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Rumor Roundup (Dec. 30, 2023): WWE walks away from Mercedes Moné, Andrade return, Britt Baker, 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:

  • Regarding the end of talks for Mercedes Moné to return to WWE, a WWE source told Fightful Select that their side “walked” after progress was no longer being made in the negotiations.
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter says “those in WWE expect” Andrade will return to the promotion in 2024 after his AEW contract expires. However, people close to Andrade say he is willing to stay with AEW if Tony Khan makes a better offer than WWE.
  • The Observer also notes that Giulia’s contract with Stardom expires in March 2024, and she is “seen as likely to be coming” to WWE at some point after that. Right now, that’s the direction “she’s leaning toward.”
  • AEW President Tony Khan told the media this week that Britt Baker and PAC are on the injured list. Fightful heard that Baker was visiting backstage at this week’s Dynamite taping in Orlando.
  • Following up on the story of Hiroshi Tanahashi replacing Takami Ohbari as NJPW President, F4WOnline’s Dave Meltzer states that “Ohbari had heat with a number of people,” and top star Kazuchika Okada “was said to have wanted him out.”

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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