1. Where Is Matt Hardy Headed To?
Matt Hardy is yet to officially sign with a wrestling promotion but a recent tweet from WWE’s Twitter account has led to speculations about the veteran wrestler’s return to Vince McMahon‘s company.
WWE’s Twitter account was most probably hacked yesterday. A cryptic tweet was sent out that read “The Truth Will be Heard” when turned upside down. The tweet was removed a few minutes later and the account was restored with the actual header and profile photos.
A few hours later, Matt sent out the exact same tweet from his account, making fans wonder whether the cryptic tweet from WWE’s “hacked” account was actually a tease for his surprise return to the company.
Meanwhile, AEW’s Evil Uno of The Dark Order tweeted four sets of numbers which when decoded reads “It’s Too Late Now”.
For what it’s worth, The Exalted One will be revealed this Wednesday night on AEW Dynamite. Fans will probably get a conclusive answer about Hardy’s future once the grand revelation is made on TNT.
2. WrestleMania Title Matches Nixed?
WrestleMania 36 is most likely taking place from the Performance Center in Orlando on April 5th but there’s still time for WWE to postpone the mega event amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
As previously reported, WWE is not going to produce the full planned WrestleMania card at Performance Center. This means that a few matches could be nixed as the Show Of Shows draws near.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Melzer reported that WWE could potentially ditch two matches since all unconfirmed bookings are now up in the air.
“[Rey Mysterio vs Andrade] may be a championship match at WrestleMania, but as I said because it’s not announced it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will happen, but when you watched it my first thought is that’s it. It could be, but not necessarily. There are a lot of things it could be.”
“They do not know, okay, the [WWE Women’s Tag Team Title] match was a 3-way last week which would have been Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss, Beth Phoenix & Natalya, and The Kabuki Warriors, okay? We don’t know now.”
It all boils down to how long of an event WWE wants to produce behind closed doors in Orlando.
3. WWE NXT To Follow New Format
This week’s episode of WWE NXT will emanate from the Performance Center with zero fans in attendance.
PWInsider reports that WWE has switched things up to tackle the no-audience shows – NXT will follow a “modified” format featuring no live matches but instead focusing on elements to help build characters.
“Tomorrow night’s NXT will air as regularly scheduled in a modified format with elements ranging from in-depth character profiles and story breakdowns as well as never-before-seen interviews and content.”
4. Empty Arena Shows At Performance Center
The Performance Center is perhaps the most valuable asset WWE has at present. The entire pro wrestling industry has been affected by the COVID-19 situation but WWE is lucky enough to be able to carry on with their shows from their training facility in Orlando.
PWInsider reports that WWE will likely continue airing their weekly program from the Performance Center during the pandemic until and unless Orlando shuts the door on them.
“WWE has not officially announced the changes, but the word we are getting is that for the time being, all TV tapings until further are internally expected to be moved to the Performance Center.”
5. WWE Television Deal Affected By Coronavirus
WWE was previously reported to be in talks of selling their pay-per-view rights and Vince McMahon had also mentioned of making an announcement in the matter in the 1st quarter of 2020. However, nothing was announced due to outbreak of the coronavirus.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE holding WrestleMania 36 at the Performance Center in April 5th has no relation with the talks falling through. The billion-dollar promotion can still sell their PPV rights in the future.
“I can not imagine if anyone ever made a big purchase like an ESPN or someone made a big purchase right now this week it’s just not gonna happen. I mean, could it happen down the line when things get more normal? Yeah, but yeah once they announced [WrestleMania] for the WWE Network, that was the sign [that they weren’t selling streaming rights in time for Mania]. Moving it to the Performance Center, that’s got nothing to do with that.”
6. Coronavirus Affects Plans For Ice Cream Bars
In January, it was officially announced that the once-popular WWE ice cream bars are finally returning in the form of ice cream sandwiches.
Good Humor’s WWE Superstars Cookie Sandwich were originally slated to launch in April, precisely, during WrestleMania weekend, but the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has ruined the grand unveiling of the “vanilla frozen dairy dessert between two vanilla wafers”.
On PW Insider Elite audio, Mike Johnson reported that WWE’s plans for the re-launch of the ice cream bars will have to change now.
“Even though some of these things are hitting the stores already WrestleMania was supposed to be the big roll-out of the new WWE ice cream bars with Good Humor. Like, they were legitimately building up to like, ‘Alright come WrestleMania weekend that’ll be the big roll-out and unveiling of all that stuff.’ That’s all going to have to change now.”
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.