Welcome to the latest WWE News & Rumor Roundup. In this edition, we delve into the latest happenings involving notable figures like Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair.
Starting off with this year’s SummerSlam, the event showcased a lineup of highly-anticipated matches. One standout bout featured Brock Lesnar facing off against Cody Rhodes. Post-event discussions have been abuzz with speculation about Lesnar’s future within the company.
A former WWE star recently offered her candid opinions about Charlotte Flair and other women on the roster in an interview. This roundup also covers a range of intriguing stories. So, without further ado, let’s dive in:
#5 WWE’s Plans for Brock Lesnar
At SummerSlam 2023, an unexpected moment occurred as Brock Lesnar shared a genuine interaction with Cody Rhodes after Rhodes’ victory. With Lesnar’s transformation into a babyface fresh in fans’ minds, insiders suggest that he won’t make an immediate return to WWE television following the event.
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According to insights from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the company’s alleged strategy for Lesnar’s future unfolds as follows:
”As of right now, he put [Cody] Rhodes over clean, shook his hand, turned himself back babyface in doing so, and the plan is for him to return on the television building up the Royal Rumble and from there going to WrestleMania . Although I could see him returning for the November Saudi Arabia show even if today that isn’t the plan, or if there is an injury, he’s always there if they need a program.”
The anticipation mounts as we await Lesnar’s on-screen return and the path he will carve out.
#4 Potential Departure of WWE Duo
Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid, collectively known as The Dyad, appear to be on the verge of departing from World Wrestling Entertainment once their contracts expire. Earlier reports indicated their desire to part ways had been longstanding.
However, their requests for WWE releases were previously declined, as confirmed a few months back. According to Dave Meltzer’s recent remarks:
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“The belief is that Jagger Reid & Rip Fowler, The Dyad, are still leaving when their contracts expire. The expiration date is [October 14].”
Reid dropped hints about his WWE departure via a tweet not too long ago. Further details can be found in the linked article.
#3 Dutch Mantell’s Insights on Defeating United States Champion Rey Mysterio
A thrilling surprise unfolded on the latest WWE SmackDown episode when Rey Mysterio clinched victory against Austin Theory, becoming the new United States Champion. This triumph has sparked considerable speculation about the direction of Mysterio’s championship reign.
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Esteemed wrestling veteran Dutch Mantell shared his perspective during an Exclusive interview:
“Hey, I liked it! I’m looking at [Austin] Theory, and Theory is kind of dying right now. So beat him and then start something new with him.”
Mantell suggests that the rivalry between Mysterio and Theory could continue, with Theory potentially reclaiming the title from the esteemed luchador:
“Now he and Rey [Mysterio] will go back and forth, and he can retake it. Then you’ve got to work Santos Escobar [Mysterio’s on-screen ally] back into it. See, what WWE is doing now, we look at it like it’s full. But they are going against the grain. They are doing the stuff you don’t expect. And not all of it will work. This is not an exact science.”
#2 Unseen WWE SmackDown Moment Featuring Rhea Ripley
In an untelevised showdown for the SmackDown crowd, Rhea Ripley squared off against Natalya. The expected outcome saw Ripley emerge victorious, although an unexpected twist came in the form of Bayley’s distracting antics, influencing the match’s conclusion.
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The aftermath of the match showcased a lighter side of Ripley, with Bayley and the WWE Women’s World Champion sharing a dance, as captured in the attached clip.
This episode highlights Ripley’s ability to enjoy herself outside her alliance with Dominik Mysterio.
#1 Charlotte Flair: The Female Equivalent to the Head of the Table?
Nia Jax, a former champion, recently expressed admiration for WWE’s current women’s division. While not actively engaged in ongoing storylines, she closely monitors on-screen developments.
In a conversation, Jax bestowed a distinctive title upon Charlotte Flair and also weighed in on Zoey Stark and Trish Stratus’ partnership:
“I’m obsessed with Asuka. I had such amazing chemistry with Asuka. Charlotte [Flair] is just top-tier, The Head of the Women’s Table. All the women are incredible. I like seeing what Zoey Stark is doing, teaming up with Trish [Stratus]. I love Dakota Kai. I love IYO SKY.”
The reference to “The Head of the Table” draws parallels to Roman Reigns. Both Reigns and Nia Jax are members of the esteemed Anoa’i wrestling dynasty.
Do you perceive Charlotte Flair as the female counterpart to Roman Reigns? Share your insights in the comments below.