Talk about a crazy week of awesome rumors.
As usual, we take a look at the biggest whispers going on around the world of professional wrestling and determine what validity they may or may not have. We bring you the latest edition of Between the Dirt Sheets:
Massive WWE Network Overhaul
This is the biggie. The possible game-changing moment that the industry of wrestling might actually need. According to Dave Meltzer, the WWE is attempting accomplish the following:
- Purchase several video libraries, including ROH and TNA among others
- Start airing NXT live
- Add a cruiserweight program
- Add smaller independent wrestling shows
Get that? Good. Now breath. That’s a lot to digest.
Also in the report is that the Network would be offered in a more similar fashion to how Netflix does its own online subscription. Instead of a flat-rate, the WWE would start a three-tier payment system. Tier 1 would get you the very basics, Tier 2 would get you (presumably) what you get now, and Tier 3 would include the mass indoctrination of new WWE Network product.
If this rumor is true, the WWE can probably take all our monies. All of it.
Sure, it would be one step closer to becoming a monopoly of sorts, but EVOLVE — or what have you — partnering with the WWE in some way would help many a non-WWE Superstar get paid in better ways. And, if we want wrestlers to get better, they need to be paid better — you know, so they don’t have to take sidejobs at Wendy’s.
Even if there is legit merit to the report, the WWE still very much needs to buy all these libraries, work out all these deals with all those indie promotions. The only thing the company can undoubtedly control is whether or not NXT goes live and if the cruiserweights get their own weekly TV show on the Network.
There’s still so many variables out there, a lot of them being out of the WWE’s direct control, that this remains incredibly fluid.
Odds for the rumor being true: Reports of the WWE “thinking” about doing this is likely 5 out of 5.
Odds of this actually happening: 0 out of 5 — it just sounds too good to be true.
Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg at Survivor Series
It has been reported as “all but a done deal” that Bill Goldberg will return to the squared circle to fight Brock Lesnar at this year’s Survivor Series.
Is this a big deal? Not really. After all, let us not forget the disaster that was Goldberg’s first ever WWE run, which ended in complete disaster.
Thing is, “The Beast Incarnate” needs someone new to beat up, and he kind of needs to do it outside the main roster for now. This helps do just that — though, one has to wonder how much money the WWE had to offer Goldberg to come back to the company to just job.
Anyway, this rumor is being reported as if it is definitely happening. Not to mention that Paul Heyman is tweeting at Goldberg after he made an appearance on ESPN in which he said he could take Lesnar.
Odds of this rumor being true: 4 out of 5.
Cody Rhodes Done With TNA, Future Up in the Air
Not sure why this one is shocking to anyone, but reports have stated that Rhodes has taped his committed amount of TNA appearances with the company, and is done with them for now.
Basically, while he will still be on TNA TV over the new few weeks, he’s actually done with the company.
Considering Rhodes very literally put a list of people he wanted to wrestle on Twitter when he left the WWE, many of them being non-TNA wrestlers, it isn’t shocking he would get the guy he wanted to wrestle with at TNA over with, then leave the company.
This has led to speculation as to what is next for Rhodes. The most sane of which is that he will continue to travel the globe to fight the guys that are on his Twitter list.
Odds for this rumor being true: 5 out of 5