Welcome to this week’s version of WWE/wrestling rumors we hope are true and people we hope aren’t. With Cash within the Financial institution now behind us, the build-up to the second largest present of the wrestling calendar yr, SummerSlam, has already begun.
It will be an action-packed month of programming in July, so count on lots of rumors to emerge within the course of. We begin this week with plans for SummerSlam, WrestleMania 39, returning superstars, in addition to backstage studies and canceled plans.
On this article, we take a look at 4 wrestling rumors we hope are true and three we hope aren’t.
#4 Hope is true: WWE’s plans for Liv Morgan at SummerSlam 2022
Liv Morgan received the Cash within the Financial institution ladder match and cashed within the briefcase on the identical night time. Morgan continued the custom of ladies in WWE cashing within the briefcase the identical night time that they received it, apart from Carmella.
She additionally grew to become solely the third girl in WWE to pin Ronda Rousey after Becky Lynch and Charlotte Aptitude. Now that she is the SmackDown Girls’s Champion, what’s subsequent for her? Even and not using a Rousey heel flip, Morgan is reportedly slated for a SummerSlam title protection towards the megastar.
In keeping with Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE is reportedly planning for Liv Morgan to face Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam:
“Proper now, the plan is Liv Morgan and Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam, which form of surprises me in lots of methods. Particularly as a result of they didn’t depart with any warmth. Ronda simply hugged her, walked out of the ring, and let her have her second.”
He continued by stating that it was a shock as followers thought Charlotte Aptitude would return to face Rousey at SummerSlam:
“It’s attention-grabbing although, as I believe virtually all people figured it was going to be Charlotte Aptitude and Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam, and it’s not.” (H/T: Ringside News)
We hope that is true as a result of it is a good path to go in and hopefully one that can lead to a very good storyline. It is a recent match-up for Rousey as nicely, and one which needs to be entertaining.
#3 Hope is not true: Plans for John Cena delayed till WrestleMania 39?
John Cena returned to RAW earlier than Cash within the Financial institution 2022 in Laredo, Texas, to rejoice his 20-year anniversary with the corporate. His look boosted ticket gross sales, proving that he’s nonetheless a giant draw. Cena had a backstage interplay with Concept in a feud that has been teased for some time now on social media.
With Concept having misplaced the US Title to Bobby Lashley after which happening to win the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase, the idea was that Cena would return for a SummerSlam program towards Mr. McMahon’s handpicked future star. Nonetheless, a brand new report has revealed that this system may very well be drawn out for for much longer.
In keeping with the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter (WON), John Cena vs Concept may very well be delayed till WrestleMania 39:
“Nonetheless, [John] Cena will not be introduced for any future TV dates and given what number of tickets he moved in Laredo, if he was introduced for a present, he’d transfer extra tickets proper now than anybody besides Dwayne Johnson. So it is mindless to not promote him. However they wouldn’t do such a match with out extra of an angle. So the match, which is clearly a path, might also be delayed for WrestleMania,” acknowledged Meltzer
We hope this is not true as a result of it’s miles too lengthy to attend for a build-up. Nonetheless, if Cena is not out there, then all WWE can do is proceed teasing the match till it is truly a sensible chance.
#3 Hope is true: Constructive backstage reception to Stephanie McMahon’s expertise assembly
Stephanie McMahon is the brand new Interim CEO and Chairman of WWE, presumably till Vince McMahon steps proper again into his function. Nonetheless, if that does not occur, she’s going to proceed to be essentially the most highly effective particular person in skilled wrestling.
Seeing as how the Vince McMahon incident shook issues up backstage, Stephanie McMahon has seemingly felt the necessity to set up her management within the firm.
In keeping with Fightful Choose, Stephanie McMahon held a backstage expertise assembly involving Triple H and Nick Khan, and it was well-received. Sportskeeda’s Matt Black wrote:
“In keeping with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp (through Fightful Select), along with Stephanie, each Triple H and Nick Khan had been a part of the assembly, and those that have spoken to SRS have mentioned the assembly was “positively acquired.” Whereas all three are reportedly well-liked backstage, Stephanie is “outright adored” primarily based on these Sapp spoke to.”
We hope that is true as a result of it is an amazing and constructive begin to what’s hopefully a brand new period for the corporate.
#2 Hope is not true: WWE’s abrupt determination to cancel stipulation plans for the tag staff title match at MITB
The Usos defeated The Road Earnings in one other epic match between the 2 groups at Cash within the Financial institution 2022. What went unnoticed by many, nonetheless, was the truth that the challengers had been supposed to decide on a stipulation for his or her bout.
Montez Ford’s win over Jimmy Uso on the go-home episode of RAW to MITB meant that the previous champions might have chosen a stipulation. As a substitute, it was an everyday tag staff match.
In keeping with Fightful, WWE quietly canceled plans for a stipulation for the tag staff championship bout at MITB. Sportskeeda’s Rosanne Raphael wrote:
“In keeping with a report by Fightful, WWE scrapped plans for The Road Earnings to set the stipulation for the championship bout at MITB. As a substitute, The Usos beat The Road Earnings in a regular tag staff match to retain the Undisputed WWE Tag Staff Championship.”
We hope this is not true, however on condition that it turned out to be an everyday match, it positively is true.
#2 Hope is true: WWE’s constructive interplay with Tony Khan for John Cena tribute movies
John Cena’s twentieth anniversary noticed an outpouring of affection and help for the previous franchise participant of WWE. Aside from simply followers, there have been a number of legends of the previous who Cena confronted that paid tribute to him through a pre-recorded video.
Of all of the legends, Huge Present, Chris Jericho, and Daniel Bryan nka Bryan Danielson had been the AEW stars that had been seen praising Cena. It was a bit shocking that AEW stars had been allowed to look on WWE TV, even when it was a pre-recorded video. Nonetheless, it was reportedly a clean course of.
A report from Fightful Choose revealed that the method was very simple:
“We’re advised that the scenario was very simple in making it occur. The thought was pitched, after which AEW founder Tony Khan was contacted with the intention to see if he’d be okay with it. Given the circumstances surrounding the movies, he was mentioned to be okay with the movies and offered approval. A WWE supply advised us that they had been capable of land just about everybody they hoped to for the ‘congrats’ movies. These cases have been few and much between since AEW launched in 2019.”
We hope that is true as a result of it is at all times good to listen to about wholesome conversations between the 2 professional wrestling giants.
#1 Hope is not true: Chaos backstage at Cash within the Financial institution 2022?
Cash within the Financial institution 2022 turned out to be one of many higher exhibits of the yr. WWE has typically achieved nicely with premium dwell occasions this yr.
Their momentum continued, however there have been studies of a chaotic surroundings backstage as there have been no manufacturing conferences as there usually are. A report acknowledged that the surroundings backstage in WWE was slightly extra chaotic than traditional forward of Cash within the Financial institution 2022:
“The backstage scene at Cash Within the Financial institution has been described as slightly extra chaotic than traditional in comparison with current PPVs. There was no manufacturing assembly early within the day per regular. Some matches had been nonetheless being labored out as of an hour in the past, which is way later than traditional as nicely.”
We hope this is not true as a result of it isn’t good to have a chaotic surroundings backstage. Nonetheless, it did not cease them from placing on a very good present.
#1 Hope is true: Bayley’s return to WWE standing
It has been over a yr since Bayley final wrestled a match, and she or he hasn’t competed in entrance of a crowd for near two-and-a-half years now. She was one in every of WWE’s MVPs in the course of the Thunderdome period, and she or he suffered an harm on July 9, 2021 – proper earlier than the crowds returned.
It has been virtually a yr since her harm, and plenty of followers are hoping for the return of Bayley, who was one of many central figures of the ladies’s division from 2019 to 2021. There’s lastly some excellent news concerning that.
In keeping with Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer E-newsletter, the Grand Slam Champion is expected to return quickly:
”Bayley needs to be again considerably quickly,” mentioned Meltzer
We hope that is true as a result of the ladies’s division hasn’t been the identical with out her. She is going to slot in completely no matter which model she competes in.
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