Rumor Roundup for Friday, May 31 - Cena, Henry, Swagger, and More!

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Cena/Ryback plans changed, Mark Henry update, reason why there was no Swagger this week, 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:

  • As you may have read in yesterday's comment section, the WWE championship match between John Cena and Ryback at the WWE Payback pay-per-view (PPV) was made into a "Three Stages of Hell" match because Vince McMahon wants to give Cena an "epic" and "memorable" match. In other Cena news, WWE creative is apparently struggling to come up with a long-term plan for Cena at this point in his career. The general belief right now is that Cena will hold the WWE title through at least SummerSlam in late August, but beyond that, there is nothing certain.
  • WWE creative seems to have a Mark Henry sized chip on its shoulder, and it sounds like things are extremely tenuous with "The World's Strongest Man" right now. Despite plans to use Henry in a big storyline, Henry has decided to take time off to rest an injured shoulder which does not require surgery. Things are apparently bad enough that it's possible we've seen the last "wig" get "split" in WWE. Earlier this year, it was rumored there were apparently some contractual issues with Henry as well. His contract only ran through WrestleMania 29, and there was some question as to whether Henry would be renewing, or not. Obviously, Henry re-signed with WWE, but it gives further evidence that this injury leave is the latest in a line of backstage issues for the former Olympian.
  • You may have noticed that Jack Swagger was missing from this week's WWE televised action. The reason for this is because he wasn't allowed into Canada, where this week's shows took place, due to his February DUI arrest.
  • Wednesday night (May 29) introduced us to the Main Event announce team of Josh Matthews, Miz, and Ricardo Rodriguez. WWE is apparently going to stick with this announce team headed forward. Rodriguez's addition is believed to be part of an initiative to use him in some roles other than Alberto Del Rio's ring announcer, but there are no plans to remove him from that job.
  • Samuray del Sol has apparently not yet officially signed with WWE, as they are awaiting the results of some medical testing to return. The signing is still expected to happen barring something severe showing up in those tests.

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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