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:
- Fightful’s Corey Brennan was told it was just “good acting” and not legitimate, regarding the controversial injury angle between Ridge Holland and Ilja Dragunov that WWE shot for a future NXT episode.
- F4WOnline’s Dave Meltzer heard that CM Punk “was a major part of the pitch” during the meeting this week between WWE and Warner Bros. Discovery regarding Raw’s next TV deal. The idea is that Punk will be a regular part of the Raw brand, with WWE emphasizing “his merchandise sales and social media views along with ratings of recent shows.”
- Meltzer says it’s not a guarantee that AEW would be forced off WBD networks if Raw ends up there: “The new WWE ownership is not Vince McMahon, so the attempt to get brand exclusivity is likely not there.” Meltzer supported this claim by noting “It is believed the CW deal for NXT also didn’t call for exclusivity in the wrestling genre.”
- On the Rumor & Innuendo show, Nick Hausman said he is aware of multiple indicators “that things are not going maybe as Tony [Khan] has projected publicly, and I would not be surprised to see AEW and Warner maybe part ways next year.”
- Multiple outlets indicate that WBD’s top priority by far is its negotiations for the NBA TV rights, and everything in wrestling comes secondary to that. If WBD spends a ton of money on the NBA, that could take them out of the market for WWE Raw’s hefty asking price.
- Cartoon Brew mentioned that “a U.S. release is planned for sometime in 2024” for the Rey Mysterio vs. The Darkness animated series.
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.