Rumor Roundup (May 3, 2014): CM Punk WWE return, AJ Lee, Batista vs. Daniel Bryan, more!

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 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.

Rumors:

  • Apparently, the original plan for the Payback main event was Batista vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE world heavyweight title. PW Insider reported as much while also saying Batista decided he didn't want to lose so it was decided he would take time off earlier than expected, just after Extreme Rules.
  • Here's your CM Punk update you were surely hopping in here to see: He is not expected to return at this show, but WWE is planning an angle to address his absence. This is only because the show is taking place in Chicago and the feeling is they need to do something, much like the Paul Heyman promo on Raw last month.
  • Speaking of returns, Punk's bride-to-be, AJ Lee, is expected back either just before or just after Payback.
  • Despite the angle that was run on this past Monday night's episode of Raw, Ric Flair is not currently expected to appear in any capacity at the Extreme Rules event this weekend.
  • There is still a plan in place to turn Sheamus heel, just not until after the European tour.
  • NXT might become a bi-weekly taped show instead of monthly because it's gotten far more popular now that it airs on the WWE Network. This would solve a ton of issues they currently run into by taping weeks and weeks of television at one time.
  • When Evan Bourne comes back, he could very well be forming a tag team with Tyson Kidd.
  • Low Ki is apparently close to signing a new deal with TNA where he would both wrestle as part of the X Division, providing a much needed infusion of talent -- they can't run Sanada vs. Tigre Uno/Zema Ion forever. It's also been said he could act as an agent.

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cageside Seats

You must be a member of Cageside Seats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cageside Seats. You should read them.

Join Cageside Seats

You must be a member of Cageside Seats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cageside Seats. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker