There have been several sites reporting an interesting, yet utterly bizarre theory that Cody Rhodes aka Stardust, never actually left WWE, and that the entire situation is a work. This comes off of the back of the news that he is currently not taking bookings past November. It is also worth noticing that Cody’s first post-WWE match is for EVOLVE Wrestling, which everyone knows has an incredibly good working relationship with the WWE, and his first opponent is NXT regular Johnny Gargano. There’s nothing on the ground about it yet, but he’s apparently not allowed to compete for RoH, New Japan Pro Wrestling or TNA due to the false nature of his release. Personally speaking, if I had left the WWE and I wanted to make a name for myself on the Independent scene, I would immediately head for New Japan or Ring of Honour.
Staying with WWE and there’s been more rumours this week about none other than Roman Reigns, who is most certainly in the dog house. He is alleged to have been suspended for taking Amphetamines (fat burners) and also testing positive for Marijuana, which isn’t an immediate suspension the first time you do this in the WWE, but the fat burners are a serious no-no, especially considering *that* steroid scandal.
More news on The Guy, and it’s rumoured that Vince is very hot on pushing a ‘Road to Redemption’ storyline when he returns after Battleground. It is said that Vince feels that this will help Roman win back the fans and give Roman the almighty support that Vince feels he once had. (Spoiler, if this happens, the boos are going to get worse)
It’s definitely worth noting that Stephanie McMahon, as well as the WWE website, are now referring to Dean Ambrose as the WWE Champion, not the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This adds to the ever-growing speculation, which is almost an inevitability at this point, that the WWE will be adding a second World Title when the Brand Extension goes live on July 19th. Whilst on the topic of the Brand Extension, several events have been announced for that night, including Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins and John Cena vs AJ Styles.
And last, but not at all least, it is said that WWE have upped their interest in scouting superstars on the independent scene. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the WWE are now aggressively scouting for talent that they deem coachable.