt, one of the best performers in all of professional wrestling. The Phenomenal One has been consistently putting on Match of the Year candidates for the better part of a decade now, and over the last 24 months, he’s been recognised as being one of the best in the world on the biggest stage of them all – World Wrestling Entertainment.
Which is what makes this rumour all the more painful. Allegedly, Styles has indicated that over the course of the next year or two he’s going to consider retiring from in-ring competition. It’s something that isn’t all that surprising given his age, although many fans believe that the money involved in this situation could convince him to stay on past his original retirement date.
10. Roman vs Brock
Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar is a match that has struck fear into the hearts of fans for years now, ever since it was announced as being the main event of WrestleMania 31. Unfortunately for the cynics out there that actually wound up being a pretty great match, and as we approach WM34, it seems as if we’re in for a sequel of sorts.
This showdown has been rumoured ever since WM33 when both men emerged victorious in their respect match-ups, and given the nature of both men’s situations, it makes all the sense in the world. After all, Roman is being built up to be ‘the guy’ for WWE, meanwhile, Lesnar’s current deal with the company is slated to expire following the big show in New Orleans next April.
9. Nia’s Backstage Issues
In this line of work and with the world of social media, I am subjected to body shaming & it’s something I have accepted. It sucks when you get it in your own backyard around people you’re changing in front of and trust with your body. I am a HEALTHY bigger woman, I LOVE MY BODY. Body shaming is WRONG! I hope every person struggling with their body WHATEVER shape or size you are, do not allow someone to shame their perfectly beautiful body! #SpreadLove
Nia Jax is one of the most dominant females to have ever stepped foot inside the squared circle, and as such, some fans are quite protective when it comes to how she is portrayed on a week to week basis. It’s no secret that Nia herself has voiced her disappointment regarding her placement on the card and general booking, but this time, things appear to have gone to a whole new level.
Jax put out a tweet over the weekend that suggested people within her ‘own backyard’ have been body shaming her, which indicates that she may be talking about some of her fellow superstars. If this winds up being true, then it could be a PR disaster for WWE given how many accusations have been thrown against them in the past.
8. Stacking The Card
While January is often considered to be ‘all about the Rumble’, the impending 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw is something that has a lot of people talking. Several plans have already been put in place for the showcase event, but apparently, WWE is planning to have quite a few tricks up their sleeve on the night.
The likes of The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels have already been confirmed to appear, with rumours also suggesting that the company are gathering video messages from legends of years gone by in order to commemorate the special occasion. In a lot of ways, it is starting to seem like this show could have some big WrestleMania implications.
7. Angle’s Health
When Kurt Angle returned to the ring once again to take part in the Survivor Series main event, many fans had high hopes as to what the Olympic Gold Medallist would produce for us. Unfortunately, it soon became obvious that Kurt wasn’t doing all too good, with his poor posture and taped up leg signalling to fans that things just weren’t right.
Kurt himself confirmed that he had sustained an injury a few nights prior to the show, but the whole incident has led us to believe that perhaps Angle doesn’t have what it takes to perform in a high profile one on one match anymore. Obviously, he hasn’t been required to just yet, but with Mania just around the corner, a showcase match for the former world champion is almost certainly going to be in the works.
6. Sasha’s Heel Turn
Sasha Banks has been portrayed as a babyface for far too long now and while she’s certainly very talented and can pull it off very well, that’s not her natural alignment – and everyone knows it. Banks has proven herself to be an outstanding heel character in the past, and it seems as if the higher-ups in WWE are starting to agree with that assessment.
The latest rumours have suggested that her turn could be right around the corner, especially given how badly she’s been beaten up by the newcomers on Monday Night Raw. She could easily use that as fuel for a turn, and even if she doesn’t, the third showdown with Bayley (potentially at WrestleMania) is what we all want to see one day.
5. Return Of The Deadman
When WrestleMania 33 went off the air back in April, it seemed obvious to most that this was the final time we’d ever see The Undertaker compete inside of a WWE ring. He left his hat, gloves and coat inside the squared circle before slowly descending into the darkness, for what appeared to be his swansong following a loss to Roman Reigns.
But now, we’re starting to wonder whether or not the ambiguous ending meant something more. As reported by none other than Jerry Lawler, Taker was backstage at the recent Survivor Series event and was apparently looking healthier than he has in a long time. Many are expecting him to appear in some capacity next year in New Orleans, but will it be for one last ride?
4. Michael Hayes’ Influence
The return of Starrcade over the weekend was something that divided the WWE Universe in terms of their views on the whole thing, and for good reason. Half of them thought it was a great idea as a nod to WCW, meanwhile, others felt as if they were missing the boat by only making it a live event that didn’t even appear on the WWE Network.
Either way, what some people may not know is that it was allegedly Michael Hayes idea to bring it back in the first place. Hayes supposedly suggested the idea to Vince, and in addition to that, Hayes also wrote the entire show for the Greensboro card. Whether or not it’ll lead to something else further down the line remains to be seen.
3. The Game vs The Monster
Survivor Series 2017 was a bizarre event in many ways, with the main event, in particular, causing a lot of fans to throw things at their television screen. Why? Because Triple H once again came out on top as the big bad Cerebral Assassin, despite the fact that literally, nobody wanted to see him reign supreme as one of the surviving members of Team Raw.
But when there’s darkness we always have to try and find the light, and for us, the light is Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men was able to slay The King of Kings following the match, and apparently, this is all leading towards a match between the two somewhere down the line. Whether or not that happens at Mania remains to be seen, but for now, we’ll just keep the idea of Braun slamming Hunter to the canvas stored away in our minds.
2. The Rush Treatment
By now most people have heard about the Lio Rush incident, and if you haven’t, then there’s a chance that you’ve been living under a rock. Essentially the NXT newcomer sent out a tweet that supposedly mocked Emma’s release from WWE, which was greeted with a hostile reaction from members of the WWE locker room.
— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) October 29, 2017
Apparently, because of that, the former ROH man has been pulled from NXT live events in order to ‘teach him a lesson’. Some may see this as being a bit extreme especially when you think about some of the things Finn Balor has done over social media as of late, but nonetheless, Lio is being taught the hard way that you don’t mess with the higher-ups in this business. Ever.
1. The Women’s Chamber
We’ll stick with the women for our final entry, for something that could be quite an interesting idea if done right. The upcoming Elimination Chamber pay per view next February is scheduled to be a Raw event, and given how many female superstars they currently have on their roster, it could be the perfect opportunity for them to have a women’s Chamber match for the first time.
It’s something that has apparently been discussed at length, and even though it may wind up being a disaster, it’s worth giving it a go. After all, the women’s MITB match went fairly well for the most part and the sequel was even better, so if you give the Raw superstars to prove that they can handle a new stipulation then it could be quite the success.
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