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 mentioned last week that John Cena was still advertised for some shows towards the end of September, despite being out a reported 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn triceps. The advertising for those shows has been updated, with Cena removed and Daniel Bryan headlining in his place. Speaking of Cena, WWE decision makers are planning for his return to the ring no later than January's Royal Rumble, just under 5 months away. It definitely remains a possibility that Cena could return to TV in a non-wrestling role before that if ratings fall and WWE gets desperate enough.
- A possible glimpse of the future of the tag team division: Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Early plans for next month's Night of Champions pay per view indicate that Show and Henry will defeat Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of the Shield for the tag team titles, and then begin a feud with Bray Wyatt's two disciples. Anyone looking forward to the sheer amount of "hoss" in that possible match?
- TNA hall of famer Sting will be headlining the WWC Anniversario on September 21 against former WWE wrestler Carlito in Puerto Rico. TNA talent wrestles for various independent promotions all the time, but it is interesting to see one of their premiere stars doing it.
- Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, who has wrestled for both WWE and TNA in the past, lashed out on Twitter about TNA's recent firing of Jesse Sorensen, who broke his neck wrestling for the company. Sorensen recently stated in an interview that when TNA didn't pay for the medical treatments, his mother's insurance did. However, there were expensive overages that the insurance didn't cover, eventually leading to his mother declaring bankruptcy. Waltman advised Sorensen to acquire a lawyer and put him in touch with Tampa area personal injuries lawyer Dominic Fariello.
- AJ Styles and TNA are set to continue negotiations on a new contract this week. It is believed that TNA is in a budget belt-tightening mode and doesn't want to spend a significant portion of their talent budget on any one performer. It was said last week that if TNA believes they can get 4-5 younger talents for the price they'd have to pay Styles, they will let him walk.
- Last week we mentioned that, along with AJ Styles, TNA veteran Ken Anderson is set to have his contract expire in the near future. It is currently being said that WWE would not be interested in bringing him back if he cannot reach a new deal with TNA, due to some bridges he burned when he was with WWE originally.
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.