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WWE Rumor Roundup: Retired Women's Superstar ready to return for the first time since 2013, Big face turn planned - 22nd March 2020 

Eve Torres and Vince McMahon.
Eve Torres and Vince McMahon.

We are back with another edition of the daily WWE Rumor Roundup. Today's edition unsurprisingly features a few big updates about the changes made to WrestleMania due to the coronavirus crisis.

The virus and its unfavorable impact on pro wrestling have been the biggest stories to be discussed and the details just keep on coming from all corners.

WWE changed many matches from the originally planned card all because Vince McMahon wasn't happy with the lineup.

A potential face turn could also be on the cards as WWE planted the seeds for the same this week. Two popular names are currently in self-isolation and one of them may even miss out on a WrestleMania title match.

On a positive note, a former Divas Champion expressed her interest in returning to WWE for the first time since she left the company in 2013.

That was a gist of what to expect in today's edition, and on that note, here is the latest edition of Sportskeeda's WWE Rumor Roundup:


#5. Eve Torres would like to return for a match against Becky Lynch

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During a recent appearance on Ring The Belle, Eve Torres opened up about the Women's division in the WWE and whether she would like to return to be a part of the current crop of talents.

The 3-time Divas Champion revealed that she is obsessed with women's wrestling and expressed her love for the 'great talents' and different characters that are currently active.

Torres then went on to reveal that she would consider wrestling again if the opportunity to face Becky Lynch comes her way.

“I am obsessed with the women’s roster right now. There are great talents, but there are so many different characters that I’m just loving. Obviously, I love Becky Lynch. She’s The Man, right? So I would love to face her if I came back. If I stopped having kids, then maybe that will happen.” H/t Credit: Danny Hart of Sportskeeda

Torres' last WWE appearance happened as part of the pre-show panel of the Evolution PPV in 2018. The Superstar wrestled her last match in 2013 after which she was released from the company.

The former WWE Superstar is still 35 years old and can still have a fairly decent run as a performer if she does commit to doing it again.

#4. WWE's plans for Sasha Banks and Bayley, possible face turn

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On the most recent episode of SmackDown, Paige confirmed that Bayley will defend the SmackDown Women's title in a Six-pack Elimination match against Dana Brooke, Tamina, Lacey Evans, Naomi and Sasha Banks.

Banks' inclusion in the match has given rise to speculation about a potential rift that could be in store, and that is exactly the direction WWE is heading in.

On the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that the original plan was to have Banks vs. Bayley at WrestleMania 36, however, WWE nixed the idea as they didn't have enough time to construct a proper angle.

The Boss being added to the WrestleMania 36 title match is the starting point of the feud between the two best friends, and they should most likely face each other later in the year.

The gimmick is, is that Bayley is all mad about a six-way but Sasha, who is supposed to be Bayley's best friend, first was mad until her name was announced in the match and now she's sort of smiling and so you kind of get that thing. It's actually the kick-off of, you know the company actually wanted to do Bayley and Sasha at WrestleMania, and to their credit, given that there is no time to build it up like literally, this came up a week or two ago, and they just thought, well we just can't do a match after four weeks of no build, so they kind of got it pushed with like, okay, we'll do the six-way which would like be the start and we'll do the singles match when it's not so rushed. So that's kind of where that is. H/t Credit: Sportskeeda

The burning question is this: Who will be the babyface in this highly-anticipated storyline?

#3. Reason why Carmella and Corey Graves have not been on TV

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When WWE announced the six-pack match for the SmackDown Women's title, many fans quickly noted the absence of Carmella.

The Princess of Staten Island is one of the top Superstars of SmackDown and she would have surely been one of the first choices for the multi-woman match.

However, Carmella and her real-life boyfriend Corey Graves have quarantined themselves in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former SmackDown Women's Champion confirmed the news in a recent tweet and it seems like she won't be competing at WrestleMania.

Graves has also not been seen in the commentary booth for the past few weeks. He did mention the need for self-isolation during a recent episode of The Bump and it seems like a smart thing to do considering the ongoing health-scare.

It should be noted that both Graves and Carmella have not been infected by Covid-19 and they are just taking the precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

They have decided to go into quarantine but how has WWE reacted to it? That takes us to the final story of this edition...

#2. Vince McMahon changed his mind regarding many WrestleMania matches

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It's tough to please Vince McMahon. There have been countless instances in the past where the boss has changed the script at the very last moment and he has followed the same pattern when it comes to the WrestleMania 36 card.

Dave Meltzer revealed various details about the WrestleMania 36 matches on the Wrestling Observer Radio.

WrestleMania cards are usually set in stone well in advance but it has been a different story altogether this year. The only match that has not been changed and that has been on the cards for almost a year now is Shayna Baszler vs. Becky Lynch.

Roman Reigns was originally slated to win the Royal Rumble and Drew McIntyre was earmarked for an Elimination Chamber win. The Big Dog was set to take on the Fiend while McIntyre was still not the confirmed choice to face Lesnar as WWE even considered Aleister Black at one point in time.

Meltzer also added that Goldberg was never supposed to be wrestling at WrestleMania, but Vince McMahon changed his mind and ended up booking the Spear vs. Spear showdown.

AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker was also decided on the week in which the news of it happening was made public. King Corbin vs. Elias was planned two weeks ago and it will be added to the final card soon.

Meltzer explained:

The only match that wasn't changed, because they did have Roman Reigns and Bray - which they changed, but the only other match, because of Brock Lesnar and Drew that was still in January, that was still being decided between Drew McIntyre and Aleister Black, and the Royal Rumble was going to go to Roman Reigns, and Drew was going to win the Chamber that never happened, and but, the only one was Shayna Baszler and Becky Lynch. That was actually decided a year ago probably, but certainly months ago. But everything is just makeshift. You know Bill Goldberg and Roman Reigns have had one confrontation and one quick thing and it's not like overdone and if anything, all these matches are coming way too soon. H/t Credit: Sportskeeda

#1. WWE's message to Superstars who want to go into quarantine

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The coronavirus outbreak has affected many people around the world and whether you admit it or not, the risk of contracting the disease is real. There are a few WWE Superstars too who have decided to stay safe and have gone into self-isolation.

Paige, who was originally scheduled to appear on SmackDown this week, ended up making her announcement via Skype.

Dave Meltzer revealed on the Wrestling Observer Radio that Paige is part of the list of Superstars who are not willing to travel in the existing circumstances.

Meltzer also revealed that WWE officials have been understanding in this situation and have not forced any talent to travel. There won't be any negative repercussions and that's a relief for the Superstars.

Meltzer explained:

So the deal there was that Paige made the announcement by Skye, because she didn't come and I don't know if she could, I mean she could have. She was not one of those who was willing to come. There have been other people who have not been willing to come and the WWE, and both companies (AEW) have been good about it. It's like, you're not willing to come, fine, you know, no problem. So they did the taped thing.

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