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Rumor Roundup (May 17, 2022): Sasha & Naomi walkout, Flair’s opponent & teammates, Ibushi, more!

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:

  • Naomi was originally scheduled to win Raw’s Six Pack Challenge before she & Sasha Banks walked out last night, per Fightful Select.
  • WrestleVotes says WWE’s statement on Banks & Naomi “is just the baseline of the details. The tension leading up to the walkout was palpable all day, with both superstars upset at something that transpired.” UPDATE: Much more on this here.
  • A report from Fightful says Ricky Steamboat is expected to wrestle Ric Flair in a tag match at the Ric Flair’s Last Match event at Starrcast SummerSlam weekend.
  • It does appear the match is the one Wrestling Observer reported on last week, and Steamboat is the planned partner for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express against Flair & FTR. But Fightful notes Tony Khan signing off on FTR’s inclusion is “far from a done deal.”
  • The Observer also recently updated the Kota Ibushi/New Japan situation: Ibushi has not been fired, but while NJPW haven’t given up on the relationship, they’re very unhappy with the publicity.

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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