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Rumor Roundup (May 19, 2022): Naomi manipulated, Sasha misinformation, Owen titles, AEW chaos, 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:

  • Talking to SEScoops about Sasha Banks & Naomi walking out of Raw, Naomi’s former tag partner Ariane “Cameron” Andrew said: “My girl Naomi, she wouldn’t do this and I feel like she wouldn’t do this unless she had someone manipulating and telling her how to do this.” Andrew also pitched a Funkadactyls reunion in the interview.
  • Responding to a rumor Banks & Naomi had been pulled from WWE live events, Sasha’s husband & WWE costume designer Sarath Ton tweeted: “The bullshit being spewed is next level.”
  • Two of the belts Tony Khan recently hinted at will be awarded to the winners of the men’s & women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament at Double Or Nothing, says Voices of Wrestling.
  • An AEW source told VOW the backstage atmosphere is “chaotic” and lacks structure. Complaints include not knowing angles or finishes until close to showtime, and redundant match set-up angles & finishes.
  • Clash at the Castle was not the instant sellout some expected based on pre-sale interest. Dave Meltzer speculated it was due to high ticket prices for WWE’s first UK PPV in decades.

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.