Backstage WWE and AEW Rumors: Latest on WrestleMania, Marty Scurll and More
The end of the year is upon us, which means the rumor mill has begun churning out reports on WWE's WrestleMania plans, the first of which headlines this week's collection from around the web.
As one could imagine, the first hint of 'Mania plans includes Roman Reigns, the company's biggest star, who has been conspicuous by his absence from the main event title scene. Might that change as the calendar turns over, though?
Over in All Elite Wrestling, the implementation of a favorite gimmick match may bring one major program to a conclusion, while the arrival of a fresh face could spawn several new ones.
And which current champion may be interested in leaving WWE?
Dive into each of these topics with this look at some of the week's rumors and reports from industry insiders.
Early WrestleMania Plans
Paul Davis of Wrestlingnews.co reported WWE has big WrestleMania 36 plans for Roman Reigns in the form of a Universal Championship match against "The Fiend," Bray Wyatt.
WWE has almost strategically kept Reigns away from the main event title picture as not to exhaust fans so that when the time comes, he can make that jump to the top of the card and not be as overexposed as he has been in the past.
His current feud with King Corbin is an example of the company keeping The Big Dog busy before heating him up at the right time and reigniting his push.
Reigns has been out of the title picture since relinquishing the Universal Championship in October 2018, when he announced the return of his leukemia.
A feud between Reigns and Wyatt would not only be a star-studded main event between the two highest-profile SmackDown stars, but it would also rekindle a rivalry that once dominated WWE's flagship show Raw and even culminated in a Hell in a Cell match in 2015.
Marty Scurll to AEW?
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats) reported Marty Scurll is a near-lock to join AEW when his contract with Ring of Honor is up shortly.
The Villain was a staple of the Being the Elite webshow that launched The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Hangman Page to superstardom, but he has been handcuffed by his deal with ROH, unable to join his friends in All Elite Wrestling.
That should change shortly and give AEW another star around whom to build high-profile stories.
Scurll is a virtuoso performer who can be a serious, dangerous and joint-manipulating badass or a comedic genius, turning either personality on and off depending on the scenario.
He will be a valuable asset to AEW if and when he makes the jump.
Kairi Sane Leaving WWE?
Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that current WWE women's tag team champion Kairi Sane is considering leaving the company.
The Pirate Princess was the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner, defeating Shayna Baszler in the finals of the tournament, and the 2018 NXT Overall Competitor of the Year. Upon her arrival on the main roster, though, her star was diminished by poor booking and a lack of attention from bookers.
Despite her status as one-half of the women's tag team champions, who continue to find themselves in high-profile spots against the likes of Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Natalya, it still feels like management values Sane less than it does Asuka.
The professional frustration alone could be reason enough to want to depart Vince McMahon's traveling circus.
AEW's Answer to War Games
Ortman of Cageside Seats reported: "Cody Rhodes recently filed for a trademark on 'The Match Beyond,' which has led to speculation AEW will use his father’s War Games concept under that old nickname for the gimmick."
Such a match would be a logical conclusion to the ongoing war between Chris Jericho's Inner Circle faction and The Elite, which has dominated AEW Dynamite since the show's inception back on October 2.
The two sides continue to battle, with Dustin Rhodes returning just Wednesday night to avenge a broken hand suffered at the hands of Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager.
Throw in The Young Bucks' issues with Santana and Ortiz, a one-time tease of a Hangman Page-Hager program, and unfinished business between Cody and Jericho, and you have a multi-star feud that lends itself to such a definitive conclusion as War Games.
Even if AEW can't legally call it that.