Rumor Roundup for Monday, August 12 - Punk/Lesnar/Heyman, Divas, RVD, and More!

Maria Menounos close to returning to the ring? - WikiMedia Commons

What are the plans for Punk, Heyman, and Lesnar following SummerSlam? Former Diva returning soon? RVD's contract details, 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:

  • We're now six days away from SummerSlam, and the card is shaping up rather nicely. One particular area of interest coming out of that event will be what WWE has planned for the CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman angle. Last year, Lesnar had a match with Triple H at SummerSlam and then left WWE programming for around six months until returning to set up a rematch with Triple H at WrestleMania 29. It could be the same situation again this year, especially with Lesnar no longer scheduled to appear at the post-SummerSlam Raw on August 19. However, it is believed that the feud between Punk and Heyman will continue. Past rumors suggested that very early booking has Punk winning the Royal Rumble in January and then going on main event WrestleMania 30 against someone (possibly John Cena) for the WWE title. With, at some point between then and now, Punk patching things up with Heyman so Heyman can escort Punk to the ring, as he described in a promo prior to their best friends breakup.
  • As we mentioned last week, the WWE Divas title is expected to end up in the hands of one of the Bella twins, in large part due to their role on Total Divas. Now, it looks like a potential storyline is starting to grow between the Bellas, Total Divas co-star Natalya, and former Diva Maria Menounos. In a Twitter exchange over the weekend, Natalya invited Maria to SummerSlam as her guest, and the Bellas responding in predictably heelish fashion. Maria has also been tweeting lately that she has been undergoing training to get back into ring shape for a potential return.
  • When it was announced that Rob Van Dam would be returning to WWE, early rumors suggested that his contract would be a short-term one, as Van Dam has said repeatedly that he isn't interested in sticking around for the grind of a WWE travel schedule. Now, it is believed that he has a long-term deal with the company, but it is segmented into short term stints. His first stint is believed to have started with his appearance at Money in the Bank on July 14, and would last for 90 days, putting his exit sometime in the middle of October.
  • Speaking of SummerSlam, it came up that WWE would like to turn the show into a second stadium show, just as they have done with WrestleMania. WWE has held SummerSlam in Los Angeles, CA for the last five years, and they are looking to keep it there. One option that has come up is to move from the Staples Center, where they hold the event now, to the StubHub Center, LA's soccer stadium. Moving to the StubHub Center would give WWE the best of both worlds: staying in LA and increasing the possible attendance at the event by 10,000 or more.
  • There are a few happenings going on with WWE's television contracts right now. First, WWE's deal SyFy to air SmackDown is up at the end of September. There is no word on how (or even if) negotiations are going. Second, WWE is believed to be close to a deal to bringing NXT to US television within the next month. Exactly where or when the shows would start appearing on TV is not yet known.

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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