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Rumor Roundup (Sept. 14, 2021): WWE banned words, Samoa Joe, NXT contracts, more!

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Stephanie McMahon

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:

  • We’ve got out latest list of WWE banned words, courtesy of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Blood, choke, belt, strap, diva, head shot, trauma, kayfabe, Mofos, house show, DQ, The Anti-Diva, spinal injuries, victim, violence, violent, wrestling, wrestlers, WWF, wifebeater, curb stomp, phrases including the word “push” and “being over,” babyface, heel, job, jobber, card, strangle, kill and murder.
  • Samoa Joe was included in the original script for last night’s Raw, per Fightful Select.
  • PW Insider says Austin Theory was backstage at Raw last night, leading to renewed speculation he might return to the main roster soon.
  • Johnny Gargano’s WWE contract expires on Dec. 3 of this year, reports Fightful. The company has been aware of Gargano’s status, but the site notes all NXT contracts were reviewed after the issues with Malakai Black’s non-compete and the end dates of Adam Cole & Pete Dunne’s deals.
  • Former ROH World champ PCO informed Ring of Honor he won’t re-sign with the company when his current contract ends on Nov. 30, per The Observer.

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.