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:
- Much earlier this year, around the time of WrestleMania 29, there were rumors suggesting that Vince McMahon had been planning at least a basic outline of what he wanted for WrestleMania XXX as far back as WrestleMania 27. Indeed, WWE wants the 30th edition of "The Grandaddy of Them All" to be by far the biggest one so far. However, if the rumors of a "major shakeup" in WrestleMania plans last week is to be believed, those plans laid out so long ago aren't likely to come to fruition in April. Among some of the things WWE was hoping for were the inclusion of the Rock, whose injury at last year's WrestleMania likely scared him (or at least the movie producers who pay him big bucks) away from a return to the wrestling ring. Another rumor which, by all appearances, has fallen through was a plan to bring back Stone Cold Steve Austin as a representative for Vince McMahon in a match against Triple H for control of the company. Plans to bring back Hulk Hogan and Goldberg for matches (against John Cena and Ryback, respectively) also fell through when they could not come to terms financially. (Many feel that Hogan will eventually be back for the event, possibly wrestling in a tag team match where he will be highly protected.) It is also said that WWE officials still have their "hearts set" on signing Sting once his deal runs out with TNA at the end of this year. Even if WWE still manages to bring in Hogan and Sting for the event, it would be a far cry from the reunion of legends that could have been.
- As rumors continue to come out about the upcoming WWE Network, one that has some WWE midcard talent worried is the potential that some (or even all) of the pay-per-views (PPVs) may end up being shown on the WWE Network. The talent is concerned about how such a move would affect their PPV bonuses, which many of the lower-mid carders rely on to supplement their usual income.
- We learned over the weekend that the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, will host WrestleMania 31 in 2015, beating out Philadelphia as a potential host city. Philadelphia was said to be in the running right up until a final decision was made, but some of those working to bring that event to the city feel they didn't really have a chance as WWE wanted to have a WrestleMania in Santa Clara before the NFL could host a Super Bowl there. Waiting until 2016 (when it has already been announced that WWE will hold WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, TX,) would have put WWE behind Super Bowl 50, which is scheduled to take place in Santa Clara in February, 2016.
- There were some rumors going around yesterday that TNA was advertising Hulk Hogan for their upcoming tour of Europe, and they even made it to Hogan himself who vehemently refuted them on Twitter. It turns out that the advertising in question was old, and indeed, Hogan is not returning to TNA. Let this be a reminder that all pro wrestling advertising is subject to change.
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.