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:
- Some initial plans were made to use Curtis Axel as a stand-in for fellow "Paul Heyman Guy" Brock Lesnar in his feud with CM Punk whenever Lesnar would be unavailable for an event. Heyman himself actually requested that creative keep Axel separate from the Punk/Lesnar angle, sensing (apparently correctly) that Axel would likely be used as "fodder" if he got involved. Now it appears that Axel will be teaming with Punk next week rather than fighting against him.
- Stephanie McMahon announced the "red" WWE Title Money in the Bank (MitB) match competitors on last night's (June 24) Raw, and the initial reaction seemed to be that it was a stacked lineup. Every competitor is a former WWE or World Heavyweight Champion (or BOTH) with four former MitB winners (CM Punk [twice,] Daniel Bryan, Kane, Rob Van Dam) to boot. This has also left many wondering just who is left for the "blue" World Heavyweight Championship MitB match, especially with Dolph Ziggler taking on World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio directly. It was also announced that Chris Jericho will take on Ryback in a singles match, removing two more high level competitors. This may be good news for new Zeb Coulter disciple Antonio Cesaro, who will likely earn a spot in the match and, with a renewed pushed thanks to Coulter, be the favorite to win it. Others who could be in the match include the currently injured Big Show and Kofi Kingston, who are both expected back by that event.
- As we noted last week, WWE opted not to renew announcer/host Matt Striker's contract. Striker was replaced for this week's taping of Superstars, for which Striker served as a commentator, by Alex Riley.
- Over a week has passed since Mark Henry swerved the entire WWE Universe with his retirement angle, and one of the best part about it was the surprise factor. One person who saw it coming though was none other than Stone Cold Steve Austin himself. Austin commended Henry for his acting in the bit, but said that being in the business as long as he has, he knew something was up with Henry right away.
- WWE's new training and development "performance facility" in Winter Park, FL will have its official grand opening on Thursday, July 11. All of the recently signed developmental talent has been instructed to report to the facility on July 8.
- In unfortunate news, former TNA X-Division champion Zima Ion fell well short of his goal of raising $30,000 to cover the medical expenses related to an emergency appendectomy and subsequent removal of a tumor found during the initial surgery.
- In Ring of Honor news, the company has announced that they will no longer be doing live "iPPVs" after being plagued by technical issues in seemingly every one they've tried to do. Their shows will now be taped and offered as part of a Video On Demand service.
- In even more Ring of Honor news, there is a whisper that the Briscoes, Jay and Mark, may be done with the promotion. WWE reportedly was interested in signing them early in 2012, but could not until their contracts had expired with Ring of Honor. This will be a story to follow as it develops, especially with Jay as the current Ring of Honor world champion.
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.