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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 1, 2024): Mercedes Mone/WWE talks, AEW title plan, Adam Cole, 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:

  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said he was told Mercedes Mone and WWE were “far apart on money” in their negotiations for a return. He also said there are still a lot of talks of her going to AEW.
  • According to the Observer, Samoa Joe was always planned to win the AEW world championship at Worlds End, and the title change wasn’t a result of MJF’s injuries.
  • Speaking of that match, they also say Adam Cole isn’t expected to be ready to wrestle again by March’s Revolution PPV. He could be, but it’s not the expectation.
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter indicates WWE has “expressed interest in working with Stardom.” They make clear, however, that “nothing is finalized.”
  • Even though AEW expanded its pay-per-view schedule in the second half of 2023, The Observer indicates that Tony Khan is not planning to add a new PPV to the schedule before Revolution on March 3.
  • The WON says Dana Massie was offered a new deal by AEW, but she “informed the company in October that she was leaving.”
  • Former ECW star Chris Chetti was spotted backstage at AEW Worlds End, according to PW Insider.

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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