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Rumor Roundup (Feb. 1, 2024): Royal Rumble plan, Rhodes/Rollins, Punk/McIntyre, NXT call-ups, 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:

  • In response to speculation WWE may have called an audible after CM Punk was injured in the Royal Rumble, Fightful Select reported that Cody Rhodes was the planned winner going into the match. However, the much-discussed Seth Rollins segment with Rhodes on the Jan. 29 Raw was done “as a result of Punk’s injury.
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer remarked that Drew McIntyre’s angle with Punk on Raw was odd since Punk won’t be back until likely September and McIntyre’s contract is set to expire in April and he still doesn’t have a new deal.
  • The SmackDown creative team was “blown away” by the reaction Trick Williams got on last week’s show, says Haus of Wrestling. Higher ups at WWE are now said to believe Williams has “future WrestleMania main eventer potential.”
  • WWE’s discussed promoting Tiffany Stratton to Raw, per PW Insider Elite.
  • AEW has made what they consider a “substantial offer” to Kazuchika Okada and are feeling confident enough that he’ll take it to put together tentative plans for his debut. That’s from Fightful, which also says WWE has been in touch with Okada, but doesn’t seem to have worked on or presented any creative to him. Okada is said to have been in discussion with wrestlers in WWE “to gauge his offers, WWE’s approach, and to help weigh a decision.”
  • Cody Rhodes was Royal Rumble weekend’s top merch mover in Tampa/St. Pete, according to “internal memos” Fightful saw. Cody’s “Rumble winner” shirt was also the top selling item from the weekend online.
  • MJF has a role in the upcoming comedy movie “The Floaters”, which Deadline says recently wrapped filming in New York.
  • In other wrestling-related movie news, Seth Rollins’ MCU career may end up the same way his wife’s did. Reports are the villain group Rollins’ character was a part of has been completely removed as part of re-writes and re-shoots on “Captain America: Brave New World”.

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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