WWE Rumors: Buzz on Road to WWE Payback 2017 for Week of Apr. 20

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

WWE Rumors: Buzz on Road to WWE Payback 2017 for Week of Apr. 20

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    Credit: WWE.com

    It has been another momentous week for WWE.

    With a new, surprise contender for the WWE Championship and new rivalries beginning to form following WrestleMania 33, the company is in something of a state of transition as things stand.

    However, that hasn't stopped the rumor mill going into complete overdrive.

    This week, there's news about that shock push for Jinder Mahal, which midcarder could be next to follow in his footsteps by becoming a major player on his brand and two new acquisitions for the company.

    Here's the latest rumors circulating at the moment.

WWE High on Baron Corbin?

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    Baron Corbin's future as a main event talent on SmackDown Live has been in the spotlight for some time.

    For months now, The Lone Wolf has appeared on the brink of a substantial push, only to be knocked back down the midcard each and every time.

    However, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman at Cageside Seats) has noted that WWE is still seriously keen on Corbin.

    In fact, it's reported that WWE are so keen on Corbin, he may even be valued higher than Braun Strowman, who is currently tearing through the Raw roster.

    The plans remain for Corbin to be a top player on the blue brand at some point during 2017.

Two Former TNA Stars Headed for SmackDown Live

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    Could two of Total Nonstop Action's former stars be headed for WWE?

    Both Billi Bhatti at Sportskeeda and also Wade Keller at PWTorch reported this week that Mike Bennett and Maria, who have wrestled in both TNA and Ring of Honor, are coming to the company.

    This is interesting news. The roster already feels somewhat loaded with talent to say the least, but in recent weeks, storylines and draft changes have shown there are openings.

    NXT would have appeared to be a likely destination for the duo, but Keller reported this week that they should be going to SmackDown Live.

    If true, then it's another significant coup for the company as it looks to strengthen its roster.

Notes on Jinder Mahal's Push

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    It's undoubtedly the biggest story in recent weeks. From nowhere, Jinder Mahal has been elevated into the WWE Championship scene, with him set to face Randy Orton at Backlash next month.

    And as Mahal's push begins to sink in, more details have emerged this week.

    Ortman at Cageside Seats reported that Mahal's push "appears to coincide with WWE's expansion plans for India."

    WWE launched a new shop there earlier this week, and while any talk of a push for Mahal coinciding with that has obviously not been confirmed, it is interesting timing.

    Harry Kettle at Sportskeeda reported that the Bollywood Boyz, who helped Mahal pin Sami Zayn on Tuesday, are to be part of a new Mahal-led faction.

    They have been repackaged into the Singh Brothers, and they will work Mahal full-time and will be affiliated to him long-term.

    Could Jinder really win the big one?