Back to the rumours: November 1 to 7, 2021
Welcome to the weekly Rumor Look Back, where we take a look at the rumors from six months ago and see which ones played out as originally stated. Let’s cut to the chase.
November 1, 2021
- Bryan Danielson was so professional upon leaving WWE that Fightful Select heard that many within the company didn’t think he was actually leaving. WWE hopes he returns to the road.
- This Bryan Danielson – such a nice guy. I don’t think that comeback will happen as an active competitor. I could see him making an appearance or two after he retired.
- For what it’s worth, Tony Schiavone said on his Ask Tony Live! Show he thinks AEW will have a streaming service by the end of 2022.
- We will have to wait and see. The changes with the Discovery merger could have an effect on their future. But if AEW offers enough content to put on a library, which buying ROH was probably meant to do, surely they can end up somewhere.
- According to PW Insider, Sheamus will return to the ring this week following nose surgery last month.
- Sheamus didn’t come back for a few weeks. Ridge Holland spoke to him the previous weeks. (0/1)
- On her vlog, Thunder Rosa revealed that she was recently sidelined with a concussion.
- Slim. It is a dangerous profession.
- According to Fightful, New Japan Pro Wrestling made a big play for former NXT star Bronson Reed.
- JONAH (former Bronson Reed) did some work with them but more with Impact.
November 2, 2021
- “There was significance in Drew McIntyre using the Kimura (Brock Lesnar submission move) on Mustafa Ali on Smack downsays Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer.
- He hasn’t had a feud with Lesnar since so no real significance (0/1)
- AEW is planning a TNT special for Saturday, January 8, 2022, sources have told Mat Men’s Andrew Zarian. With “Clash of the Champions” unavailable due to WWE branding, the company is reportedly considering calling it “Battle of the Belts”.
- Battle of the Belts it was. The date was correct woo. (2/2)
- A report from Fightful Select indicates that WWE taught NXT talent the production side of the business, something that previously relied on Full Sail to do so and has now been integrated internally. An example would be the importance of remembering facial expressions to give camera operators time to capture them.
- These are good skills to know.
- NXT’s production teams have also received guidance from Raw and SmackDown staff in recent months.
- This makes sense considering they’re trying to use NXT as a stepping stone to the main roster. In this sense, the more continuity, the better.
- According to WWE Network News, Jeff Hardy will guest Steve Austin next Broken Skull Sessions. This episode is set to debut on Peacock & WWE Network on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25).
- It happened. (1/1)
November 3, 2021
- Dave Meltzer stated on Wrestling Observer Radio that AJ Styles is currently out with a “non-injury medical issue”. We don’t know exactly what it is, but that’s why it disappeared from television.
- That sounds like a heavy understatement for COVID, but it could include many other conditions.
- As for the other absentees from the show, it’s unclear why, but PW Insider says Bobby Lashley and Karrion Kross weren’t even in the building at Raw this week.
- Kross was quickly released. Lashley still rides with them.
- Ringside News claims they were told Bray Wyatt had trouble getting along backstage before his release from WWE.
Again, this looks like a spin off of WWE. It’s not something we heard about him before his release. Not that it’s not true, but I’m suspicious.
- They also say he’s unlikely to take any independent bookings, so it’s Impact or AEW for him.
- He has never been in a wrestling ring. Probably focusing on his film project.
- No Way, Taylor Wilde, TJP, Tommy Dreamer and Petey Williams have been removed from Impact Wrestling’s roster page, but PW Insider says company sources have advised them that shouldn’t be taken as an indication that they are released.
- It’s difficult because none of these people have worked a game for the Impact since this rumour. Tommy Dreamer still has a behind-the-scenes role with them, though he’s still suspended for the time being. I’m going to mark this globally as incorrect, as none of the folks have worked another game for them. (0/1)
November 4, 2021
- Longtime Senior Vice President, Creative Services Stan Stanski left WWE yesterday ahead of today’s earnings report, PW Insider reports. A source told the site that the end of Stanski’s 15 years with the company was “the ultimate proof that no one is safe” and “yet another reminder that this is not the same company as there is.” one year old”.
- Everyone’s on the chopping block now.
- WWE sources told Fightful Select that Vince McMahon no longer liked Bray Wyatt upon his release, as McMahon did not like how creative Wyatt had become.
- Much like the Charlotte rumors of the past week, this all seems hyperbolic. But there is a lot of smoke here too. Maybe there are some people, even if it was a small number, who didn’t get along with Windham, and they were very loud in those days.
- That said, given that they come from “WWE sources” just as Wyatt’s non-compete expires, there is some skepticism about the recent stream of rumors that Bray is hard to work with.
- The other side of the coin.
- Kyle O’Reilly’s WWE contract is set to expire next month, according to PW Insider.
- He confirmed that he expired in December. (1/1)
- This week’s NXT angle where Zoey Stark was attacked by Toxic Attraction was done to cover up a real injury Stark is dealing with, per Post Wrestling. It is not confirmed what the injury is or how long she will be out.
- She tore her ACL. (1/1)
November 5, 2021
- According to Fightful, WWE Talent Relations Manager John Laurinaitis sent a company-wide email citing budget cuts as the reason WWE laid off 18 wrestlers last night.
- That’s always the reason they give, and most of the time it’s probably correct. It’s going to take a while to figure out if their current strategy is to free up a group of people and focus on young talent (many former college athletes). I doubt it will change anything, but time will tell.
- A source told Andrew Zarian that potentially four of the wrestlers have been released as they are not vaccinated against COVID-19. the New York Post specifically heard that this is one of the reasons Nia Jax was fired.
- Nia says her vaccination status was never mentioned upon her release. Although she later spoke with Renee Paquette on her podcast, it was something that had been mentioned to her before.
- As a result of all the roster reductions, PW Insider says WWE has canceled some Performance Center training classes that were originally scheduled for today.
- Because they weren’t worth it until class consolidation? Or did they think people would be too distracted by the news?
- Fightful mentioned that WWE also laid off several office workers this week.
- No one is safe.
- F4WOnline’s Dave Meltzer reported that AEW’s original plan in the World Title Eliminator tournament was for Jon Moxley to undergo a personality change and defeat Orange Cassidy. Fightful Claims Miro Wasn’t Originally Planned dynamite this week, and he arrived on the scene shortly before showtime to replace Moxley. There is no timeline for Moxley’s return to the promotion now that he is in rehab.
- Moxley returned in January. The heel turn did not occur.
November 6, 2021
- While established names would get regular offers, WWE is discussing new 60-day trial contracts when signing talent, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Bryan Alvarez said on The Bryan & Vinny Show that they don’t want people to be in NXT for years anymore: “It’s going to be every six months they’re going to rate you and if you don’t improve you’re out. of the.
- This goes hand in hand with recent reports.
- The Observer says “virtually every veteran wrestler” who isn’t used on television was being considered for release this week. WWE is concerned about the age of the roster and is not interested in hiring women over 25.
- It’s a real change in their practices, but it creates a complicated period to move from one to the other.
- In John Laurinaitis’ internal emails announcing Thursday’s roster cuts, Fightful Select says Oney Lorcan’s gimmick name was misspelled “Oney Lorkan.”
- A small insult to the insult on the way out.
- B-Fab was listed as an NXT talent in emails from Laurinaitis, despite being traded to SmackDown in last month’s draft. Wrestling Observer also says she reportedly signed a new deal last week, which makes her release even more confusing.
- The rest of Hit Row wouldn’t be far behind the releases.
- Outgoing WWE Chief Financial Officer Kristina Salen has been fired, according to Dave Meltzer. Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston heard from multiple sources that she was unpopular and was contributing to finance department employees who wanted to leave WWE.
- I don’t know her well enough to have an opinion on that.
This week: 5/8 – 63%
Total: 4,144/7,307 – 56.7%
Have a great week everyone!