The WWE Gossip column
Last Updated: 17/01/19 10:45am
All of the latest gossip, news and speculation from inside WWE and around the world of sports entertainment.
Jerry Lawler reveals new WWE contract
Jerry Lawler confirmed on his Dinner With The King podcast that he has agreed a two-year contract extension with WWE and will commentate at the Royal Rumble.
Lawler revealed he has been under contract with WWE since 1993 and traditionally signs a new deal every January.
"It wasn't only a one-year contract this time, it was for two years," he said. "And I don't know if I'm supposed to say this but I'm going to be calling the men's Royal Rumble match.
"It sounds like it's going to be me, Michael Cole and JBL. It's going to be fun."
Four Horsewomen v Four Horsewomen speculation mounting...
If you’re so confident in your 4 then why do you feel the need to defend yourselves so much, just shut up already.— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) January 16, 2019
New arrival for Rusev and Lana?
Lana revealed there will be a "new arrival" to the Rusev Day family on Twitter this week, prompting speculation that she could be pregnant with the couple's first child.
The Ravishing Russian was responding to a tweet from Rusev which said: "My life is about to change! Stay tuned..."
That prompted fans to speculate that the couple - who are married in real life - could be about to welcome a miniature Rusev or Lana into the world.
WWE making moves for Omega?
Kenny Omega has been heavily linked with a move to WWE after confirming he will be taking a break from his commitments in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The 35-year-old Canadian, widely regarded as one of the best in-ring talents outside of WWE, lost the IWGP heavyweight title to Hiroshi Tanahashi at the company's Wrestle Kingdom 13 event on Friday and has confirmed he will be leaving.
"There is no place to put in now and it is better not to be in New Japan," he told Tokyo Sports. "New Japan has became the era of Tanahashi.
"If I go to WWE, the fans there will be pleased. I want to be in a place where Kenny is going to be happy. I do not know what will happen myself."
Bayley: I am very vocal backstage
Bayley has revealed she is "very vocal" with WWE in terms of how her character is used amid rumours she could become one half of the company's first tag-team champions.
The Hugger is widely expected to be a strong contender - alongside Sasha Banks - for the women's tag titles, which Vince McMahon confirmed last month would be launched in 2019.
She has been out of the Raw title picture since dropping the belt to Alexa Bliss in 2017, but in an interview with Metro Sport said: "I never really look at other people, I just worry about myself. I'm always wanting more and there's always a lot more to be done but we're working on it and trying our best."
And when asked if she was vocal backstage, she said: "(I'm) very vocal, we bother them a lot."
What’s up w the HAIR?! @WWE I’ve tried to tell you! It’s the electricity of the ⚡️👊! 1.21 Gigawatts! 2nite #WWETampa will 100% understand as the ⚡️👊 invades the home of the @TBLightning ! @AmalieArena U 🚫👀ME! But U CAN feel the💥of the ⚡️👊 pic.twitter.com/laXsf3oT8c— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 30, 2018
Asuka-Lynch set for Royal Rumble?
Eagle-eyed viewers of the Sky Sports WWE show Main Event will have noticed something interesting towards the end of this week's episode - a graphic promoting a match between Becky Lynch and SmackDown women's champion Asuka at the Royal Rumble.
The match has not been confirmed anywhere on WWE's official website or on any of their social media channels, leading to speculation that it could have gone out in error on Main Event.
If it is accurate, it will mean Lynch will get an immediate chance to regain the championship she lost to the Japanese star at TLC, but also that she will not be in the Royal Rumble match itself.
Ric Flair: I'm cleared to wrestle
Ric Flair will turn 70 in February but after a year of health difficulties he says he is feeling fit - and ready to make a shock return to the ring.
Flair had intestinal surgery in July after having an emergency procedure in autumn 2017 which left the 16-time world champion fighting for his life.
But he is in a much better place now, and said: "I had to be careful after surgery, the second surgery, for hernia issues. But I literally took it easy. I didn't do anything. And now I'm full speed ahead.
"The guys have cleared me to do anything. I've actually been cleared to get knocked down in the ring."
Has Rhyno retired from WWE?
Rhyno lost a 'loser gets fired' match to his now very much former tag-team partner Heath Slater on this week's Raw, meaning he must now leave the Monday night show.
But is it also the end of Rhyno's run as a professional wrestler? The rumour is he made an off-air announcement to the Houston crowd stating the time had come to hang up his boots.
The story has not been confirmed by WWE, who simply say he has been fired from Raw, meaning there could be some interesting developments to this story in the coming weeks...
Has Miss Vega become Mrs Black?
Zelina Vega, best known as Andrade 'Cien' Almas' business manager on SmackDown has - according to a number of reports - married NXT star Aleister Black.
Earlier this year the two were involved in an on-screen storyline when Vega's interference led to Almas losing the NXT title to Black at the TakeOver prior to WrestleMania in New Orleans.
The duo featured on an Instagram video with Black undergoing some rigorous training and it seems they have now swapped fitness for fidelity with a seemingly secret tying of the knot.
Hulk Hogan 'will never retire'
WWE legend Hulk Hogan "will never retire" from the wrestling business - according to his son, Nick.
Hogan made his first public appearance since his controversial reinstatement in the company's Hall of Fame when he hosted Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on November 2.
And that may just be the tip of the iceberg, as Nick Hogan told TMZ Sports: ''Well, first of all, everybody think it's a joke, but he's still like over 6'5″ and over 300 pounds. He's just a monster. And he's strong.
''It's just insane. I don't know. he always just says he loves it. He loves training. He loves the wrestling business. I don't think he'll ever quit.''
Vega putting in the work
Alexa Bliss to become Raw general manager?
According to reports in several online news outlets, Alexa Bliss is being groomed for a role as Raw's general manager.
PWInsider claims Bliss underwent more tests on her concussion injury in Los Angeles over Survivor Series weekend and no clear timetable was offered for her to make a return to the ring.
That could lead to Bliss taking over from Baron Corbin as the Monday night GM, mirroring the positioning of Paige as SmackDown's boss.
Paige thanks the fans on the anniversary of WWE return
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It was a year ago yesterday that I made my return back to the @wwe after 18 months out with neck issues. What a wonderful journey it has been in the past year. My @wwe family welcomed me back with open arms and the WWE universe did the same thing. It’s been some crazy ups and downs but I wouldn’t change a thing. Never did I think at this moment a few short months later my in ring career would be over. Nor did I think I would have the amazing opportunity and new job as smackdown live general manager. But I’m very thankful. Gives me chills watching this. I got to bring a long @mandysacs and @sonyadevillewwe who have blossomed into stardom and I couldn’t be more proud of both of them. Now In a few shorts months @fightingwmyfam , a movie based on my life leading up to my dream will be out in a few short months and @thesarayastore has really took off and I’m sitting here in my house thinking how wonderful the people are I have around me and how they believed in me and never once gave up on me and for that I’m forever thankful. You’ve made me the happiest I’ve ever been. Thank you ❤️ (this video was shot by @mikeromewwe thanks for capturing this moment for me!)
New Orleans' $175m WrestleMania payday
WWE has confirmed - in a dollar amount - the 'economic impact' WrestleMania had on the city of New Orleans as $175m, according to a study by the Enigma Research Corporation.
It is the seventh year in a row a WrestleMania has generated a revenue in excess of $100m for a host city and also yielded $23.7m in taxes.
Visitors from 67 countries descended on the Big Easy for the weekend, spending a total of $9.9m in the city's restaurants.
Yet another new hairstyle for Cena!
John Cena is growing increasingly unrecognisable from the crew-cutted star which dominated WWE throughout the Ruthless Aggression era.
Cena has made more updates to his hairstyle than he has in-ring appearances in 2018 and showcased another new do in a video wishing WWE fans a happy Diwali.
Words can't really do justice to the latest incarnation of the Cena hair, so we've captured it in photographic form in all its glory.