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Rumor Look Back: June 25 - 30, 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. First, let’s clear out a few outstanding rumors from back in 2015.

June 6, 2015

  • According to the Observer, Ring of Honor is planning to do one or two live specials per year.
  • I never really fully understood what this rumor was referring to, but the only thing that makes sense is pay-per-views. They don’t any other “live specials” that I can think of. They have way more than two PPVs per year. (0/1)

August 27, 2015

  • The Observer notes that WWE has at least considered having Sister Abigail be a real person and using her on TV at one point.
  • This has yet to happen and given it’s been well over a year, it’s time to mark as incorrect. (0/1)

September 18, 2015

  • WWE may be interested in bringing back Carlito.
  • It’s been over a year and if they were going to get him back in, it would have been right after the brand split. (0/1)

Now onto this week’s rumors.

June 25, 2016

  • The Observer notes the WWE pay-per-view event schedule going around for the remainder of 2016 is legitimate, so we're getting 9 more Network specials this year.
  • That was correct. The rumored brand specific PPVs were accurate. Though rumor is they may want to back off of them since interest in the double PPV months has dropped. (1/1)
  • There's still word that Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will be the top two stars on Raw and John Cena and AJ Styles will be the top two stars on SmackDown after the brand split.
  • That’s the look of it, though Cena really jumped into the part time thing since the split. (1/1)
  • Speaking of AJ Styles, he was only supposed to work the mid-card in WWE but he was so popular when he came in, they pushed him to the main event level.
  • You just cannot deny the talent.
  • Finn Bálor, American Alpha, Austin Aries, and Nia Jax are all expected call ups to the WWE roster here shortly.
  • Austin Aries wasn’t part of this list, though he made his way to the main roster calling the action for the cruiserweights later on. Bálor, Alpha, and Jax have been called up. Finn and Alpha have held gold since the call up. (3/4)
  • According to PW Insider, WWE has had contact with Cody Rhodes about signing a Legend's deal of some sort, possibly for merchandise purposes.
  • Six months later and there’s nothing like that. In fact, it seems like the wounds are still fresh. (0/1)

June 27, 2016

  • There's some word going around that Brock Lesnar may be scheduled for the WWE draft show on July 19.
  • They showed an image of him when he was drafted. But he wasn’t physically there. (This rumor was before his doping issues in the UFC. In fact, rumor had him drafted at #1 until that happened, so who knows if he would have been on the show prior to the failed drug test.) (0/1)
  • According to PW Insider, although there were originally plans to have the women's champion on just one show after the WWE brand split, it now looks like the women's division will be split between Raw and SmackDown.
  • This is what they did. It has given them a chance to showcase more women (more so on SmackDown than Raw). (1/1)
  • Part of how they'll support that is by calling up multiple women from NXT, with names like Bayley, Carmella, and Nia Jax having been talked about.
  • That’s true. All of them were called up, though Bayley after SummerSlam. (3/3)
  • Moose may not be coming to WWE after all, as has been rumored for some time.
  • He ended up in TNA. (1/1)

June 28, 2016

  • As pretty much everyone noticed on Raw, they’re referring to the belt Dean Ambrose holds as the WWE title - without the "World Heavyweight" part they’ve used since unifying the belts. Speculation is this means we’re headed back to the way it was when SmackDown had the WHC as their main prize.
  • Speculation was incorrect, as SmackDown has the WWE title and the other title isn’t the World Heavyweight Championship but instead the Universal title. (0/1)
  • Reports indicate Vince McMahon likes the Breezango team. Not only will they not be split in the draft, but they’re expected to get a "makeover" to give them a more serious feel.
  • They weren’t split in the draft. However since they’re walking around in cop uniforms calling themselves the fashion police, that second part is very wrong (1/2)
  • Triple H is anxious to get Kota Ibushi signed to NXT, although the Japanese star isn't committing to anything beyond the Cruiserweight Classic right now.
  • My understanding is this still hasn’t happened. The man is playing the field.

June 29, 2016

  • It's expected that Roman Reigns will remain in the main event match of Battleground but he likely won't be winning the WWE championship back.
  • True on both accounts. Dean Ambrose was able to retain his WWE title to keep it on the blue brand. (2/2)
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles will likely get a stipulation whenever it's announced for Battleground.
  • It wasn’t even a Battleground match. That match was Cena, Enzo Amore, & Big Cass vs. the Club. (0/1)
  • There isn't expected to be any change in Ryback's status with WWE and he should be done with the company within the next month.
  • It was over a month later, in early August. (0/1)
  • Billie Kay working SmackDown this week apparently isn't a call up but rather because the WWE crew was light due to many of the wrestlers traveling to Hawaii.
  • Yes, this is true. She’s been back in NXT since. (1/1)
  • According to the Observer, Ricochet is done with Lucha Underground after taping season three and while he could end up going back, he's not with them right now. However, he won't be going to WWE.
  • I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens to Prince Puma.

June 30, 2016

  • WWE is planning 20 pay-per-view shows in 2017 with the new brand split.
  • While it will go that way if nothing changes, we’ll see if they change course before the year is done.
  • The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that "as things stand right now" Ricochet will be going to WWE just as soon as he's legally allowed to do so.
  • This is in stark contrast to what the rumor was just the day before.
  • TNA is attempting to sign Drew Galloway, Ethan Carter III, Matt Hardy, and Jeff Hardy to new deals.
  • There’s often a rumor about them trying to lock up their top talent and control their outside bookings. We’ll see what changes and how things are handled when ownership changes.

This Week: 14/21 - 67%

June 2016: 69/105 – 66%

Overall: 1,266/2,345 - 54.0%

Have a happy New Year, everyone!

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