Rumor Roundup for Tuesday, August 27 - NXT, Lawler, TNA, and More!

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WWE looking inward to replace superstars lost to injury, Lawler returning to the ring, TNA contract situations, 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:

  • The absence of both John Cena and Sheamus for likely the remainder of 2013 is a definite concern in terms of ratings for WWE. They're featuring their remaining prominent stars (Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, and CM Punk) but are looking at some other options to keep fans interested as we enter the upcoming NFL season, when Monday Night Raw faces insurmountable competition from Monday Night Football. Though it's highly unlikely that WWE would go outside the company for help, they are looking within at NXT for potential call ups. With the Wyatt Family having gotten the call-up and Kassius Ohno nowhere to be found after reportedly running afoul of Triple H by skipping gym sessions, Sami Zayn, the former El Generico, is said to be high on the list of guys who could potentially be called up within the next few months. Possibly standing in the way is Triple H's edict that NXT talent not be called up without a storyline prepared for them.
  • WWE commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler will be making his return to singles wrestling at the Resorts Casino in Tunica, MS, where a museum dedicated to his wrestling career will soon open. The match will take place on September 13, marking the one-year anniversary of Lawler's on-air heart attack. He will take on Austin Idol with Jimmy Valiant as the special guest referee. Lawyer had previously wrestled in a tag team match earlier this year.
  • As we noted yesterday, AJ Styles and TNA will be meeting this week to try to hammer out a renewed contract for Styles', whose current deal expires in September. One option that is apparently on the table is a short term extension, in the range of one-year or so, with little to no pay cut. This way, Styles wouldn't have to suffer the insult of taking a pay cut while TNA can see where they are at as a company one year from now and revisit Styles' contract situation then.
  • Speaking of TNA, it was rumored several weeks ago that the company was interested in having Devon transition from the role of an active wrestler to a road agent, scouting and helping to develop new talent. It turns out that this is not the case, and that Devon will be leaving the company when his deal officially expires later this year. He lost a "loser leaves town" type of match on last week's edition of Impact, writing him off of television.

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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