Rumor Roundup July 13: Late Addition To Extreme Rules Card, Roman Reigns’ Future, NXT Moving To Fox?

Kevin Owens vs Dolph Ziggler Expected to Be Added to Extreme Rules

Kevin Owens was originally scheduled to take on Dolph Ziggler this past week on SmackDown Live before Shane McMahon decided that Owens should be sent home and Roman Reigns could take his place in the main event.

Even though Owens has since moved on from his issues with The Showoff, POST Wrestling is reporting that Owens vs Ziggler could be a late addition to tomorrow’s Extreme Rules card. This could then end their feud and allow Owens to move into a new feud with Shane McMahon heading into SummerSlam.

Roman Reigns Reportedly Not Inquired About AEW

Roman Reigns is the top dog in WWE, and according to a report by The Wrestling Observer, he is “one of the very few people in WWE who hasn’t inquired to AEW.” Reigns has been handed a lot by the company over the past few years and is expected to remain loyal to WWE despite AEW becoming their biggest competition in recent weeks.

This report means that a lot of names have already asked about AEW and could be thinking of switching despite the fact that the likes of Maria and Mike Kanellis, The Good Brothers and many more have already been signed to five-year deals with WWE after they hinted that they were thinking of switching.

Finn Balor Push Expected?

Finn Balor has definitely been underused by WWE over the past few weeks since he defeated Andrade back at Super ShowDown, but finally, he has entered a feud with Shinsuke Nakamura which should lead him into a huge match at SummerSlam.

Despite the fact that The Intercontinental Champion took the loss on SmackDown Live this week, Slice Wrestling is reporting that Balor could be in line for a huge push on WWE TV since he’s considered to be one of the highest merchandise sellers at present.

Kevin Owens Promo Was a Work By Eric Bischoff

Kevin Owens appeared on SmackDown Live this past week and after he was ejected from the building by Shane McMahon he unleashed a “pipe bomb” style promo on The Best in The World which was reportedly the way many superstars backstage were feeling.

According to a report by Slice Wrestling, the promo was not only designed as a face turn for the former Universal Champion, but it was a promo that Eric Bischoff worked on with him, which means that hopefully the stars backstage will no longer be overlooked under his tenure.

Randy Orton’s Neck Injury Isn’t the Reason He’s “Out of Action”

Randy Orton hasn’t wrestled on WWE TV since Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia back in June and before that, he was last seen at Money in the Bank. While he’s in the position where he can pick and choose when he wrestles for WWE at this point in his career, there were reports that he was struggling with a neck injury.

The Wrestling Observer recently noted that the neck injury wasn’t the reason that Orton was sidelined since he has been wrestling at WWE live events despite the injury.

“A few years back his doctor told him he would need neck surgery which would have kept him out of action for a year, but later got a second opinion from another doctor who said he didn’t need the surgery,” he said via Sportskeeda.

NXT Moving to Fox to Compete With AEW?

AEW’s move to TV in October obviously has WWE a little worried, since the show will be broadcasting on TNT and will be direct competition for NXT which takes place on a Wednesday night.

While many fans believed that the return of the “Monday Night Wars” was a little far fetched, according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, WWE could be planning to move NXT over to Fox Sports 1 this fall so that it can be in competition with All Elite Wrestling.

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