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 WrestleMania 30 match card has been re-done recently. That might seem obvious because of CM Punk but it has more to do with Daniel Bryan. In short, your voices have been heard so far and if they continue to be heard, it is now possible that Bryan is inserted into the Batista vs. Randy Orton match in a triple threat for the WWE world heavyweight title. If that's the case, expect the match to go on last and Bryan to win so WrestleMania can fade out with 80,000 people chanting "YES" with Bryan doing the same with the title in one hand. Again, though, this is largely dependant on Bryan continuing to get reaction.
- It's possible this is already the direction because WWE has been pushing hard through social media a new viral video campaign to have fans send in creative clips of a group of people doing the "YES" chant. Not a huge response to it so far, but they haven't pushed it to an insane degree just yet.
- Remember the old talk of The Shield in a triple threat match at WrestleMania? That's back on the table. If it happens, Roman Reigns is definitely going over big but it depends on various factors, including whether or not Bryan vs. Batista vs. Orton is put together.
- The WWE Network is reportedly already in beta testing, according to the Observer, and the employees within the company who have used it are apparently giving it glowing reviews. We will, of course, have our own reviews here on site once it goes live. We expect to hear plenty from you Cagesiders on it as well.
- All hands will be on deck on the Feb. 24 episode of Raw leading into the Network. WWE is now pushing hard to make sure they can get as many names as possible on that show to make it feel like a really big deal to drum up as much excitement as possible for the Network. It's going to be one big long three hour commercial with all the big guns there for it. Expect older names to push nostalgia (Ric Flair, Bret Hart), wrestlers who may be returning after long asbences (Undertaker), possibly a big debut (Sting), and perhaps a monster return (Hulk Hogan). WWE social media accounts will be in overdrive that entire day. Expect the company to break some news and make a few big announcements to keep interest high while driving subscribers. Remember, you can sign up at 9 a.m. ET that morning and the Network goes live right as Raw is going off the air.
- Paul Bearer will be going into the Hall of Fame this year, although he is not the big star on the level of Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts that has been teased recently.
- Although MVP has openly spoken of not having actually signed a contract with TNA, leaving him open to jump to WWE despite having shot weeks worth of television for TNA, that's not going to happen. For starters, this isn't the Monday Night War and secondly, Vince McMahon and company haven't shown much interest in bringing him back.
- At this point, it's almost a lock that Kurt Angle is done with TNA when his contract comes up in late summer/early fall. Even if he doesn't end up back in WWE, he could hook up with Jeff Jarrett and Toby Keith on whatever they're planning.
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