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:
- Forum/news site Pro Wrestling.net (more commonly known as DotNet) reports a source close to situation has ostensibly confirmed that the situation between Batista and Bryan had nothing to do with Daniel Bryan and everything to do with money and broken promises from Vince, not HHH. It also places the blame entirely on Vince for Batista not staying through the end of June. Here is a direct quote from the source with a link to the explanation of the situation from the person who is reporting it, former Torch editor and DotNet founder Jason Powell (warning, the site is a little pop-up happy):
"WWE wants that story out, but it's all twisted. (Batista) would do five jobs for Bryan. They've f---ed him in money, booking, broken promises (relating to his) schedule, and promoting his (outside projects). Had that not happened, he would be around until late June, but because Vince (McMahon) f---ed him, he's not, so they dragged Daniel Bryan into this to vilify Batista. Daniel is beloved and a martyr so he benefits, but it has nothing to do with jobbing. They've twisted. It's classic Vince. Look at Ultimate Warrior and SummerSlam, Bret Hart in Montreal. (Vince) puts out his narrative. There are always two sides."
- John Cena's is being joined by LeBron James and a host of other famous names starring in the Judd Apatow-produced, Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck. Whether he'll be on the set with Method Man, who was also announced for the movie, is unclear. But if they are, we at the Rumor Round-Up hope they find the time do a mash-up of Bad Bad Man and N 2 Gether Now.
- Specific details about Tough Enough have been updated, and it appears that unlike previous editions, most of the performers will be those who have already been signed by the WWE in their developmental system. Which means, at the very least, they'll have a chance to actually make it on TV and stay there. And by "TV", we don't mean the Home Shopping Network, like inaugural co-winner Maven Huffman. Former winners Andy Leavine, Daniel Puder, Nidia and Matt Cappotelli all failed to make the big show for any extended period of time. Though to be fair to him, Cappotelli's reason for not making was a life-threatening illness. In fact, the only WWE star who won Tough Enough was, of course, John Morrison. The Marty Jannetty to Miz's Shawn Michaels.
- For most of the day it was believed that AJ Lee was returning to the company for the European tour based on advertisements regarding her appearances. But, by Round-Up press time, that story was already rescinded, largely based on the past two weeks of the Observer Newsletter stating that there is no timetable for AJ's return and the fact that they stopped advertising her for the tour as early as April 20th.
- Chavo Guerrero had an emergency appendectomy, and is at home healing.
- A report was recently released regarding the WWE Network. It mostly focused on the factors that make it a lengthy process as it has to be cleaned up, approved by legal and closed captioned before being uploaded. What seemed interesting was that it specifically cited WWE will "be adding and removing Network content over time" (emphasis added), though it's not clear why that was mentioned.
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.