AEW and WWE Rumor Roundup April 25, 2023: Asuka returns and more!

WWE and AEW Rumor Roundup for April 25, 2023, including Asuka’s return, Mustafa Ali, Vince McMahon’s belief and more!

These are all the latest rumor roundup in pro-wrestling, which are currently afloat. So let’s have a look at all the rumor roundup from WWE and AEW.

1. Asuka Return 

WWE Superstar Asuka has not wrestled since last year’s Money in the Bank ladder match, But according to Fighful Select, there are imminent plans for Asuka to return to WWE Raw. 

Asuka NXT
Asuka to return at RAW

There have been numerous reports that the plan for Asuka to enter at least a “short-term program” with Becky Lynch. Asuka’s return could be as soon as this week’s RAW. 

It was also noted that there have been numerous pitches from both the talents and creativity about how to bring her back. Asuka has not appeared on any WWE programming since Money in the Bank 2021. Her match at the event was the only time she competed in front of a crowd.

2. Becky Lynch vs Asuka!

Becky Lynch will also be returning to WWE for the first time after dropping the title to Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 38. Additionally, there have been reports that there can be a “short term feud upon the latter’s return with Asuka returning.

3. Mustafa Ali update 

Mustafa Ali publicly asked to be released from his WWE contract on January 16, 2023. Since then, there have been various reports that he and Vince McMahon have argued over his character’s direction before his request.

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Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali (WWE)

He has taken to Twitter and mentioned that he will see everyone in 2 1/2 years.

According to Fightful, Mustafa Ali is tentatively scheduled to return to WWE television on Raw this week. 

This is what Fightful has to say,

Fightful Select has learned that a possible return to WWE television for Mustafa Ali was discussed as of this weekend. There was a pitch made for him to actually appear on WWE Raw Monday, though we can never be sure that something like that will happen until he appears on the air due to the constant changes of the program.

Since October, Ali has not appeared on WWE programming and had been booked to lose 11 consecutive matches across Raw, Smackdown, and PPV. He was drafted to the Smackdown brand in the fall but had an argument with Vince McMahon over his creative direction that led to him being off the television, and not backstage for months.

Ali voiced his frustration and publicly asked for his release in January after not being on TV for two months. However, it was reiterated to us at that point that despite the fact that he had a child, he asked for only one week off of television at that point and was willing to work. UPDATE: In an update, we can confirm that Ali is tentatively scheduled for the April 25 Raw.

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4. Vince McMahon’s belief 

According to, We should expect “more turns for several stars in the coming weeks”. Since Vince McMahon believes that “some of the talents is being miscast right now.”

WWE SuperCard
Vince McMahon

5. Ranking System in WWE

Earlier this weekend, WWE sent out a survey to select members of the WWE universe where the company asked various questions regarding shows.

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The notable questions covered in the survey (via PWInsider) are

*How many times is a month a recipient watches RAW, SmackDown, and NXT?

*How often do they attend Live Events and watch Premium events?

*Are fans interested in NFTs?

* Are fans interested in a wrestler ranking system?

* Are fans interested in “real behind-the-scenes workings at WWE”?

* Which Social Media platforms does the fan follow with WWE?

They also sent out a question where the company was asking about Utilizing a ranking system like AEW. WWE has been releasing several surveys as of late, and the most recent was the survey about the WrestleMania Backlash card. Fans were asked to rank the matches from “Not at all Interested to “Extremely interested.”

However, WWE once had a ranking system called the WWE “Power Rankings or “Power 25 during its active years. The main difference between AEW’s current ranking system and WWE’s was that wins, losses and draws were not the sole focus of rankings in WWE.

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