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:
- While established names would get regular deals, WWE is discussing new 60-day trial contracts when signing talent, per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Bryan Alvarez said on The Bryan & Vinny Show that they don’t want people to be in NXT for years any more: “It’s gonna be every six months they are going to evaluate you and if you’re not getting better, you’re out of there.”
- The Observer says “virtually all the veteran wrestlers” not being used on television were under consideration to be released this week. WWE is concerned about the age of the roster and isn’t interested in hiring any women who are over 25 years old.
- In John Laurinaitis’ internal emails announcing Thursday’s roster cuts, Fightful Select says Oney Lorcan’s gimmick name was misspelled “Oney Lorkan”.
- B-Fab was listed as an NXT talent in Laurinaitis’ emails, despite being moved to SmackDown in last month’s draft. Wrestling Observer also says she was believed to have just signed a new deal last week, making her release even more puzzling.
- Outgoing WWE CFO Kristina Salen was fired, per Dave Meltzer. Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston heard from several sources she was not well liked, and was contributing to employees in the finance department wanting to quit WWE.
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.