Rumor Roundup for Wednesday, January 1, 2014: The Rock retirement, Steve Austin wrestling, more!

Paul Heyman teases an intriguing feud for Brock Lesnar

Today's rumors: Is The Rock's in-ring WWE career over? What about Stone Cold Steve Austin ever wrestling again? Paul Heyman teases several potential feuds for Brock Lesnar, 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:

  • As you may have heard, the Rock has confirmed that he will not be participating in WrestleMania 30 after being part of the previous three WrestleManias. While he left the door open for a return at WrestleMania 31, there are many in the business who believe that any future roles the Rock may have with WWE will not be as a wrestler. After tearing a muscle (which would require surgery) during his WrestleMania 29 match with John Cena, there was a fear that his injury would delay the movie he was set to film at the time. That didn't end up happening, but it was enough of a scare that movie producers may shy away from signing the Rock to movie roles if there is a chance he may be risking injury in the wrestling ring, potentially delaying their movies and costing them millions of dollars. So while the Rock may be back for WrestleMania 31 or beyond, it is looking more likely that he has wrestled his last match.
  • Speaking of people who won't be at WrestleMania 30, we might as well close the book on any lingering Stone Cold Steve Austin return rumors. It is being said that Austin won't be participating at the big event, and that he hasn't been receptive to some of WWE's past ideas about him working a match. Much like The Rock, it seems likely that any return by Austin will not be as an active wrestler.
  • Following the unification of the WWE and world heavyweight titles at TLC last month, Paul Heyman teased on Twitter about the potential of Brock Lesnar pursuing the newly united titles. Indeed, it appears that this might be part of the plan headed forward. Rumors have long suggested that Lesnar will be the next person to attempt to break the Undertaker's streak, while the soon returning Batista will pursue the WWE world heavyweight title. However, in a recent (kayfabe) interview with Michael Cole, Heyman reiterated that Lesnar would be pursuing the title and even laid the groundwork for a potential Lesnar/Batista feud.
  • Speaking of Lesnar, it is being said that Lesnar vs. Big Show was a match originally considered for Royal Rumble. It seems as though that plan has fallen through with a feud being teased with Mark Henry, and the aforementioned rumors about Batista and/or Undertaker feuds down the line.

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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