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:
- The WWE Network is no longer a rumor, having become a reality with it's announcement last night in Las Vegas. You can catch up on any of the details you may have missed here.
- Hulk Hogan was backstage, apparently hanging out with Big Show, while the WWE Network presentation was happening, according to PW Insider. Hogan, for his part, is claiming he was in Tampa last night filming a show at Hogan's Beach. That could be Hogan working people, but he could be telling the truth. PW Insider maintains that sources told them they saw Hogan in Vegas and he was spotted by some backstage. Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez reported that they were there live and in person and Hogan wasn't there "no matter what anyone says". So there you go on that one.
- Though most likely suspected it already, it's worth noting that there will be no Brock Lesnar/Mark Henry feud. Lesnar attacking Henry was just used to set up the Lesnar/Big Show match at Royal Rumble. It is also being said that Rumble will be Lesnar's only action between now and WrestleMania XXX, so he will likely not be involved at Elimination Chamber as was teased.
- In developmental news, we can expect Alexander Rusev to get the call up to the main roster seemingly any time now. WWE officials are said to be huge on him, and he has been traveling with the main roster to house shows in recent weeks. While this is not as strong of an indicator as it once was when it comes to determining when a guy will get the call up, it's definitely a good sign for an NXTer to be working with main roster talent. (Even if the talent in question was Zack Ryder in this case.)
- Another NXTer WWE officials are said to be incredibly high on is Mojo Rawley. They are most impressed with the former college football player's impressive blend of size (6'3 290) and athleticism. So impressed are the officials that it is being said they think he could develop in a "face of the company" type of talent and has drawn some allusions to Roman Reigns. Rawley is still quite green and is definitely much further from a call-up to the main roster than someone like Rusev, but this high praise is definitely a good sign for his future.
- We had mentioned before that Spike TV, via their parent company Viacom, was said to be interested in getting in the bidding for WWE's TV deals when they are available. While most believe that NBC Universal, which currently has the deals for Raw and Smackdown, will pay whatever it takes to keep them, TNA is definitely on edge regarding the situation. TNA is relying on their TV deal with Spike to stay alive at this point, and it is said to run through this fall. One of the goals between the two companies was for TNA to increase its weekly audience to 2 million viewers, which obviously did not happen. While Spike has been one of TNA's biggest supporters through the turbulent times of this past summer, it does appear that they are looking toward potentially greener pastures. (But hey, maybe that "big announcement" of TNA signing a TV deal in the UK and Ireland is a consolation prize?")
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.