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:
- All has been unusually quiet on the Hulk Hogan to WWE rumor front ever since rumors that Hogan had reached a "verbal agreement" with WWE were later said to be false. Another key thing to keep in mind when it comes to Hogan returning to WWE is the potential WWE Network. WWE is said to want Hogan back in a role similar to others who have signed a "Legends" deal in the past, with Hogan working as an ambassador of the company and potentially having a role of some kind of the WWE Network. Still, there is no telling what future Hogan has in pro wrestling (other than that it seems less and less likely by the day that he will return to TNA.)
- WWE is putting on a tour of Europe currently, and at one house show over the weekend in Cardiff, Wales, fans were upset that Daniel Bryan was advertised for the event but did not appear. (He was actually at another show in Glasgow, Scotland.) The fans reportedly started Bryan chants throughout the night, apparently loud enough to disrupt the main event between Randy Orton and Big Show. Orton actually took the mic at one point and announced that Bryan wasn't present because he was "at a hospital in America."
- In case you missed it over the weekend, WWE has released NXT talent Kassius Ohno. This news has come as a surprise to many backstage, as Ohno had been working harder and was getting praised by those in power. Ohno was removed from all NXT tapings for a while this past summer for reportedly failing to attend mandatory gym sessions. Ohno, switching back to his previous ring name "Chris Hero," is already back to taking indy bookings, including one for Pro Wrestling Guerilla this coming weekend.
- In other NXT news, the Ascension, current NXT tag team champions, have been renamed. Connor O'Brian will now go by "Konnor," and Rick Victor by "Viktor." (I guess "K" is extreme or something?)
- Antonio Cesaro has been added to the November 21 NXT taping. The last time Cesaro wrestled on NXT, he put on a very highly rated match with Sami Zayn.
- Last week, we mentioned that Janice Carter, mother of TNA President Dixie Carter, released a memo denying claims that the company is for sale. According to multiple reports, several sources within TNA said that the memo was a complete lie. The Carter family is said to be in negotiations with several potential buyers, some of which would probably "surprise" us. WWE is not one of the potential buyers, but they are said to be keeping an eye on the situation in regards to how the sale of the company would affect some of talent. (Sting is the first name that comes to mind, but WWE could see some potential developmental talents elsewhere on the roster.)
- Speaking of TNA, Buff Bagwell recently gave an interview in which he said he was very close to returning to the company earlier this year. He said he is still friends with Hogan and Eric Bischoff, and visited them at an event. The talked Bagwell up and talked about possibly bringing him in as a member of the Main Event Mafia when that group reformed, but nothing ever came of it. Despite saying positive things about him, Bagwell never heard back from them.
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.