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Rumor Roundup (Oct. 9, 2021): Del Rio return to WWE, AEW concussion, Peacock, 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:

  • Dave Meltzer wrote in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Alberto Del Rio has been telling people he’s returning to WWE “when his legal situation regarding the alleged assault on an ex-girlfriend in San Antonio is cleared up.” For what it’s worth, Meltzer doesn’t believe Del Rio’s claim, saying he’d be shocked if WWE brought him back.
  • A source told Fightful Select WWE’s performance on Peacock has been “exceptional”, with more people watching WWE PPV events than ever before. Within WWE, there has been criticism the Peacock platform isn’t as well-developed as the stand-alone Network was.
  • Fightful also learned MLW had a deal with FOX’s streaming platform Tubi, but when WWE found out about the deal, a planned August announcement was called off. The future of MLW on Tubi is now in question.
  • On Busted Open, Mark Henry said he was concerned about the table bump PAC took in the ladder match on Wednesday’s Dynamite because PAC suffered a concussion a month and a half ago.
  • One of the reasons Davey Boy Smith Jr. hasn’t been used since WWE announced his signing is because he caught COVID. The Observer says he’s better, and was backstage at last Friday’s SmackDown draft show.

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.