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 read over the weekend, there are some rumors out there now indicating that WWE officials are considering moving Daniel Bryan into the WWE World Heavyweight title match with Batista and Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXX. While this rumor has certainly gained traction, there are conflicting rumors that Bryan is still set to take on Triple H at that event. One potential source of the conflicting reports is that those same WWE officials want a Shield triple-threat match to get the Roman Reigns "monster push" up and running, but they do not want two triple-threat matches on the same show. While this situation will obviously clear up with time, it is clear that the backstage rumors of the WrestleMania XXX plans going "off the rails" definitely have something to them.
- You may also have read that the Undertaker is officially set to return on the Feb. 24 edition of Raw. That plan has now been "locked in" per multiple sources. Barring some extreme circumstance, Undertaker will be back that night to kick off his feud with Brock Lesnar.
- Last we heard from WWE Diva Layla, she was away from the roster dealing with what was believed to be an undisclosed medical issue. This was several months ago and there has still been no official word on her status. Now, it is being said that, due to the aforementioned medical issue, Layla's in-ring career is likely over. While she remains under contract with WWE, it is not believed she will be doing anything physical for the company in the future.
- WWE ran a house show in San Diego, CA on Saturday night. Normally, this wouldn't merit any real mention, but Rey Mysterio, a native of San Diego, was not present at the show. (Rey was upstate at another show in San Jose.) Fans in attendance reportedly weren't pleased, and made that fact known throughout the night once it became clear that there would be no Mysterio.While it isn't quite on the same level of fans taking over a pay per view like Royal Rumble when it was clear that Daniel Bryan wouldn't be participating, it does serve to show that WWE is having a tough time of late gauging how their paying customers will respond to their booking decisions. WWE officials at the show did not offer any refunds for Mysterio's absence, but did offer them as CM Punk was advertised for the show but obviously not appearing.
- European wrestler Adrian Severe, trained by former WCW wrestler Alex Wright, got a second tryout with WWE recently. He received at tryout last year during WWE's European tour as WWE was scouting talent.
- In TNA news, it is being said that opponents have been chosen for Japanese stars the Great Muta and Seiya Senada in a match at next month's Lockdown pay per view. They will be doing battle with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. It is also being said that there have been a large number of creative changes in regards to the talent recently, including several face/heel turns coming up soon. Plans to put the TNA Tag Team titles on the Wolves, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards, were also reportedly nixed because "it was too soon" to put gold on the new (to TNA) duo.
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