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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 4, 2023): Naomi return, Bayley in Japan, Raw/SmackDown crossover, 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:

  • While there is nothing official on Naomi, Bryan Alvarez said on Wrestling Observer Live that he’s under the impression she’ll be returning to WWE.
  • Meanwhile, PW Insider notes that Bayley is in Japan in support of Sasha Banks’ appearance at Wrestle Kingdom 17. What all that entails is unclear but it could simply be a friend being there for a friend and nothing more.
  • Fightful Select says there are no plans to slow down on using wrestlers on both brands going forward, especially when it comes to feuds involving The Bloodline.
  • They also say that while Summer Rae was backstage at Monday Night Raw this week there are currently no plans to bring her back on full time.
  • Dave Meltzer mentioned on Wrestling Observer Radio that visa issues are to blame for some wrestlers from the United Kingdom not appearing on WWE or NXT TV lately.

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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