Wrestling rumors are always swirling about, whether on social media or at the water cooler, and the Inquisitr is here to help you make sense of it all. As always, rumors are just that: rumors. Rumors are almost always based on hearsay, speculation, and “insider sources” who may or may not be legit. Take what you read here with more than a few grains of salt.
Seth Rollins To Be The Face Of WWE 2K18?
Sportskeeda writer Johnny Payne believes he’s figured out who will be the cover model for the 2018 edition of the popular video game series WWE 2K, and it’s Seth Rollins. Payne credits Reddit user Mad Dog Managoff for the tip, noting that “Mad Dog” has been correct in his wrestling-related predictions before.
Payne thinks it’s the right move.
“The possibility of WWE choosing a young Superstar such as Seth Rollins to be on the cover of its biggest annual video game is being heralded as a huge step toward progress by fans and critics alike, owing to the fact that the promotion usually opts for established veterans or part-timers such as Brock Lesnar to feature on the video game’s cover.”
— Distrito Once. (@MescalinaBoyz) June 5, 2017
As of this writing, no official release date for WWE 2K18 has been made public. Payne says to expect it around October.
Ratings Are Slipping: What Does That Mean For The Future Of Wrestling On TV?
Another rumor, this one courtesy of CageSide Seats, says that wrestling’s slipping ratings may be putting any future TV deals in jeopardy.
That WWE’s ratings have been slipping lately is hardly a rumor; in fact, it couldn’t be more clear. Just a couple of weeks ago — over Memorial Day weekend — WWE Raw turned in its worst ratings in history, according to WrestlingZone.
Part of the problem is the newest issue to vex the TV industry: cord-cutting (that is, TV viewers who are ditching cable or satellite TV in favor of internet-based options such as Sling TV). Another big issue seems to be the shrinking size of USA Network’s market share; between 2016 and 2017, the number of homes receiving the USA Network on their cable or satellite package dropped by 1 percent.
— WWE Means Sheamus (@Sheamus_is_Love) June 5, 2017
What this all means for the future of wrestling on TV remains to be seen, though. Right now, contract negotiations for WWE’s next TV deal aren’t even scheduled to begin for about two years. But if the ratings slump continues, that may put WWE in a tough spot as far as negotiating their next TV deal.
According to CageSide Seats, the Hardys may be breaking up soon. Writer Randall Ortman says that Matt has had enough of Jeff’s “high-risk offense.”
On the subject of CageSide Seats, they’re reporting that Vader is considering retirement. If so, that’s news to Vader, as he’s spent the better part of Sunday night and Monday afternoon fending off rumors of his retirement on Twitter.
This is FalseMy nx engagement is Mr Harley Race June 17 https://t.co/oukZweOP6H
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) June 5, 2017
Meanwhile, Cody Rhodes appears to be done with Impact, at least, according to his wife. She says that for the time being, he’s focusing on Ring of Honor and New Japan.
Are you aware of any other wrestling-related rumors that may not have been mentioned here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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