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 take 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:
- WWE's upcoming new show, Total Divas, is coming out in late July and the expectation is that the show will spend some time on the relationships between the Bella twins (Nikki and Brie) and John Cena and Daniel Bryan, each of whom are dating one of the Bellas. With Cena and Bryan expected to feud over the WWE Title headed into SummerSlam, this focus on the relationship could extend to the ring as well, possibly pitting Bella against Bella.
- By all appearances, the returning Christian appeared to be on a collision course with Dean Ambrose of the Shield over the U.S. Title. Then it was announced that each man would be in a different Money in the Bank ladder match at the upcoming pay per view of the same name, (Christian in the "red" WWE Title match and Ambrose in the "blue" World Heavyweight Title match.) Well, the planned feud is still on and is expected to lead to a match at SummerSlam, where it is expected that Christian will do the job and put over Ambrose on what has become WWE's second biggest stage of the year.
- Yesterday, we mentioned that the contract of ECW original and current TNA commentator Taz is set to expire within the next week. It is now being said that Taz has already signed a one-year deal to return to WWE, most likely as a new commentator, and possibly in time for Taz to work the Money in the Bank pay per view from the former ECW home city of Philadelphia, PA. (While you should always take pro wrestling rumors with a grain of salt, it goes double for ones like this already being reported by some sites as fact. I would wait for official word before taking it to heart, just in case.)
- A week after we noted that Stephanie McMahon sold some 2/3 of her shares in the company, news has come out that she has also had her role in WWE creative minimized. Several other moves have been made within the creative department lately, including the addition of Brian "Road Dogg" James to the group for his wrestling perspective, and NXT writer Ryan Ward to the SmackDown team.
- TNA has been making major cutbacks in the amount of employees they have been flying in for shows. This has led many to believe that TNA isn't doing so well financially since taking Impact on the road. Being a privately held company, financial data for TNA is not publicly available.
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.