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Rumor Look Back: Sept. 1 - 7, 2019

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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 get right to it!

September 2, 2019

  • Bryan Alvarez mentioned recently that WWE is expected to break big news this week, possibly as big as the NXT to USA deal.
  • There was no more news, at least nothing close to that caliber. (0/1)
  • Per Squared Circle Sirens, Kacy Catanzaro has quit WWE after suffering an injury to her back.
  • She’s still with them, though was out for awhile. (0/1)
  • It’s expected that the name of AEW’s television show will be the next big news the company breaks, and that should come within the next week or two.
  • They announced the Dynamite name two weeks after this. (2/2)
  • PW Insider notes the plan for AEW TV is to cycle wrestlers on and off shows so they aren’t appearing every single week.
  • I’d say this is accurate. Not for top guys, who are on more, but the midcard guys and gals rotate through. (1/1)
  • They also say AEW hopes to use Tenille Dashwood more in the future.
  • She ended up signing with Impact, which was a bit surprising. (0/1)

September 3, 2019

  • Bayley’s actions from last night’s Raw triggered speculation about Liv Morgan being pushed as a face challenger on SmackDown, and that there’s a long term plan in place to split the NXT Horsewomen for a big reunion moment down the road.
  • I can’t speak to a reunion - it will be awhile but surely happen - but Liv Morgan isn’t a big babyface on SmackDown. She’s a Raw talent. (0/1)
  • WWE still hasn’t sold out Madison Square Garden for next week’s Raw, although announcing Steve Austin helped move tickets. He’s set for the contract signing, but local advertising also indicates the show may have a night-long Stone Cold theme.
  • It wasn’t a Stone Cold night, especially given the contract signing opened the show. The signing was announced prior to this rumor. (0/1)
  • Jon Moxley may be getting surgery on his infected elbow, per Observer Radio. It’s not clear yet if that will change when he returns.
  • Moxley himself mentioned the surgery on Twitter a week prior to this so it’s not really a rumor. He was able to make the Dynamite premiere.
  • There was an altercation backstage at All Out between battle royale participants Sadie Gibbs & Bea Priestley, according to Squared Circle Siren’s Casey Michael. Fightful reported that Matt Jackson “was seen trying to smooth things over”.
  • I don’t remember hearing this one at all. Bea Priestly hasn’t been seen in ages. Gibbs either.
  • The AAA Tag titles will “never be ever mentioned again” in AEW, according to Dave Meltzer on Observer Radio. They were used so there would be a reason to have a ladder match.
  • They were no longer a thing. (1/1)

September 4, 2019

  • Despite the angle on SmackDown Live this week, the speculation is still that Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan is the plan at some point in the near future.
  • This never happened. (0/1)
  • Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio said the idea behind the triple threat semifinal in the King of the Ring tournament is to get Ricochet over.
  • So over that he lost that match? I’m actually going to say no on this one since dude didn’t even win. (0/1)
  • He also said the main goal for NXT on USA is to hurt AEW.
  • This probably accurate. They want to win the night, but they’re happy to hinder the new competition.
  • Per SI, Marty Scurll’s deal with Ring of Honor is up in November. The obvious speculation is he will depart for AEW.
  • He stayed with ROH and received creative control. (0/1)
  • PW Insider says that one of the issues between Killer Kross and Impact Wrestling was his refusing to do a blade job at Slammiversary, forcing the company to find fake blood to use the day of the show.
  • If the dude doesn’t want to blade, which is usually for health reasons, he shouldn’t.

September 5, 2019

  • Wrestling Observer reported a big shake-up to WWE’s creative teams: Ryan Ward is out as SmackDown’s lead writer, replaced by former Raw head writer Ed Koskey.
  • Not surprising after all the weeks of last minute rewrites.
  • Koskey’s job on Mondays is being filled by Jonathan Baeckstrom, who was writing 205 Live before Paul Heyman moved him over to Raw upon taking the Executive Director job.
  • Heyman’s Raw always seemed more stable than early SD.
  • Former Impact Knockout Scarlett Bordeaux was in Orlando for a WWE tryout this week, according to Squared Circle Sirens.
  • She eventually signed with them. (1/1)
  • Responding to a follower asking about his report on Kacy Catanzaro quitting WWE in light of this tweet, Squared Circle Sirens’ Casey Michael said Catanzaro did quit but WWE is trying to convince her to stay.
  • We don’t know the specifics. She’s still with them in the end.
  • More on the Impact/Killer Kross issue covered in yesterday’s Roundup, Fightful says Impact has “implied to” AAA that they don’t want Kross used on the Madison Square Garden shows the two companies are promoting in a couple weeks.
  • This was a bit ugly, but Kross eventually got out of his contract and signed with WWE.

September 6, 2019

  • Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Undertaker’s return next week will not lead to another match.
  • It did not. It was just a chokeslam to Sami Zayn. (1/1)
  • The Wrap published an article claiming an insider saying Eric Bischoff’s leadership of SmackDown Live has been the subject of “growing questions,” such as his decision to hire a former Sons of Anarchy writer who “was found asleep in the writers room.”
  • That’s not a good look.
  • According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there are still plans to do call ups from NXT to the main roster even after NXT moves to USA Network.
  • This is true, but they’re certainly less frequent. (1/1)
  • The speculation is Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville are next in line for a women’s tag team title shot.
  • Yes. It was at Clash of Champions. They were unsuccessful against Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. (1/1)
  • Per PW Insider, there’s talk Sabu could be back with Impact Wrestling soon.
  • He worked a taping soon after this. (1/1)

September 7, 2019

  • There is a new movement for wrestlers to get more freedom in promos, per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Rey Mysterio notably were given bullet points for promos recently.
  • Rey’s a legend and no legend should have to read some script unless they want to. But good to hear Banks and Bayley get that freedom too.
  • The Observer says WWE is going to attempt to make news on Monday Night Raw this week with a big show against the first Monday night of the NFL and it being the return to Madison Square Garden.
  • I don’t see anything in the live blog I’d consider “big news.” (0/1)
  • On that note, Bryan Alvarez mentioned Vince McMahon telling the team of writers in a meeting this week to be really creative.
  • That’s an odd request. “Hey guys, you should do your jobs this week.”
  • They also note that Braun Strowman was given the weekend off from WWE live events.
  • Good for him. Get that rest.
  • The word going around again is that Impact Wrestling could still end up on AXS.
  • They did. (1/1)

This week: 10/19 - 53%

Overall: 3,183/5,700 - 55.8%

Have a great week, everyone!

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