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:
- According to the interwebs, the WWE had been planning for the better part of a month to rip our hearts out, as the Seth Rollins turn had been in the works since right after The Shield defeated Evolution at Extreme Rules. For those who missed it, it went something like this:
- It looks like Bad News Barrett may be creating such a large gravitational pull that he may drag Cesaro into the Intercontinental title picture instead of his planned Money in the Bank contract win. What happened on Main Event could also mean that both are appearing in the Money in the Bank match, but this seems to be entirely speculative, to the point where it may just someone on an internet wrestling news site saying THIS IS WHAT I THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN. But here at the Rumor Round-Up, ours is not to think, it's to report what the rumors are, and this is apparently one of them.
- Daniel Bryan's return may be pushed back even farther, with the WWE truly not knowing if he'll be cleared to work at Money in the Bank, as he's been pushed off the card for the last show before the PPV.
- The uncertainty surrounding his return actually extends to the announcement made by Stephanie McMahon on Raw this week regarding the legitimately up-in-the-air plans for the Money in the Bank show. Like Triple H said, there's always a "Plan B" and, for the Money in the Bank PPV, "six man ladder match for the unified championship" is the "Plan B" to "Kane vs. Daniel Bryan in a Stretcher match".
- Plans to bring in Shawne Merriman are still up in the air, according to a recent interview with Triple H. The WWE Universe waits with bated breath.
- In an interesting bit of news, the WWE has started offer free financial planning and debt assistance services for anyone who has ever been under contract with the company. While it's easy to say that this is a ploy to get the company precisely the type of positive PR that they need right now, it's still pretty remarkable considering the amount of people that would cover. They will also be offering financial assistance, to the tune of $5,000 per semester, for former employees looking to take college courses. These are both legitimately generous gestures from a company to former employees, especially with no union collectively bargaining for these type of things.
- It looks like there will be a Legends Roundtable re-released this week on the Network, with Jim Ross hosting an episode entitled "Heatseekers". Obviously this isn't among the most recent given Ross's estranged status with the company, but should be an interesting episode never the less, as long as those involved can manage to at least tangentially talk about the topic in between stories about how over they were 30 years ago.
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 as such.