Rumor Roundup for Friday, June 7 - MVP, Swagger, Rhodes' Mustache, and More!

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MVP promises to return to US TV by the end of the year, Swagger injury more serious than originally thought, Cody Rhodes to shave his mustache? 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:

  • Montel Vontavious Porter, better known by his initials "MVP," recently "promised" that he would be back wrestling on U.S. television by "the end of the year." MVP returning to WWE, from which he was granted a release in 2010, has been a near constant rumor over the past year but has yet to come to fruition. In that same interview, MVP also stated that he would not be joining TNA.
  • As you may have heard, Jack Swagger is going to be out until at least the end of June due to a hand injury. It is now believed that the injury might be more serious than expected, possibly pushing back his return to the ring into August.
  • Cody Rhodes may be shaving his mustache this week. That is all.
  • NXT star Richie Steamboat, son of WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat, will undergo potentially career ending back surgery this week. Steamboat has been out for several months with the injury and the surgery may cause him to miss up to a year of action, if he is able to return at all.
  • WWE keeps right on signing Indy talent, now adding 6'1'', 215-pound Ryan Drago to a developmental deal. The 31-year-old Drago has wrestled for a number of independent organizations, most recently taking on the character of an old-time bodybuilder. (Think Eugen Sandow)
  • Another independent wrestler, Adam David, better known as "The Big O" of Zach Ryder's "Z! Long Island True Story" fame, also got a tryout with WWE this week. No word yet on if he'll be signed.
  • The debate about how much TNA wrestlers get paid in comparison to WWE comes up quite frequently amongst smarks, and former TNA wrestler Kid Kash, who left the company in February, may have added some fuel to the fire in that debate. While he didn't give exact figures, Kash stated that he was paid "twice as much" by the notoriously cash-strapped original ECW than he made while in TNA when discussing the issues within TNA. (Because TNA is a privately held company, salary figures for its wrestlers rarely come out while WWE salary figures seem to leak out a few times a year.)

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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