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Speculating about the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favorite pastime for many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors spawned by the pro wrestling rumor mill.

Important note: Rumors are just that – rumors. None of this has been confirmed as fact, it’s just circulating in the pro wrestling rumor mill. We track the accuracy of rumors in a weekly feature called “Rumor Look Back,” which you can find here. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt.

Rumors of the day:

  • This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter states that “Caesar Sikoa was the first idea” for Jacob Fatu’s name in WWE, but they ultimately decided not to use it for him. The name belongs to WWE and could potentially be given to another wrestler.
  • According to Fightful Select, Warner Bros. Discovery has been pitching AEW an offer for a new TV deal for months. Both sides are confident that an agreement will be reached as talks continue. It seems like AEW and WBD are also trying to figure out which nights, timeslots and blocks make the most sense for AEW’s TV shows.
  • Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline estimates that AEW currently spends a little under $104 million a year on talent salaries. A number that high means that “they would need a lot of money from WBD to break even.”

  • Meltzer further estimates that “about 50 to 55 percent” of AEW’s total revenue goes to the wrestlers. The percentage of WWE’s revenue that goes to the wrestlers is less than 20 percent. At one point it was as low as 8 percent, but it is believed to have increased over the past five years due to increased competition. WWE’s very low percentage is one reason why the company is “so ridiculously profitable.”
  • Donovan Dijak told Fightful that the WWE Draft is “a spin… nobody knows what’s going to happen.”
  • According to The Observer, Bryan Danielson is expected to make “a major turnaround” in his kayfabe success in AEW after losing several major matches so far in his final year as a full-time professional wrestler.
  • WrestleTix points out that there is a listing on Ticketmaster for the AEW Grand Slam on Wednesday, September 25th at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. This listing includes both Dynamite and Collision.

If you’ve heard any interesting rumors you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. But remember, these are rumors and not confirmed facts, so please consider them as such. And be sure to check out our weekly Rumor Look Back. Here to track how often rumors turn out to be true.

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