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Rumor Round-up (April 10, 2014): Shawne Merriman's assignment, Prince Devitt's ETA, WWE wins award, More!

When might international superstar Prince Devitt be arriving? And where might he be going? Could he and new WWE signee Shawne Merriman become best friends? Possible answers to these questions and more in today's Rumor Round-Up.

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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:

  • The long rumored arrival of Prince Devitt in WWE may not be happening, and of all the gin joints in all the world, it may be TNA that will grab him. It would be assumed that TNA is offering him more money and/or an immediate spot on the main roster, as previous rumors had WWE making Devitt work at least briefly in the NXT development program.
  • Racked your brains trying to place the dolcet tones over the Network's WrestleMania Rewind episodes? It's ESPN's former hockey announcer Gary Thorne.
  • Speaking of familiar voices, the Undertaker will be making an appearance on the Steve Austin podcast. Whether or not it would be the first appearance of the Undertaker since the end of the Streak, or what he'll say remains unclear. But it sets up perhaps the most effective build to a single episode of a podcast ever.
  • This may not come as surprise, but the word backstage on the Paul Heyman's promo regarding Brock Lesnar was as positive as it was out here in the "Universe." However, the fact that this leaked is positive news for Heyman. And with Brock taking a hiatus, this should mean positive things for the newest Heyman guy -- Cesaro, The King of Swing.
  • It was announced on the JBL and Cole show that Shawne Merriman is now officially part of the "WWE family", which explains his random appearances on the recent WrestleMania and Raw preshows. He'll been assigned to the developmental center for the time being.
  • In one of the true examples of the "meta"-storytelling that has become popular in the new Reality Era, the WWE defeated MTV, E!, Bravo Now, Nike SB, VH1 and Bleacher Report's Team Stream in a gauntlet match to claim the Shorty Award for best Brand Mobile App. For those who don't know, the Shorty Awards are given for achievement in "social media". They are relatively prestigious, so look for an even bigger push for the WWE App on television, which may lead to more of those familiar "Let's go WWE App!"/"WWE App sucks!" chants.

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.

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