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Rumor Roundup (Nov. 30, 2023): Triple H absence, next Raw deal, WWE’s CM Punk safeguards, 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:

  • Following up on their earlier report that Bruce Prichard was in charge at Raw this week as Triple H wasn’t there, PW Insider says Trips & Nick Khan have been in Los Angeles this week “working on securing the media rights deal for Monday Night Raw going forward.”
  • Insider says there are currently several “suitors” in the mix to be Raw’s next home.
  • PW Torch’s report matched up with what we’d already heard about good vibes with CM Punk backstage at Raw on Monday, but adds that one source told them “about half the wrestlers are iffy” on whether Punk has actually changed.
  • One wrestler told the Torch that Punk “knew he kinda had to be” on his best behavior. Fightful Select says they haven’t confirmed it, but “some in WWE were told by higher ups that there is a behavior clause associated with [Punk’s] contract”.
  • Regarding QT Marshall’s resignation from AEW, Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that Marshall “wants to be a wrestling star”. That was part of his frustration with AEW, and a reason he may not be headed to join his friend Cody Rhodes in WWE where they’d likely want him to coach. Meltzer “would be shocked” if Rhodes wasn’t trying to get QT hired at WWE, though.
  • And of course there’s a Punk connection... Wrestle Purists claims that after a few QTV segments aired on the early episodes of Collision, Punk decided he didn’t want Marshall on the show and “didn’t see QTV as a productive part of Powerhouse Hobbs’ presentation.” Tony Khan took the blame with QT, which damaged their relationship.
  • As they did last year, NXT will tape their last two episodes of the year. Per Fightful Select, that taping will take place on Weds. Dec. 13.

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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