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Rumor Roundup (Feb. 8, 2018): Graves/Booker T, SmackDown Top 10, Rusev, 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:

  • According to Sports Illustrated, the entire Corey Graves/Booker T situation is a work designed to get heel heat on Graves and publicity for Booker’s podcast.
  • There are no definite plans on how or even if the SmackDown Top 10 list introduced this week will be used in-story.
  • The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal may play a bigger role than normal in WrestleMania this year. PW Insider says WWE is looking to capitalize on and help promote the HBO documentary Bill Simmons helped produce on Andre.
  • WWE quickly sold out of their initial run of Rusev Day calendars and doubled the quantity on the re-order to 5000, per
  • Baron Corbin was held off this week’s SmackDown because officials didn’t want him to be cheered in Kansas City, says Brad Sheppard of He’s popular in the area from his time boxing and playing college football in Missouri.

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.

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