Rumor Roundup for Thursday, August 22 - Battleground, Raw Match, and More!

Triple H leading the charge to bring a War Games match to WWE?

Interesting rumors regarding the Battleground pay per view, main event for next week's Raw announced, a former superstar promises to return, 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:

  • Normally, I stay away from these types of "rumors" until they solidify a bit, just in case they are someone's fantasy booking that got a little traction online. But this one seems to have enough logic and evidence behind it that it just might be true. Ever since it was announced several weeks ago, WWE's inaugural Battleground pay per view (taking place October 6 from Buffalo, NY,) speculation has been rampant that, based on the name, the event may include a War Games inspired match. Real life VP of talent relations and on-screen COO Triple H has been a fan of the War Games match but has previously met resistance in trying to bring it to a WWE pay per view. And now that he, the McMahon's, and WWE Champion Randy Orton have formed a Corporation-like alliance against Daniel Bryan and any other superstars who badmouth the company leadership, We saw Dolph Ziggler and Big Show get this treatment on Raw, where they were forced to take on the Shield in handicap matches after making disparaging remarks about Triple H. This treatment may continue until we have a Daniel Bryan led "WWE faces" team assembled to take on a Triple H/Randy Orton led team in the War Games inspired match.
  • The main event being advertised for next week's (August 26) Raw is CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel in a handicap match. Slight spoiler: Axel challenged Punk to a match on Tuesday's (August 20) Smackdown taping, set to air this Friday (August 23,) so this could be the match that results from that challenge.
  • Former WWE superstar John Morrison recently reiterated in an interview that the door is open for him to return to the company and that he "definitely" plans to do so sometime soon. His biggest reservation is returning to the grueling full-time work schedule of a WWE superstar, and that it limits the other projects one can work on while touring.
  • In TNA "let's see how deep we can dig a hole for ourselves" news, the company is running an angle with Bobby Roode on the Howard Stern show. Roode has been describing the various things he would inflict on Eric the Actor, a wheelchair-bound recurring character on the show. This would build up to October's Bound for Glory event, where Eric would be in attendance and confront Roode.

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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