1. WWE Set To Re-Sign Released Stars?
WWE Released a huge number of stars last month in order to level out their wage bill in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these names came as a huge shock to fans around the world especially stars like Heath Slater and Zack Ryder who have been loyal to the company for more than a decade.
According to a report by Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, WWE has a shortlist of names that they want to rehire once this pandemic is over, but none of those names are stars from NXT.
“The WWE, including what’s happening with Drew Gulak, have a shortlist prepared of names of people that have been released who they may want to rehire in the future after the coronavirus pandemic is lessened or at least is not so prevalent that they are able to do that without affecting their bottom line. There are people they do not plan to rehire under any circumstances and people who did choose to leave and this is why they are not to immediately trying to rehire Drew Gulak now. At the moment, the shortlist of people they want to bring back at some point in the future, or at least hope to be able to, does not include anyone who has been released from NXT thus far.”
2. Ember Moon’s Injury Career Threatening
Ember Moon has been on the sidelines since the fall of 2019 when it was revealed that she suffered an Achilles injury while chasing after a number of other stars and the 24/7 Championship. Moon recently appeared on WWE Backstage and it was thought that she would give an update on her return date. While on the show, the former NXT Women’s Champion stated that her injury could be career-ending.
WWE is yet to reveal anything solid regarding Moon’s future, but given that she was one of the biggest prospects to come out of NXT back in 2018, this is a huge blow to WWE’s Women’s Division.
3. WWE Remaining Secretive About Undertaker’s Future
The Undertaker has been the focus of attention for many WWE fans in recent weeks since the company is releasing episodes of The Last Ride on a weekly basis, which has allowed the WWE Universe to get into the heads of The Deadman. It is thought that there would be an announcement in the documentary regarding The Undertaker’s WWE future, but according to Paul Davis of WrestlingNews.co, WWE is keeping tight-lipped about the former World Champion’s future to prevent leaks.
“I was told that everyone on the writing staff is being kept in the dark on Taker’s in-ring status, specifically because they don’t want leaks to get out.”
4. WWE Preparing For a Future Without Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since March when he opted to pull out of WrestleMania because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reigns was replaced by Braun Strowman in his match with Goldberg and The Monster Among Men is the current Universal Champion. According to a report by Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, WWE is now planning for a future without Roman Reigns, since The Big Dog isn’t showing any signs of heading towards a return.
“After he chose not to return to the company and compete at WrestleMania, and of course, the weeks advancing, the WWE has since then been creating storylines without factoring him in at all. I have been told and I quote, ‘The WWE is preparing for a future without Roman Reigns.'”
5. Vince McMahon Not a Fan of Shayna Baszler
Shayna Bazler failed to win the Raw Women’s Championship back at WrestleMania and was later unable to lift the Women’s Money in the Bank contract since Becky Lynch’s pregnancy announcement forced some last-minute changes. WWE is yet to pull the trigger with The Cagefighter on Raw and this could be because Vince McMahon isn’t a fan of the former NXT Women’s Champion.
According to a report by WrestlingNews.co, this is the main reason why Baszler isn’t Raw Women’s Champion at present.
6. SummerSlam Not Expected To Take Place In Boston
It has been reported over the past few weeks that Vince McMahon is looking to have fans back in the arena for SummerSlam in Boston in August, but this isn’t looking very realistic. COVID-19 is still a problem for many US states and The Wrestling Observer is now reporting that SummerSlam could take place in a different location is McMahon is still pushing for fan presence.
The latest update was that SummerSlam in Boston “continues to not look promising.”
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.