Welcome to the weekly Rumor Look Back, where we look at the rumors from six months ago and see which played out as originally predicted. Let’s get right into it.
April 6, 2019
- WWE apparently has at least one big surprise planned for WrestleMania 35, and maybe more than that.
- Hulk Hogan and John Cena appearing? Are they big surprises? Sure? (1/1)
- There’s word going around, apparently originating from BeltFanDan, that WWE had new tag team title designs made and the new belts are in New Jersey for WrestleMania 35.
- There have been no new designs. (0/1)
- For whatever it’s worth, Kurt Angle told Gorilla Position that John Cena, despite saying he’s not booked, will have a match at WrestleMania 35.
- It was not a match, though he was on the show in a segment with Elias. (0/1)
- Jim Ross said during an interview with WFAN in New York that AEW has a TV deal already and will have a weekly two hour show that will debut in October.
- Accurate. 2 hours on TNT on Wednesday. (2/2)
- Darby Allin is done with Evolve and will be a free agent next week, says PW Insider.
- He’s in All Elite now, getting a title shot against Chris Jericho next week. (1/1)
April 8, 2019
- On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned Bret Hart went to the hospital for some discomfort with his hip after he was tackled by a fan at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
- Eff that dude.
- Brazilian MMA site AGFight says UFC is targeting their August 17 UFC 241 show for Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Cormier.
- That fight probably won’t ever happen. Surely didn’t happen last August. (0/1)
- According to Post Wrestling, WWE will be running vignettes for Bray Wyatt soon and there have apparently been big changes made to his character.
- This is true - new vignettes and a major character change. (2/2)
- Post also says Sami Zayn is expected back very soon.
- He came back the Raw after Mania (the day after this rumor). (1/1)
- Voices of Wrestling and Fightful both report that Enzo Amore & Big Cass have signed with Ring of Honor and their “invasion” of Saturday night’s G1 Supercard show was entirely scripted.
- Maybe? They never did anything else with Ring of Honor. So any signing was immediately nullified. (0/1)
April 9, 2019
- Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins as the opener was a late change to the WrestleMania 35 match order, according to Wrestling Observer Radio. It was switched after the Kickoff started, and Hulk Hogan didn’t even know why Paul Heyman was coming out during his promo at the top of the main show.
- I wonder if Lesnar actually insisted going on first.
- Dave Meltzer also reports Ronda Rousey was scheduled to be on Raw for possibly her last WWE appearance Monday night, but her hand injury changed those plans. There’s no timetable for her return.
- She has not returned. Though part of me wonders if WWE is hoping she’ll come back and work Becky solo at Mania this year. Of course that won’t happen if she starts a family.
- The Observer says AJ Styles is listed by WWE as having a hip injury.
- It didn’t really affect his working his schedule.
- Call-ups have been discussed for Kairi Sane and Candice LeRae, per Observer Radio.
- Kairi yes, Candice no. (1/2)
- A third Mae Young Classic is on the way this year, according to Squared Circle Sirens, who say the news was revealed in a German documentary on WWE’s tryouts in the country.
- Recent word is there is no MYC this year, but let’s give it a couple months first.
April 10, 2019
- According to Fightful, Ronda Rousey was unhappy when she went backstage at WrestleMania 35, though it’s unclear exactly why.
- Maybe her broken hand? Maybe the botched finish?
- They also say the referee for that match, Rod Zapata, was fined for counting Rousey’s shoulders down before they were actually down.
- The same Rod Zapata that called a stoppage in a Hell in a Cell match. (Of course that was the plan.)
- Ryan Satin mentioned a source telling him Dean Ambrose isn’t leaving WWE while another said he’s already setting up bookings on the independent circuit.
- Ryan’s first source was the wrong one in this case. (1/2)
- For whatever it’s worth, Ambrose is still advertised for dates with WWE through the end of April.
- He did work those dates and then bolted. (1/1)
- On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned Hiroshi Tanahashi has an elbow injury and he will be out for a while.
- Looks like there was a two month gap of not working. (1/1)
April 11, 2019
- AEW’s television show will be announced for Turner Sports (TNT/TBS) at the Warners Media Upfronts on May 15. This comes from Twitter user The Fight Oracle, which is believed to be the new account for MMA “insider” Front Row Brian.
- It was announced for TNT just prior to Upfronts on that date. (1/1)
- That report claims the show will air on Tuesdays and debut the same week SmackDown moves to Fox, which would be Oct. 1.
- It’s a Wednesday show. It did debut the same week SmackDown moved to Fox. (1/2)
- AJ Styles’ injury is to his hip, PW Insider has confirmed. They say it happened when he hit the Phenomenal Forearm while Randy Orton was on the floor.
- Backstage interviewer Dasha Fuentes was released by WWE last week, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet. It was the company’s decision and not at her request, per PW Insider.
- It looks like she’s doing some work with AEW now.
- Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix could be sticking around to work more matches, including on WWE’s upcoming European tour, says PW Insider.
- She worked some house shows tagging with Natalya. None televised though. (1/1)
April 12, 2019
- Fightful notes that sources have told them it would be a big surprise if WWE let Sasha Banks out of her contract.
- She’s back and still working with them. I wonder if she was ever looking to get out of her contract. (1/1)
- According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, Daniel Bryan might be injured and that’s why he wasn’t on television this past week.
- We never learned the story. It was closely guarded. There was worry about him after Hell in a Cell but word is he’s fine.
- He also said “nobody knows” anything about the Superstar Shakeup right now, and everyone is being kept in the dark on it.
- This was the worst of the shake-ups, especially because it didn’t matter with the Wild Card Rule.
- According to PW Insider, Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston was the original plan for the SmackDown Live main event this week but it was changed to a six-man later in the day. They also say the match was cut for time, and that’s why McIntyre disappeared to the back during the match, because he wasn’t involved in the finish anyway.
- The story later was that Drew disappeared so people would forget he was on the losing team. It was quite a dumb explanation but would also fit WWE so could very well be true.
- Advertising seems to indicate Seth Rollins will be feuding with Drew McIntyre, and Roman Reigns will enter a program with Baron Corbin soon.
- Those didn’t really happen. It was Rollins who feuded with Corbin forever. McIntrye and Roman feuded for a bit longer. (0/2)
This week: 15/24 - 63%
Overall: 2,956/5,322 - 55.5%
Have a great week, everyone!