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:
- Apparently, the creative team within WWE is on pins and needles right now and dealing with a toxic environment backstage. Great ideas are not only not allowed to flourish, they're not even borne due to the great amount of stress everyone is under. We've heard this before, haven't we?
- Ideas scrapped in favor of John Cena vs. Randy Orton in the main event of TLC: Big Show vs. Triple H in the latter's return to the ring to finally pay off that feud -- and it's looking like that's not ever going to happen now, which is unbelievable considering how things went for Daniel Bryan getting shoved off to the side for that exact reason -- and Big Show vs. Randy Orton in a tables match. Had either of those occurred, Cena vs. Big E. Langston was possible in a program for the world title. Instead, we're getting the unification match, Langston is Intercontinental champion, and Big Show was written off TV with a concussion. So after they freaked out about the direction everything was going and how it wasn't working, they just wrote Show off TV after the run he had the past four months or so. Unreal.
- Speaking of unification, it's still not clear if that's the actual plan. Because of the angle at Survivor Series, where Triple H promised no "physical" interference in the main event before interfering in a non-physical capacity, no one trusts that this match will result in a unified champion. Well, apparently, the wording has been intentionally vague so as to build curiosity to help spike the buyrate. The idea is that more people will buy the show to see what eventually happens. For what it's worth, the exact scenario we saw with the two belts in 2001-2002 could play itself out again. Or, they could do the exact finish everyone predicted when the match was announced, that Cena and Orton would simply switch titles. That would lead to a second match at the Royal Rumble and more on the fly booking, which doesn't bode well for WrestleMania 30. Typically, major decisions on creative directions are made by this point leading into WrestleMania season.
- The WWE Network is still planned to launch in February and if they go with the idea to give away WrestleMania with a subscription, you can expect that some big names will be returning for the event. The brand itself can sell rather well but because of the last couple years of The Rock and Brock Lesnar, it's become expected that major names from days gone by will make appearances. Hulk Hogan, Goldberg, and Sting are the most likely candidates and at least one of the three will almost surely be there.
- Mark Henry and Big E. Langston may be a tag team for the time being but expect them to break up very soon and feud over the Intercontinental title. Who comes out on top of that program should be most interesting to see.
- Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara is back on the books for WrestleMania, seeing as both are healthy at the same time for the first time in forever. Now to see if the two can actually make it to New Orleans without blowing out a knee.
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.