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Rumor Roundup (May 27, 2021): WWE announcing change, employee meeting, Ospreay, 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:

  • Regarding Adnan Virk’s time on Raw, Fightful Select’s sources told them both sides “were very aware that the situation wasn’t working out, and it appeared they knew it early on.” WWE was going to make a move either way, but was happy they worked out an amicable split.
  • At a company-wide meeting held after this week’s layoffs, PW Insider reports WWE corporate employees were told they’ll return to working in the Stamford offices in July.
  • Not clear if this is the same meeting or if it was separate one, but WrestleVotes tweeted that “WWE hosted an internal conference today with most of the ‘power players’ including Nick Khan.” It was ”a ‘reassurance meeting’ after many people got laid off and afterwards, current employees feel no more assured of anything.”
  • Jimmy Jacobs told TWC Show, “I think that Vince [McMahon] will never, ever, ever hire another independent wrestler to be on the writing team again after I got fired so, so it goes.”
  • Will Ospreay and New Japan disagreed about how to treat Ospreay’s neck injury, per Voices of Wrestling. The company wanted him to remain in Japan; he wanted to return to the United Kingdom. The site says the original plan was for Ospreay to drop the IWGP World Heavyweight title to Kazuchika Okada before taking time off to heal up, but the COVID outbreak made that impossible.

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.