News Rumor Look Back: Mar. 15 - 21, 2019

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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.

March 15, 2019

  • Even though he’s being used in promotional material for the event, the Observer notes that WWE still doesn’t have a match planned for Undertaker at WrestleMania 35.
  • I’ll say this is accurate, though I suppose it’s possible they had one and it fell through. But even if they did, it didn’t happen. (1/1)
  • While Ricochet and Aleister Black are definitely main roster call ups, Johnny Gargano’s status is now less certain after Tommaso Ciampa’s injury. He could be staying in NXT.
  • This is true. Johnny didn’t come back to the main roster after the injury, and he recently just said he’s NXT 4 Lyfe. (1/1)
  • Per the Observer, Jeff Jarrett is expected to become a very influential member of the WWE creative team in the future.
  • There hasn’t been a single King of the Mountain match so I don’t buy it.
  • The early expectation is that Kazuchika Okada will win the New Japan Cup tournament and face Jay White at the G1 Supercard.
  • Yes he won the Cup and then won the title back at Supercard. (1/1)
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes the feeling in Ring of Honor is that Madison Rayne simply wanted to return to Impact because it suits her better.
  • That feeling may be a bit delusional since in one of her first backstage segments back with Impact, she alluded that ROH was worse than the Undead Realm.

March 16, 2019

  • Seth Rollins is not working house shows this weekend, as WWE continues trying to keep him as healthy as possible heading into WrestleMania 35.
  • He didn’t work the house shows, but was back working the following Raw. (1/1)
  • Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, and The Miz are apparently getting weekend house shows off as well, though it’s unclear why.
  • None of the men worked a match that weekend. Could just be rest headed into WrestleMania. (3/3)
  • The Observer noted that Asuka vs. Lacey Evans was planned at one point but seemingly off the books. WrestleTalk TV points out the SmackDown women’s champion still doesn’t have a set plan for WrestleMania 35.
  • Yes, that was not the match. In fact, Asuka lost the title prior to WrestleMania 35 to Charlotte.
  • While the Good Brothers haven’t signed a new deal with WWE, per the Observer the company is offering deals to anyone with contracts expiring anytime soon and they could still strike a deal to stay.
  • Of course they were.
  • In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it’s noted that Eric Bugenhagen and Stacey Ervin Jr. are getting “rave reviews” within WWE.
  • Unfortunately, due to a scary concussion, Ervin Jr. is no longer with the company (and no longer wrestling). Haven’t seen much of the Bugz lately.

March 18, 2019

  • Advertisements seem to indicate Finn Balor will bring back The Demon for WrestleMania 35.
  • That he did. With the predictable W. (1/1)
  • Per the Observer, it’s looking likely WWE won’t sell out each episode of Raw leading into WrestleMania and it’s been a while since they’ve had so few sellouts leading into their biggest show of the year.
  • Some metrics this year haven’t been kind to WWE.
  • Like Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper is ready to return to television, he’s just waiting for a story to be written for him.
  • He ended up waiting a good six months for that story.
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that the WrestleMania 2020 schedule hasn’t been completely announced yet — they only revealed the date of WrestleMania 36 — because WWE hasn’t yet decided how they’ll handle the weekend with SmackDown moving to live on Friday nights on FOX.
  • That makes sense.
  • There’s a lot of speculation that Beth Phoenix is back to team with Natalya for a women’s tag team title match at WrestleMania 35.
  • That happened. It was good to see the Divas of Doom back. (1/1)

March 19, 2019

  • Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle likely won’t remain a singles match. Justin LaBar is even saying Corbin won’t end up being Angle’s opponent at WrestleMania at all.
  • It was a singles match and always with Baron. (0/2)
  • The reason EC3 has been off TV and booked to lose most of his matches isn’t clear, but sources told WrestlingNews.co Vince McMahon “is not too high on” him “right now”.
  • Obviously. If he were high on him, he’d be on TV.
  • According to PW Insider, former TNA X-Division champ DJ Z has signed with WWE. Wrestling Observer says he’s headed to NXT.
  • He’s now known as Joaquin Wilde. He’s had a good showing early on. (1/1)
  • Insider also says that Dana Warrior has been added as a full-time member of the WWE Creative team after a couple weeks of shadowing and assisting the writing staff.
  • I recall this being a somewhat disputed rumor.
  • Sin Cara has signed a new three year contract with WWE, per Insider.
  • The man himself denied that on Twitter (with a picture of a new dog). (0/1)

March 20, 2019

  • A report from Forbes says WrestleMania 35 could feature as many as 17 matches as WWE looks to fit as many wrestlers as possible on the card. They say this is to keep morale high backstage now that AEW and other companies are competing for talent.
  • There were 16, so just one off. We don’t know about the morale thing, but WrestleMania was way too long prior to AEW being a thing. (0/1)
  • WrestleVotes has also heard the 17 match total, along with word “there’s a push backstage to ‘control the match count’”.
  • They didn’t as it went after midnight. They controlled if for SummerSlam and I hope they remember that for WrestleMania because the shows are just too damn long.
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said the Women’s Battle Royal will return to WrestleMania this year, along with 3 - 4 other matches that hadn’t been talked about as of Raw.
  • The Women’s Battle Royal was back. (1/1)
  • According to PW Insider, Drew McIntyre worked last weekend’s house shows and his match with Seth Rollins on Monday while dealing with an undisclosed illness.
  • It must suck working a match with a cold or a stomach issue.
  • Aleister Black missed Raw because he and wife Zelina Vega were on a belated honeymoon.
  • Hope it was enjoyable!

March 21, 2019

  • WrestleMania is no longer the WWE’s biggest money-making show, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. That distinction now goes to the Saudia Arabian events, for which they’re paid a guaranteed rate in advance.
  • Of course.
  • It does look like Johnny Gargano will be remaining in NXT following Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, at least in the short-term.
  • Six month later too, so into the long-term. (1/1)
  • It was noted on Observer Radio that Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio was the plan for WrestleMania not long ago. Meltzer also speculated Rey being booked to take the pin in the U.S. title match at the last PPV means the decision to go with Mysterio vs. Joe was made after Fastlane.
  • Andrade and Mysterio had plenty of matches - often very good.
  • Per PW Insider, Cody Rhodes filed trademarks on the names of Dusty creations “Battlebowl”,and “Bunkhouse Stampede”, as well as the old WCW PPV “Bash at the Beach”.
  • We’ll see if they become AEW PPVs.
  • The Observer says former CrossFit competitor and UK indie wrestler Sadie Gibbs has signed with All Elite.
  • She was in the battle royal at All Out.

This week: 12/16 - 75%

Overall: 2,904/5,239 - 55.4%

Have a great week, everyone!

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