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 announced on last night's (May 13) Raw, World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler will not be medically cleared in time to defend his title at this Sunday's (May 19) Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) against Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio. As we discussed yesterday, WWE had two options for the match and chose to turn it into a Swagger vs. Del Rio #1 Contenders match. And that is likely for the best, because the other option discussed was to have Big E Langston take Ziggler's spot in the match, have Jack Swagger win the title without Ziggler having "lost" it, then continue the three-way feud to June's Payback PPV where Ziggler would win it back. Crisis averted? Or something you might have actually wanted to see?
- Speaking of that match, it is now expected that Del Rio will win the #1 Contender's match (in order to avoid the heel vs. heel dynamic between Swagger and Ziggler), then win the title back at Payback as, well as Payback for Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on him. Past rumors suggested that Ziggler was in for a "modest" title reign anyway, and two months would put him around the average for past cash-in champions. Past rumors also suggested that Del Rio would never be far from the World Heavyweight Title scene in 2013.
- On the subject of matches nixed from Extreme Rules, there was some talk of combining the match between Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston for the US title with the Team Hell No match vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns for the Tag Team titles. The winning team would then take all of the titles. WWE is apparently very high on Dean Ambrose as a future main eventer and wants to give him more opportunities in singles action, so the matches were separated.
- A face turn is believed to be coming in the near future for Cody Rhodes. The 2nd generation superstar has talent, but there is little room on the next level for another aspiring young heel. At age 27, there still seems to be plenty of time for Rhodes to get to that next level and perhaps a face turn will help that. But it won't be happening just yet, as Rhodes will be taking on the Miz on the Extreme Rules pre-show.
- Though WWE hasn't officially admitted it, there is a strong belief that the WWE Network is dead in the water. There hasn't been any open discussion or communication with outside partners about the network in some time.
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.