Rumor Roundup August 3: Becky Lynch Character Change, Roman Reigns’ Attacker, CM Punk-AEW

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Bill Goldberg set to return at Summerslam 

Goldberg is set to compete in his first PPV since WrestleMania 34 (excluding the Saudi PPV), when he takes on Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam next week, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Matt Riddle of NXT added fuel to the fire after he posted a picture of Goldberg and Ziggler, and wanted the officials to make it a triple threat match with him involved as well.

Goldberg returning could very well be a squash match to hype the audiences and bring in some casual fans for the PPV. It could also be an opportunity for Goldberg to wipe out any bad memories from his match at Super ShowDown against The Undertaker.

Daniel Bryan set to be revealed as the Forklift Driver

WWE issued a statement regarding the incident which took place with Roman Reigns on SmackDown Live. They suspected a forklift driver error to be the reason behind the incident, with more details to follow.

According to several dirt sheets, Daniel Bryan is set to be revealed as the attacker and will compete against Roman Reigns at Summerslam. Reigns and Bryan last wrestled at Fastlane 2015, when Reigns put his No.1 contender spot on the line and emerged victorious.

CM Punk-AEW Rumor Killer

There were several rumors of CM Punk returning to professional wrestling after a long hiatus of five years, with All Elite Wrestling. However, the recent comments made by CM Punk indicated that no deal is in place for a return for the former WWE Champion.

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, no deal is in place and there are no signs of a deal taking place in the foreseeable future. Cody Rhodes also talked about bringing back Punk, but said he is more likely to show up in the WWE ring than AEW.

WWE trying to make Seth Rollins “cool”

WWE had a segment with Seth Rollins and the Street Profits this week, which was apparently an attempt by WWE to make the former Universal Champion look cool. There were reports of WWE trying to capture the teenage audiences and prevent them from leaving for AEW. This could be an attempt to achieve the same by having the top guy feel relatable.

Gauntlet Match on RAW a Paul Heyman Idea

This week on RAW, five superstars competed in a Gauntlet Match with the winner receiving a title shot against AJ Styles at Summerslam. This episode had the heaviest influence of Paul Heyman till date, and it was Heyman’s idea to bring out the Gauntlet Match for creating new stars. Heyman apparently wants to use the Gauntlet Match to make stars similar to how Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston were in the past year.

Becky Lynch to get a character change

WWE wants to make Becky Lynch’s character similar to how it was last summer. Becky Lynch’s phenomenal character arc began at Summerslam last year and continued until WrestleMania. WWE wants to go back to the last summer’s version of Lynch’s character, which was portrayed as a fighting individual as compared to the arrogant and cocky persona which she possesses currently.

Also, Becky Lynch is currently not scheduled to have a program with either of Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte Flair or Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 36, according to WON.

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