Rumor Roundup October 12 – Sasha Banks Injury, CM Punk Closing In On Return, WWE Draft

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CM Punk Set For WWE Return

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SmackDown’s switch over to FOX in recent weeks has fuelled speculation that CM Punk could be about to return to WWE for the first time in more than five years. The former World Champion was linked with a return to host WWE Backstage a few weeks ago when reports leaked that Punk had traveled to Los Angeles to trial the role and FOX Executives were happy with his test shots.

This week there are more hints that Punk could be close to signing a deal with FOX since all of his merchandise has been pulled from the ProWrestlingTees website. This is usually a surefire sign that a superstar has signed with WWE, but it remains to be seen as to whether or not this is a sign that The Best in the World has signed a deal with FOX.

Goldberg vs Matt Riddle Being Discussed?

WWE called a press conference yesterday in Las Vegas to announce two huge matches for Crown Jewel which will see Tyson Fury and Cain Velasquez make their official WWE debuts in matches against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar.

UFC stars have been the focus of WWE for a number of years since Lesnar’s successful switch and now it appears that Matt Riddle could be the latest former MMA star to gain a push. The issues between Goldberg and Matt Riddle have been well documented since The King of The Bros has made their problems public on Twitter.

As part of Goldberg’s recent Chronical on the WWE Network, his backstage meeting with Riddle was shown and now it’s believed that this could be leading to a match between the two men in the future.

Sasha Banks Suffered Tailbone Injury

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Sasha Banks fought Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch inside Hell in a Cell less than a week ago and it was reported that The Boss was injured as part of the match. According to PWInsider, the former Champion suffered a tailbone injury in the brutal match, not a back injury that was previously reported coming out of the show.

Banks isn’t expected to be sidelined for long since she was drafted over to SmackDown as part of last night’s Draft and her best friend Bayley is now the SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Ember Moon Could Be Out Of Action For Up To A Year

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After a successful stint on NXT, Ember Moon hasn’t been able to reach her full potential on the main roster as of yet and recent bouts of injury could be the reason that The War Goddess has been unable to pick up the pace.

According to a report by The Wrestling Observer, the former NXT Women’s Champion hasn’t been seen on WWE TV recently because she suffered a leg injury. It’s unknown as to whether or not the injury is her ankle or Achilles, but it could keep her sidelined for up to a year.

“Moon will be out of action for a decent length of time with either an ankle or an Achilles injury. The latter is really nasty, as that can be close to a year. Ankle wouldn’t be nearly as bad.”

Huge NXT Call up Expected?

The Street Profits have been working as compares on Monday Night Raw in recent weeks and last night it was confirmed that the duo would remain on the show, but according to a report by Slice Wrestling, there could be plans for Bianca Belair to join the duo on the main roster.

Belair is currently in the center of a rivalry with NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, but if she is defeated by The Queen of Spades once again then a callup would seemingly be imminent. Is the plan for WWE to align Belair with her husband Montez Ford on Monday Night Raw?

The Attitude Backstage During The WWE Draft

Last night’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown kicked off the 2019 WWE Draft and Twitter seemed to suggest that a lot of fans were disappointed with how the draft was presented. WWE seemingly followed the entire list that was released earlier in the day and 12 superstars went undrafted and are now considered “free agents”.

According to Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, there were many angry stars backstage last night, since reports ahead of the show suggested that several stars were unaware of where they would be drafted or if they would be drafted at all.

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