Rumor Roundup: Cody return, Balor push, WWE star Black Panther audition

Speculating on pro wrestling rumors is a favorite pastime for many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.

Important reminder: Rumors are just that — rumors. None of this has been confirmed as fact, it’s just running around the pro wrestling mill. We track the accuracy of rumors in a weekly feature called Rumor Look Back, which can be found here. Remember, take everything with a grain of salt.

Rumors of the day:

  • Speculation is growing that Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE is imminent after Brandi Rhodes told The Ten Count’s Steve Fall that her husband “looks like the same Cody to me… he looks ready, but I’m not a doctor.”
  • Finn Balor’s better position with Triple H in charge of creative is no accident, WrestleVotes says GiveMeSport. Balor was one of the first big names The Game signed, and the two men have always worked well together, so “he sees Hunter almost as a reclamation project, but one he can put behind him because of their personal relationship.”
  • The WWE Superstar was considered for a role in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreveraccording to Fightful Select: “Sources familiar with the situation say that Damian Priest has been asked to read for the role of Namor, one of the most played roles in the film, or one of the other featured members of the Talokan.”
  • The Wrestling Observer notes that SmackDown will air on FS1 next Friday (Dec. 2) as the PAC-12 College Football Championship is on FOX.

  • WWE has trademarked the term “Valhalla” in reference to the Viking Raiders and Sarah Logan.
  • Chris Jericho has also recently trademarked “Christory”, “This Day in Christory” and “Seltzer Man”.

If you’ve heard of any interesting rumors that you’d like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember that these are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. And check out our weekly Rumor Look Back here to see how often the rumors turn out to be correct.

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