For many fans, reading about rumors -- and trawling the sites that traffic in them -- has become as popular as watching the matches themselves. In this daily column, we take a look at the biggest rumors and weirdest stories being churned out by those pro wrestling "news" sites.
Important reminders: Rumors are "rumors" and not "news" for a reason, folks. That which has not been confirmed as legitimate news or fact will be made clear. Also, don't let these things ruin your day. It gets better.
With Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling coming online, Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling coming to TV and the WWE finally coming to its senses regarding Daniel Bryan, times have been rough for TNA lately. After letting many of their former stars -- including then-current champion AJ Styles -- walk away from insultingly low contract offers and blatantly ripping off WWE storylines, it appears the problems have finally trickled down to the performers still on the show.
And like any other sinking ship, it's been leaking like a sieve. Just in the past two days, the following three stories have been making the rounds on the dirt screens:
- It appears that full-time TNA performers are unhappy about the results of one of TNA's One Night Only PPV tapings, this time for the X-Division themed show Xtravaganza. Specifically that there were several people being put over on the show that weren't currently with TNA, something seen backstage as bad for business.
- Although he tried to make it clear that he loves working there, Kurt Angle has made it even more obvious how badly he wants to leave TNA and retire in the WWE. While he says he thinks he has "at least" another five years left, given that he even brought up ending his career means that TNA should seriously consider how much of an investment it wants to make Kurt Angle's future production.
- There's serious development being put into repackaging Eric Young to give him the feel of a more credible champion than his "weirdo frenemy of Abyss" persona currently allows . Which seems like something they should have thought of before making him champion, but considering they put it on him in part to cross-promote his show on Animal Planet -- Off the Hook: Extreme Catches -- the amount of time spent thinking about this seems negligible.
When coupled with the devastating news that Impact has dropped out of the top 100 shows on cable, it really looks like TNA is getting closer and closer to a precipice. But at least Eric Bischoff isn't driving the bus there.
The Rest of the Rumors and News Bits for the day:
- As hinted at by Roman Reigns' victory over Evolution underling Randy Orton (clean in the middle of the ring, with a spear) at a house show in Saudi Arabia, the plan for Reigns is currently a match with
Big BossTriple H at some point down the road. Whether that will be at SummerSlam or in the Night of Champions/Hell in a Cell part of the calendar depends on how much juice the story has going as they build towards the match.
- Speaking of SummerSlam and Night of Champions/Hell in a Cell, it appears that the big four "special events" on the WWE calendar -- the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and the Survivor Series -- will continue to be called PPVs. Everything else will be considered a "special event" only.
- Although it would be a stretch to call it "starting", the "Franchise" Shane Douglas has reportedly done due diligence regarding the preliminary plans for a wrestling promotion.
- One more bit of quasi-TNA news: stars in the promotion have been instructed to steer clear of Jeff and Karen Jarrett. Not for fear of Jeff breaking anyone's glasses or Karen trying to make sure she'll get a cut of sales of the photo, but because they don't want pictures of anyone associated with the organization getting hit with the dreaded #JoinTheForce hashtag.
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.