1. Payback Added to WWE Schedule
SummerSlam takes place in less than a month’s time and the company has already been having problems securing a venue for The Biggest Party of the Summer. SummerSlam was originally set to be the turning point following the pandemic, but WWE could be once again forced to host another of their biggest shows from the Performance Center.
Despite all of the issues that the company has been having when it comes to pay-per-views, WrestleVotes is reporting that another pay-per-view has been added to the schedule and will take place just one week after SummerSlam on August 30th.
2. WWE’s Back-Up Plans Due to COVID-19
WWE has been operating from its Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, ever since the lockdown was announced back in March. In recent months, Florida has become a hotbed of COVID-19 cases and WWE has also had its own fair share of issues with containing the spread of the virus.
Given the fact that Florida is struggling at present, it’s likely that there could be a localized lockdown that has happened for a number of other states and cities all over the world and would mean that WWE wouldn’t be able to remain in their current location.
According to The Wrestling Observer, WWE has a number of plans in place to ensure that if Florida is shut down, they will be able to move location.
3. SummerSlam Location Looks to Be The Performance Center
WWE has been pushing over the past few weeks for any location outside of Florida for The Biggest Party of the Summer. Many of the company’s plans seemed outlandish and outside the box, but at present, none of the ideas have been able to stick.
According to WrestleVotes, there is a sense of desperation to land a location outside of The Performance Center and it’s coming from the top.
Despite locations including a beach and a boat being pitched, at present, PWInsider is reporting that The Performance Center now looks the most likely option, even though negotiations are still taking place.
4. Dominik’s SummerSlam Debut Still Up in The Air
The feud between The Mysterios and Seth Rollins over the past few months has been headline news on Monday Night Raw, but at present, the plan for SummerSlam is still up in the air. Rey Mysterio is still negotiating a new contract which means that the current plan to have Rey and his son team together against Murphy and Rollins may not take place.
According to Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, if Mysterio doesn’t sign a new deal with WWE then it could be Dominik vs Rollins on pay-per-view at the end of the month.
“The Mysterio’s vs. Rollins & Murphy feud is really up in the air at the minute. It is currently on the SummerSlam agenda to have Rey and Dominik Mysterio against Seth Rollins and Murphy. However, that really depends on if Rey Mysterio signs a new deal. It’s also possible that we could see Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins in a singles match, but that would be done as a way to convince Rey Mysterio, by saying that here, ‘we’re pushing your son’.”
5. The Hacker Set To Return?
Last night on SmackDown, Sonya Deville returned and continued her feud with Mandy Rose as she headed backstage and gave The Golden Goddess a makeover. Throughout the segment, the camera kept glitching as though something was watching the two women while they were brawling.
This glitch has been seen before but it was believed that The Hacker story came to an end when Mustafa Ali made his way back over to Monday Night Raw, could WWE have plans to bring back The Hacker as part of the Rose/Deville storyline that the star created?
6. Botched Segment Remained Part of Pre-Taped Raw Episode
Nia Jax returned to Raw for the first time since she put Charlotte Flair on the shelf this week, and stepped into a feud with Shayna Baszler. The two women were brawling when they were stopped by WWE producer Pat Buck, who was then attacked by Nia Jax.
According to The Wrestling Observer, Jax was supposed to rip off his shirt, but in comical fashion, it got stuck. Instead of re-recording the segment, WWE decided to keep it in the episode of the show so Vince McMahon must have liked this version better.
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.