I know one of the things that popped up and spread around the Johnny's fandom was the rumor that there was going to be a new volleyball support unit debuting at the end of the year. According to the rumor the group would be appearing on the cover of the December issue of the idol magazine Myojo.
Honestly I immediately marked this in the questionable. Upon learning that the information could not be verified outside of a single source that was not even known in the past to be reliable I counted it in the number of various other rumors about such a debut. And now that information about Myojo's December issue is out on their official webpage it looks like at best it was a mistake about the unit that will be featured on the cover.
According to a Myojo tweet the cover will feature a new unit which will consist of Sato Shori, Kuramoto Kaoru, Matsushima Sou, Yu Marius and Haniuda Amu and will be called Sexy Boy. So there will be a new unit, but it looks like it will just be a Junior unit as there's no mention of a CD debut anywhere.
Honestly after Kis-My-Ft2's delayed debut and Johnny's at least beginning to push A.B.C-Z towards a debut yet another debut of a group, unless it's a one-shot debut, seems unlikely. I'm sure Johnny's probably had plans for a volleyball debut but because of the disaster in March a lot of their plans have been scrambled which is why I'm thinking that we will not get such a debut unit. A.B.C-xyZ almost seems like an attempt to salvage some of those plans but I'm not a part of the agency so the best I can do is speculate just like any other fan.
There's also the fact that if those five were to be the new unit it would go against another caveat of debuting groups, no one outside of Junior fans would even know who they are. They're all fresh Juniors and have only recently gotten attention from Junior fans in the past few months. A few have been on Yan Yan JUMP but that's still not a lot of general recognition outside of Junior fandom. But all the volleyball groups have been made from some of the most popular Juniors, which tend to be the Juniors that have been around for a while and have had acting jobs, and then an unknown or relatively new Junior or two thrown in. V6 had the three eldest members of the group being popular Juniors of their time, Arashi was made of all popular Juniors, NEWS had Yamapi and Hey! Say! JUMP had the two most popular members of one of the most popular Junior groups, Ya-Ya-Yah, as well as being able to ride off the newer popularity gained by the original Hey! Say! 7 members. And while those five do show promise, especially Shori, they're all very new faces and have a ways to go in climbing up the ranks of popularity with the Juniors even if they seem to be taking leaps and bounds up there.
With this recent bout of rumors of debut I must stress that you make sure sources are verified in some fashion. I tend to stick to known news sites, reliable online stores (those that have a history of only posting correct information up) and if I use blogs I always make sure the information that can be found on other blogs and it is coming from a source that's been mentioned or from various individuals that were personally there at a concert/taping/event that an announcement was made. For example, even though I only linked one blog for the A.B.C-xyZ information I looked at a few other blogs from people that were at the show the announcement came from first and chose that blog as it had the most information at the time. So before you believe a rumor make sure it's either coming from a known reliable source or can be verified by different people that aren't all using the same iffy source for the information.
And with that all out of the way I'd like to go on record and say that Sexy Boy is a terrible group name. And it would not matter if the boys in the unit were ten years older than they are, it just comes off as really unimaginative and boring. As silly as a lot of Johnny's group names are at least they come off as someone took some time to sit down and think about it, while with this name it looks like they just took the words out whatever image pitch they created for the unit.