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Rumor Roundup (July 14, 2023): Rousey UFC return, Rollins’ SummerSlam match, AEW ban, 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:

  • There has been a rumor going around that suggests Ronda Rousey is leaving WWE because she is planning a comeback in UFC. However, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani was told there is “no truth” to the rumor that Rousey is returning to UFC.
  • According to Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer, WWE is planning for World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins to wrestle against Finn Balor at SummerSlam 2023.
  • Regarding the rumor that Warner Bros. Discovery wants AEW to expand its PPV schedule, Meltzer heard that it’s “been talked about for a while” but not a done deal.
  • Per Meltzer, Brutus and Julius Creed aren’t being called up to the WWE main roster even though they lost a Loser Leaves Town match in NXT. Meltzer said The Creeds actually returned to NXT on this week’s episode; they were hidden under masks pretending to be part of The Schism during the group’s backstage segment with Ivy Nile.
  • Fightful heard that AEW’s decision to send out a list of banned moves is seen by many in the company as a necessary “tightening of the screws” as the company grows and expands. PW Insider says wrestlers who violate the protocols will be fined.

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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