Rumor Roundup December 14: Shayna Baszler Moving To Main Roster, Nia Jax Return, More Matches Expected For TLC

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1. Shayna Baszler Expected To Be Moved To The Main Roster Soon

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Shayna Baszler takes on Rhea Ripley next week for the first time with the NXT Women’s Championship on the line. In the absence of a Takeover event ahead of Royal Rumble next year, it’s expected that Rhea Ripley will retain her undefeated streak and defeat Baszler next week on NXT so that The Submission Magician can head up to the main roster.

Seeds have already been planted for a feud with Becky Lynch whenever WWE is ready to pull the trigger, following Survivor Series’ conclusion last month. Paul Davis of also claimed that the current plan is for Baszler to take on Becky Lynch at WrestleMania if Ronda Rousey isn’t able to return in time to be part of the build-up.

2. TLC To Have a Couple More Matches Added

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There are currently just seven matches official for TLC tomorrow night, but even though there were no matches added to the card on Friday Night SmackDown, according to Cagesideseats, a number of other matches are still expected to be added to the show.

TLC is the final pay-per-view of the year, but there are a few Championships that are not being defended, so SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley could still be yet to have a match added as well as AJ Styles who has had some issues with Randy Orton as of late.

3. Nia Jax Return Expected Soon?

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Nia Jax hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since WrestleMania when she came up short in her quest to become Women’s Tag Team Champion alongside Tamina Snuka. Jax later revealed on an episode of Total Divas that she had blown both of the ACL’s in her knees and actually wrestled at WrestleMania with the injury.

The former Raw Women’s Champion has since undergone surgery and rehabbed the injury, so according to a report by The Wrestling Observer, Jax is ahead of where she should be at present so she could return to the ring much earlier than expected.

4. Lars Sullivan Months Away From a Return?

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Lars Sullivan hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since June when he won a 3-on-1 handicap match against The Lucha House Party. Sullivan suffered a knee injury as part of the match and it was then revealed that he would be out of action for up to six months.

Sullivan should have been making his return imminently, but The Observer notes that even though The Freak has been putting in some work over the past few months, he’s still a long way away from making his return to WWE TV.

5. Big TLC Match Canceled?

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This past week on Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins joined forces with The Authors of Pain after weeks of tormenting Kevin Owens. According to The Observer, the two men were originally set to do battle tomorrow night at TLC, but Rollins recently suffered a broken finger in his match against Erick Rowan at a live event, which forced WWE to cancel the bout.

Rollins was also originally set to face Cedric Alexander on RAW this past week, but the match was canceled for the same reason and The Street Profits vs The Viking Raiders was then added to the card instead.

6. Braun Strowman Out Injured?

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Braun Strowman has been a noticeable absentee on WWE TV recently and according to The Wrestling Observer, this is because The Monster Among Men is currently struggling with a hip injury. This injury is also the reason why Braun Strowman vs Shinsuke Nakamura isn’t happening at TLC.

“Braun Strowman is hurt. Yeah, they were supposed to do the angle on Friday but Strowman got hurt and they couldn’t do the angle. That was on the card a week ago and Braun got hurt. One person told me back spasms, but the official company line is that he’s got a hip injury that’s not serious and it’s only a couple of days. But he missed all the weekend house shows. So you know, SmackDown main event, one night, what did they do? I’m trying to remember. So one night, they did Bray Wyatt against, it was supposed to be Wyatt against Strowman all weekend in cage matches, so the first night they did Bray Wyatt with Drew McIntyre because it was a Supershow,” via Sportskeeda.

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