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 sounding more and more like CM Punk will be returning as a face. There are several reasons for this, including plans to work a feud with monster heel Brock Lesnar, as well as to play on the "return pop" Punk will certainly get whenever he does return. (Especially if it happens at June's Payback pay-per-view (PPV) from his hometown of Chicago, IL.) But what might Punk do in the few months between now and SummerSlam when Lesnar is expected to wrestle again? Well, we may have our answer in the form of Paul Heyman's newest "guy," Curtis Axel. The two have already had a minor Twitter spat (over grammar, of all things,) and it would be a logical way to set up Punk vs. Lesnar later in the summer.
- Before that happens, Axel may be getting a feud with a different WWE veteran in Chris Jericho. Jericho is fresh off of a feud with Fandango and has shown a willingness to elevate younger stars. In fact, Axel and Heyman are reportedly kicking off tonight's (May 27) Raw on Jericho's "Highlight Reel" show.
- With John Cena missing from this weekend's house shows, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was advertised in his place. Based on reports from the Friday night (May 24) show, Michaels was part of a "Shawn Michaels appreciation night" segment which included a highlight video and Jim Ross presenting Michaels with a plaque. The presentation was interrupted by Antonio Cesaro, who ate a superkick for his trouble. While it's always fun to see Michaels deliver a superkick, it wasn't quite the "Michaels preparing to return to the ring for WrestleMania 30" some rumors were making it out to be last month.
- Jerry Lawler was back in the ring Saturday night (May 25) for the first time since his near-fatal heart attack last year. He wrestled in an intergender 8-person tag match for the !BANG! promotion in Florida. Lawler scored the pinfall after delivering a pile driver to Hollywood Heather.
- In a move that has been rumored to be in the making for a while now, WWE has signed independent wrestler Samuray del Sol to a developmental deal. The diminutive del Sol is a veteran of the Indy wrestling scene, as well as having wrestled extensively in his home country of Mexico.
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.