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:
- It is currently believed that a WWE Champion vs. World Heavyweight Champion match at WrestleMania 30 is, at minimum, being discussed as a possibility by the WWE creative brain trust. The idea is to build the World Heavyweight Title back up to roughly equal status with the WWE title, which is why it was placed in the hands of John Cena and may remain there until the 30th edition of "the grandaddy of them all" next April. How the Royal Rumble winner, who typically challenges for one of those two titles at WrestleMania, will factor into those plans is currently unknown. It is also unknown at this point whether the plan would involve an actual title unification, or if it would simply be a "champion vs. champion" non-title match.
- Dolph Ziggler's win over Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel on last night's Raw is believed to be part of a plan to set up a triple threat match between Ziggler, Axel, and Big E Langston (who has a match set with Axel on this week's Main Event) for Survivor Series later this month. Langston was set to have a match with Axel for the title on the Hell in a Cell "kickoff" pre-show before Axel was pulled due to injury. (Rumors indicate that Langston would likely have won the title had the match taken place.)
- WWE Studios have announced that they will be producing a 13-episode animated web series called "Camp WWE" which, according to the press release, "Covers the formative years of WWE stars, whose misbehavior prompts their parents to send them off to Camp WWE to be turned into model citizens by feared counselor Vince McMahon."
- WWE has signed former Olympic wrestler Chas Betts to a developmental contract. Betts, listed at 5'8" 185lbs, wrestled for the United States during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He'll almost certainly be expected to bulk up while in developmental.
- We mentioned last week that TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles (though the title has been declared vacant by the promotion,) was set to defend it at a AAA event in Mexico on Sunday. He did successfully defend it against Judas Mesias. TNA's plan, reportedly, is for Styles' matches outside of TNA to be taped and eventually shown on Impact.
- Both sides are now denying/offering no comment on rumors of The Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan's interest in purchasing TNA. Rumors and "reports" on this story have been all over the place dating back to late last week, and it looks like they will remain that way headed forward.
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.