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Rumor Look Back: June 9 - 15, 2018

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 9, 2018

  • WWE has yet to sign Daniel Bryan to a new contract, says the Observer. They want to bring him back and it’s expected that he will re-sign.
  • He did re-sign. He’s currently the WWE champ... as a heel. Who would have guessed it? (1/1)
  • It’s not expected that the cruiserweights will get a match at Money in the Bank.
  • This is accurate. They had a little run of time without being on the PPVs, though they’re back on them more. (1/1)
  • Chris Brookes turned down a U.K. deal with WWE, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • He’s not in WWE right now. I don’t know if they offered him one though.
  • The word is that Impact vs. Ring of Honor angles will be happening after the Jericho Cruise, and possibly start there.
  • They aren’t continuing with the theme post cruise. Looks like it was just to help sell some boat tix. (0/1)

June 11, 2018

  • There’s apparently been some more talk of having Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax main event Money in the Bank.
  • The main event was the men’s MITB match. But the women’s segment was the hottest angle and it should have closed. (0/1)
  • Speaking of Rousey, Ric Flair told Chris Van Vliet in an interview that she only signed a one year deal with WWE because she wants to have kids.
  • There were conflicting reports on this, with others saying multiple years.
  • Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that Rey Mysterio could be back in WWE by September.
  • He returned in October at SmackDown 1000. (0/1)
  • That said, he could also be working the New Japan show on July 7 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
  • He was not at that show. (0/1)
  • Per the Observer, Will Ospreay is likely going to take some time off to heal up his body.
  • I checked with Reverend Claire, the person I ask for most things regarding a rumor like this. She reports that while he worked a lighter schedule in the summer, the only month he didn’t work was just last month. I read “time off” as not working at all. (0/1)

June 12, 2018

  • At this point, it’s considered more likely Undertaker will wrestle at SummerSlam than John Cena.
  • Neither did.
  • Despite what Ric Flair said over the weekend, sources tell Wrestling Inc Ronda Rousey is signed to a multi-year WWE contract.
  • They can’t both be right so I’m gonna drop the ol’ split decision right here. (1/2)
  • Speculation from Wrestling Observer Live and elsewhere is that Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks will be the focus of a bidding war between WWE and New Japan when their current contracts expire.
  • Now there’s talk about them starting their promotion.
  • Nixon Newell, now known as Tegan Nox in NXT, injured her knee over the weekend at Download. Good news is it’s reportedly “minor”.
  • Unfortunately, she suffered a rather devastating knee injury later in the Mae Young Classic, and it’ll take at least a young to heal up.
  • According to PW Insider, Noam Dar will be at this week’s WWE TV tapings and is expected to return from knee surgery soon. The Observer says he’s been medically cleared.
  • Returned June 20th at the UK tournament. (1/1)

June 13, 2018

  • Natalya and The Miz are current favorites to win the Money in the Bank ladder matches.
  • It was Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman. (0/2)
  • Jason Jordan is expected back on television after Money in the Bank and there’s been talk of a feud with Baron Corbin.
  • He’s still trying to work his way back. (0/1)
  • There’s also apparently some speculation that Alicia Fox could leave WWE when her deal is up, which may be later this year.
  • She’s still with the company so if her contract was up, she’s renewed. (0/1)

June 14, 2018

  • An “industry source“ told Los Angeles Times that UFC 225 did less than 150K buys on PPV, which would pretty much end the last argument for CM Punk in the promotion.
  • The allure to see him get his ass kicked a second time wasn’t that strong.
  • Part of the reason Sanity and Authors of Pain were called up was to help fill out a Money in the Bank tag team ladder match, says Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live. The decision to scrap that match left the teams in limbo.
  • The Authors at least held the tag titles for a little bit, even though it was with their urinary man. SAnitY is barely used at all.
  • Bayley is scheduled to work a lengthy program with Riott Squad which will keep her out of the Raw Women’s Title picture and possibly away from Sasha Banks for quite some time.
  • I believe this is accurate. Bayley’s crappy booking is hard to keep track of. (1/1)
  • Paige also tweeted that she was a victim of theft at Sheraton Memphis while SmackDown was in town there this week. Rusev is pressing charges for the things taken from his and Lana’s room.
  • Man, that just sucks.
  • WWE is “very upset” about Ring of Honor and AAA possibly holding shows at Madison Square Garden, according to PW Insider.
  • AAA never did but ROH and NJPW are running a joint show Mania week. WWE is just going to have to deal with it.

June 15, 2018

  • Per the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there’s apparently been at least some talk of Brock Lesnar showing up at UFC 226 on July 7 and challenging the winner of the Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier fight.
  • That’s true. Though the DC fight is still up in the air. (1/1)
  • To expand on previous word that WWE is “very upset” about Ring of Honor running Madison Square Garden, the Observer is saying WWE is “doing everything possible to block it.”
  • They failed. They rarely run MSG anymore anyway. Maybe a couple of times a year but Barclays is their main stop in NYC.
  • Lana mentioned on her Instagram that Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan are helping her prepare for the Money in the Bank ladder match.
  • We’ve seen clips on Total Divas where Bryan will help some of the women train. I believe there were specifically clips of them and Lana.
  • The Observer notes that WWE will have a new show on FS1 that will be a replacement for UFC Tonight.
  • No word on that yet, but there is rumor about NXT possibly doing something on Fox.
  • Tokyo Sports says Meiko Satomura will be in this year’s Mae Young Classic.
  • She was a standout - probably THE standout - of the tournament. I know she was my favorite. (1/1)

This week: 7/17 - 41%

Overall: 2,505/4,554 - 55.0%

Have a great week, everyone!

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