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 to it.
May 3, 2019
- Per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE won’t release any wrestler they feel may leave to go sign with AEW.
- I don’t recall them releasing anyone in the last six months. (1/1)
- Along the same lines, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE signed Goldberg to a deal in part out of fear of AEW going after him.
- I could see AEW, which has some WCW throwback feel, going after Goldberg to use in one way or another.
- He also said that WWE didn’t mention any plan for the SmackDown tag team titles when the Hardy Boyz gave them up because they don’t yet know what they’ll be doing with them.
- They had almost no teams after Jeff got hurt. They eventually put the titles on Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan, who had to defeat Raw team of the Usos to earn them.
- More on Lio Rush from PW Insider: Apparently WWE offered him a five-year deal for $300K per year and he turned it down before asking for double that.
- I don’t know what is contract is but he’s still working with them.
- They also say he’s been pulled from the European tour and part of the heat on him stems from bringing his wife/a group backstage and said group sometimes causing issues.
- I could see people getting fed up if he had a bit of an entourage who would rub people the wrong way.
May 4, 2019
- According to the Observer, Dean Ambrose is expected to start taking bookings in June and possibly sooner, and he may already have a bunch of bookings lined up already.
- He soon worked New Japan and AEW. And some indie dates. (1/1)
- The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that WWE business declining in the way it has during the lead up to WrestleMania has led to second guessing of women headlining the show. That’s on top of ratings issues when women’s segments are featured on television.
- I think their issues stem deeper than one particular storyline.
- They also say Los Angeles is the likely landing spot for WrestleMania 37 in 2021.
- We’ll have to wait and see. With the new stadium, that’s a very possible spot.
- NXT TakeOver on June 1 is expected to happen in Bridgeport, Connecticut, says the Observer.
- This is accurate. It was TakeOver: XXV. (1/1)
- Dixie Carter mentioned doing some filming in Connecticut recently and the belief is it is for a WWE project.
- It was for the Kurt Angle WWE Network documentary. Kinda wild. (1/1)
May 6, 2019
- The speculation surrounding Daniel Bryan’s injury, per the Observer, is that he suffered a concussion and everyone tried to keep it quiet. It’s a good sign he’s been cleared already, however.
- Luckily he’s been going strong since there. He doesn’t work all the time, in fact only a few times a month some months, but that’s for the better.
- WWE kept throwing more money at Dean Ambrose trying to get him to sign but he wouldn’t, says the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. They speculate WWE sent him out so well thinking he’ll be coming back.
- They were thinking wrong.
- The Observer notes that Dana Brooke was given the spot in the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match that was originally earmarked for Sasha Banks.
- Good for Dana.
- For whatever it’s worth, Bray Wyatt told a fan he’s working on bringing Luke Harper into the Firefly Fun House gimmick.
- That did not happen. Not sure it would have worked outside a solo act. (0/1)
- Per PW Insider, the NWA is unhappy with Willie Mack signing a deal with Impact Wrestling.
- Well they should build a bridge and get over it. (But seriously, Willie Mack is a good name to have on your roster and it sucks missing out on him.)
May 7, 2019
- One of Raw’s lead writers, Ryan Callahan, was fired last week, per Fightful. It was reportedly due to a conflict with writing team manager Dave “Ranjin Singh” Kapoor.
- Writer shake ups never change anything. Bringing in Heyman to work Raw definitely changed the feel of that show, but these are all Vince’s shows in the end.
- As pointed out by David Bixenspan, Triple H briefly liked a tweet blaming Vince McMahon for WWE’s ‘confusing and pointless’ storylines, and saying the company should provide its wrestlers with health insurance.
- Triple H is so shrewd that I’d have a hard time believing him liking a tweet and then unliking it later wasn’t intentional for the image he’s trying to foster with fans.
- It was said on Wrestling Observer Radio that due to Raw and SmackDown’s recent ratings slump, television executives perceive wrestling as being “cold” now. That apparently wasn’t the case as recently as a month ago.
- Wrestling is probably hot and cold, but there was a bad cold spell for months in WWE with a rough product. NXT and AEW feel hot now though, but that not be with the wider audience as much as stations would want.
- Dave Meltzer also said we shouldn’t be surprised if we see Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker on TV during the build to the next Saudi show to help with ratings.
- Yeah, they were. (3/3)
- Double Or Nothing is listed as a pay-per-view event by several satellite providers, according to PW Insider.
- Why wouldn’t it?
May 8, 2019
- Rajah says Goldberg’s deal with WWE for the Saudi Arabia show on June 7 is a one-off and he has not signed a new contract to keep him away from AEW.
- I don’t know if he signed multiple contracts, but it wasn’t a one off within the last six months since he worked Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam as well. (0/1)
- Not surprisingly, the speculation is Roman Reigns will be heavily featured on both Raw and SmackDown going forward.
- He was on both shows during the crappy Wild Card Rule. (1/1)
- Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE didn’t upload any videos from Raw to its YouTube channel until after the show was over as a way to encourage fans to watch USA Network. That’s another solution they’ve come up with to low viewership.
- Some real geniuses working over there.
- Meltzer also said the goal with what WWE is doing with The Revival is to devalue them as much as possible before they leave.
- They eventually put the titles on them - multiple times. They worked with So that wasn’t too long term of a plan. (0/1)
- Marshall and Ross Von Erich have signed with MLW, as the promotion announced, but PW Insider has added the deals are for five years and it’s possible Kevin Von Erich will also appear for the company.
- Kevin Von Erich did appear. (1/1)
May 9, 2019
- WWE was aware of Lars Sullivan’s online history before hiring him, per Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live. There’s no issue for the company because Sullivan apologized.
- Then eventually fined him.
- Sasha Banks was “listed internally” for the European tour, according to PW Insider, but she didn’t travel with the Raw roster when they left for Ireland on Tuesday. She also wasn’t on Wednesday’s show in Belfast.
- It was a few more months prior to her returning.
- Insider also reported that Lio Rush was not backstage at Raw this week and is not listed for the European tour.
- Lio was missing for a little while.
- According to WWE officials and talents who spoke to Fightful, the company does not require wrestlers to turn over their social media login information. A PW Insider report from last week, backed up by Ryback, indicated they did.
- Split rumor right here! (1/2)
- Vince McMahon is still high on Andrade, says Fightful, especially since his English is improving.
- Andrade isn’t on all the time, but he’s always presented well.
This week: 10/14 -71%
Overall: 2,993/5,388 - 55.5%
Have a great week, everyone!