Rumor Roundup: Veteran quits WWE to join AEW, 8-time world champion requested release because of financial woes, Issue with Roman Reigns (1st July 2021)
Welcome to another edition of the daily WWE Rumor Roundup where we try and bring the biggest backstage stories and rumors from the world of WWE. We have an interesting edition lined up with stories involving The Rock, Roman Reigns and many more.
In this edition, we will talk about a prominent name who wanted to leave WWE because of his financial condition and how a Hall of Famer prevented that from happening. We will also take a look at why a top faction in the company was split up, among many other stories.
So without further ado, let’s dive in and check out the big stories and rumors:
#5 Veteran Sonjay Dutt left WWE to join AEW as a producer
It was recently reported that former IMPACT Wrestling superstar and WWE producer Sonjay Dutt left the company just two years after he joined. It was speculated that his decision to leave the promotion was based on some big backstage changes that were taking place.
However, it has now been reported that Dutt has already taken a position as a full-time producer with AEW. Here is what Cageside seats stated:
Shortly after news broke he’d resigned from WWE, PW Insider reports Sonjay Dutt was backstage at Dynamite last night. He’s believed to have signed on with AEW as a full-time producer.
Sonjay Dutt has not competed in-ring since 2017 due to an Achilles injury. The superstar was a main stay in TNA for years and has held the X-Division Championship there. He worked as a producer in IMPACT Wrestling from 2017 to 2019 when he joined WWE.
Dutt is a veteran of the sport and joining AEW will certainly help the young company as his eye for high-flying matches is very well-known.
Do you think Sonjay Dutt made the right call by leaving WWE for AEW?
#4 The Rock wanted to quit WWE because of financial woes
The Rock is one of the biggest names in WWE history and has become a prominent name in Hollywood as well. The Brahma Bull may have tasted a lot of success in his life, but his beginnings were filled with despair.
WWE Hall of Famer J.J. Dillon revealed while speaking to JBL and Gerry Brisco, that The Rock had asked him for help to leave the company at one point. The veteran said that during the early days of his career, The Rock did not have any money and wanted to quit WWE so he go could go someplace else.
”He had everything. He was multiracial. He had the size, he had athletic ability. He had everything. And I came up there and he said, ‘Can I talk to you privately?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘You have connections everywhere. I’m asking you to help me get out of here and find a place for me to go,” said J.J. Dillon.
When Dillon prodded The Rock into telling him the problem, the latter showed him his wallet and said that he had just $12 with him. Upon hearing this, the WWE veteran gave him $200. From $12 in his pocket, The Rock now has a net worth of $400 Million.
#3 Issue with Roman Reigns as Universal Champion in WWE
WWE Hall of Famer Booker T spoke about Roman Reigns and the major problem with him being the Universal Champion. Though he was all praise for The Big Dog, he raised a valid question: who apart from Edge can challenge Reigns?
By being protected by WWE and pushed heavily, Reigns seems to be on an island of his own and none of the current WWE Superstars seems like a legitimate threat to The Tribal Chief.
“There aren’t a whole lot of contenders out there. I look at this like a boxing match, a boxing division. Who’s in the division? Who do I got to, you know, look at and say, ‘Man, that’s my next guy right there.’ Back in the day, Hogan had Orndorff, The Barbarian, Bundy, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd – he had a bunch of contenders, a bunch of stars. That’s what I say right there. Where are the contenders? And if there are some, who are they?” said Booker T.
Roman Reigns is set to face Edge at the upcoming MITB pay-per-view in July. He is also rumored to face John Cena at SummerSlam.
#2 Bruce Prichard gives details about Triple H’s gruesome injury in WWE
Speaking on his podcast, WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard gave interesting details about when Triple H tore his quadriceps during a match against Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho, while teaming with Steve Austin on RAW. Despite getting seriously injured, he managed to finish the match and even walked back on his own.
Prichard was in the gorilla position during the match and stated that he was very impressed with Triple H for completing the match even though he had suffered a career-threatening injury.
“A testament to pulling through and finishing the match. I don’t know that many people, a: would have been able to do that. That was one of those holy s*** moments. Once you realize, even more so after the fact, he couldn’t put any weight on his leg at all and still went in, finished the match, did his spots, limping badly and not really being able to do much of anything at all,” said Bruce Prichard.
Prichard claimed that WWE had made major plans revolving around Triple H at that point and his untimely injury resulted in the company scrambling to change those plans.
#1 Reason why The Undisputed Era split in WWE NXT
There have been very few factions in WWE of late that have found major success. Some of the top factions in the past few years include The New Day, Wyatt Family and The Shield. However, one group that had taken the WWE Universe by storm was NXT’s The Undisputed Era.
The stable consisted of Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. They disbanded recently after Cole attacked O’Reilly unceremoniously on an episode of WWE NXT.
Speaking to ViBe & Wrestling, Kyle O’Reilly talked about The Undisputed Era’s split and why it came about. He said he didn’t like the way the group was operating and wanted to be a more ‘honorable’ fighter.
“When Adam Cole kicked me in the face, I realized, but before that, I felt maybe rumblings because I was in a weird place in the summer before that, maybe six months out Adam kicking my teeth down my throat. I was in a weird spot because I thought I was growing as a performer because I was sick of the tactics of The Undisputed Era. There were a lot of underhanded tactics that we used to great success, and we saw a lot of championship gold, but we were attacking guys in the parking lot; we were clobbering them in the knees with weapons, so to speak. But I wanted to be a more honorable fighter,” said Kyle O’Reilly.