Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of 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 legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt.
Rumors for the Day:
- If something seemed amiss with the CM Punk/Ryback match at last night's Battleground pay-per-view (PPV,) that's because there was. It is being said that after noting CM Punk's physical condition heading into the weekend (he is dealing with a slew of minor injuries, including to his knee, ankle, and elbow,) plans for the match were changed to make it easier on Punk. Rumors last week indicated that Punk's feud with Paul Heyman is expected to continue until Hell in a Cell later this month before Punk is split off to enter the WWE title scene, possibly against Daniel Bryan.
- All of last week, WWE really played up the potential of a Damien Sandow Money in the Bank cash in against the World Heavyweight Champion at the Battleground PPV. The event came and went, and there was no cash-in attempt to be had despite champion Alberto Del Rio finishing his match in a weakened state. Past rumors suggested that WWE likes to have at least one Money in the Bank briefcase ready to be cashed in as an ace up their sleeve for a surprising swerve. (Last year, Dolph Ziggler held his WHC MitB briefcase under the Raw following WrestleMania 29.) Now, there is even talk that when Sandow finally does cash in his briefcase, he may fail to win the title with the idea being that they want to add more uncertainty to the cash-in process.
- As you may have heard, a power outage knocked the Battleground PPV out for several minutes last night. Luckily, the outage was fixed in time for the event to finish as scheduled. There was said to be definite concern backstage and various emergency plans were being laid in case the main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton had to be shortened or nixed altogether. One option in that situation would have been to tape the match in full and show it to kick off Raw, much as WCW once had to do for a Halloween Havoc PPV which ran long and was cut off by the provider. Luckily, that did not happen and, for better or worse, we got the main event as scheduled.
- Speaking of going off script at Battleground, the tag team match between the Real Americans and the Great Khali/Santino Marella was added at the last minute because the planned match times for the existing matches left the show 20 minutes short in length. So, the match was added and it's probably a good thing for Antonio Cesaro, who once again got an impressive spot performing his giant swing move on the Great Khali.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Please remember, these are merely rumors. Try not to take them too seriously, just have fun with them.