Rumor Roundup for Thursday, August 8 - SummerSlam, Flair, Divas, and More!

Ric Flair returning to WWE programming soon? - WikiMedia Commons

Post-SummerSlam house shows reveal potential results, WWE interested in bringing Ric Flair back, Divas notes, 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:

  • Advertising for post-SummerSlam house shows is starting to come out, and while it is always subject to change, we might be able to get a good idea of where storylines are going by looking into it. Most importantly, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton is advertised as the main event on one of the tours (no longer labeled as Raw and Smackdown.) This could very likely mean that Daniel Bryan is going to win the WWE Title from John Cena at SummerSlam only to lose it to Orton when he cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Cena, meanwhile, headlines the other tour and is advertised to be teaming up with Mark Henry for handicap matches against the Shield. Alberto Del Rio is advertised to be defending his World Heavyweight Title against Dolph Ziggler, likely meaning that he defends it successfully against Christian at SummerSlam and there are no cash-ins by Damien Sandow or Cody Rhodes. Again, these kind of things are always subject to change, but it is interesting to note nonetheless.
  • WWE is reportedly interested in signing Ric Flair to a new deal. Over the past few years, he has made occasional appearances for the company, but only on per-night deals. This potential new deal would likely be a long-term "legends" contract. Flair still proves incredibly popular every time he is brought back and his daughter, NXT diva Charlotte, is also working with the company. It has also been said, however, that WWE will no longer allow Flair to get physical in the ring due a string of health problems over the past year.
  • Last week, we mentioned that some in WWE are complaining that an unwritten rule forbidding talents under 21 years old from traveling with the main WWE roster is what has been preventing NXT Women's champion Paige from getting the call up so far while 19 year old Jo Jo Offerman was allowed to travel, due to her role on Total Divas. It is now being said that Paige herself has been one of those complaining about the rule, feeling that she could have helped the main roster Divas division long ago had she gotten the call up. Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, won't have to worry about it for much longer however, as she turns 21 in 9 days.
  • Speaking of Total Divas, it is believed that the prominence of the Bella twins on the show will lead to a Divas title reign for one of them down the line in order to cross promote the show with WWE's standard programming.

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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