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:
- You might see CM Punk pop up in the WWE Slam City cartoons that are coming out. That's because it was already put together before he left the company back in January. The plan, apparently, is for WWE to release the cartoon featuring him but not necessarily promote it like the others featuring wrestlers who are still in good standing in Stamford. Nothing has changed as far as the relationship between the two sides. Punk has moved on from wrestling, for now at least, and WWE has moved on from him as well. For those who care about such things, yes, all the shots you think you're hearing on Raw from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are, in fact, shots at Punk. His leaving during arguably the most important stretch in WWE history has made him public enemy number one in some circles.
- There continues to be confusion regarding the pre-show match for WrestleMania 30 and whether or not the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will occupy that slot. The idea seems to be that the first hour of the pre-show will push hard the match taking place on the second hour, which will be exclusive to the Network and won't air via traditional pay-per-view (PPV). With all the emphasis on the Battle Royal, the way WWE is looking at it is that match will make it easier to sell the Network than any of the other lower level matches. Because it's not integral to the main PPV card, it's expendable. Plus, they can better control how to time it if it's on the pre-show. Because the top four matches on the card have been pushed so heavily, timing becomes an issue. So don't be surprised if the Battle Royal ends up on the pre-show, but they could decide it's enough of a draw to put it on the PPV portion. We'll see.
- WWE announced on SmackDown that Daniel Bryan has sustained a dislocated shoulder from the Triple H beating on Raw. I know when I posted on it earlier in the week some fans took it seriously, as though he's legitimately hurt. I assure you, he is not. They're going to play it up to the fullest in an effort to both create further doubt that he'll win at WrestleMania and make it that much sweeter when he does. For those wondering about his showing up at upcoming house shows, he's currently scheduled to appear without missing any dates.
- Although the rating for this past Thursday night's episode of Impact was greatly affected by the NCAA college basketball tournament, morale within the company continues to run low thanks to failing business. The ratings haven't been going up, the roster continues to see turnover with more of the established names expected to be leaving (Christopher Daniels, Kazarian), and the threat of Viacom making a big play for WWE and pushing TNA out because of it. If that happens, TNA is almost certainly going under.
- The worst part for the talent roster? Word is if TNA did go under WWE wouldn't have much interest, if any, in any of the performers. Realistically, it wouldn't make sense for any of them to go to WWE anyway.
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.