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Rumor Roundup (Nov. 28, 2023): Sasha Banks WWE return, CM Punk reaction, MJF injury, 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 he added it’s not yet a formal report and at this point is just “a situation that should be monitored”, WrestlePurists’ Ibou says Mercedes Mone/Sasha Banks may be the next big name to return to WWE.
  • Regarding reports of Mone wrestling in AEW once she’s cleared, Ibou said very few people in AEW have updated information on that. Even New Japan’s liaison to AEW Rocky Romero “doesn’t exactly know when and where her next move is”.
  • The WWE roster’s reaction to CM Punk’s return has been “much more tepid than originally expected”, according to Fightful Select. But some have said they don’t want to work with Punk and “many WWE talent expect to speak with higher ups and gain some assurances about Punk and how he will be in the company moving forward.”
  • In a since deleted post on X, MJF said an MRI revealed he had a torn labrum but that he would still defend his AEW World title at Worlds End. Multiple outlets report the injury is legitimate. Sean Ross Sapp posted that MJF is undergoing treatment in hopes of avoiding surgery.
  • As part of the training Triple H talked about after Survivor Series, PW Insider says Jade Cargill will continue to be at the WWE Performance Center “weekly”.
  • Stephanie McMahon was backstage at Survivor Series, per Fightful. The site specified she was just visiting and not there in a work capacity. Insider added that she sat ringside with her & Triple H’s daughters to watch the show.
  • Fightful Select also reported that Katsuyori Shibata needed to return to Japan before Final Battle, so he dropped the ROH Pure title to Wheeler Yuta last weekend. Shibata will be gone for an extended period. That’s why they did the post-match attack and callback to his brain injury, an idea Shibata “was said to love“.

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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