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:
- Here's an interesting "what could have been" scenario: Apparently, late last year before plans were set with Batista's return and the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, there was talk of putting one of the titles on Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble and having him keep it up to his match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX. The reason for doing so would have been to make him seem like a more credible threat to Undertaker and his WrestleMania win streak, since many wouldn't believe that Taker would be around long enough afterward to hold a title. Further backing up this plan was a rumor from last fall stating that Undertaker had agreed to work another pay per view match other than WrestleMania. Many at the time, including yours truly, thought that would mean working another event before WrestleMania XXX, but it's possible it meant afterward in order to drop the title. Whether the return of Batista nixed this plan or if it fell apart for different reasons isn't known, but what would you have thought of Lesnar/Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX not only being a streak match, but a title match as well?
- CM Punk may be gone for now, but the WWE Universe isn't going to forget about him. At last night's NXT taping, there were reportedly a number of "CM PUNK!" chants throughout the night, overtaking the action at times. Additionally, WWE security was confiscating any CM Punk related signs from the fans in attendance.
- As you may have read, Pro Wrestling NOAH star KENTA received a tryout at the WWE Performance Center last weekend and may even get to appear at an NXT taping as part of that tryout. Other than KENTA simply being a great wrestler in general, WWE's interest may be part of a push to get the long-rumored Cruiserweight show up and running on the WWE Network. It is being said that they are looking for a wider variety of talents with a variety of styles in order to fill out that show. This may explain their interest in guys like KENTA and New Japan's Prince Devitt despite having previously said they were going to cut back on signing "small" guys to their developmental roster. It should also be known that KENTA will be making an announcement regarding his future in wrestling on Monday of next week, likely whether he'll be joining WWE or returning to Japan.
- We all know some of the NXT stars who are expected to be making their way to the main roster soon, but what about some of the guys who will be taking their places at the top of the NXT card? One name being mentioned as a guy WWE officials are very high on is Colin "Big Cass" Cassady. Though still quite raw, Cassady has impressive size (6'10, 282lbs) and is currently doing good work in a feud with Aiden English while he waits for his tag team partner, Enzo Amore, to return from injury.
- Speaking of NXT, it has been announced that a number of big names will be in attendance for the Feb. 27 live edition of NXT debuting on the WWE Network. Those who will be in attendance include John Cena, Sheamus, the New Age Outlaws, and Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. The matches already announced for the show include Bo Dallas against Adrian Neville in a ladder match for the NXT title and a two-out-of-three-falls rematch between Antonio Cesaro and Sami Zayn. (Hey, this match takes place after Elimination Chamber, so there is a chance Cesaro will even be WWE World Heavyweight Champion! ...in our dreams, anyway...)
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.