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Rumor Roundup (Feb. 13, 2021): Anger backstage at WWE, Rumble pitch, AEW Tag titles, 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:

  • A source told WrestleVotes “the unhappiness and straight up anger backstage [at WWE] is at an all time high level. Everyone from the boys to the road crew are pissed off.”
  • Fightful Select and PWInsider reported on a meeting with full-time corporate employees (not on-screen talent or wrestlers) where they were told promotions and raises were on hold, presumably due to the decrease in revenue they reported from Q4 2020. Insider says performance bonuses are still in effect.
  • Reaction to those meetings, which PW Insider says were done department by department and not with the entire staff at once, was said to be negative, especially because many are doing the work of several people after last year’s furloughs. There’s no word on how long the promotion and raise freeze will last.
  • A creative pitch for last month’s Men’s Royal Rumble match would have seen Retribution members ringside to assist Mustafa Ali, per Fightful Select. While that didn’t happen, Omos did something similar of AJ Styles.
  • There’s speculation AEW could do a title change in The Young Bucks/Santana & Ortiz match on Dynamite next week, setting up an Inner Circle grudge match for the belts at Revolution and possibly furthering a Young Bucks/Good Brothers feud.

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.