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Rumor Roundup (April 18, 2017): Reigns/Strowman, Universal and World title plans, Alberto El Patron, 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. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.

Rumors for the Day:

  • Expect Braun Strowman’s Payback match with Roman Reigns to add a stipulation next week, so Strowman can keep his momentum into a Brock Lesnar program and Roman can lose without taking a pin.
  • The winner of tonight’s World title #1 contender match may only be a stop gap as SmackDown bides its time until Backlash.
  • Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura are likely to enter the blue brand main event title picture this Summer.
  • Alberto El Patron has officially signed with Impact Wrestling after working on a “gentleman’s agreement” for the last taping, says PWInsider.
  • Shelton Benjamin confirmed he’s not under contract with WWE, as his shoulder injury was discovered as part of the signing process.

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.