Rumor Roundup for Thursday, August 29 - Lesnar/Punk II, PPV Fatigue, and More!

Could Lesnar/Punk II still happen?

WWE still wants a Lesnar/Punk rematch, fear of viewer fatigue with three upcoming pay per views in only six weeks, Alberto Del Rio talks his "dream match," 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:

  • It has all but been confirmed that we will not be seeing Brock Lesnar for the remainder of 2013 due to the limited dates in his contract, but that does not mean we've seen the end of his feud with CM Punk. Original plans for October's Hell in a Cell pay per view had the two meeting up in the titular match, but WWE is believed to have backed away from these plans. A major hangup is that Lesnar is believed to only have three pay per view appearances built into his contract for the year (which runs from WrestleMania to WrestleMania) and two have already been used (Extreme Rules, SummerSlam.) With previous rumors suggesting that Lesnar will be the next man to challenge the Undertaker's undefeated streak (with Undertaker himself saying that Lesnar would be his choice of opponent) and other rumors suggesting that early plans are for Punk to win January's Royal Rumble to then go on and legitimately main event WrestleMania 30, potentially against John Cena for the WWE Title, it's hard to pinpoint a time when Lesnar and Punk could have a rematch. Still, it is something WWE is interested in doing and may come up with a way to make it happen.
  • Speaking of October pay per views, there are some amongst the WWE brass who are concerned with the fatigue, both emotional and financial, on the fans that having three pay per views (Night of Champions, Battleground, and Hell in a Cell) in a six-week span will cause. For a fan to buy each of those events would cost around $150 in less than a month and a half. As has been rumored previously, Battleground featuring a War Games style match might help boost that particular pay per view, but it is expected that the buy rates will suffer in that time.
  • According to a recent interview, if Alberto Del Rio had a say, he would be taking on the Undertaker in his dream match. Per Del Rio, he has only had the honor of sharing the ring with the Undertaker once at a house show in Mexico in 2010, teaming with Kane to take on Taker and Rey Mysterio in a tag team match. Del Rio, who has been wildly successful both in Mexico and in WWE, sounded like a star-struck fan when discussing the match, which reminds me of something I try to keep in mind whenever the Undertaker is around: enjoy him while you can because we will probably never seen another wrestler or character like him ever again.
  • Rosa Mendez returned to WWE television this past Monday night on Raw for the first time since April, when she was kicked off a European tour for "personal reasons." It was later revealed that she was partying too much on that tour and, upon returning to the US, entered rehab. She was already on thin ice with WWE, as many in the company believe that she had fabricated a story about being abused by her former fiancee, former WWE talent Jackson Andrews (real name Steven Slocum.) It is unknown if her recent role with Miz will turn out to be a long-term storyline, but it is known that she will no longer be representing Primo and Epico, as they have been repackaged as Los Matadores.
  • The American Wolves, Davey Richard and Eddie Edwards, one of the top Ring of Honor tag teams, will be getting tryouts with WWE very soon. They are seen as a very technically sound, if a bit undersized, tag team who some in developmental have been pushing WWE to pursue for some time now.

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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