The rumor mill gives us quite a bit of wrestling theories and educated guesses regarding the future of WWE. Many rumors are true due to people backstage leaking the secret information regarding the future of the company. Other stories are just pure speculation that end up being incorrect. The recent months have given us an uptick in the rumors running wild regarding WWE’s stories. Time has passed with many of these reports being not true in the slightest. In theory, WWE could have changed their minds, but most of the stories on this side were proven to be incorrect.
Other rumors to run wild in recent months have yet to be confirmed or denied. Considering we are now entering WrestleMania season, the hottest rumors will be deciphered over the next few months. The rumors that still may be true will be examined here as we look at the chances of them coming true. Both sides will be broken down along with the variables that went to each rumor. We will look at the speculation regarding news in WWE and beyond in the wrestling world. These are eight recent wrestling rumors that were completely fake along with seven that may still be true.
14 Fake: Conor McGregor Joining WWE
The success and income from the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight last summer proved just how big of a name McGregor is. As the top star in UFC, McGregor seems to be looking to transition out of MMA. The star power and potential for big pay days in other platforms would make it a smart decision to leave MMA for WWE or another option.
McGregor talked trash about WWE stars to create controversy last year. Triple H confirmed there would be interest to bring him into the company. Rumors started circulating that Conor could show up at WrestleMania 34. That is no longer the case as McGregor is dealing with his own personal issues after getting in hot water with the Irish cartel. UFC also expects Conor to return to the octagon soon meaning his MMA career will continue for a little while longer.
13 May Be True: CM Punk Returning To The Ring For Huge Bullet Club Show
The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes recently announced they will be running their major show in a 10,000-seat venue on September 1st during Labor Day weekend. The three members of the Bullet Club believe they have enough momentum to sell out a major venue. They have yet to announce the venue, but it is expected to take place in California or Chicago.
Matt Jackson has been trying to talk Punk into returning to the ring for a spot in the Bullet Club. However, a one-shot major show competing against WWE in Chicago would be the ideal return for Punk given his interests. Punk would be a huge factor in selling out a venue in his home town along with adding the must-see factor as an attraction show.
13. Fake: Hulk Hogan Returning To WWE
Rumors have been circulating on and off for months regarding the status of Hulk Hogan in WWE. Hogan was blacklisted from WWE following the release of sex tape that featured him making racist comments. The negative publicity is something WWE wanted to avoid and cut bait with Hogan back in 2015. We have not see Hogan return in any capacity since being released from his legends contract.
Hulk’s daughter Brooke Hogan claimed WWE was planning to have her dad return to the television product in 2017. That never happened, and WWE still wants to keep their distance from him. Hogan recently revealed that he was not invited to the Raw 25th Anniversary special despite most other legends with lesser name value making the cut.
12 May Be True: Brock Lesnar Leaving WWE In 2018
Brock Lesnar is the current Universal Champion going on a year, but he might be a long-term fixture in WWE. The obvious plans that just about every fan knows at this point features Roman Reigns defeating Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 34 to become the Universal Champion. Lesnar’s contract is expected to expire shortly after WrestleMania with an agreement in place up to SummerSlam.
There is nothing confirmed regarding Brock working for WWE after SummerSlam meaning he could be gone by the end of the summer. Lesnar is the highest paid wrestler on the roster despite working a limited schedule and not leading to any noteworthy increase in ratings or Network subscriptions. Brock also has other interests in returning to UFC. Both parties could agree to end their relationship once the contract ends.
11 Fake: John Cena Facing Jinder Mahal at WrestleMania 34
While the Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar rumor appears to be true regarding WrestleMania 34, the other reported title match is not. The rumored plan for SmackDown was to see Jinder Mahal enter WrestleMania as the WWE Champion defending against John Cena. This thought process was that Cena would make history with his record breaking 17th World Title win.
That has been thrown out the window with Mahal losing the WWE Championship to A.J. Styles and being removed from the main event picture. Cena is also now reported to have a bigger match at WrestleMania than a title shot. Many believe he will face a legend such as The Undertaker or Batista. Regardless, there’s no way he is facing Jinder now as the match is above his star power.
10 May Be True: Impact Signing Rey Mysterio
Impact Wrestling is trying to rebrand under new management. Don Callis and Scott D’Amore are the new guys in charge of running the promotion in hopes of finding success after years of failure. Both Callis and D’Amore have confirmed they are trying to hire new talent in hopes of creating interest in the promotion bringing in viewers that were annoyed at the prior failures.
Rey Mysterio is arguably the biggest name still active on the free agent market without a contract to any promotion. Impact reportedly worked very hard to get him on the roster in time for the recent television tapings. However, Rey turned them down not coming to terms on a contract. Mysterio is reportedly still in talks with Impact, and we may see him sooner than later in the rebuilding promotion.
9 Fake: Baron Corbin In The Doghouse
A report to come out in the spring of 2017 featured Baron Corbin being punished for his role in a backstage argument. Corbin verbally berated a WWE doctor after disagreeing with the talk about concussions. WWE punished him by having him lose his Money in the Bank contract and getting destroyed by John Cena in a SummerSlam match.
Corbin was rumored to be in the doghouse with nothing good coming his way the rest of the year. That ended within a few months as Corbin won the United States Championship and continued to have an upper card spot on the SmackDown brand as one of their top heels. Corbin currently is one of the few names with a realistic chance at winning the Royal Rumble and is once again loved by WWE management.
8 May Be True: Neville Moving to SmackDown
Neville has been off WWE television for months after walking out. The frustration of Neville came from being stuck in the Cruiserweight division for about a year. When asked to lose another match to Enzo Amore, Neville walked out and requested to be released from his contract like Cody Rhodes and Jack Swagger in recent years.
WWE did not grant Neville his release, and he has been sitting at home ever since. There were rumors of Neville and WWE having discussions about moving him to the SmackDown brand. Neville wants a fresh start away from the failing Cruiserweight division if he returns to WWE. Considering they must pay him if he’s under contract, WWE could easily appease his wishes and give him a chance to the SmackDown brand where there is more opportunity.
7 Fake: Batista Headlining Hall of Fame
Batista was rumored to be the star headlining the 2018 Hall of Fame class. The legend is currently thriving in Hollywood and has a big role in the upcoming Avengers movie as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy. WWE wants to get mainstream attention from the success of Batista and many pundits expected him to enter the Hall of Fame because of that.
The recent news of Goldberg being the headliner means we will likely not get another recent main event star. WWE is advertising this year’s class with Goldberg being the big name. That wouldn’t be the case if Batista was joining them as well. Batista may return in another capacity as a full-time wrestler with the rumors shifting to that side of things lately.
6 May Be True: Triple H vs. Braun Strowman at WrestleMania
The end of Survivor Series last year set up two programs for Triple H going forward. Both Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman were betrayed by him in different ways. Angle was hit with a Pedigree by Triple H as he wanted the glory for himself. Strowman also attacked The Game following the match to stand tall.
Triple H had a stare down with both men on the Raw after Survivor Series. It was believed that Angle would be the opponent of Triple H with the Strowman feud ending. However, that is still up in the air. A recent episode of Raw featured Stephanie McMahon telling Angle to re-hire Strowman after firing him. Strowman destroyed millions of dollars of WWE equipment and took over Raw. This all culminating with Triple H costing him Strowman Royal Rumble title shot seems to be the smart bet now with them facing off at WrestleMania.
5 Fake: Ricochet Signing For 205 Live
The announcement of Ricochet signing with WWE didn’t surprise many. However, the contract in which he signed is the surprising aspect of the news. Ricochet was announced as being part of the class to join the Performance Center. This means he is going to be a part of the NXT brand when he does debut, which is expected to be sooner than later.
Prior rumors were out there that Ricochet would be joining WWE as part of the 205 Live brand in the Cruiserweight division. The belief was that his star power on the independent circuit would bring extra excitement to the failing project. Ricochet lucked out by avoiding the difficult position of being the star of a failing product and will now be part of NXT in a major role to add momentum before a call up.
4 May Be True: Daniel Bryan Getting Cleared by WWE
The future of Daniel Bryan is one of the biggest stories in wrestling this year as his WWE contract will end in September. Bryan has made it clear he wants to wrestle again. If WWE doesn’t clear him to perform in the ring, he will be leaving the company to wrestle in other promotions. WWE has started to place Bryan into more storylines making it interesting regarding how they use him going forward.
Bryan took some slight contact as a referee in a match at the end of last year. A storyline with Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn also has him playing a new role in the middle of a big angle rather than just being the impartial General Manager. There is a rumor that Bryan will be cleared to wrestle Shane at some point in 2018. While hard to say for sure, there appears to be a chance.
Speculation was also recently fueled with Bryan's odds at 10:1 to win the Rumble match, he's now a heavy favorite out of the blue. Can a return take place in just a couple of days?
3 Fake: MMA Four Horsewomen vs. WWE Four Horsewomen Match
It seemed like a given that we would get the Four Horsewomen from MMA against the Four Horsewomen of WWE at WrestleMania 34. Both groups had a backstage run-in filmed at the Mae Young Classic. Ronda Rousey has reportedly been training for a WWE career and will be in the ring sooner than later as long as everyone goes according to plan.
This no longer appears to be the plan with Rousey now rumored to work in singles action whenever she debuts. Shayna Baszler recently debuted in NXT setting up her future there which means she isn’t going to be on the WWE main roster for a few months at least. We won’t be seeing the four versus four match at WrestleMania 34. Rousey wrestling at all would be a good thing given how fast the momentum of these rumors have fallen.
2 May Be True: The Undertaker Having One More Match
The hottest rumor to catch fire in recent weeks is about a WrestleMania 34 attraction match. John Cena has been reported to have a major opponent in a match described as way more important than a WWE Championship match. Dave Meltzer claimed that the current plan for ‘Mania is for Cena to face Undertaker in one of the main events on the big show.
Undertaker appeared to retire last year after losing to Roman Reigns and leaving his gear in the ring after the match. WWE even claimed Reigns retired Undertaker to sell the story for most of the year. However, the disappointing match may not be the one Undertaker wants to end his career with. Undertaker is reportedly in the best shape he’s been in over the past decade. The chances of him facing Cena for one more match seems likely.
1 Fake: Finn Balor Being The New Dolph Ziggler
Finn Balor appeared to be in hot water when rumors circulated regarding how Vince McMahon viewed him. The report indicated that Balor was removed from a Universal Championship title shot against Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble. To make matters worse, it was also out there that McMahon viewed Balor as the “new Dolph Ziggler” aka a mediocre talent that would never rise out of the mid-card.
The removal from a title match seems to be true, but the part about him reaching Ziggler territory is not. Finn recently got to form the Balor Club reuniting with former Bullet Club teammates Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. The trio was placed into main event matches on Raw the past few weeks. Balor still has a chance to become a main eventer and the Balor Club uniting is a great sign for him in 2018.