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Rumor Look Back: Dec. 11 - 17, 2016

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.

December 12, 2016

  • The King revealed he is essentially the permanent Master of Ceremonies for their annual pre-WrestleMania Hall of Fame ceremony.
  • This is the case. Remember when there was that rumor years ago that Eva Marie would take his place? (1/1)
  • There was a rumor going around that Hall of Famer Harley Race had been moved to a nursing home due to declining health. PWInsider says he has been moved to an in-patient facility, but for the purpose of stepping up physical therapy to assist with mobility - not because he’s at death’s door.
  • Unfortunately, Race had a recent accident where he broke both legs. Our thoughts are with him hoping for a strong recovery.
  • Ring of Honor issued a press release saying Nigel McGuinness had resigned from his position as matchmaker for the promotion. The resignation, like the matchmaker job, is kayfabe.
  • He was calling the WWE UK Tournament within a month so it’s not that kayfabe. (0/1)
  • That said, PWInsider reports the announcement was made in case ROH needs him to take over commentary for Steve Corino... or in case McGuiness follows Corino to a trainer position in WWE Developmental.
  • He did leave for WWE. I don’t know if he does any training. He’s an NXT announcer.

December 13, 2016

  • Ring of Honor is looking to grow their women’s division and wants to lock up several regulars. They’re also said to be targeting NXT regular Deonna Purrazzo.
  • For my viewing experience, it doesn’t seem like anything is different. I spoke to ReverendKain who doesn’t think they’ve done much more than they’ve done in the past. (0/1)
  • Former X-Division champ Tigre Uno recently revealed he’s no longer with TNA.
  • He was one of the few people in the X Division for years.

December 14, 2016

  • John Cena is expected to enter the WWE world title scene immediately upon his return in two weeks.
  • Yes, he returned and immediately challenged AJ Styles for the WWE championship. (1/1)
  • Don't be surprised if The New Day lose the Raw tag team titles here soon now that they've broken Demolition's record.
  • It was pretty much immediately after. (1/1)
  • WWE decided to push Emmalina's debut back a week so they could get through the Roadblock pay-per-view before introducing her to the division.
  • While why they pushed it back is still not known for sure, the rumor was they felt she wasn’t committed enough to the role.
  • PW Insider is reporting New Japan is looking at running the G1 Climax tournament in Long Beach, California in 2017.
  • At first I was like, “Hey, this is correct!” Then I realized that the special they are holding in Long Beach this year isn’t technically the G1 Climax but instead a special prior to the start of it. Here’s the line up for the Long Beach shows. (0/1)

December 15, 2016

  • WWE has no plans for a 2016 Slammy Awards show, according to PWInsider.
  • There wasn’t one. The brand split probably complicated things. I didn’t miss it. (1/1)
  • Eli Drake of TNA is a name WWE is hoping to sign in the new year, says Wrestling Observer.
  • He re-signed with TNA earlier in 2016. I don’t know how long that contract was for. He’s still currently with Impact but we’re only halfway through the year.
  • Naomi and Jey Uso’s ankle injuries will likely keep them out until the same post-Christmas Madison Square Garden show at which AJ Styles is supposed to return.
  • Looks like the Usos performed that show (though in a multi-team match) but Naomi did not. (1/2)
  • Alexa Bliss is teasing her first WWE merchandise for a Friday release.
  • Indeed. (1/1)

December 16, 2016

  • Goldberg and Brock Lesnar are going to appear on multiple episodes of Raw in January.
  • That’s true. (1/1)
  • WWE still has plans to run a Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens program before the former leaves in 2017 to do work with Fozzy.
  • It was a WrestleMania feud and spilled into Payback. (1/1)
  • Cesaro & Sheamus are likely the team who will win the tag team titles from The New Day, maybe as soon as Roadblock.
  • That is true. They’ve since lost them and won them back as heels. (2/2)
  • The entire point of the Enzo-Lana stuff was to build to a Big Cass vs. Rusev feud.
  • I wouldn’t really say that happened as a big one on one feud. It was more a feud that mixed in Enzo and Jinder. A big feud would include a PPV match. (0/1)
  • There's apparently some talk that the "10" chant fans do for Tye Dillinger could be a negative.
  • Who knows. Fans dig it. He’s on SmackDown now but hasn’t been on TV for a bit.

December 17, 2016

  • Expect at least one title change at Roadblock this weekend.
  • The New Day lost the tag titles to Cesaro and Sheamus. Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks in the Iron Man match as well. (1/1)
  • Chris Jericho, AJ Styles, and Randy Orton are all off the weekend WWE house shows.
  • This looks true from what I can find. (1/1)
  • Lana may be moving down to NXT to wrestle more regularly for a short run not unlike Eva Marie.
  • She worked the house shows but she didn’t work NXT like Eva did. She has a title shot tonight. (0/1)
  • Zack Ryder's reconstructive knee surgery was said to go well and he's expected to be out for about six months.
  • Wow. It was pretty much exactly six months as he has his first back match tonight. (1/1)
  • Timothy Thatcher should be back from his concussion here soon.
  • I asked my man Rev, who said he was back Jan 20. (1/1)

This week: 14/20 - 70%

Overall: 1,553/2,862 - 54.3%

Have a great week, everyone!

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