Top Star Set to Leave WWE After Turning Down Contract, WrestleMania 39 Opponent of Injured Former Universal Champion John Cena
Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly rumor roundup, where we’ll take a look at the top rumors from around the world of WWE.
John Cena returned to WWE last week to celebrate his 20th birthday. We now have a report on who he could possibly face at WrestleMania next year. A top star is expected to leave WWE shortly after turning down a new contract from the company. A former Universal Champion is suffering from a minor injury.
Plus, we also have the latest updates on the favorites to win this year’s Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Leaderboard matches.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top WWE rumors from the past week. Be sure to let us know your thoughts and feedback on this in the comments section below.
John Cena’s #5 opponent at WrestleMania 39 reportedly revealed
16-time world champion John Cena looks set to come up against current United States Champion Theory. Many expected this match to take place at this year’s SummerSlam. However, no such announcement has yet been made.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling observation bulletinthe match between the two stars could probably be postponed to WrestleMania 39 next year.
“Cena is not announced for any future TV dates and given how many tickets he has moved to Laredo, if announced for a show he would be moving more tickets right now than anyone except Dwayne Johnson. So it makes no sense not to publicize him. But they wouldn’t do such a match without more angle. So the match, which is clearly a direction, can also be delayed for WrestleMania,” Meltzer said.
John Cena returned to WWE television last week on Monday Night RAW to celebrate his 20th anniversary with the company. He clarified that he has more than one match left, but also said he doesn’t know when he will wrestle again.
#4 Update on Bayley’s WWE Return
Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley has been out of action since suffering an injury last year in July. Fans have been eagerly awaiting his return for quite some time now.
Dave Meltzer gave an update on Bayley’s WWE return status in the latest Wrestling observation bulletinmentioning that she should be back soon.
“Bayley should be back soon,” Meltzer said.
Bayley recently posted a photo on her Instagram teasing a return to Money in the Bank. She’s currently not slated for the show, but it would be interesting to see if she comes as a surprise return.
#3 Former Universal Champion Reportedly Injured
Former Universal Champion Kevin Owens was scheduled to face Ezekiel, Elias or Zeke’s younger brother Elrod last week on RAW for the final spot in the Men’s Money in the Bank match. However, Owens missed the show and the match did not take place.
According to PWInsider, KO missed the show as he is currently suffering from a minor injury. However, the injury wouldn’t be serious and he is expected to return soon.
“The belief among those we spoke to is that Kevin Owens is out with a minor injury, which is why he didn’t wrestle last night on Raw,” PWInsider reported.
The MITB Rankings match’s final spot was decided by a fatal four-way match on Friday Night SmackDown. Madcap Moss won it and is now set to enter his first-ever Money in the Bank match
#2 Favorite to win both men’s and women’s matches on the Money in the Bank leaderboard
The field is set for this year’s WWE Money in the Bank 2022. Competitors for this year’s MITB Ranking matches are as follows –
Men’s MITB Ladder Match – Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Riddle, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Madcap Moss and Omos
Women’s MITB Ranking Match – Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Becky Lynch, Lacey Evans, Asuka, Shotzi Blackheart and Raquel Rodriguez
The betting odds have now revealed the last-minute favorites to win those two matches. Seth Rollins is favored to win the men’s MITB match while Becky Lynch is favored to win the women’s MITB match. If they do, they will become the first couple in WWE to win both the Royal Rumble match and Money in the Bank on the same night.
The No. 1 star is said to be leaving the company soon
According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling observation bulletin, former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai has refused to sign her new contract offer from WWE and could be a free agent next month. He further added that she wanted to return to Japan at the end of her contract.
“Io Shirai has not signed her new contract offer. She will be a free agent next month if she does not sign her new contract. She had told people in Japan that when her contract ended she wanted to return to the Japan and be closer to his family,” Dave Meltzer reported.
Io Shirai signed with WWE in 2018 and entered the Mae Young Classic where she reached the final before losing to Toni Storm. She then had a great run in NXT, even winning the NXT Women’s Championship.
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