Rumor Roundup Jan 13: WWE Superstars Refusing Saudi Arabia Trip, RAW Fist Fight, AEW’s “Big Plays” For WWE Talent

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WWE Keeping RAW Fist Fight Rules a Secret

WWE has booked a special Fist Fight between the team of Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Big Show and the Seth Rollins-AOP for this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW but the rules of the matchup haven’t been revealed yet.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE is actually keeping the rules a heavily-guarded secret and nobody has any knowledge about the matter.

“Nobody knows the guys don’t even know. I was told that they don’t want anyone to know until it happens. I asked. I was told the guys don’t even know and they don’t want anyone to know.”

It appears that all six men will come to know the rules once the official revelation is made during the show.

Superstars Refusing To Travel To The Kingdom

WWE’s next Saudi Arabian pay-per-view could be taking place on the Road To WrestleMania amidst the heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.

PWInsider reports that the next Middle Eastern WWE event would be taking place on February 20, 2020. The company is expected to make an announcement “shortly”.

According to Wrestling News, Superstars are unwilling to work the Saudi Arabian show due to the current warlike situation.

“Now, with the heightened tensions in the Middle East, specifically the recent issues in Iran, there are more wrestlers questioning whether they should fly out for the next show. I was told that at least two more wrestlers have decided against going to the next Saudi Arabia show.”

The upcoming event will mark WWE’s fifth visit to The Kingdom under the current deal with Saudi General Sports Authority.

Tessa Blanchard’s Attitude Denied Her WWE Deal

Tessa Blanchard won the Impact World Championship last night at Hard To Kill completing a lengthy storyline in the process. Despite how talented she is, WWE didn’t offer her a deal for obvious reasons.

Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that Tessa’s attitude problem was the reason she failed to end up in WWE after the Mae Young Classic.

“She did not get a developmental deal there [in WWE] because of attitude issues I guess is how you would put it and she ended up in Impact.”

“The reason [Impact] knew that they had her despite how talented she is a lot of people wanted to steer clear of her for all of the reasons that came out and she had a lot of enemies. She made a tweet and whatever the deal was it inflamed a lot of people from her past and they all came out.”

In April 2016, Blanchard made her NXT debut against a victorious Alexa Bliss. Shortly after, she lost to Nia Jax and Carmella before being written off WWE TV.

AEW’s “Big Plays” For Released WWE Superstars

Former WWE Superstar Luke Harper is apparently the next big free agent in the pro wrestling industry; the ex-Intercontinental Champion is sitting through a non-compete clause that expires in March.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the potential fate of recently released Superstars and talents who have contracts coming up in the next couple of months. For what it’s worth, AEW is hands-down the biggest company to sign these stars although there’s still no guarantee that the upstart promotion will be making “big plays” for any of them.

“We’ve got you know, the other free agents, Luke Harper and I’m sure he will have offers from AEW and ROH and possibly New Japan. Matt Hardy will be early March and The Revival I believe will be April. So, it could be AEW not making a big play for some of these guys because they’re going to make big plays for other of these guys, or maybe they’re not gonna make big plays and ROH will be able to get some of these guys. It’s gonna be in the next couple months, those are the key guys to watch in the next couple of months.” 

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