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:
- Though we're still about 11 months away, we might already have a second name for the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class: The Undertaker. His long time Manager, the late Paul Bearer, is already in -- with 'Taker as the likely inductor -- so it would make sense to induct the "Deadman" right then and there, as well. Of course, like most things at this point in his career, it will be completely up to the 'Taker whether he enters this year or not. Possibly related are the rumors that Vince McMahon has had a general idea of what he would like to do at the milestone WrestleMania 30 event...inducting one of the all time greats like Undertaker would definitely fit that. It is also possible for Undertaker to put his 21-0 undefeated streak on the line for the final time at WM30 as part of a retirement match.
- Might Big E Langston be turning face in the near future? Rumor has it that WWE decision makers would like to move him into a feud with Mark Henry so the two can have a showdown at SummerSlam in August. Big E remains a face on NXT and many believe it's a more natural role for him. Good idea?
- It has been reported that Austin Aries was fined a significant sum for sexually harassing ring announcer Christy Hemme on last week's TNA Impact. Aries was also required to apologize to Hemme, and Hemme accepted. The punishment possibly could have been much more significant, but it was accepted that Aries was aiming to generate heel heat rather than intentionally harass Hemme.
- WWE.com is speculating that Paul Heyman may be in the market for a new client. With Brock Lesnar likely to take time off following Extreme Rules and there being no timetable for CM Punk's return, Heyman will soon be a man without active clients. Heyman is an automatic heat generator and is one of the best "mouthpiece" managers in the business, so he could be a great asset for an up and coming wrestler. Anyone you'd particularly like to see him manage?
- Evan Bourne apparently suffered a setback since wrestling a match in NXT at the end of March and his return to the ring has been pushed back indefinitely. Column "injury report" regular Christian is still expected to return shortly after Extreme Rules.
- In a bit of Indy scene news, the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) Heavyweight Champion, Masada, reportedly suffered a severe knee injury and will require surgery to repair it.
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.