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Rumor Roundup (Mar. 23, 2021): ThunderDome move, WWE taping plans, RETRIBUTION WrestleMania angle, 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:

  • Jon Alba reports WWE will likely move out of Tropicana Field after the April 2 SmackDown, as work has already begun on converting it back to its configuration for baseball in time for the Tampa Rays home opener on April 9.
  • Alba and others already reported WWE will stay in Tampa, but move Raw and SmackDown to the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center. PW Insider says the plan is to move the ThunderDome set-up to Yuengling Center, and begin broadcasting there with the April 12 Raw after WrestleMania 37.
  • That means the go home shows will happen at the Trop next week, per Post Wrestling. The Raw which will air on April 5 will tape on Mar. 30, and the April 9 SmackDown on April 1.
  • Mustafa Ali’s PCL injury requires surgery and rehab, but Wrestling Inc says he’s been working through the injury since December because WWE was going to have the RETRIBUTION break-up angle culminate at WrestleMania. It’s not clear at this point if they changed their plans, or if there’s more to come after what happened at Fastlane.
  • The finish to Sunday’s Intercontinental title match was botched. On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said Big E was supposed to win, but ending didn’t go down as planned.

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.

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