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:
- When it was first announced that John Cena would require 4-6 months recovery time to repair his torn triceps, many (including yours truly) believed that he would be back on TV to boost ratings sooner rather than later in a non-wrestling role. Though the rating for Monday's Raw wasn't hurt as badly as some expected by the return of Monday Night Football, Raw struggled to compete last year even with John Cena around, and it seems inevitable that the ratings will continue to whittle down as we coast through the annual lull between SummerSlam and Royal Rumble. So, of course, it is now being rumored that Cena will be back on WWE television as soon as next month, initially to promote "Breast Cancer Awareness" month. There is currently no word on how (or even if) he will affect the current storylines, but don't be surprised if Cena sticks around in a non-wrestling role after October in order to keep ratings afloat.
- The word backstage on the Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton match at Night of Champions is that Bryan will not be winning the WWE title from Orton at the event. This is not expected to be their final match for the title, however, so a victory for Bryan that does not include a title change (DQ or count-out) is a possibility.
- WWE may be turning the Miz heel once again. Other than hosting SummerSlam, Miz has struggled to remain relevant as a face.
- NXT Spoiler: Kassius Ohno made his return at last night's NXT tapings. Ohno had a lot of heat for skipping out on required workouts and was pulled from all tapings. Previous rumors suggested that it may have even cost him a call up to the main roster that was supposed to happen earlier this summer. Those in attendance noted that Ohno looked "better than ever."
- For those of you who enjoy this kind of thing, Total Divas will be moving to 9pm eastern when the second half of season one returns in November. She show had been airing at 10pm eastern.
- TNA is going all out to promote their October 20 Bound for Glory pay per view, and they will be getting some help from Spike TV. Immediately prior to the pay per view, Spike will air a one hour "countdown" show, hoping to encourage more buys. It's another piece of evidence that, despite the well documented struggles of TNA, Spike TV (and their parent company, Viacom,) will do their best to keep the struggling wrestling promotion afloat.
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.