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Important reminder: Rumors are just that — rumors. None of this has been confirmed as fact, it’s just circulating around the pro wrestling universe.

  • WWE is planning for both nights of WrestleMania 37 to run approximately three hours and be finished by 10 p.m. Eastern, according to PW Insider.
  • They’re “planning on permitting upwards of 25,000 fans” each night at Raymond James Stadium, per WrestleVotes.
  • That Twitter account says discussions are ongoing regarding what to do after WrestleMania. With baseball, basketball and hockey all running a full schedule at that point, finding a ThunderDome location will be difficult, so a “a soft “reopening” of the touring schedule for Live TVs” is possible.
  • Fightful Select reports Jessamyn Duke is not injured but is not in the Women’s Dusty Classic because she’s focused on creating content for UpUpDownDown. NXT’s plan was always for Marina Shafir to have a different partner.
  • That site also says James Storm is not under contract with Impact, but he’s not done working with them yet, either.
  • Fightful says WrestleMania 37 is now being listed as moved from Mar. 28 to April 11, 2021.
  • PW Insider notes that the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will now be held on Feb. 21, a week earlier than WWE originally planned for.
  • According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Randy Orton announcing himself for the Royal Rumble was a red herring and there still looks to be a plan to do Orton vs. Bray Wyatt in a gimmick match.
  • Trademark filings seem to indicate Matt Cardona could be bringing back his “True Hollywood Story” video series.
  • For what it’s worth, Sonny Kiss has said he is not injured.
  • WrestleMania 24 was taken off the WWE Network recently and the speculation is that it has to do with music rights and will be restored shortly.
  • Per Wrestling Inc, Dalton Castle is a free agent right now. Ring of Honor has apparently offered him a good deal but he’s exploring his options.
  • SI says Rush and Dragon Lee are expected to sign new deals with Ring of Honor within the next week.
  • According to Fightful, some people in WWE were hopeful that Goldberg would improvise lines in his promo on Raw to make up for Drew McIntyre’s promo being cut, but Goldberg didn’t budge from the original script.
  • Fightful also says there is no heat from WWE on Snoop Dogg following his appearance on AEW Dynamite this week.
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez said that Nick Jackson was worried that he broke his leg during Dynamite’s opening bout, and that’s why he didn’t use a superkick during the Bullet Club reunion. It turns out that Jackson only has a leg contusion, and he won’t miss any time.
  • PW Insider notes that Timothy Thatcher’s injury is a work. NXT decided to push the Fight Pit back, so they created a kayfabe Thatcher injury to explain that decision.
  • Insider was told that Carlito declined WWE’s offer to appear at Legends Night because he didn’t want to travel across the country just for a quick cameo.
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the build WWE had been doing to Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg. The late decision to have Goldberg challenge Drew McIntyre at Royal Rumble wasn’t a swerve, but presumably because “they have nobody ready.”
  • An NXT talent was scripted to debut on SmackDown last Friday in the main event segment with Roman Reigns, Jey Uso & Kevin Owens, per WrestleVotes.
  • Fightful says that person was Damian Priest. WrestleVotes’ source didn’t know if the plan was scrapped or just delayed a week to allow for Priest’s match on last night’s NXT.
  • Jeff Jarrett is “heavily involved” with WWE’s India project, reports Sportskeeda. Jarrett, who has experience in the region from working on TNA’s Ring ka King, is “tasked with searching for a native-born Indian WWE Superstar.”
  • In a report on their Patreon Select site, Fightful says Ethan Page has already left Impact. His cinematic match for next weekend’s Hard to Kill PPV was filmed back in November.
  • PW Insider notes that Eva Marie is still regularly going to Orlando to train for her return to WWE and she’s listed as a member of the roster internally.
  • The Observer notes that right now it’s looking like Daniel Bryan or Goldberg are the most likely opponents for Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 37.
  • The Insider also says that Paige is going against the WWE edict to stop streaming on Twitch, as opposed to working something out with the company.
  • There’s some speculation that Ethan Page could be WWE bound due to his pulling merchandise but it’s unclear if that’s the case at this time.
  • Konnan recently mentioned on his podcast that AAA likely won’t run any shows again until late January.
  • Ronda Rousey told Digital Spy she worked her last WWE run while the bottom vertebrae in her back was “actually broken in half.”
  • Both WWE and Keith Lee filed trademark claims on “Keith Lee”. Heel By Nature reports WWE was told their August claim would be rejected if they didn’t provide Lee’s consent by Dec. 31. Lee filed his claim last week.
  • In last week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer speculated that Lars Sullivan was removed from SmackDown’s plans because WWE wants to push him as an unbeatable heel and the show already has one of those in Roman Reigns.
  • AJ Styles didn’t know ahead of time that Impact was going to use Swoggle as “The Wee-nominal One”, according to Fightful. The site’s sources say he thought it was great though, and the bit was a big hit in the WWE locker room.
  • On the ROH Strong podcast, former Ring of Honor owner Cary Silkin said he got “rinky-dink offers” from CM Punk and Jeff Jarrett for the promotion before he sold it to Sinclair Broadcasting in 2011.
  • On the Wrestling Observer Board, Dave Meltzer said his sources told him the rumor about USA’s reaction to Raw’s ratings isn’t true. The network is disappointed and does suggest ideas, but have not pushed for dark, adult content.
  • Heel By Nature report indicated AEW recently filed to trademark ‘AEW Elevation’ and ‘AEW Dark’, leading to speculation by that site and others that Elevation will be the name of the company’s new third hour on a WarnerMedia property.
  • leading up to his match at Hard To Kill on Jan. 16, 2021.
  • Lucha Bros deals with AEW expired on August 31, but according to WrestleZone Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix extended them for another year on that date.
  • Lana is expected to be out for several weeks, according to PW Insider, and maybe up to a full month.
  • Finally, they say management was unhappy about numerous segments running long during Raw this week.
  • Per WrestleVotes, a group of writers in WWE were asked to make a list of underutilized talent who might do well if given the chance and names including the likes of Cesaro, Angel Garza, Chad Gable, Carmella, and Peyton Royce.
  • They also note that, not surprisingly, the record low Raw viewership numbers aren’t sitting well within WWE and reactionary decisions could be coming.
  • According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Rock has said he’s willing to come back to wrestle Roman Reigns but not until WrestleMania in 2022.
  • They also say that despite all the talk, Daniel Bryan and Drew McIntyre are the current frontrunners to be Reigns’ opponent at WrestleMania 37 next year.
  • Fightful says people are baffled that Keith Lee was among the big guys sent to the Performance Center for additional training, and it’s been theorized he was just caught up in the group because of his size.
  • Meanwhile, there’s apparently a belief among some that Otis could be working safer.
  • Bobby Fish’s injury isn’t considered serious and he is expected to miss about eight weeks, per the Observer.
  • WrestleVotes was told that WWE is considering the following matches for WrestleMania 37: Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns, Edge vs. Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Keith Lee.
  • Sources have told Ringside News that the above rumor is “bullshit.” Those matches have not been officially pitched, and Vince McMahon isn’t even discussing plans for Royal Rumble 2021 yet.
  • On Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez said there are people in WWE who are “very upset” about WWE Hall of Famer Snoop Dogg’s upcoming appearance at AEW’s New Year’s Smash.
  • PW Insider noted that WWE’s decision to pull Snoop Dogg’s merchandise from their shop has nothing to do with his relationship with AEW.

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