5 wrestling rumors we hope are true and 5 we hope aren’t: Backstage plans to turn popular star heel, Vince McMahon canceled WrestleMania match between 2 WWE legends?
#5. Hope is true: WWE planning a big change for Dominik Mysterio?
Dominik Mysterio is one of the youngest Superstars on the WWE roster. He made his WWE debut at the age of 23 against Seth Rollins in a marquee SummerSlam match. Not many Superstars are given that big a spot, but the build to his WWE debut had taken a while.
Even still, some felt that he had taken a back seat when WWE had the Murphy-Aalyah Mysterio romantic angle. After that ended, he has been a regular on WWE TV, primarily feuding with King Corbin.
Konnan mentioned on Unskripted that Dominik Mysterio taking a back seat wasn’t a bad thing because WWE was never going to keep him on top forever. He added that WWE is likely building him back up.
That might be true, and PWTorch‘s Wade Keller reported that WWE could be turning the popular star heel:
“I think they’re headed towards Dominik turning heel. I’ve been an advocate for Dominik, getting a push ahead of his tenure and resume and the evidence that he is ready for it, and I think he might end up being a good heel. It does seem like that’s where they are going – rebuffing Rey’s advice last week and being heelish and attacking Corbin from behind.”
We hope this is true because a heel turn would be a good direction for Dominik Mysterio. Since WWE shouldn’t try to make his career a carbon copy of his father’s, a heel run at a young age would be interesting to explore.
Since Dominik Mysterio is still in the extremely early stages of his WWE career, it would be a fun direction to go in, especially for WrestleMania season.
#5. Hope isn’t true: Vince McMahon didn’t contact John Cena for WrestleMania 35 match against Kurt Angle?
Kurt Angle and Batista both retired from WWE on the same night at WrestleMania 35. While Kurt Angle’s retirement match was advertised beforehand, nobody knew that Batista wrestled his final match in WWE until after the event when he revealed it on Instagram.
Kurt Angle had a six-minute match against Baron (King) Corbin, and it didn’t deliver, just as predicted. Kurt Angle revealed on his show that he wanted his WWE retirement match to be against John Cena, but isn’t sure if Vince McMahon even contacted the 16-time World Champion:
“No, I never reached out to John. I decided to go to Vince, and you know, talk to him about it, and you know, when I had the meeting with him, I’m not sure If he even contacted John. I wasn’t expecting John to be at WrestleMania, so I went to Vince a good month and a half before WrestleMania to tell him I want John Cena at WrestleMania. I wanted it to be my retirement match, and I’d loved to have wrestled John because you know I started out his career, and I wanted him to end mine, and you know, I was hoping that he would put me in that match, but it just didn’t happen.”
We hope this isn’t true because John Cena didn’t even have a match that WrestleMania, and it would have been a perfect farewell to Kurt Angle.
#4. Hope is true: Zack Ryder’s original plans before WWE release
Matt Cardona, fka Zack Ryder, was a long-tenured servant of WWE. Having spent over a decade in WWE, he could never reach the level that fans hoped he would. The company didn’t seem particularly interested in pushing him either.
Ultimately, Zack Ryder’s WWE career can be summed up as having a few glorious moments, but most of his time was spent either underutilized or on the sidelines.
Matt Cardona was released by WWE in their mass-firing incident in April 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cardona was cut from his contract. A report from Fightful Select revealed that he was going to leave WWE in August 2020 anyway, as that was when his contract expired:
Fightful recently spoke to Matt Cardona, and in a report of Fightful Select, they have now revealed that Cardona was slated to leave WWE in August 2020.
We hope this is true because it would have been better for him to test the waters outside of WWE. Had it not been for the pandemic, he would have likely found an employer quickly as well.