Rumor Roundup for Thursday, May 23 - Reigns, SummerSlam Plans and More!

Roman Reigns injures ankle at Smackdown tapings.

Roman Reigns injured at SmackDown tapings, a bunch of face/heel turn rumors, WWE reaching out to NFLPA, and more!

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:

  • Following the six-man tag team main event at Tuesday night's (May 21) SmackDown tapings (set to air Friday, May 24,) Shield member and one half of the tag team champions, Roman Reigns, was helped to the back by the referee after suffering an apparent ankle injury. The injury reportedly occurred following a spot with Randy Orton on the ring apron. Reigns was limping and did not participate in the post-match brawl which saw the face team take out fellow Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
  • Turns galore! As you may have read yesterday, WWE is believed to be planning a Sheamus/Randy Orton feud that will lead us into SummerSlam in August. Obviously, that would mean one of them has to turn heel. Popular opinion rightly pegs Orton for the turn, as he has expressed his displeasure with his role as a face in the past. However, don't rule out a heel turn for Sheamus. While past rumors suggested that Vince McMahon himself shot down the possibility of a Sheamus heel turn, it wouldn't be the first time that WWE has leaked false information in order to increase the shock value of a swerve...
  • Speaking of Orton, the "punt" finisher he used to finish off Big Show at Extreme Rules was a one time deal for the "extreme" gimmick pay-per-view and remains banned otherwise.
  • In other "turn" news, Mark Henry and Wade Barrett may be up for face turns in the near future. Henry reinjured his shoulder at Extreme Rules and may miss some time, but if the plan to pair him up for a match against Big E Langston at SummerSlam still holds up, Henry might be the one making a turn. As for Barrett, he may be turning face in order to feud with dancing WWE newcomer Fandango over the Intercontinental Title.
  • WWE has never been shy about leaving no stone unturned in the search for potential talent, and now they're trying to open up another recruiting avenue. Jim Ross reportedly met with NFL Players Association officials hoping to open up a pipeline between the NFL and WWE. Players struggling to find work on NFL rosters could be directed towards WWE instead. Goldberg is likely the most famous former NFL player to make the jump to pro wrestling, but many wrestlers played in the college ranks, including the Rock and Roman Reigns.

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.

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