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:
- Rumors and reports all last week indicated that the Big Show would be making his return on Monday night's (July 22) Raw, but that never came to be. Word is that WWE wanted Big Show back ASAP, possibly to begin a storyline for SummerSlam, but the knee injury that has kept him out since May was not fully healed. With such a potentially loaded card already for SummerSlam, as we discussed yesterday, he may now be held out until after that event.
- Though he has been doing a good deal of jobbing as of late (while possibly saving Cody Rhodes from breaking his neck,) the WWE brain trust is still behind a push for Fandango. They've liked what they've seen out of him from an in-ring standpoint and believe he has a high ceiling. Right now, he's more stuck in "creative has nothing for you" purgatory with all the major title scenes having other talented newcomers than losing any fans backstage.
- WWE has announced (slight spoiler) that Rob Van Dam will face World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match on this week's (airing July 26) SmackDown. Rumors over the past several weeks indicated that Van Dam would be entering a SummerSlam feud with Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel, but he has apparently been upgraded to the World Heavyweight title scene instead. Plans could still change back (or change again completely,) with this being a roundabout way to make set the original plan in motion, but either way, it looks like RVD is back in title contention.
- Despite all of the bad news coming out of TNA lately, one group that has been pleased with the company are the Spike TV executives. They've been happy with the ratings Impact has been getting, usually amongst the highest prime time numbers for the network in a given week. This, of course, will only further fuel the speculation that if (when?) TNA goes completely under, Spike (or their parent company, Viacom,) will buy them out and place Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan in charge. (Their contracts are said to be owned directly by Viacom, not TNA.)
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.