Rumor Roundup Jan 7: The Hardy Boyz’ Contract, WWE’s Next Event In Saudi Arabia, Edge’ Return, Mickie James

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WWE Returns To The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

WWE has 8 more years left on the existing deal with Saudi Arabia as both sides look forward to playing their cards right after the nightmarish incident involving the detention of Superstars post-Crown Jewel.

PWinsider reports that WWE has already begun planning the first pay-per-view of 2020 in The Kingdom.

“Early planning is already underway for the next WWE event in Saudi Arabia.”

Edge’ Return Plans

WWE Hall Of Famer Edge has denied reports of his potential return to the ring, but that doesn’t stop him from showing up backstage.

PWinsider reports that the Rated R Superstar has appeared at WWE tapings recently.

Adam “Edge” Copeland has been seen around a number of WWE TV tapings of late.”

Some fans were under the impression that Edge would make his WWE return against Brock Lesnar either at Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 36. While a potential in-ring return for the 11-time World Champion could still be on the horizon, it appears that he is being strictly kept away from Lesnar on the Road To WrestleMania.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that Edge isn’t wrestling The Beast anytime soon.

“I do want to say this now that I remember certain things I’ve been told. It couldn’t be Edge. I was actually told flat-out that Edge is not wrestling Brock Lesnar. Not at the Royal Rumble and not at WrestleMania.”

The Hardy Boyz’ Contract Update

Matt Hardy has been rumored to be AEW-bound on expiry of his WWE contract and the unthinkable could happen just a month before WrestleMania 36.

PWInsider reports that Matt’s contract expires on March 1st and he will become a free agent on that date.

Matt Hardy‘s current WWE deal expires on 3/1, so if he does not come to terms on a new deal, he would be free to appear anywhere on that date.” 

On the other hand, Jeff Hardy is scheduled for his next DUI court hearing on January 13th and his deal won’t be expiring at the same time as his brother’s since WWE has tacked more time onto his contract due to “his legal issues and injuries”.

“WWE has pushed Hardy to address his personal health in the wake of the arrest and Hardy has been working hard at doing so, which is a great thing.”

Mickie James’ Current Status

Mickie James is currently a free agent as per the 2019 WWE Draft rules and there’s no word on her in-ring status just yet. The 6-time WWE Women’s Champion has become a commentator for Main Event at present.

PWinsider reports that James is yet to transition into the role of a backstage producer.

Mickie James has been doing commentary of late on Main Event.  Although there was some talk of her working as a Producer, she hasn’t been working in that capacity yet.”

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.