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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 24, 2019): Surprise Rumble entrants, nixed Sullivan/Cena plans, Punk/AEW speculation, 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:

  • A discussion about possible Royal Rumble surprise entrants on PW Insider Elite Audio mentioned Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Matt Hardy, Tye Dillinger and Bray Wyatt as being available to wrestle Sunday in Phoenix.
  • An “upset” Vince McMahon nixed the original plan to film a backstage segment showing Lars Sullivan attacking John Cena for the Jan. 21 Raw which would explain Cena’s injury and start their WrestleMania feud, according to It’s not clear yet if the entire feud is off.
  • Early speculation on Sonjay Dutt’s role with WWE is that he could be involved in opening a Performance Center in India.
  • Ring announcer JoJo Offerman has been off television for several weeks, and PW Insider says she’s taking time off from WWE for personal reasons. JoJo is still employed and there’s said to be no heat on her.
  • A Twitter user shared what they believed to be evidence All Elite Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Tees filed a copyright violation complaint against a CM Punk shirt design on redbubble, sparking rumors of Punk working with AEW. Pro Wrestling Tees has since said there’s no connection other than both All Elite & Punk sell merch through them and they were filing takedown notices for both clients at the same time. But some fans still want to believe...

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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