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. Also, don't let these things ruin your day. It gets better.
WWE categorically deny claims under investigation by firm:
There's a seriously wild story going around the dirt screens right now regarding an investigation of WWE's finances.
Word spread quickly today that the WWE finance's were being investigated, according to Shareholder's Foundation Inc., for:
Possible claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) concerning whether a series of statements by World Wrestling Entertainment regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.
The organization describes itself as a "a professional loss-prevention, settlement recovery, portfolio monitoring service" that specializes in "securities class action and other legal actions". Based on other information found on website, it is essentially a search engine/reference database "designed to be [sic] a efficient and complete class action monitoring service for individual, professional, institutional investors and custodians."
The investigation seems to go back at least a couple of weeks, at least if the date next to the WWE's entry into the database is correct, and the information shown on the company's page in the "foundation's" index were entered on the same day, as April 11th is mentioned specifically in the claim and appears in the search entry next to the WWE's name.
Needless to say, the WWE vehemently denied the claims that are being investigated, sending a press release that said the following
The claim that Shareholders Foundation is allegedly investigating has absolutely no substance or merit.
The Rest of the Rumors and News:
- It appears that there's been a directive in NXT for trainers at the developmental facility to be nicer to recruits of Gerald Brisco. It appears that Brisco's tendency to recruit directly from the amateur wrestling ruffles the feathers of some of the trainers, who don't like to have too many "shooters" around.
- Daniel Bryan is double booked again, this time for July 12th shows in Tokyo and New York City. Needless to say, Bryan will likely not be able to make both show but, if the KENTA rumors are true, it would be assumed he'll end up in Tokyo instead. Especially with John Cena coming home to specifically make the show at Madison Square Garden.
- Finally, after getting over as a penguin in Slam City, the World's Strongest Man Mark Henry is back on the road again, teaming up with Big E. against Damien Sandow and Brodus Clay. We at the Rumor Round-Up were unable to confirm whether it was a tag team match or a debate over who had the saddest story about a massive push cut short.
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. If you just get too angry, check out the best #InternetWrestlingWriting of the last week from Cageside Seats and everywhere else. That should make you feel much better.