WWE Rumor Roundup: Lashley vs Lesnar, Dash Wilder’s New Ring Name, SummerSlam, Triple H Demoted

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1. Dash Wilder To Become “Cash Wheeler”?

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Dash Wilder’s WWE contract is set to expire in June after WWE added some time onto the former Tag Team Champion’s deal because of an injury he suffered back in 2017. Scott Dawson’s deal expires next month and the duo is expected to continue to work together on the Independent Circuit following their release.

The duo has already filed a trademark for the term “Top Guys” which is expected to be their name when they’re released but on March 9th, Wilder filed a trademark for the name “Cash Wheeler,” which is now believed to be the name he will be using following his release.

2. Key WWE Officials Believe WrestleMania Will Go Ahead

The COVID-19 virus has forced a number of sports events to be postponed or canceled all over the world, the MLB, NFL, Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and many other events are on this list, but interestingly WrestleMania hasn’t yet been postponed. The show is set to take place in just over three weeks’ time and at present, it’s still going ahead.

While many fans believe that it’s just a matter of time before WWE follows suit, The Wrestling Observer recently stated that “key people” in WWE still believe that the show will go on as planned on April 5th.

3. Rob Gronkowski To Wrestle At SummerSlam

Retired NFL star Rob Gronkowski was announced as WWE’s latest signing this past week and he’s set to be part of next week’s SmackDown, which is believed to be at The Performance Center. Gronk is also someone who had been rumored to be part of WrestleMania, but reports today suggest that Gronk will be wrestling at SummerSlam.

WWE’s Biggest Party of the Summer pay-per-view doesn’t take place until August but Cagesideseats is reporting that the former footballer will be wrestling in a major match on the card.

4. Triple H Quietly Demoted?

There has been quite the shakeup backstage in WWE over the past few months with George Barrios and Michelle Wilson departing, but according to The Wrestling Observer, these were not the only casualties of what seems to be a re-structure of the system.

Dave Meltzer noted that Triple H, who was once known as the EVP of Talent, Live Events, and Creative is now listed as Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy and Development. Internally, this is seen as quite a demotion for The Game and at present, there has been no reason made clear for the switch up.

5. WWE Ended Storyline To Push For Bobby Lashley vs Brock Lesnar?

Bobby Lashley has been embroiled in a controversial storyline alongside Lana over the past few months, which left him and Rusev at odds on WWE TV. This lasted throughout the festive period but unceremoniously came to an end a few weeks ago, with the WWE Universe believing that WWE opted to drop the whole storyline.

According to Tom Colohue on the latest episode of Dropkick DiSKussions, this was done because WWE is now looking to build Bobby Lashley into a credible challenger for Brock Lesnar. This is the match that Lashley reportedly came back to WWE for and would pit former MMA stars against each other, which could be a money-spinner for WWE.

“The story between Lashley and Rusev is gone, it’s simply over. So, they have got to find something new and they have got to find something new fast. So throwing in Lashley with I believe it was Zack Ryder, so they gave him a match as a way to start his rebuild. He will get more as time goes on and really help to rebuild him and establish him even further, as they move towards a match with Brock Lesnar.”

6. Jeff Hardy Changes His Finisher Name Upon Return?

Jeff Hardy returned to SmackDown last night and was able to defeat King Corbin to notch up an impressive first night back, but one notable thing about the former World Champion’s return was the fact that Michael Cole called it “Twist of Fury.”

The move has been known as “The Twist of Fate” for almost two decades and while many fans believe it was a botch from Cole, Reby Sky took to Twitter to Tweet a trademark logo, which leads to the belief that Matt Hardy has been able to copyright the name that WWE once used for The Hardy’s finisher following his departure from the company.

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