Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we will be taking a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill.
Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt.
Rumors for the Day:
- As you may have seen, CM Punk has been removed from all WWE event listings through SummerSlam in August. Rumors are supporting the idea that the extended absence is more due to mental fatigue than physical. It has previously been reported that doctor's recommended at least six weeks of rest for Punk in order to heal an ACL sprain and multiple torn minor ligaments in his knee. It is also believed that Punk was suffering from other minor injuries to his neck, arm, and other knee as well. It is also worth remembering that Punk's "vacation" could be ended early at any time if WWE decides it needs him in order to improve ratings and/or pay-per-view (PPV) buys.
- Speaking of injuries, it is believed that John Cena is suffering from a legitimate, albeit minor, injury to his Achilles Tendon. Cena last wrestled in a singles match against Ryback on April 21 in Geneva, Switzerland. Several sources believe this is where the injury occurred, as after this, Cena was put into six-man tag matches for the remainder of the tour (to protect him) rather than continue with the advertised singles matches against Ryback. Continue to stay tuned on this front.
- In the (at this point) seemingly unlikely event that Cena is unable to wrestle at May's Extreme Rules PPV, look for WWE to once again reach out to the Undertaker to wrestle at the event, likely in a rematch with Team Hell No against the Shield. (In fact, despite yesterday's rumor to the contrary, this could still happen even if Cena is able to go.)
- In other Undertaker news, who wouldn't like a little "Bikertaker" nostalgia?
- Not even a month has passed yet since the Rock tore an abdominal muscle while wrestling in the main event of WrestleMania 29, but the rumors that "The Great One" has wrestled his last match continue to intensify. The injury the Rock suffered that night required surgery, potentially putting his availability for filming his upcoming Hercules movie in doubt. For insurance reasons, movie studios will be tentative to sign him for movies as long as he's still performing in the ring. Even the Rock himself has suggested that this would be his last match, even before the injury put his future in doubt. Rock often refers to having had a "three-year plan" for appearances, and with WM29 in the books, those three years are up.
- Could WWE be thinking about a Fandango face turn? Though he has still been acting like a heel, he has been getting more cheers than boos in term of a reaction. Once last night's (April 29) Raw went off the air, Fandango came out to engage the audience. He got them to try to correctly pronounce his name and then delivered the standard "drive safe" message that ends all of the shows.
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.