WWE Rumor Roundup: WrestleMania 37 Date Change, Royal Rumble Plans, Ricochet Contract Update

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1. WWE Has Changed the Date for WrestleMania 37

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The original date for WrestleMania 37 was listed as March 28th, but rumors suggest that WWE was looking to move the date so that the company has more time to push for fans to make their return.

Traditionally, WrestleMania usually takes place in April, with just a handful of shows taking place in March in 37 years. Fightful is reporting that WWE has made the decision to move WrestleMania back to April 11th, but the official announcement is yet to be made.

2. Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt Still Expected to Take Place at Royal Rumble

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Randy Orton announced himself as a participant in the Royal Rumble match a few weeks ago on Raw, but according to The Wrestling Observer, this was just a red herring.

Given the recent actions of both Orton and Alexa Bliss on Raw in recent weeks, the site reports that the plan is still for Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton to collide in a gimmick match at Royal Rumble. At present, it’s unclear if Orton will pull double duty or be taken out of the Rumble match.

3. Elimination Chamber Will Now Take Place a Week Earlier Than Originally Scheduled

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Following Royal Rumble, WWE will present Elimination Chamber which is the final pay-per-view on the Road to WrestleMania. While the company has reportedly decided to push WrestleMania into April, according to a report by PWInsider, the company has also decided to bring Elimination Chamber forward.

The show will reportedly now take place on February 21st rather than February 28th when it was originally scheduled to take place. As of writing, it is unclear why the company has decided to bring Elimination Chamber forward while pushing WrestleMania back.

4. Ricochet’s WWE Contract Now Reportedly Expires in 2024

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It was recently reported that former NXT star Ricochet could have exited WWE at some point in 2021 after signing a three-year deal in January 2018 and reportedly not re-signing since.

Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer recently corrected this rumor after Ricochet called out the reports online. It appears that “The One and Only” actually signed a five year deal with WWE back in 2019 and is now contracted to WWE until 2024.

5. Riddle is Yet to Sign a New WWE Contract

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While Ricochet is contracted to WWE until 2024, it appears that fellow Raw Superstar Riddle’s contract could be due to expire in 2022.

Rumors suggest that the former NXT star signed a new deal believed to be for around four years, back in 2018, and despite reports linking the former UFC star to a new deal, this isn’t the case.

Riddle could be set to challenge for the United States Championship at Royal Rumble in just over two weeks’ time, but according to The Wrestling Observer, the star is still yet to agree to a new deal, with his current one set to expire soon.

6. WWE Reportedly Removed Kay Lee Ray From 2020 Royal Rumble Match

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NXT stars have been part of Royal Rumble match for several years, but while many superstars have been able to make surprise appearances, there are others whose appearance was scrapped at the last minute.

According to Fightful Select, current NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray was originally scheduled to be part of Royal Rumble last year, but WWE decided to pull the plug on the idea. Ray was backstage at the show and even part of rehearsals but wasn’t used on the night.

“Talent would get a notification within the talent relations app to come to the rehearsal, but much of the NXT roster had no idea if they’d actually be in the show until the night before at said rehearsals.”

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

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