With an unexpected change in regime, the WWE rumors mill is as active as ever as company legend Triple H remodels the sports entertainment giant in his own vision. With fans finally getting much more of what they wanted after Vince McMahon retired from the company, they are searching for the latest news and speculation to see if more positive change is on the way.
Well, search no longer. Here you can find some of the most noteworthy WWE rumors from the dirt sheet news cycle. Let’s now dig into the notable rumblings from World Wrestling Entertainment.
Jake Paul backs up brother Logan Paul at Crown Jewel presser
A day before Logan Paul and WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns is set to lock horns in Saudi Arabia, Jake Paul made an appearance at the final press event for the card. During the press conference, the 6-0 boxer took some shots at the Bloodline faction led by Reigns and their advisor Paul Heyman.
“My brother will do the unthinkable and beat Roman Reigns, just like they said I wouldn’t be Anderson Silva. And guess what, Paul Heyman? You said it first, remember? Remember when you lied to the WWE fans and said that Anderson would knock me out? Well, guess what, buddy? I exterminated the ‘Spider’ and that’s what my brother is going to do tomorrow against Roman Reigns.”– Jake Paul (h/t NoDQ.com)
Paul is just a week removed from scoring a decision win in his recent bout with UFC legend Anderson Silva. One has to expect this could set up another appearance on Saturday at WWE Crown Jewel, and more down the line.
Kevin Owens plans on hold
Former WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens has not been seen on television for nearly a month and the hiatus is not from an injury, as some might assume. It seems new WWE rumors suggest that the success of the current Bloodline story with Sami Zayn has forced the organization to put a pause they had on plans for “KO.”
GiveMeSport.com, via the WrestleVotes Twitter account, reported recently that Owens, “was pegged to get involved with Sami and The Bloodline, but that’s white-hot right now. Those plans from what I’ve been told are definitely pushed back, but they’re not off, because the plan is for Kevin Owens to be with Sami Zayn. Whatever they had planned for Kevin Owens is totally on pause because this stuff with Sami doesn’t come around often.”
Randy Orton’s injury completely changed plans for Matt Riddle
WWE legend Randy Orton has been out of action since May and there is no clear timeline for his return. Some new WWE rumors claim that fact has forced the company to come up with new ways to use his former tag partner Matt Riddle.
In a recent conversation with GiveMeSport.com, the operator of the WWE insider Twitter account Wrestle Votes reported that plans were for Orton to return sooner and turn against his friend. However, with his hiatus being extended far longer than expected, plans have since changed for Riddle.
Orton is currently sidelined with a back injury he has dealt with for several years.
Sasha Banks’ return could be near
After months of speculation, Sasha Banks could be nearing a return to WWE television. She has been seen making various appearances independent of the company for a while, but the multi-time women’s champion has started to show up in public places on behalf of WWE recently.
Last week she showed out on the red carpet with New Day for the premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and recently was a WWE guest at an event for Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion, AAA, in Mexico City. She also posted pictures from the appearance on social media with bestie and WWE star Bayley.
If she is doing appearances with fellow superstars, it sure seems likely she is back in the WWE fold after her self-imposed exile earlier this year and could be popping up on Smackdown Live again very soon.
Bayley speaks out on possible women’s secondary belt
In a recent interview for SportsKeeda, multi-time women’s champ Bayley gave her thoughts on recent rumors of WWE introducing a secondary singles title to the women’s division.
“I mean, it wouldn’t hurt. It would be nice to have another title. I think it’s just going to take time. When we wanted those Women’s Tag Team Titles, it took a long time, and it took someone actually fighting for them. If that’s what we want, someone has to stand up for it and really fight for it and prove that it’s going to be a benefit for the division.”
Triple H’s stance on CM Punk’s return shifting
Adding fuel to the WWE rumors fire of a possible WWE comeback for CM Punk is a new report from Twitter account Wrestlevotes. They claimed this week that while the head of creative would have had no interest in having Punk back in the summer, that position has “softened” a bit since.
“I was told, I mean, pretty straightforward, that Triple H wants nothing to do with CM Punk, and even less to do with Phil Brooks. Well, that’s what I was told and that was July. I did ask over the last couple of days, and it has softened a little bit from what I understand. I still think there’s animosity, I still think there’s a lot of pieces that need to be picked up between the two of them specifically.
“But Hunter, learned from Vince [McMahon] and Vince made amends with everybody. So to say that doors closed is ridiculous on anybody’s part, especially in this ‘war’ that’s happening right now. … I would say, never say never. Absolutely.”– Update on CM Punk to WWE rumors
Triple H coined the catchphrase, “What’s best for business.” It was something his father-in-law always believed in and is why many performers made their returns to WWE despite some serious drama in the past. In the wrestling industry, anything is possible.
Shinsuke Nakamura returning to Japan for NOAH
In a shocking turn of events — especially after recent issues with Karl Anderson and New Japan Pro Wrestling — one-time Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura revealed on Oct. 30 that he will be taking part in a special New Year’s Day card for Japanese wrestling promotion NOAH, and will face off with wrestling legend the Great Muta.
According to Tokyo Sports, the “King of Strong Style” was on a short list of opponents for the date, as Muta is on one final tour before ending his career. Negotiations began months ago and had stalled. However, after Vince McMahon’s retirement, talks started a new and the two sides came to an agreement that opened the “forbidden door” from WWE’s side.
One would have to imagine a Great Muta appearance at this year’s Royal Rumble would likely be the return in allowing Nakamura to travel to his homeland for this special appearance.