Rumor Roundup December 7: Reason For Late Pay-Per-View Changes, Predicted TLC Matches, Jeff Hardy’s Future

Reason For Recent Last Minute Pay-Per-View Card Changes

Over the past few months, many members of the WWE Universe have noticed that matches for pay-per-views have been announced quite late. According to The Wrestling Observer, this is because Vince McMahon believes that most of the new sign-ups to the WWE Network come the day before a pay-per-view so now announcements for the show are getting later.

The Chairman is aware that the pay-per-view each month is the main pull for new subscribers so he’s finding a way to bring in more in the future.

Bobby Fish’s Injury Status

Last week on NXT, Bobby Fish was injured when he was part of a spot outside of the ring where he should have been caught by Kyle O’Reilly but his partner actually dropped him to the floor and was then replaced by his teammate and current NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong in the Tag Team match against Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic where the duo was able to retain.

This week, O’Reilly addressed the injury as a neck problem, but according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, the injury was actually a concussion and the timeline for return is currently unknown.

A Number Of Changes, New Matches Expected For TLC

TLC is right around the corner and since there is only one week left before the show, it’s a shock that only a few matches have already been announced. According to The Wrestling Observer, this could be because Vince McMahon has “Changed course several times” when it comes to booking the event and there are still a number of matches expected to be announced including Aleister Black vs Buddy Murphy and The Viking Raiders vs Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.

Jeff Hardy Contract Update

Jeff Hardy suffered a knee injury back in April which has sidelined him ever since, but while he’s been out of action, Hardy has been struggling with more legal issues, including a DUI arrest back in October. According to a report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Jeff Hardy’s contract has been frozen at present while the company helps him to seek help for his recent issues including the reasons for his arrest last month.

New WWE Network Set To Launch In January 2020

There has been a lot of talk about a new tiered WWE Network over the coming weeks, which was reportedly launched quietly a few days ago so that WWE could test out how well it works. According to reports, the new Network will allow fans to access a number of features for free before then charging a standard amount for current programs and a premium amount for members only.

While this has been mentioned a lot over the past few days, the official launch isn’t expected to take place until January 2020.

Reason For Bobby Lashley’s Recent Lack Of In-Ring Action?

Bobby Lashley has been part of one of WWE’s most controversial storylines over the past few weeks, but as part of this angle with Lana and Rusev which will lead to their divorce next week on RAW, Lashley hasn’t seen a lot of in-ring action. It’s also noted that the company seem to be delaying the clash between Lashley and Rusev as much as they can but there could be a legitimate reason for this.

According to a report by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, Lashley could be struggling with a legitimate arm injury which could be why he hasn’t seen a lot of in-ring action over the past few weeks.

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