1. Samoa Joe Still Not Cleared To Return
Samoa Joe hasn’t been seen on WWE TV for a number of months since it was revealed back in January that he suffered a concussion while filming a WWE commercial. Joe has since been suspended for 30-days following his Wellness Policy Violation, but his return date from the suspension has passed and as part of the latest episode of The Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer revealed that Joe is still injured and has not been cleared from the concussion.
WWE has since released the commercial that Joe suffered the concussion while creating, but it’s believed that Joe could be sidelined for a long time.
2. Lana’s WWE Future?
Earlier this week, a number of WWE stars were released in line with WWE’s budget cuts and interestingly, Rusev was one of the stars that were chosen for release. His wife Lana is still working for WWE and is currently part of a storyline with Bobby Lashley on RAW, but there were some rumors that the former Total Divas star could be following her husband out of the door.
According to an update from The Wrestling Observer, there are no plans to cut Lana, so she is expected to remain with WWE.
3. Update On Producers’ Furlough End Date
Earlier this week, it was revealed that many on-screen talent was released by the company, but at the same time, the backstage staff and producers were actually furloughed rather than released. This means that all these stars will take a pay cut and will then return to the company at a later date.
According to WrestlingInc.com, this date is believed to be July 1st, of course, this could still change at Vince McMahon’s discretion, but this is also the date that WWE’s upcoming pre-records come to an end, which means that it could be significant.
4. WrestleMania 37 Plans Could Be In Jeopardy
WWE were handed quite the blow when they were forced to present their biggest show of the year from the Performance Center earlier this month.
According to a report by The Sportster, WrestleMania 37 could also be in jeopardy since the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, has already announced the cancellation of their grand opening events and noted that: “it’s entirely possible that the first season of the new stadium will involve few if any paying customers, with the venue, simply providing the backdrop for the TV broadcast of 16 regular-season games due to be played there.”
5. WWE Has Quietly Released a Number Of NXT Stars
It has been a rough week for the wrestling business, but while many main roster releases were made public, it appears that WWE has already begun cutting its NXT talent but hasn’t made an official announcement. According to PWInsider, a number of known names have already been released including Taynara Conti, Cezar Bononi, Tino Sabbatelli, and Mars Wang.
Other names that have been added to this list include Dan Matha (Dorian Mak), Alyssa Marino, Aleksandar Jaksic, Nick Comoroto (Nick Ogarelli), MJ Jenkins, and Deonna Purrazzo, the latter of which took to Twitter to reveal her release. As already noted, WWE hasn’t officially announced the release of any of these stars.
6. WWE Locker Room Reportedly Angry Following Releases
The recent WWE releases came just hours after Vince McMahon declared that the company needed to make budget cuts and were a huge shock to all of the talent involved. According to a report by Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda, the WWE locker room is both angry and now worried that there could be more releases on the horizon.
“The second that everyone was informed the cuts were going to be happening, I started getting messages basically saying, ‘This is not on, this is wrong.’ The locker room is furious and it goes from top to bottom. Nobody in any way is accepting of this. There is massive disappointment, massive anger and there is still an underlying worry anyone could be next.”
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.