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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 1, 2019): Brock at ‘Mania, Rumble booking, Raw debuts, All Elite, more!

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. We track rumor accuracy in a weekly feature called Rumor Look Back you can find here. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.

Rumors for the Day:

  • WWE is still believed to be working toward a Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins Universal title match at WrestleMania 35, which probably doesn’t bode well for Braun Strowman’s chances at Royal Rumble.
  • Speaking of which, on Wrestling Observer Live recently, Bryan Alvarez said he was told “80% of the Royal Rumble has been booked”.
  • Next week’s Raw will be a loaded show, and could include multiple debuts.
  • Don’t expect All Elite Wrestling to start with a television deal. They’ll likely follow their own and the NWA’s model of working with partners, building buzz online and growing gradually.
  • Speaking of All Elite, Chris Jericho fueled speculation about his involvement with the rumored promotion by publicly thanking its financial backer Tony Khan for getting him tickets to Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings NFL game.

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. And check our weekly Rumor Look Back here to keep track of how often rumors turn out to be correct!

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