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:
- People have been predicting for weeks now that when Raw rolls into Chicago, IL on Monday, things are going to get ugly. WWE officials apparently feel the same way, and will be cracking down on troublemakers in attendance. Signs will likely be confiscated and there will probably be measures in place to mute the crowd if the chants cross the PG threshold. Adding to the volatility of the situation, "#hijackRAW" has been growing on Twitter the last few days as a rallying cry for fans to take over the show. In the past, attempts to organize large groups of fans at sporting events have largely fizzled out, but the WWE universe has been on edge for weeks now, and it will be interesting to see this play out. Similar groups have already popped up, including #HijackRawBrooklyn (when Raw heads there on 3/24) and #WrestleManiaWalkout.
- If it feels as though it has been a while since we've heard of someone in WWE getting the dreaded "future endeavored" announcement, this news might interest you. At some point in the past year, it was decided that, barring unusual circumstances, talent would no longer be released outright but instead be kept around until their contract expired. This could explain why the typical post-WrestleMania roster purge never occurred last year like many expected, and why it isn't expected to happen again this year.
- In a recent interview, the always interesting Jim Cornette told the story of how the character of Kane came into being. Cornette took full credit for the idea of the character, basing him largely on Michael Myers from the Halloween film series. Cornette was introduced to Glen Jacobs, the man who would be come Kane, by Dutch Mantell (who you may know better as Zeb Coulter,) and brought Jacobs to his Smokey Mountain Wrestling promotion as "the Unabomber." After Cornette and the Undertaker (who had wrestled Jacobs as the Unabomber a few years earlier) suggested signing Jacobs to Vince McMahon, Jacobs was was brought to the then-WWF and forced through some terrible gimmicks (like Fake Diesel and Isaac Yankem) by Vince Russo, then head of creative, who didn't see anything special in Jacobs. According to Cornette, Jacobs was on the verge of being released when he pitched the idea of the Kane character as Undertaker's evil brother. Russo stepped aside and allowed the angle to go on, and the rest is history.
- After a lengthy period of absence, it has been announced that Kenny King and Manik will be returning to TNA action at this weekend's house shows.
- Jeff Jarrett has apparently been running himself ragged in recent weeks as he works toward launching a new wrestling promotion. He has been busy setting up production, merchandise, and talent.It was originally speculated that an announcement regarding the promotion would come in April, but it is not believed that it could be happening sooner. It is believed that Jarrett has been working with country music star Toby Keith as investor as well as with former TNA head of production Kevin Sullivan.
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.