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:
- Word behind the scenes is that Daniel Bryan's estimated recovery is likely to have him back for the Money in the Bank PPV. While Payback will give a much better indication of what the plans for the WWE world heavyweight championship are, if these reports are true, they will likely involve Bryan holding on to his title.
- It's being reported that this week's Raw was Batista's last appearance on the show for the time being, though he's being advertised for next week's show and it's also been reported that could be his final appearance before leaving. This appears to be new chatter backstage, and not just based on the idea that Payback was his planned last show so he could do media for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
- The Great Muta will be appearing at one of TNA's New York City tapings in the Manhattan Center on June 26th. While he's an international superstar who spent several years working for the NWA in the US, he's never worked in NYC.
- There are rumblings from high atop the thing -- specifically WWE CFO George Barrios -- that the Network may start running advertisements at some point. They are just one of the ways that the WWE is looking to generate more revenue in the first quarter of 2015, along with adjustments to pricing.
- The poor fellow who was given a wedgie during last night's Alicia Fox rampage was apparently Cody Rhodes' cousin and NXT timekeeper Berkley Ottman. He is also the son of Fred Ottman, also known as Tugboat, Typhoon and, of course, THE SHOCKMASTER.
- It turns out The Great Khali may be starting his own wrestling promotion in India. There's no word on a name, possible talent -- outside of potential co-founder Indian wrestler Sangram Singh -- involved or how many minutes the Great Khali could believably be booked as their champion if he decided to go Full Jarrett.
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.