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Rumor Roundup (Dec. 5, 2023): Roman’s Rumble opponent, Punk vs. Austin, free agent Okada, 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:

  • Dave Meltzer wrote in last week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Roman Reigns’ Royal Rumble opponent “wasn’t locked in” but that Randy Orton, Kevin Owens and LA Knight “have been considered”. But he added that “Knight was supposed to go in another direction as of last week”, and on Wrestling Observer Radio said that “Owens is going with Logan Paul.”
  • Meltzer also said on WOR that talk of CM Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin is “premature”. It makes sense & could happen, but Austin hasn’t been approached about it and “it’s not anything that anyone [at WWE]’s talked about to any degree.”
  • Kazuchika Okada’s New Japan contract is up at the end of January and he’s “seriously entertaining” signing with WWE or AEW, reports Sports Illustrated.
  • SI’s Justin Barrasso believes AEW “may be a better fit” for Okada due to their relationship with NJPW, and because their schedule would allow him to continue living in Japan. But WWE is very interested, and can offer bigger stages like WrestleMania & a long list of big stars to work with.
  • Jey Uso’s “YEET” shirt was blurred out on Raw, and WrestleVotes posted that because of trademark issues “the word & merchandising will no longer be associated with Uso going forward.” SEScoops reports a wrestler from West Virginia named Kasey Huffman filed a trademark on “YEET” in 2021.
  • One of WrestleVotes sources in WWE creative said Austin Theory & Grayson Waller were originally supposed to be a “short term pairing”, but they’ve gained “tremendous support” and are now expected to “play a strong role in programming thru Mania” as WWE expects the team-up will help them both in the long run.
  • AEW exec Kevin Sullivan (no relation to the wrestler) was let go on Monday, according to Wrestling Observer. SVP Mike Mansury made the call to dismiss Sullivan, who “built the entire AEW post production team”, “was very highly thought of and had been with AEW from the earliest days”. The move has left a lot of people at the company wondering what happened.

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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