Rumor Look Back: Sept. 7 – 13, 2020

Rumor Look Back: Sept. 7 – 13, 2020
Rumor Look Back: Sept. 7 – 13, 2020

Welcome to the weekly Rumor Look Back, where we look at the rumors from six months ago and see which played out as originally stated. Let’s jump right to it

September 7, 2020

  • Per the Observer, there have apparently at least been talks of Brock Lesnar wrestling Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 37.
  • That is not the route they’re going. (0/1)
  • Dave Meltzer says WWE talent were told they can’t just use their real names and continue engaging with third parties like Twitch but it’s still vague and no one is clear on what the rules are yet.
  • Maybe they were told that, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
  • Having said that, the belief is YouTube is not included but Twitch and Tik Tok both are.
  • I’m not sure how YouTube works. I think Xavier Woods’ UpUpDownDown channel already had its own agreement with WWE. Did other wrestlers have YouTube channels?
  • Britt Baker vs. Big Swole happened the way it did to protect Baker because she isn’t quite fully healed from her injuries and doing the match this way allowed AEW to mask that, says Wrestling Observer Radio.
  • That makes sense. Big Swole won this match but she hasn’t been on Dynamite much at all since. Part of that is because she’s dealing with a medical issue, but that hasn’t removed her from wrestling. She’s been on a lot of AEW Dark so there’s a creative component as well.
  • Tony Schiavone said on the All Out post-show that the new AEW show on TNT should be on the air by the end of 2020.
  • That hasn’t happened yet. The phantom second show. (0/1)

September 8, 2020

  • Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda reported the reason their were no matches announced for last night’s Raw until 90 minutes before it went live is because Vince McMahon didn’t look at the plans until he boarded the corporate jet to fly to Orlando yesterday morning.
  • That’s gotta be so frustrating for members of creative. Any time someone blames creative overall, I think about how terrible it probably is to work on a WWE writing staff. Stories like this where they work all day but either things get changed last minute on Vince’s whim or they can’t fully do their job because they’re waiting for him.
  • Sources told Cassidy the issue stems from the two people in charge of Raw’s writing team having issues getting input from talent and finishing the script in time. He was told “Raw has really fallen apart without [Paul] Heyman driving the creative.”
  • Heyman’s creative may have been hit or miss (and some of that may have been disagreements with Vince) but it sounds like he at least helped the ship run smoother.
  • The injury Ivar suffered while doing a dive spot during the eight-man tag on Raw is believed to be a stinger, per PW Insider.
  • It was a cervical injury that needed surgery. It looks like a stinger is a type of cervical injury. I can’t find something that differentiates it so will say this is correct. (1/1)
  • Per Wrestling Observer, WWE talent were told at a pre-Raw meeting they can continue to be on Twitch and YouTube as long as they use their real names, and inform the company about their accounts.
  • Whether they were told that or not, that didn’t end up being the case.
  • There were still questions about what isn’t allowed under the new policy, but “the belief was that Cameo wouldn’t be allowed” at all.
  • That’s the case. (1/1)

September 9, 2020

  • Paul Heyman has a lot of behind-the-scenes influence on how Roman Reigns is booked on SmackDown, according to Fightful Select.
  • I can believe this. I’m sure Roman trusts Paul a bunch which likely gives the two a lot of autonomy.
  • Mojo Rawley was a part of RETRIBUTION on Monday’s Raw, per Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio.
  • He didn’t stay with them. In fact, Mojo is pretty MIA these days.
  • Other names being speculated on are Dominik Dijakovic, Mia Yim, and Mercedes Martinez. While those wrestlers seem too have been used during Raw segments, there’s no guarantee they’ll be part of the final reveal.
  • Those three names did end up in the finished product, though Martinez didn’t last long.
  • There’s talk from and elsewhere that Martinez’s loss to Rhea Ripley on NXT last night was the end of her run on the brand, clearing the way for a call-up as part of the RETRIBUTION angle.
  • This is half right. She was called up. But it wasn’t the end of the run as she eventually returned to NXT. (1/2)
  • On Observer Radio, Meltzer also mentioned Rey Mysterio turned down “a huge offer” from AEW to stay with WWE.
  • Dominic being signed to WWE was very likely the deciding factor.

September 10, 2020

  • According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Miro’s contract with AEW is for more than one year.
  • I don’t know the contract details, but this wouldn’t be surprising.
  • WWE has a city in mind for the 2021 Royal Rumble, per WrestleVotes. They also hope to have fans back before then, but “are keeping an eye on what the NBA & NHL do for next season regarding fans and capacity levels.”
  • Hopefully that city was Tampa, Florida. Because it was in the ThunderDome in front of no fans. It was the correct decision to make.
  • Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda claims he’s heard that Hell in a Cell will be headlined by Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton in a Cell match.
  • This is accurate. Randy won the title. (1/1)
  • The promotion of Bonnie Hammer to Vice Chairperson of NBCUniversal, covered by The Wrap, is seen as good news for WWE. Hammer’s long been an ally of Vince McMahon’s at USA Network’s parent company.
  • I wonder if they had a hand in the WWE Network to Peacock move.
  • Fightful Select reports WWE is renovating & remodeling the Orlando Performance Center, and talent is currently training at a makeshift facility nearby.
  • They remade the PC into the Capitol Wresting Center for NXT’s shows. (1/1)

September 11, 2020

  • PW Insider says the latest round of WWE financial cuts are primarily focused on office staff who were furloughed in April and never brought back. The cuts run across the board, but the travel and live events departments have been affected the most.
  • They made sure to become more profitable than ever during this pandemic.
  • Fightful notes that the salaries of some WWE employees were reduced by tens of thousands of dollars, with increased workloads due to the cuts. Understudies have been brought in as part of a contingency plan in case anyone gets sick.
  • Those profits came at the expense of people’s jobs of course.
  • According to Ringside News, the word going around backstage is that the mystery woman in the vignette that aired on SmackDown last week is Carmella.
  • That’s the case. She had a good feud with Sasha Banks but hasn’t been too prominent since. (1/1)
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that Rey Mysterio is expected to miss four to six weeks due to his triceps injury.
  • That’s about right. (1/1)
  • F4WOnline’s Bryan Alvarez says that NWA women’s champion Thunder Rosa is working on a per-date deal with AEW.
  • Thunder Rosa is great. They should try to lock her up whenever that is a possibility. I’m not sure her current status with the NWA.

September 12, 2020

  • PW Insider says that a source told them the belief is over 60 staffers at WWE were let go in the recent cuts.
  • Damn. That’s harsh.
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that WWE has moved this year’s Hell in a Cell event from Nov. 1 to Oct. 25.
  • That’s true. (1/1)
  • They also say the reason WWE didn’t advertise anything for Raw until just before the show was going on the air is because Vince McMahon didn’t approve it until really late in the day.
  • This is a running theme.
  • Per the Observer, AEW All Out did around 100 to 110,000 buys on pay-per-view.
  • Is that good?
  • According to, Jenn Decker is no longer with AEW.
  • No relation.

This week: 8/11 – 73%

Overall: 3,682/6,542 – 56.3%

Have a great week, everyone. Stay safe out there.

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