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Rumor Roundup (Oct. 23, 2021): Where’s Eva Marie, Hit Row change, WWE heel turn, more!

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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 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:

  • In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer said the reason Eva Marie was written off WWE television and didn’t get drafted is because she is “working on a movie for a while.”
  • PW Insider had several updates about how WWE will present talents after the draft. On Raw, Mia Yim is supposed to debut as a babyface, and Tegan Nox will remain babyface as a singles star. On SmackDown, the site says Xia Li will be a face, but Shotzi will turn heel.
  • Insider goes on to say the Hit Row faction will obviously remain together, but Top Dolla will be the singles act, while Swerve Scott & Ashante Adonis will represent the group in the tag scene.
  • There’s talk of using Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez as a tag team on Raw, per Insider.
  • The Observer mentions that with west coast NHL games set to air after Dynamite at 10 pm ET for the next several Wednesdays, TNT’s current plan is to air hockey live in the Mountain and Western time zones. That means Dynamite will be run on delay at 10 or 11 pm in those areas, a move that will hurt AEW in the national ratings.

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