WWE Top Five Rumors of the week and analysis: February 13th, 2017

Heyman could have a big hand
Renjith Ravindran

Elimination Chamber filled in all the headlines this weekend as far as wrestling fans were concerned. Another major step was made to WrestleMania thanks to the pay-per-view, and with all the title changes and booking decisions that were made, it proved to be a turning point for the SmackDown roster.

While SmackDown has shifted its focus to WrestleMania, Raw is still building up to Fastlane and a culmination of all these factors was there to be seen in the rumour mill. The plans that WWE had for its new NXT recruit, WrestleMania plans and more were discussed, and as always, we are going to take a look at them one by one.

#5 Plans for Kassius Ohno

Big plans ahead

After a hiatus from the company, Chris Hero made his return to NXT. Hero, who had wrestled in WWE as Kassius Ohno before being released, was thriving in the independent circuit when WWE decided to have him back. WWE resigning him despite him not being in the ‘perfect’ shape that WWE usually looks for, is a clear indication of the trust that they have in his technical ability.

According to a report from Cageside Seats, WWE even has big plans for him heading into WrestleMania. Ohno is expected to be in an NXT title match in the NXT special event, which is scheduled to take place in the WrestleMania weekend. Bobby Roode is the reigning champion and a title match between these two would be perfect on various levels.

#4 Eva Marie to leave WWE

Leaving WWE?

Eva Marie has been out of WWE programming for a long time and rumour has it that she could be on her way out of the company according to Cageside Seats. Eva was repackaged after a training stint under Brian Kendrick but before she could turn the fans in favour of her, she was suspended for violating WWE’s wellness policy.

Eva then became busy with her film project alongside Nicolas Cage and is yet to return.

While there are rumours of her potential departure, there are also rumours which contradict this and say that she is going to stay until her contract comes to an end. Either way, there is no speculation on when she will return to television.

#3 Plans for SmackDown Women’s title

Naomi might not defend

The SmackDown Women’s title changed hands this weekend when Naomi defeated Alexa Bliss. Naomi was showered with a ‘You Deserve it’ chant and apparently, she was expected to take the title to WrestleMania. But from the looks of it, WWE might have other plans. They might not let Noami defend the SmackDown title at the pay-per-view.

According to Cageside Seats, we could instead see a tag team match from the division with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James on one side and Naomi and Becky Lynch on the other. If this is what WWE has planned, it would be a blow to the SmackDown Women’s title as its counterpart on Raw would get more of the spotlight.

#2 The future of Impact Wrestling

Jarrett back at the helm?

TNA has found a new life thanks to the take over from Anthem. Anthem went on to make some huge changes after acquiring the promotion and now, according to Cageside Seats, Jeff Jarrett is completely back in control in the company. Jarrett was the brain behind the initial rise of TNA and most of TNA’s glory days can be attributed to him.

This could’ve easily been the reason why Anthem decided to bring Jarrett back. One another thing that the return of Jarrett marks is the exit of Dixie Carter. Dixie is apparently out of the company completely, and we might get to see an entirely different version of Impact Wrestling in the near future.

#1 The secret behind Goldberg’s promos

Heyman could have a big hand

The promos that Goldberg delivered after his return to the company have been met with positive response from the fans. Despite not being known for his promos, Goldberg has been impressing the fans and the rumoured reason for this is Paul Heyman.

According to Cageside Seats, Paul Heyman is working personally with the promos of Goldberg indicating that the creative brilliance of Heyman is the reason why the former WCW Superstar is excelling at the moment.

With so much money on the Goldberg – Lesnar feud, it is understandable why WWE is making such a move and at the same time, it would be great if they could give more creative freedom to Heyman because of his excellence in the department.

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