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Rumor Look Back: Mar. 27 - Apr. 3, 2020

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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 stated. Let’s get right to it.

March 27, 2020

  • There is word going around that WWE plans to continue filming at the Performance Center after the “stay at home” order is lifted in Orlando on Apr. 9, per Ryan Satin.
  • They stayed in the PC until August. (1/1)
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said there are some people in WWE who are “very upset” about Brodie Lee’s parody of Vince McMahon that aired on Dynamite.
  • They declined it was a Vince parody but there were some obvious correlations. They dropped it when it became the story.
  • Meltzer also said that Scott Dawson is still under contract to WWE for a couple more weeks, but he has not been paid in six or seven weeks.
  • FTR showed up at AEW pretty soon after they could.
  • PW Insider notes that the free WWE Network offer was done to help fans pass the time while stuck at home.
  • And also acts as a teaser to buy the full thing.
  • AEW taped additional content after Dynamite went off the air this week, according to POST Wrestling.
  • I don’t know if they taped more after that show. This was before their move to Georgia for a six week bulk taping.

March 28, 2020

  • CM Punk’s agent actually reached out to WWE about doing business together, says the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, but was shot down because Vince McMahon doesn’t ever want to work with Punk again, apparently.
  • I’d bet it was just a feeling out call. I think if Punk is interest, eventually Vince will agree because that will get ratings and buzz.
  • There were rumors going around that Asuka, Cesaro, Edge, and Kevin Owens were pulled from WrestleMania 36 but they all worked the show as scheduled, per the Observer.
  • All of them were on the show. (1/1)
  • According to PW Insider, Murphy was supposed to be on Monday Night Raw this past week but he wasn’t cleared for the show.
  • He’s still getting good TV time working with Seth Rollins.
  • Insider also says WWE is scheduled to resume TV tapings on April 10 and all tapings for the month of April are scheduled for the Performance Center with all live events still canceled.
  • That’s correct on both accounts. (2/2)
  • The Observer notes WWE has made the decision not to use Akam while Rezar is out injured.
  • Not too surprising here. That’s normally how it goes. They were released recently. (1/1)

March 30, 2020

  • The expectation is we’ll start learning what matches will air on which night of WrestleMania 36 as early as later this evening on Monday Night Raw.
  • They didn’t release the line up until the day of the first show. (0/1)
  • Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the triple threat ladder match for the SmackDown tag team titles at WrestleMania 36 could end up playing out with just one member of each team wrestling.
  • That’s exactly how it happened. (1/1)
  • The belief is Austin Theory stepped in for Andrade at WrestleMania 36 because Paul Heyman sees something in him.
  • Possibly because of #SpeakingOut allegation, possibly because Heyman was let go from his position, Theory went back to NXT.
  • While Alberto El Patron mentioned there being interest from WWE in his working for the company again, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter says there is no truth to that and he’s more or less in the same boat as CM Punk right now.
  • I don’t know if there was interest at all, but he’s not there right now thankfully.
  • WWE’s plan to replace big event gatherings leading up to WrestleMania is an increased presence on social media, as they’ll be pushing as much content as possible.
  • I don’t think they did anything more than they normally did. (0/1)

March 31, 2020

  • According to WWE Network News, WrestleMania 36 is listed internally as having a three hour and fifteen minute run time on Saturday, and a three hour run time on Sunday. That’s not counting pre-shows.
  • Just under 3 hours on night one and about 3:24 night two. (0/1)
  • Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that here’s been a lot of confusion among cable companies and PPV providers about what to charge for the two-night WrestleMania.
  • I watch on the Network so I don’t know what they decided on.
  • Superstars will get their downside guarantee for working WrestleMania 36, but Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue has heard there won’t be bonuses for most wrestlers.
  • Lame, but not at all surprising.
  • On Twitter, Meltzer refuted the rumor that Vince McMahon was the only person behind the scenes at WWE pushing for WrestleMania to go forward despite the pandemic.
  • I’m sure others wanted to as well.
  • WWE sent out a survey which indicated one option they’re considering for future empty arena TV broadcasts involves putting live celebrity and fan webcams on screen for reactions during matches.
  • They eventually got to a similar idea with the ThunderDome about four months later.

April 1, 2020

  • The Observer says Kairi Sane has been unavailable for most of the recent WWE tapings, with her being in Japan after getting married, and that’s why she hasn’t been around with Asuka to promote WrestleMania.
  • She has since left the states, though her recent announcement says she’s still training and “supporting” WWE.
  • It looks like WWE is going to wait until the last minute to reveal which matches will take place on which night for WrestleMania 36.
  • They did it on the day of Night One. (1/1)
  • On Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez noted that Montez Ford’s flip dive to the outside where he landed hard on his back on Raw wasn’t planned, as he was supposed to be tripped by Seth Rollins before ever doing the move.
  • Which makes sense that no one was ready to catch him.
  • Wrestling Inc notes that WWE has canceled all live events in April but still hopes to do shows in May.
  • They did not do shows in May. (0/1)
  • Per PW Insider, Kylie Rae’s deal with Impact Wrestling happened a few weeks ago.
  • She’s #1 contender for the Knockout’s title.

April 2, 2020

  • Ronda Rousey is negotiating a new deal which would see her return soon, per Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue.
  • That hasn’t happened. (0/1)
  • If WWE does decide to take a break after WrestleMania in light of Florida’s stay-at-home order, WrestleVotes says some of the footage shot for the April 6 Raw won’t be aired.
  • They never took a break.
  • The pandemic has people on the WWE roster worried they could be released as part of budget cuts, according to WrestlingNews.co.
  • Those people were right. (1/1)
  • Fears are compounded by concern AEW won’t be signing people due to their own losses during a coronavirus shutdown.
  • AEW kept signing folks. (0/1)
  • Based on Jim Ross’ comments on Wrestling Observer Radio, AEW actually taped the Jon Moxley vs. Jake Hager World title match they announced for April 15’s Dynamite last week.
  • That match was... OK.

April 3, 2020

  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Rob Gronkowski did things that people would not expect him to do at WrestleMania 36.
  • That is referring to the big drop from the announcer balcony. (1/1)
  • Meltzer also mentioned that Kenny Omega was dealing with a torn labrum and his shoulder is “all messed up.”
  • It’s a tough business.
  • WrestleVotes says that WWE’s Money in the Bank event, originally scheduled for May 9 in Baltimore, will “not happen as planned.”
  • This is a gimme one because nothing was happening “ as planned.” Though the match itself was even very different. (1/1)
  • When discussing WrestleMania 36 with PW Insider, Triple H mentioned that WWE could “do some of it live.”
  • None of it was live. (0/1)
  • Vince McMahon was apparently never a proponent of the free WrestleMania offer for WWE Network, which is why it is not being advertised. That idea came from George Barrios and Michelle Wilson, who were fired earlier this year.
  • I can see why he wouldn’t be since that was their highest quarter of subs every year.

This week: 10/17 - 59%

March 2020: 34/61 - 56%

Overall: 3,499/6,228 - 56.2%

Have a good week, everyone. Stay safe (and sane) out there.

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