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Rumor Roundup Review (January 11th - January 16th, 2016)

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved Rumor Roundup Review, where I take a look at the rumors and speculation in the wrestling business this week, rounded up by fellow Cagesider Randall Ortman (go support him any way you can, the Rumor Roundup is HIS thing, not mine, I'm just a fan), and offer my own opinions on them! I'm hoping a full article will save me some time in doing this segment, instead of typing out a single comment every day, six days in a row and making things difficult to find (For those who like this segment, thank you for your support! For any new faces out there, welcome!), and I've never tried a weekly article before, so here's hoping things run smoothly. With all that said, let's get started!

MONDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2016:

1.) Brock Lesnar is expected to enter the Royal Rumble match tonight on Raw. No big surprise here, everyone figured Brock would be in the Rumble this year. Plenty of wrenches have been thrown into long-term plans over 2015 with the cavalcade of injuries, leaving Roman Reigns without contenders for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (At this point we can only dream Vinny Mac will push a deserving younger star). I'm not so sure how to feel about the Royal Rumble this year, I feel like it could work (To my knowledge a similar scenario happened long ago, with the Rumble being for the then-WWF Championship) so long as each of the thirty contenders are given time to shine. Of course, it could always end with a shenanigans-fueled finish (Triple H comes in at number thirty, anyone? Hopefully not...), so anything is possible.

2.) Speaking of the Rumble, we can expect around 20 names to be announced before the match with the rest left for potential surprises. Well, so far in the Royal Rumble this year, we have ten wrestlers announced: Roman Reigns, Big Show, Chris Jericho, The Wyatt Family (all four of our bearded, grizzly friends), (The) Ryback, Curtis Axel, and Dolph Ziggler. Twenty names being announced on RAW is huge, and to me, that's a weird sign for the Rumble. We can expect some standard talent on the roster like Neville, The Miz, The Social Outcasts, of course we can, they're on the main roster. Some hoped that with the influx of injuries last year depleting the roster we'd see some NXT wrestlers make their debuts. Sami Zayn returning to screw Kevin Owens, Hideo Itami making his main roster debut/WWE return, Samoa Joe coming in to dominate for a while. Something to make the Royal Rumble exciting, make the unique stipulation seem credible. Hell, with the recent signings of four of New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest stars, people want to see AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura make their debuts. There are many possibilities, of course, with two weeks until the Rumble itself we can still be surprised. Let's just hope WWE does something interesting and wonderful like the end of TLC...

3.) According to PW Insider, Cesaro has been at the Performance Center rehabbing "just about every day" from his shoulder injury. Not a big fan of this one. AS much as I love Cesaro, and as much as I want him back, he really shouldn't push himself so much. I'd rather have a fully rehabbed Cesaro after his time frame for healing is up, healthier and refreshed, than a rushed Cesaro return which will only do more damage to Cesaro's health, on top of his credibility if he needs to be gone any longer.

4.) Jeremy Botter tweeted that he "was told WWE licensed the rights" to Shinsuke Nakamura's New Japan theme song. For those who have never listened to Nakamura's NJPW theme, DO IT NOW. STOP READING, GO TO YOUTUBE, LISTEN TO IT, AND LOVE LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE. It's a fantastic theme, I really hope the license goes through for WWE, Nakamura with this theme just works perfectly.

5.) Speaking of trademarks, we at Cageside have been told both that WWE is going after the "Bullet Club" license and that they're going ahead with using "Balor Club" and that's that. The latter is the more likely of the two. I see both of these scenarios happening at the same time. WWE trying to get the rights to the Bullet Club license, with the Bálor Club option being a backup plan if NJPW keeps the Bullet Club. Personally, I feel like the least WWE can do is let NJPW keep the Bullet Club license if they refuse to give it up, seeing as how WWE is taking FOUR of their top stars. Plus, the Bullet Club originated in NJPW, for all intents and purposes, it's a New Japan-exclusive faction...

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2016:

1.) Not surprisingly, Ric Flair is the guy expected to induct Sting into the WWE Hall of Fame. REALLY not surprising, Sting/Flair was THE rivalry in WCW before The Outsiders showed up and nWo began dominating. I'm sure it'll be a really cool moment, too...

2.) We heard last week that Randy Orton doesn't need neck surgery, but WWE still isn't planning on having him back for WrestleMania. There's a chance he could be back by mid-March, but with the medical window for being cleared possibly as late as May, he's not being factored into plans until after Mania. I really hope this injury curse/plague/terrible luck doesn't run all through 2016, it sucks having TWELVE top stars all out with injuries at the time of writing this. That being said, I'm sure a lot of you know my stance on returning from an injury: Use ALL of your time to your advantage, don't rush or force yourself, come back in the healthiest shape you can possibly be in. All of these injuries probably wouldn't happen if WWE lightened the workload a bit, reducing house shows, international tours, and the like. That way you can keep your roster healthy and in better spirits since they don't need to work as much...

3.) Making no secret of the fact that he was there to visit with old friend Chavo Guerrero, a series of social media messages from MVP's visit to the Lucha Undergound set has a lot of fans thinking he might be signing with the promotion for late season two or season three. I can see MVP doing what Alberto Del Rio did with Lucha Underground, coming in a little late into the season but having a key role. Honestly, this is a great move for MVP, I really enjoy his work and (naturally) he can do much better than TNA. Let's just hope Hernandez isn't back, that could get messy...

4.) Mauro Ranallo is now the voice of SmackDown thanks to the lobbying efforts of another announcer WWE had once hoped to put in play-by-play, Renee Young. VERY well-deserved, Ranallo shined on his first night, it was such a breath of fresh air. I hope this means we could be getting a Ranallo/Young commentary team in the future. Hell, even a Ranallo/Young/Corey Graves team if you want to stick with the three commentator shtick. They all can call the action the way it deserves to be, Ranallo being the technical one with Young and Graves doing the back and forth banter. It could be perfect, but it's a dream...

5.) Though obviously not used, Chad Gable and Jason Jordan were backstage at the Raw tapings Monday night. NO. STAY AWAY FROM JORDAN AND GABLE, MAIN ROSTER.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13TH, 2016:

1.) As of now, WWE apparently has no plans on taking the WWE World Heavyweight title off Roman Reigns, so he's likely winning the Royal Rumble again this year. Well then... Um... Yay?

2.) There's a weird rumor going around, apparently from Scott Keith's Blog of Doom, that WWE will be releasing Daniel Bryan next week. ...I'm sorry, I had to step outside for a few moments to calm my hysterical laughter from such a ridiculous rumor. What were we talking about?

3.) The Fabulous Freebirds, Stan Hansen, Vader, and JBL are all names who are floating around as potential WWE Hall of Fame inductees alongside Sting this year. So... Where's Owen Hart? You know, the one guy who deserves an induction just as much as the people mentioned here? I thought with the new DVD of his life WWE was on good terms with Martha, Owen's wife, and they'd let him go into the Hall. There's still time, of course, but it's something that absolutely needs to happen...

4 and 5.) According to PW Insider, the deal between WWE and WWNLive.com to send William Regal, Chad Gable, and Jason Jordan to EVOLVE 54 was finalized the same day announcements were made and it all came together within a week. Speaking of which, it's expected that Regal will shoot an angle of some sort but it will only be for those who attend live, like with Sami Zayn. Gable and Jordan are only scheduled for autograph signings. I really think this partnership between NXT and EVOLVE can work well for all the talent on both sides. It gives wrestlers in EVOLVE chances to try their luck with a bigger audience (The WWE Network, not necessarily Full Sail), and it gives NXT sight of potential new signings. My only hope is that there won't be any invasion angle or anything of the like. I'm sure it could be done well, but I'd rather not WWE try their luck...

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14TH, 2016:

1.) Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer says right now, WrestleMania 32's main event is Triple H vs. Roman Reigns. It's not like anyone really DIDN'T see this coming, why else would they withhold Triple H returning to RAW for so long? I'm not complaining since there's still time for a surprise...

2.) Sting going into the Hall of Fame seemed to hint as much, not to mention his pending neck surgery, and the word is his in-ring wrestling career is over and he's wrestled his last match. If you need me, I'll be in the corner, ugly crying...

3.) It looks likely Charlotte will be defending her Divas championship against Becky Lynch at Royal Rumble. I think we're due a Divas Championship change. No disrespect to Charlotte, she's improving exponentially as of late, but the three Horsewomen that were called up last year all need time with the belt to show that they're the future of the Women's Division. Giving the belt to Becky lets her show how well she can carry the division, which I think she can do very well, she busts her ass to get noticed...

4.) New Japan deciding to strip Shinsuke Nakamura of the Intercontinental title was apparently not due to any involvement from WWE, according to the Observer. It seems it was simply a New Japan call and not something they were forced into by everything going on with Nakamura right now. Unless we get an actual reasoning for stripping him of the championship, I'm chalking this up to New Japan being petty and trying to stick it to Nakamura for leaving...

5.) The Fabulous Freebirds are almost certainly going into the Hall of Fame this year and it's expected that it will be Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, and Jimmy Garvin all together. As much as I still feel Owen Hart truly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and should be in sooner rather than later, I can't piss on the Freebirds and their accomplishments, they deserve this too...

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2016:

1.) In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes there is no current plan for Daniel Bryan to make a surprise return at any point and he's still waiting to be medically cleared. So, don't expect him in the Royal Rumble, basically. I've given up hope that Daniel Bryan will ever return to wrestling, there's just so much against him at this point. Hopefully there's still a place for him in WWE, but it won't be in the ring, at least I don't think so anymore...

2.) There's some word going around that WWE is planning on making Fastlane a major event this year with it clear what's in store for it after Royal Rumble. Anytime WWE "plans" to make something a major event, I usually end up disappointed, so I'm not too enthused about Fastlane. I realize I say that as if Fastlane was ever something exciting to begin with, but take that as you will...

3.) Once again, the Observer is saying there is increased -- "serious" -- talk of Sister Abigail debuting as a character on WWE television. I refer you to my above statement on Fastlane for your answer as to whether or not I'm excited for this...

4.) Apparently there is "paranoia" in WWE right now regarding acknowledging injures, which could be why Sasha Banks and Rusev have denied being injured despite reports that both have some sort of injury right now. Well, why in the blue hell WOULDN'T there be paranoia? Your roster is shrinking faster than Ant-Man! Either do something to lighten your talent's workload or prepare for a lot more open space in the locker room...

5.) The Observer notes that Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are currently expected to debut on NXT television in March. Looks like the Bullet Club is coming after all...

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2016:

1.) The Rock is still not scheduled to wrestle at WrestleMania 32 this year but he will play a big role on the show and it's possible it will be alongside Roman Reigns in the main event to combat The Authority on the opposite side. Well, the people who wanted Rock/HHH at Wrestlemania in some semblance are getting their wish, it seems. No real comment as I wasn't too excited for this idea...

2.) Apparently the Royal Rumble match is already written, as PW Insider notes WWE held meetings in New Orleans to lay the match out. Good on WWE for planning ahead on this, but I wonder how many ideas had to be scrapped or changed with the influx of injuries...

3.) It looks like Sami Zayn is going to stay in NXT up until at least WrestleMania 32, where he'll headline Takeover: Dallas against (possibly a heel) Finn Balor for the title. He could debut on the main roster as soon as the Raw after 'Mania. I find it odd that we're not getting any real continuation to the confrontation between Zayn and Kevin Owens at that NXT house show. You'd expect Zayn to enter the Royal Rumble to screw KO out of the championship (I still fully expect both KO and Ambrose to be in te Rumble). I guess it's worth the wait if Sami is going to debut after Wrestlemania...

4.) It looks like Stardust and Stephen Amell will continue their feud at a Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in New Jersey next Saturday. Well, I can add this to the growing list of things in professional wrestling that I am indifferent towards...

5.) Jeff Hardy is apparently hoping to return to WWE by 2017. I refer you to my above statement...



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