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:
- Yesterday, we noted WWE has considered getting Roddy Piper involved in WrestleMania 30 in a potential tag team match involving Hulk Hogan. Well, apparently, Piper is the guy who has been pushing for as much. It's also now a possibility that Hogan will team with both John Cena and Daniel Bryan to take on the entire Wyatt Family, which would be a compromise spanning multiple matches and stories and might be the best option for all involved. That way Hogan could really stay on the outside and let Cena and Bryan do all the work before the Wyatt clan run into his punches after a hot tag type of situation.
- Batista will be back with WWE for at least one full year, barring major injury. Expect him to be at or near the top of the card for the entirety of his run, including potentially working the main event of WrestleMania 30 and SummerSlam in August. It's been said that a run with the WWE world heavyweight title has been promised to him during this run, his last in pro wrestling.
- Goldberg is apparently getting closer to signing a deal to work WrestleMania this year, and it's almost certain he's going over on Ryback. At this point, nothing else makes sense.
- If you thought the "Summer of Punk" angle was great the first time -- or not great, even -- get ready for round two. Apparently, Triple H has decided he's working with Punk at WrestleMania and there is going to be a big push for Punk at the top that could include turning Batista heel to join The Authority en route to working with Punk for the strap in the main event of SummerSlam. Plans change constantly in WWE but the surest bet for WrestleMania 30 at this point is Punk vs. Triple H.
- WWE might be pulling the trigger on Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Henry at Royal Rumble, though a match with Big E. Langston has been discussed but seems highly unlikely.
- Roman Reigns is definitely the guy who will break away from The Shield and get a big push as a babyface and it's now being said that that will likely occur sometime in February. In fact, after what is still scheduled to be a strong showing in the Royal Rumble match, he could find himself with another strong showing in the Elimination Chamber match next month leading to a continued feud with his former stablemates up to WrestleMania. Yes, you read that right. When Reigns breaks away, The Shield aren't necessarily going to be disbanding altogether. The idea right now, actually, is to keep the group going but replace Reigns with someone else, possibly from NXT. The name being bandied about at this time? Mason Ryan. God, that would be awful, wouldn't it?
- As of this writing, Jim Ross is not scheduled to return to WWE next week at the "Old School" episode of Monday Night Raw. That alone would be interesting enough but it's made more interesting by the fact that Ric Flair will be at that show. If you remember, Ross was pushed into retiring after the infamous 2K14 Symposium during SummerSlam weekend festivities last year because he couldn't get a handle on Flair, who completely hijacked the proceedings and drew the ire of the powers that be in WWE, though the folks with the video game company thought he was great. Either way, Ross got the worst of it then and continues to get the worst of it now.
- Apparently, Ronda Rousey is a big deal backstage at WWE and she is the biggest personality outside the pro wrestling bubble. She's so over, in fact, that many felt her fight with Miesha Tate at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, should have closed the show over the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman fight that saw the former horrifically break his leg. Anyway, no real surprise that pro wrestling workers love Rousey, who might be the strongest heel in MMA today, and definitely its most polarizing personality.
- For those hoping Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards would sign with WWE after their prolonged tryouts down in NXT, sorry, but it looks like that's not happening. The reason? Their size. The Observer has more on why this could be, including an interesting story about a botch in a match that led for Triple H to call for them to "go home", meaning end the match, and that order being disobeyed, albeit briefly. And that may not have had anything to do with the ultimate decision not to sign them. Or it may have, that's one of those things that is impossible to know unless Triple H comes out and says it, and that likely won't ever happen. Either way, they aren't being brought in at this time.
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.