News Rumor Roundup: Lesnar on SmackDown, Strowman plans, Samoa Joe, more!

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Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.

Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it’s just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. We track rumor accuracy in a weekly feature called Rumor Look Back you can find here. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.
Rumors for the Day:

  • Advertisements seem to indicate Brock Lesnar will be appearing at the SmackDown on FOX debut show.
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins is the plan for Clash of Champions.
  • He also said WWE may be planning to turn Samoa Joe babyface soon but they don’t want to do it just yet. They used him that way this week to ensure Sami Zayn didn’t get cheered in Toronto.
  • Per PW Insider, WWE cancelled five Raw house shows this month, on Aug. 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31, respectively.
  • They also say Natalya’s injury is a work and it was done to help get Sasha Banks over in her return.

If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Have fun with it. And check our weekly Rumor Look Back here to keep track of how often rumors turn out to be correct.

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Advertisements seem to indicate Brock Lesnar will be appearing at the SmackDown on FOX debut show.
To do what? Sit backstage & read a magazine?

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins is the plan for Clash of Champions.
Okay...

Seth is retaining right?

I mean Strowman is basically Big Show 2.0 at this point.

He also said WWE may be planning to turn Samoa Joe babyface soon but they don’t want to do it just yet. They used him that way this week to ensure Sami Zayn didn’t get cheered in Toronto.
Okay...

Will he get to win any big matches as babyface or will
he just be a "Top Card Jobber" for the heels?

Per PW Insider, WWE cancelled five Raw house shows this month, on Aug. 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31, respectively.
Good. Their performers are already overworked as it is.

They also say Natalya’s injury is a work and it was done to help get Sasha Banks over in her return.
No one cares about Nattie.
 

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