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:
- As if it wasn't obvious to any veteran fan of pro wrestling, all signs are pointing to Randy Orton leaving Survivor Series on Sunday as WWE champion. Orton said on this week's Raw that he won't be able to beat the Big Show alone due to the injuries he sustained against the Big Show a week before, likely a last ditch effort by WWE to convince fans that there could actually be a title change at the pay per view (PPV.) With rumors still strong that Big Show will be taking on Triple H, possibly at next month's Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (TLC) PPV, it seems unlikely that WWE would tie up their most prestigious title in that affair.
- When the Wyatt Family first made their debut on the main roster this past summers, there were strong rumors that the creative minds at WWE wanted them to eventually feud with another successful trio of former NXTers, the Shield. The two groups spend their first few months on the roster together in separate storylines, but finally clashed a few weeks ago to close out Raw with CM Punk an Daniel Bryan between them. This was likely a tease for future tension between the groups, as it is rumored that the two groups are still destined to feud, possibly at WrestleMania XXX. Since WWE has generally been reluctant to put on heel vs. heel feuds, one of the groups would likely need to turn face (or a third group of faces injected into the feud) before it would actually happen.
- Rumors last week indicated that WWE still had their "heart set" on a Sting vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania XXX, signing Sting once his contract with TNA is up at the end of this year. The backup plan is said to be Undertaker's personal choice of opponent: Brock Lesnar. But if Sheamus has any say in the matter, it will be the big Irishman getting a chance to break the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania this spring. Sheamus has reportedly been pushing hard for the match internally, and it is said he was one of the options considered last year before Undertaker reportedly "hand picked" CM Punk as his opponent for WrestleMania 29. Sheamus is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and is expected back early next year where, if past rumors hold true, he may turn heel upon making his return.
- If you look at the Great Khali and think "boy, I wish WWE had more guys like that," you might be in luck. (You might also want to get your head checked...) That is because Rajesh Kumar, a 7'5, 335lb Indian, is set to begin pro wrestling training in Japan. The original article stated that it was WWE training, but other sources have disputed this, saying that the training is not affiliated with WWE. In either case, despite his size, the 39 year old who has spent most of his life working fields in his home village seems like a long shot to make an impact in WWE.
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.