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Rumor Look Back: Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2018

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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 jump right into it.

February 26, 2018

  • It’s looking like Kurt Angle will be Ronda Rousey’s partner for her WrestleMania match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
  • This is how it went. It was a very good match. (1/1)
  • Along with rumors of AJ Styles moving to Raw after WrestleMania, it seems Seth Rollins is a top candidate to head to SmackDown in a potential draft.
  • Both stayed on their respective brands. (0/2)
  • A photo UFC president Dana White tweeted showing him with Brock Lesnar has increased speculation Lesnar will not re-sign with WWE when his current contact expires in a few months.
  • Well, he re-signed to some degree because he worked after WrestleMania. Though now it looks like he’s gone for ab it. (0/1)
  • Interestingly, this comes at the same time bodyslam.net reported Bobby Lashley, who previously was rumored for a match with Brock, has reached an agreement to return to WWE.
  • Lashley is back in the WWE. (1/1)
  • Another social media post, this one from Johnny Impact/Mundo, apparently spoiled the next move of another former WWE star. Pro Wrestling Sheet says Jack Swagger has agreed to join Lucha Underground’s season four cast.
  • Swagger is in Lucha Underground currently. (1/1)

February 27, 2018

  • While there’s still no reporting on the nature of Brock Lesnar’s absence, there is talk from WrestleVotes of portions of last night’s Raw being re-written “very late”.
  • I don’t know how much of the “Brock didn’t show up” was work and how much was true. My feeling is most of it was a work to really set up him as the guy who doesn’t give a damn going into WrestleMania.
  • Expanding on his earlier report about Stephanie McMahon and Ronda Rousey, Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio WWE wants to make Ronda a “Stone Cold” babyface to Steph’s “Vince” heel authority figure.
  • It’s not to that degree, but it has some of those beats so I’m going to mark this as correct. (1/1)
  • It’s believed WWE is considering having John Cena challenge Shinsuke Nakamura at Fastlane, possibly with Nakamura’s WWE title shot on the line.
  • John Cena was part of the six pack challenger at Fastlane. Nakamura went over Rusev. (0/1)
  • WWE is currently planning a one-on-one match between Asuka and Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s title at WrestleMania, says PWInsider.
  • They had Charlotte vs. Asuka instead. (0/1)
  • According to bodyslam.net’s sources, “everyone” involved in SmackDown “knows it’s not good”.
  • The viewers did too.

February 28, 2018

  • WrestleVotes is saying the John Cena vs. Undertaker feud will take place on SmackDown Live leading up to WrestleMania 34.
  • It was a Raw build, thought Undertaker was never on TV for it. Cena did his build on Raw. (0/1)
  • That said, Justin Barrasso of SI is saying Rey Mysterio was finalizing a deal with WWE at SmackDown last night and he is now rumored to be wrestling Cena at WrestleMania 34.
  • Rey Mysterio is still not in WWE. He was ALL IN yesterday. (0/1)
  • According to Wrestling Observer Radio, there is at least some concern over the Brock Lesnar situation and Braun Strowman is the back up plan in the event something happens.
  • Interesting. I wonder if this was something leaked to the sheets to help push that story.
  • WWE originally planned to have Asuka choose her WrestleMania 34 opponent on Raw this week but it was, obviously, changed, according to Wrestling Observer Radio.
  • She eventually chose Charlotte after the Queen won her match at Fastlane.
  • PW Insider notes that Kane was backstage at Raw this week and is scheduled for house shows in March.
  • According to cagematch, this looks to be correct. (1/1)

March 1, 2018

  • Regarding his being scheduled but not appearing on Raw this past Monday, Brock Lesnar is over his contractually-required number of dates, according to Sports Illustrated, and “far more interested in discussing his next contract than being a team player on his prior deal”.
  • Sometimes, the behind the scenes stuff with Brock is more interesting than the on-screen events.
  • SI also claims the plan for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania is now a fiveway match with Miz, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Elias and Braun Strowman.
  • It was only a triple threat. Elias and Braun weren’t in it. (0/1)
  • On Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez said he’s heard WWE may not have an Andre The Giant Memorial at WrestleMania 34. Instead there’s talk of a women’s battle royal.
  • They had both. (1/2)
  • Not surprising, but Dave Meltzer wrote at MMAFighting.com that WWE has decided to use Kurt Angle as Ronda Rousey’s partner against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania. It should be made official within the next few weeks.
  • That’s how it went. (1/1)
  • Per the site wrestlingnews.co, WWE is planning to run Sasha Banks vs. Bayley as one of four matches featuring women at WrestleMania 34.
  • Nope. They were in the pre-show battle royal (0/1)

This week: 7/17 - 41%

February 2018: 41/69 - 59.4%

Overall: 2,349/4,250 - 55.3%

Have a great week, everyone!