Rumor Roundup (Feb. 21, 2014): WWE vs. TNA, Undertaker in good shape for return, more!

Undertaker in good shape for his return?

Today's rumors: WWE Network programming to go head to head with TNA, recent picture of Undertaker shows him to be in good shape, developmental news, 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:

  • One interesting bit of news to come out of yesterday's WWE conference call is that they will be running a three hour slate of programming on Thursday nights, going head to head with TNA's Impact program. WWE Legend's House, NXT TV, and Superstars will run from 8pm-11pm on Thursday nights. While it may not be the death blow to TNA that moving Smackdown to Thursday nights would be (which is still possible in the new TV deal,) the additional wrestling competition will certainly test Impact's mettle.
  • A recent picture of the Undertaker surfaced online recently, and he appears to be in good shape compared to where he was at just before his return last year. Then, due to "offseason" surgeries, he was unable to work out and was said to be 35lbs overweight (with a very noticeable gut) upon returning. He got into shape quickly and was able to have an excellent match at WrestleMania 29 with CM Punk. Now, beyond a gray goat-tee, the Deadman appears ready for action. He is still expected to return on the 2/24 edition of Raw in order to kick off his feud with Brock Lesnar, his long-rumored WrestleMania XXX opponent.
  • It appears the Alexander Rusev, who seems to be in purgatory between NXT and the main roster right now, is getting a new finisher. WWE officials are said to have wanted a more heavy-impact finishing move for the Bulgarian brute, so it looks as though he'll be getting the sidewalk slam as a new finisher. He had previously been using the camel clutch submission move.
  • For the handful of you who may be wondering what happened to Brodus Clay, he is apparently back training in at the WWE performance center in Florida. He is scheduled to work this weekend's NXT house shows as well, indicating that he may be back in development for the time being.
  • The original Sin Cara may soon find himself in a legal battle with WWE over the rights to use the name "Sin Cara." He will debut this weekend for Mexico's AAA promotion and is being advertised as "Sin Cara," a name he insists he owns the rights to. He also cannot go back to using Mistico, as his previous prmotion, CMLL, owns the rights to that name and has given it to another wrestler.
  • Reminding us that things in TNA are still in rough shape is news that TNA is apparently losing money on house shows. Because the crowds they've been drawing are so small, they do not even make enough money to cover the cost of renting the building the event takes place in. One particularly bad instance was in December of last year, when TNA reportedly had to write a $15,000 check to Temple University when they held a show there.

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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