There are new rumors hitting WWE every week with things changing at the drop of a hat. A large percentage of the wrestling rumors actually turn out to be true. Insiders somehow get the scoop on the plans going down backstage by WWE management along with the atmosphere of the locker room. The current rumor mill features a variety of stories that are either impacting the landscape of WWE right now or can go on to reveal the future of the company. Much like anything involving WWE, they're all over the place ranging from negative rumors to positive rumors to everything in between.
We'll look at them all from the WWE perspective and how it will impact the company. Some of the speculation could lead to things that would benefit the product and the fan base watching it. Others are just bad rumors that will give us horrible results. A select few are downright ugly with ramifications of them potentially leading to destruction in various ways. All of the rumors will be viewed here along with how they’ll impact the future. These are five rumors that are good, five rumors that are bad and five rumors that are ugly currently in WWE.
15 Good: Roman Reigns Vs. John Cena at WrestleMania
A change in the rumor surrounding the main event of WrestleMania 34 could lead to a positive. The old rumor was that Roman Reigns would defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship after a yearlong reign for Brock. The change sees the potential of the biggest possible WWE match taking place on the biggest stage next year.
14 Bad: Jinder Mahal Vs. John Cena at Summerslam
One less interesting rumor about John Cena’s future comes in the shorter term with a Summerslam showdown against Jinder Mahal. The WWE Championship reign of Mahal has been going on for a few months now and is scheduled to end his feud with Randy Orton at Battleground in a Punjabi Prison match. That means Jinder will need a new challenger for the second biggest show of the year.
13 Ugly: Bray Wyatt Affair With Jojo
The wrestling world was shocked when the rumor started catching on about Bray Wyatt having an affair with ring announcer Jojo. It was reported that Wyatt’s wife was seeking a divorce after finding out he was cheating on her with a co-worker. This negative news hurt the reputation of Bray and made WWE look bad as well. Bad rumors are one thing when it comes to fans disliking a wrestling character or storyline, but it's worse when it's a real life situation.
12 Good: Eva Marie Gone
The not so legendary WWE career of Eva Marie appears to be over. WWE hired the model due to her look and viewed her as a huge asset for the future of the Women’s Division. Eva actually earned a spot on the first few season of Total Divas at the start of her career before becoming a full-time member. The lack of wrestling talent however prevented her from ever having a strong role on WWE television.
11 Bad: Management Gives Up On American Alpha
American Alpha was the best tag team in NXT and was viewed as one of the major call-ups to the main roster following the draft last year. The combination of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable worked perfectly in creating a must-see tag team. SmackDown used them well early on in a feud with The Usos. American Alpha defeated the big name team of Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
10 Ugly: Dean Ambrose Viewed As "Lazy"
It is nearly impossible to believe that Dean Ambrose was the WWE World Champion this time last year and the biggest star heading into the brand split as the only champ. Ambrose witnessed a huge fall from glace losing the World Title, main event spot and credibility as a top name all in the process. WWE bumped his match with Baron Corbin from the main card of WrestleMania 33 to the pre-show.
9 Good: Adam Cole Joining WWE Soon
Adam Cole is one of the top free agents on the market today following the end of his ROH contract. The decision of Cole was to not re-sign with ROH in hopes of landing a contract with WWE. Cole achieved everything possible on the independent circuit and is ready for the bigger stage in WWE or NXT. It appears to be a matter of when rather than if.
8 Bad: The Undertaker Returning For Another Match
We all love The Undertaker and respect everything he has given to the business. However, the presumed final match of his career at WrestleMania 33 against Roman Reigns was an embarrassing way to go out. Undertaker struggled to physically keep up with Reigns and made some major errors doing his usual moves. A recent rumor suggested WWE was considering bringing him back for a rematch with Reigns.
7 Ugly: Big Show Blasts Writers On Behalf Of Locker Room
Big Show recently took some heavy shots at the WWE creative team during a podcast appearance on Talk is Jericho. The criticism was towards the writers not knowing enough about the wrestling business to develop good ideas. Show described Mondays as being torture sitting around all day waiting for writers to hand him pieces of paper with awful ideas on it.
6 Good: Dolph Ziggler Leaving For Japan
Dolph Ziggler once had the potential to be a top star in WWE but he clearly has fallen into obscurity. The star power of Ziggler has dwindled to a low and fans view him as the weakest of the stars on SmackDown today. Many better wrestlers joined the company since his best days and he failed to take advantage of his opportunities at his peak.
5 Bad: Baron Corbin Winning WWE Championship In 2017
The Money in the Bank win for Baron Corbin makes it very likely he's going to win the WWE Championship sooner than later. Corbin was originally scheduled to lose to Randy Orton on the first Smackown PPV following WrestleMania 33, but WWE changed plans due to not wanting him to lose a major match against the champion.
4 Ugly: Alberto Del Rio & Paige Nearing Breakup
The controversial relationship between Alberto Del Rio and Paige has been frowned upon by WWE since day one. It has led to Del Rio requesting his release from the company and Paige being in the proverbial doghouse. Paige is hoping to return to WWE as she recovers from neck surgery, but it appears they won’t take her back due to the relationship with Del Rio potentially giving them bad press.
3 Good: The Shield Reunion
WWE went out of their way to put Dean Ambrose in the Superstar Shakeup and decided to keep both Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns on the same show. The rumors at the time suggested Reigns would be sent to SmackDown but plans changed with WWE wanting to keep him on Raw. Rumors are circulating that The Shield will be reunited in time for Survivor Series 2017.
2 Bad: Kurt Angle's Final Match Against Triple H
Kurt Angle having one more match on the big stage of WWE to end his career right would be a wonderful thing. Fans want to see him wrestle against one of the top active stars today given the excellence of Angle and the amount of dream matches on the roster. However, the rumor regarding his future implies he is set to face Triple H at WrestleMania 34.
1 Ugly: Daniel Bryan Already Preparing For ROH & NJPW In 2018
Daniel Bryan recently sent a tweet to Cody Rhodes that set Twitter on fire regarding his future. Shortly after Rhodes won the ROH World Championship, Bryan said he may come back to prevent Cody from passing his total days as holding the same title. The tweet could have just been a harmless joke, but Bryan has flat out said in interviews that he wants to continue wrestling again.
WWE’s contract is the only thing preventing Bryan from his ending his retirement. The contract is scheduled to expire in the middle of 2018. Bryan cares more about the art and having fun than a big payday. This makes him the one top name that would prefer to leave WWE for a smaller stage. Bryan clearly still loves both ROH and NJPW. A top name leaving them for other promotions would be a terrible look for WWE and the injury risks just make the situation even uglier.
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