Rumor Roundup (May 8, 2014): Sheamus fight backstage, Chris Jericho return, CM Punk change, more!

Joern Pollex

Who got into a fight with Sheamus backstage? What did Jericho say to the WWE about returning? Why is the WWE worried about Daniel Bryan and John Cena? Possible answers to these questions in today's Rumor Round-Up.

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:

  • Sheamus and Sin Cara allegedly got into a fight backstage at TV sometime last week and while details are sparse, word is Sin Cara got the better of it. This is less surprising than it sounds, as it's important to remember that Sin Cara is now the performer who used to be Hunico. Not the guy Alberto del Rio tried to beat up for quitting a match after jamming his finger in the ropes.

  • WWE reportedly contacted Chris Jericho regarding a possible a return, which he said to no to, citing too many schedule commitments on other projects to come back right now.

  • After years of simply running their performers into the ground, WWE may start giving talents time off to recharge instead of just to recover from injury. The feeling right now is that the weak roster depth -- (Quick Aside: Really?) -- doesn't allow it, but it might be a good idea going forward. Also, tangentially related to this, they are less than thrilled about the idea of having shows without Daniel Bryan or John Cena as the advertised headliners because of them going on sabbaticals. Which is good fans of Daniel Bryan and, presumably, goat mask sales.

  • In your semi-regular CM Punk "what silly thing will happen to keep him in the news this time" feature, WWE -- or more specifically, whomever runs his WWE-branded Facebook page -- changed his cover photo in the past day or so. That's better than the hockey thing, at least.

  • Part of the reason behind the NXT cuts -- also known as the day Mason Ryan got fired -- was to make room for a new class of performers, many of whom are Jerry Brisco recruits (who, if you'll remember correctly, trainers were told specifically not to be mean to.) Which means at least six, and as many as eight former college wrestlers will be joining the Performance Center in June.

  • There's one more rumor that seems to contradict at least one of the major bits of news over the last few days, as according the Observer, WWE has changed other plans regarding babyfaces going forward. But, all things considered, it seems sketchy at best, despite the extremely solid source. According to Meltzer,  WWE is looking to make John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro -- which all make sense -- and Sheamus -- who makes no sense -- into the top four faces going forward. That this "was" the plan "a little more than a week ago", it seems that they either changed their minds or have a weird way of making us want to cheer someone. Also of note is that the last time an internal list was made and/or leaked, Randy Orton, Batista and Roman Reigns were near the top, right behind Cena and Bryan, with Sheamus planned as a top face down the line. Again, it's hard to say if this is flat out wrong, out-of-date or some just normal creative schizophrenia.

  • 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.

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