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Rumor Look Back: June 11 - 17, 2016

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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 to it.

June 11, 2016

  • According to PW Insider, Daniel Bryan was backstage at the NXT TV tapings this week. No word on why but WWE had offered Bryan various positions within the company before and after his retirement.
  • Perhaps it was to discuss announcing the CWC, which would tape its first round about 2 weeks later.
  • There are no plans for Teddy Long moving forward, according to PW Insider.
  • This was after he showed up looking to run SmackDown but couldn’t even book a tag team match. He wasn’t back since. (1/1)
  • The Observer is saying WWE is aggressively signing talent for NXT and said talent are being told not to say anything about it.
  • It sure feels like they’re always looking for someone new. But eventually, they’re going to get saturated.

June 13, 2016

  • Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet noted on his Twitter that a "solid source" said the WWE draft is happening on the July 18 episode of Monday Night Raw in Providence but that "could easily change."
  • It happened the next day on SmackDown. (0/1)
  • A story going around has Jerry Lawler telling fans at an event recently that WWE will hold two Network special events each month after the brand split, one for Raw and SmackDown, except for on months with events like WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam.
  • He was correct. This meant doubling up PPVs most months. (1/1)
  • Speaking of SummerSlam, there's some talk that it could be a four-and-a-half hour event this year.
  • While it did go 4, it didn’t come close to 4:30 according to Cain A. Knight. (0/1)
  • It's expected that Bobby Roode is going to be working with NXT on a regular basis moving forward. He may be a featured star after there are call ups for the brand split.
  • I would say this is true. (1/1)
  • According to PW Insider, Billy Corgan is going to be a new minority owner of TNA.
  • So this is true. But it didn’t last long since after a court battle, he’s not involved at all any more. (1/1)

June 14, 2016

  • Sami Zayn is reportedly being booked to lose a lot with the theory being it will lead to fans getting behind him more. Vince McMahon and company think because he has a likable personality and is a good worker they can re-create a Daniel Bryan build to get him over.
  • I will say that they are booking him really well with this Strowman bit. We’ll find the tonight if he can go the distance (i.e. 10 minutes) against big Braun.
  • The tag team Paul Ellering debuted at TakeOver: The End... may be called the Legion of Doom on television rather than their name from the house show circuit (Authors of Pain). WWE filed for the trademark on LoD recently for use in live and televised wrestling exhibitions.
  • They are still the Authors of Pain, which is much cooler. (0/1)
  • According to TicketMaster, NXT’s next live event will be called TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn.
  • While I think that may have floated around, they settled on Takeover: Brooklyn II which is still what’s on WWE’s site. (0/1)

June 15, 2016

  • Both Roman Reigns and John Cena are expected to win at Money in the Bank, so be prepared to threaten to riot but never have any intention of ever actually following through with doing so.
  • Both lost so we’ll never know about the rioting. (0/2)
  • As far as more Network specials to accommodate the brand split, PW Insider notes that was the impression among talent after the announcement was made and not necessarily what's going to happen.
  • Oh it’s what happened. So many PPVs.
  • Neville is expected to make his return to WWE television within the next month.
  • He returned on July 25, which is a bit over a month. I think I may have recently seen his face on a milk carton. (0/1)
  • The NXT call ups are expected to start after Money in the Bank, possibly on Raw the next night.
  • They happened after the draft, which was pretty soon after but not on the Raw the next night. (1/2)
  • According to PW Insider, Ring of Honor will be returning to Manhattan and an announcement is expected tonight.
  • That is true on both accounts. They returned to Manhattan for Final Battle and it was announced that night. (2/2)

June 16, 2016

  • One reason Finn Bálor's call up may have been delayed is because of all the returns still to come in WWE, like Randy Orton, The Wyatt Family, and Neville.
  • He hung from that tree for a long time.
  • Speaking of which, The Wyatt Family is expected back before Orton and it's likely that's coming as early as next week.
  • They Wyatts were back before Orton, who returned at Battleground. The Wyatts returned the 20th of June, a good month prior to Orton. Funny enough, now they’re tag champs together. (2/2)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura could very well get a run with the NXT title before he's called up to the main roster.
  • He currently has the title. (1/1)

June 17, 2016

  • Bray Wyatt has been at the WWE television tapings in recent weeks but the company is apparently waiting until Money in the Bank passes before bringing him back.
  • He came back the following night. (1/1)
  • Kota Ibushi is expected to be booked strong in the Cruiserweight Classic and then be signed to a deal by WWE, according to the Observer.
  • While he was booked as a big deal, making it to the semi-finals, he did not sign with WWE. (1/2)
  • WWE still wants Will Ospreay and the hope is they will be able to sign him in the future, sooner rather than later.
  • We’ll have to wait and see.

This week: 12/21 - 57%

Overall: 1,238/2,300 - 53.8%

Have a great week, everyone!

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