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:
- If you haven't yet, check out the video of a fan attacking Randy Orton at a SmackDown show in Cape Town, South Africa. Supposedly, some in attendance at the show are saying that the fan also attacked Big E Langston at ringside prior to entering the ring and going for Orton. (After possibly pissing off two large, angry men, security may have been doing him a favor in taking him out of there...)
- In other news from that event, Justin Gabriel picked up a win over Titus O'Neil to please his home country fans. Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler in a lengthy (and reportedly good) no-DQ match for the World Heavyweight Title.
- Meanwhile, the Raw roster was in Perth, Australia. Zack Ryder won a triple threat against Antonio Cesaro and Heath Slater to earn a US Title shot against Dean Ambrose later in the night. (Not shockingly, he lost.) Curtis Axel defeated Miz for the Intercontinental title in a "Perth Street Fight." Paul Heyman was advertised locally for the show, but did not appear, leading to some "we want Heyman" chants from the fans. Team Hell No once again defeated the Shield via DQ while John Cena defeated Ryback in a tables match in pretty straightforward affairs.
- Though we haven't heard anything new lately, it is becoming more and more clear that Sting will one day jump from TNA to WWE. We've also noted several times that Kurt Angle would like to have a "retirement" tour with WWE, likely culminating with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame within the next few years. Another former WWE/current TNA wrestler who may by thinking about making a return in the future is Jeff Hardy. The issues that forced him to leave the company are well documented, but it is believed that if Hardy seriously wanted to return, WWE would be open to it. (It wouldn't be until at least 2015 barring something extreme, as Hardy signed a two year deal with TNA this past February.)
- In a sign that things may not get better for TNA anytime soon, it has been announced that the company has canceled two live events from Washington and Oregon in August. No official reason has been given, but poor ticket sales is suspected to be the reason. Many recent TNA "live" shows have been drawing attendance in the low-hundreds, so one has to wonder just how bad the sales were for those two events to get the canceled...
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.