Welcome to this week’s version of WWE/wrestling rumors we hope are true and people we hope aren’t. The action-packed month of July is now greater than midway by, and we’re on the street to SummerSlam 2022 in Nashville.
It has been an eventful week on this planet of wrestling, each on and off-screen. A few of the rumors this week embody plans for a significant heel activate RAW, Roman Reigns lacking out on one other premium dwell occasion, a backstage replace on Natalya no-selling Liv Morgan’s finisher at a dwell occasion, and extra.
With none additional ado, let’s dive in. Listed below are 4 wrestling rumors we hope are true and three we hope aren’t.
#4. Hope is true: WWE planning a significant heel flip quickly
After a mini-feud with Veer Mahan, The Mysterios started a rivalry with the brand new Judgment Day. Finn Balor and Damian Priest have been making an attempt to recruit Dominik Mysterio, the son of legend Rey Mysterio.
It has been teased for some time now, and it might occur even earlier than SummerSlam 2022. In a current version of the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that the upcoming July twenty fifth episode of RAW at Madison Sq. Backyard could be the stage for a Dominik Mysterio heel flip:
“It looks like if they’re going to do the Dominik flip, and it’s actually being teased exhausting, this ceremony could be an concept of the place to do it. Plus, Vince McMahon has a particular affinity for MSG so one would count on a present with extra main tales popping out of it and for it to be pushed a lot tougher than typical to attract an even bigger score.” H/T (RSN)
We hope that is true as a result of The Mysterios are lengthy overdue for a break-up, and the father-son storyline has run its course. Dominik wants a change of character to progress additional.
#3. Hope is not true: Roman Reigns to overlook one of many greatest premium dwell occasions of 2022?
Roman Reigns is about to headline SummerSlam but once more in his last match in opposition to Brock Lesnar. Will probably be his first bout at a premium dwell occasion since WrestleMania Backlash. He missed two consecutive occasions in Hell in a Cell and Cash within the Financial institution 2022.
He’s anticipated to headline the Conflict on the Fortress occasion (probably in opposition to Drew McIntyre) after which miss out on the subsequent one. A report from Louis Dangoor acknowledged that Roman Reigns is predicted to overlook Excessive Guidelines in October:
“Roman Reigns shouldn’t be anticipated to be at Excessive Guidelines on October 8. He missed Hell in a Cell and Cash within the Financial institution in June and July, however shall be at SummerSlam later this month and certain Conflict on the Fortress in September,” Dangoor wrote in a current tweet.
We hope this is not true, as a result of though Reigns deserves a diminished schedule, lacking out on 1 / 4 of the 12 months’s premium dwell occasions is so much.
#3. Hope is true: Readability on the Natalya-Liv Morgan dwell occasion state of affairs
Liv Morgan is on prime of the SmackDown Ladies’s division, having dethroned Ronda Rousey to win her first title in WWE. What caught the eye of followers just lately was her dwell occasion match in opposition to Natalya, the place the latter no-sold the end after getting pinned.
Many have slammed Natalya for being unprofessional, though little is understood concerning the context of it. One factor is for certain: it’s extremely in contrast to Natalya, who has been praised as a consummate skilled all through her profession.
Whereas Dave Meltzer admitted to not figuring out an excessive amount of concerning the state of affairs, he reported that Natalya’s anger wasn’t in the direction of the SmackDown Ladies’s Champion:
“I do know there was a state of affairs. I do know that it was cleared up instantly that evening, nevertheless it did occur. I suppose she was mad, nevertheless it had nothing to do with Morgan, or any warmth together with her and Morgan, which, I’d suppose should you watched the clip, that was the conclusion that you’d come to, nevertheless it wasn’t that,” stated Meltzer.
We hope that is true, as a result of any warmth between the 2 girls would have made it look worse for Natalya.
#2. Hope is not true: No plans for the ladies’s tag workforce title event?
It has been a couple of months now for the reason that Ladies’s Tag Crew Championships had been vacated. Michael Cole introduced that there could be a event to crown new champions, however nothing has been talked about since.
Some have speculated that WWE is planning to discontinue the tag workforce championships, with the general reserving since 2019 proving the corporate’s lack of curiosity within the girls’s tag workforce division.
A report from Sean Ross Sapp on Fightful Choose has revealed that there have been no backstage discussions on the event. Sportskeeda’s Israel Lutete wrote:
“Based on Fightful Choose, the WWE expertise that they’ve spoken to could not affirm when or if the Ladies’s Tag Crew Championship event will happen. Additionally, revealing that there have not been any discussions backstage relating to the titles in any respect for the reason that announcement was made a number of weeks in the past.”
We hope this is not true, as it’d affirm hypothesis concerning the titles being discontinued after three years.
#2. Hope is true: Bayley’s potential return date to WWE revealed
Bayley hasn’t wrestled in entrance of a crowd for over two years now. She was one of the vital essential stars within the WWE Thunderdome Period and is regarded by some as the best SmackDown Ladies’s Champion in historical past.
The Function Mannequin suffered a knee damage through the Efficiency Heart coaching periods forward of Cash within the Financial institution 2021. It is now been greater than a 12 months since her damage.
Based on a report from PWInsider, Bayley is about to return to WWE programming quickly, and it might occur at SummerSlam:
“For many who have requested concerning the standing of Bayley and when she’s slated to return to WWE programming, PWInsider.com has realized she is scheduled to be in Nashville for SummerSlam weekend. Bayley has been out of motion since final summer time after tearing her ACL whereas understanding within the WWE Efficiency Heart to arrange for the corporate’s return to dwell crowds within the post-Thunderdome period.”
We hope that is true as a result of Bayley’s absence has left a visual hole within the SmackDown Ladies’s division. It is going to even be good to see one of many 4 Horsewomen returning, as Becky Lynch is the one star at present lively from the 4.
#1. Hope is not true: Inventive frustration among the many girls in WWE
Up to now, 2022 hasn’t been one of the best 12 months for the WWE Ladies’s division. Aside from Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 38, there have been few girls’s matches or storylines which have stood out. The Sasha Banks-Naomi story solely made issues worse.
All this has reportedly led to a variety of inventive frustration for the ladies on the primary roster. A report from Fightful Choose revealed that a variety of the ladies had been ready to see the place the chips would fall after WrestleMania 38.
Sportskeeda’s Vatsal Rathod wrote:
“Fightful Choose reported on the inventive frustration within the girls’s division earlier this 12 months. The report acknowledged that a number of feminine stars had been annoyed with the way in which they had been utilized on the present. They had been ready to see the place the ‘chips would fall’ following WrestleMania 38.”
The report additional acknowledged that Ronda Rousey has been keen to work with quite a lot of girls. Both approach, we hope that the report is not true, nevertheless it would not be shocking whether it is given the state of the ladies’s division this 12 months.
#1. Hope is true: Why Principle acquired a push as an alternative of Riddle
Principle is the youngest Cash within the Financial institution winner in WWE historical past. He has been pushed closely in 2022, with Vince McMahon making his admiration for the younger star recognized.
Nevertheless, many felt that Riddle ought to have been the one to win the briefcase after the unimaginable 12 months he had with Randy Orton and RK-Bro.
Talking on The Mat Males podcast, Andrew Zarain claimed he was instructed that Principle acquired the push as an alternative of Riddle just because it is not the latter’s time simply but:
”Somebody stated why did they cross on Riddle. I requested, and so they stated ‘it is not his time, don’t be concerned about Riddle, it is not his time’,” stated Zarian [26:50-27:00]
We hope that is true as a result of it signifies that Riddle will probably have his second someplace down the street, and it is good that WWE views him as a future essential occasion star.
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