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Rumor Roundup (Oct. 31, 2023): Drew McIntyre, AEW talent frustrated, Miz face turn, 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:

  • While again confirming that Drew McIntyre still hasn’t re-signed with WWE, Fightful Select noted that McIntyre’s current deal will expire before WrestleMania 40. The report also reminded us that TKO isn’t being as proactive about contract negotiations as WWE was pre-merger, and that Becky Lynch & others also have deals expiring in 2024.
  • Recently, AEW’s creative plans have been getting finalized and communicated to talent later than they used to be. That’s according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, who added it's “almost” like situations WWE’s been criticized for in the past, and like those situations, is “very frustrating” for the talent.
  • In a post on X responding to Meltzer’s report, AEW producer & coach Jerry Lynn defended the changes as being Tony Khan’s attempt to not have future plot details spoiled for fans, which are necessary because “wrestlers and God knows who else have and continue to leak info to the sheets, podcasts, etc.”
  • WWE’s discussed a few ideas that would potentially turn The Miz face while he’s working with DIY, per BWE. It’s not yet confirmed if they’ll use those ideas, though.
  • In a Fightful Select Q&A, Sean Ross Sapp mentioned that WWE officials view both Austin Theory & Grayson Waller as having “high upside”. Waller is “easy to do business with” as he “listens really well”, and is good at generating buzz in interviews and online. Sapp feels Theory is seen as playing a role similar to Baron Corbin’s.
  • On WOR, Meltzer said Bryan Danielson’s latest injury makes it “touch and go” whether or not Danielson will be able to work New Japan Wrestle Kingdom in the Toyko Dome on Jan. 4 the way he was hoping to.
  • Careful out there, wrestling fans of all ages. There are always increased sightings of The Boogeyman today. We hear he could be coming to get you.

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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