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Rumor Look Back: Feb. 6 - 12, 2017

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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.

February 6, 2017

  • Although Seth Rollins will be missing time with a knee injury, it looks possible WWE will keep his presence steady on television while he's rehabbing, starting with tonight's update on his condition.
  • He took a little time off prior to returning. (0/1)
  • WWE has yet to decide on who Triple H's opponent for WrestleMania 33 will be but it won't be Batista.
  • Was that a possibility discussed prior? (1/1)
  • Tamina Snuka may be making her return as a member of the SmackDown Live women's division.
  • She’s a SmackDown roster member. She didn’t return until after the Shake-Up. (1/1)
  • Hideo Itami is ready to return and should be making his way back to NXT television soon.
  • Hideo returned after WrestleMania in April. He’s got a match with Aleister Black at TakeOver next week. (1/1)
  • Lei'D Tapa had a tryout with WWE recently and the company is said to be interested in bringing her on.
  • She did have a loss against Ember Moon recently. But she’s not currently signed to them. (0/1)

February 7, 2017

  • Expect Hulk Hogan’s return to WWE “sooner rather than later” according to Dave Meltzer.
  • Six months later and we’re still not there yet. (0/1)
  • In addition to Roman Reigns entering the Royal Rumble at 30 to set up a program with Undertaker at WrestleMania, there’s talk it was also done to ensure a big positive reaction for eventual winner Randy Orton.
  • It worked.
  • Though it’s not clear why, Meltzer also said on Twitter that SmackDown abandoned the Renee Young & Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz & Maryse angle.
  • That was the case. It was a shame because Miz vs. Renee is a great verbal feud. But I can’t complain about the replacement match for the Miz and Maryse given the build for their feud was Cena and Nikki Bella was so good. (1/1)
  • WWE is planning to debut Emmalina next Monday, but that could change, as they intended to have her appear as announced on Dec. 12 but then changed plans.
  • This rumor is finally correct! (1/1)

February 8, 2017

  • As of now, Goldberg is indeed penciled in to win the Universal title from Kevin Owens in the main event of Fastlane.
  • Yes, that’s what happened. It was quick. Kevin killed time by rolling out of the ring, was distracted by a returning Chris Jericho, and then spear, jackhammer, 1-2-3. (1/1)
  • Speaking of which, that will be where Owens and Chris Jericho finally break up as best friends and lead to their planned match at WrestleMania 33.
  • They broke up the next Raw at the Festival of Friendship. It was one of the best Raw segments in years. (0/1)
  • Mick Foley isn't expected to last past WrestleMania as Raw General Manager.
  • He was gone prior to that. (1/1)
  • Scott D'Amore was recently rehired by TNA.
  • This is true. (1/1)

February 9, 2017

  • In his interview with Busted Open Radio, Alberto Del Rio says Paige will be back in the ring by April or May.
  • Alberto wrong? Shocking! (0/1)
  • Goldberg will likely carry the Universal title into WrestleMania because Vince McMahon wants his match with Brock Lesnar to be the biggest thing on that card. It is almost a lock to go on last in Orlando.
  • Undertaker’s retirement match ended up going on last. (0/1)
  • The idea behind Samoa Joe’s suit in the opening segment this past Monday was to have him look like a hitman, according to the Observer.
  • A well spoken assassin.
  • Tony Nese suffered an ankle injury during the six-man cruiserweight tag match on Raw, but he’s not expected to miss a significant amount of time.
  • Looking at his match listing on Cagematch, he missed little to no time. (1/1)

February 10, 2017

  • There is apparently some real talk of Paige going into MMA and, according to the Observer, the idea would be for her to fight on Combate Americas first pay-per-view if she can get released by WWE.
  • She hasn’t been let out of her contract so we can’t say what would have happened if she had been. She’s looking to come back to the WWE soon.
  • Nikki Bella is expected to continue working with WWE even after her in-ring career is finished up.
  • Hopefully, her in-ring career isn’t up yet and I sit on this rumor for awhile.
  • Kane has apparently been out of action lately because he's dealing with some nagging injuries, according to the Observer.
  • Perhaps that was the reason then. Now he’s running for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.
  • It's likely the Raw tag team title match at Fastlane will feature multiple teams.
  • It was just the Club vs. Enzo & Cass. (0/1)
  • Jeff Jarrett is now back in charge at TNA, having brought in all his guys to run creative, and Dixie Carter is completely out.
  • Yup. (1/1)

February 11, 2017

  • Apparently WWE has made some minor changes to the Elimination Chamber structure, so it could look different at the show tomorrow night.
  • It had a different look. (1/1)
  • There have been rumors going around of Eva Marie leaving WWE but she's still under contract and it doesn't look like she's going anywhere, at least not right now.
  • She’s already gone. Geno is sad. (0/1)
  • Kassius Ohno could be in the title match at the NXT TakeOver: Orlando show set for WrestleMania weekend.
  • The title match was Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode. Ohno was a last minute addition to a 6 person tag against SAnitY. (0/1)
  • NXT will be doing a taping at Full Sail on April 5, extending WrestleMania week by another day.
  • They did. (1/1)
  • Kevin Kelly is still going to be working with Ring of Honor going forward, just not in a full time position.
  • Last I saw he’ll even call some matches here and there, but he’s not the full time announcer. (1/1)

This week: 13/22 - 59%

Overall: 1,662/3,054 - 54.4%

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