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.
Rumors of the Day:
- For those wondering, Cageside Seats has already covered Daniel Bryan's injury with everything we could find worth reporting. The only things currently available in the rumor mills about his injury are complete speculation regarding what type of procedure Daniel Bryan could possibly be having on his neck and what that would mean for his recovery time. And while this is a Rumor Round-Up, it's not a "speculate about a serious injury without any facts" Round-Up. We hope you understand.
- HAVING SAID THAT, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has confirmed that there will be a massive overhaul of PPV plans for Payback as a result of this, though it's unclear what those changes will be.
- There's also no word yet on what's going to happen with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It would be assumed that these plans would likely depend on whatever Daniel Bryan's recovery timetable ends up looking like, which will likely come out after Thursday's surgery. Especially with the news earlier today -- before reports of the injury surfaced -- that WWE officials were looking to clarify the recent report that they weren't sure about whether he or the "Yes!" chant was over, with the company looking to push him hard as the No. 2 babyface behind John Cena.
- Word on the dirt screens is that TNA's production staff threatened to walk out of a recent TV taping if they weren't paid money owed to them by the company. The situation was reported to be tense for several days before the company finally cut checks for everyone. It's also being said that money is extremely tight around TNA for the time being.
- This increasingly shallow war chest also likely led to the departure of Frank Kazarian, with the idea that two performers could be signed for the amount he was being paid. That appears to be a boon for the independents, however, as Bad Influence -- Kaz's wonderful tag team with Christopher Daniels -- look to be headed to ROH sooner rather than later.
- Not surprisingly given the crowd reaction to his first two segments, the Adam Rose experiment is seen to be a failure at the moment. What's significant is that this is being reported -- again, by Dave Meltzer at Wrestling Observer Newsletter -- as a "a bigger story than people are letting on".
- The nuclear meltdown Alicia Fox had -- and the subsequent WWE App video which featured her telling Stephanie McMahon she quit -- is being rumored to be a part of Damien Sandow's future plans. It looks like both Fox's quitting and Sandow's pointed complaints during the pre-show (and his hinting at those comments before his match with Cody Rhodes) are a part of something larger possibly involving the two of them. For what it's worth, Fox later claimed on Twitter she didn't actually quit, which might support this. We'll see.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them for as such.