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 you may have heard, Big Show has been written off of television due to a concussion. Whether this is simply a means to get him off of tv for a little while or is cover for him taking time off to deal with a legitimate injury isn't known. However, there is talk that, with the title unification match between John Cena and Randy Orton now headlining next month's Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay per view, the long-planned Triple H vs. Big Show match may be pushed back to Royal Rumble instead.
- It has been a little while since we've thrown the name "Batista" around the old rumor mill, but he's made his way back into it after he was seen backstage at last week's set of NXT tapings. Batista left WWE in 2010 and has been a vocal critic of the child-friendly "PG Era," though he has said he has an open invitation to return whenever he wants. Though his movie filming schedule has kept a return to wrestling far from serious consideration thus far, there is some talk that WWE may try to lure him back for WrestleMania XXX with the Rock unlikely to appear for a fourth year in a row.
- Last week, we mentioned that there were rumors a knee injury was keeping WWE Diva Layla off of television. Concern rose when she stopped posting on Twitter and did not join the rest of the roster on their recent European tour. Now is being said that she is not missing time due to an injury, and that there is a belief the 36-year-old former Divas champion may soon be done with the company.
- Another member of the roster who could be in trouble is Brodus Clay. Clay's televised appearances have gotten more and more erratic over the past few months, and he has been far surpassed by his dancers, the Funadactyls, in terms of focus. More questions were raised this past Monday on Raw when recently called-up NXTer Xavier Woods used his entrance theme and the Funkadactyls on his way to the ring. Even if this isn't a sign of issues between WWE and Clay, this is not a good time to be stuck on the lower-midcard with WrestleMania season right around the corner.
- Random Factoid: Yesterday in an interview on Fox Business, John Cena stated that his character generates $100 million annually for WWE. While he didn't say how that number was calculated, or the amount anyone else generates for comparison, actually generating anywhere close to that much money makes it clear just how valuable Cena is to the company and why they seem so compelled to keep him at the top.
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.