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Rumor Roundup (May 10, 2014): John Cena plans, The Shield break up, Randy Orton staying heel, Lana & Rusev, more!

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.

Rumors of the Day:

  • John Cena apparently wants to work with Big E, maybe in the winter months after the big SummerSlam programs have finished up. It's been reported that the two are good friends and Cena has long been an advocate for Big E.
  • Plans to break up The Shield and turn them heel are now completely off the table. In fact, the idea is to push them harder than ever -- you can already tell with how they've been positioned in the feud wtih Evolution -- and get new merchandise out for them.
  • Randy Orton is likely no longer going babyface as it was originally thought he would sometime after WrestleMania. With Daniel Bryan and John Cena as the top two babyfaces in the company with The Shield not far behind, it wouldn't make sense to turn Orton, who can work close to the top as a heel.
  • Triple H still really wants to bring Ric Flair back and there is support for it because Flair has popped a good rating each time he has returned to Raw. He still has some personal issues to deal with but it's closer than ever that he'll be back on the road on a semi-full time schedule.
  • It's expected that Bo Dallas will make his big re-debut on the main roster next week, either on Raw or SmackDown.
  • Lana and Rusev are apparently a real life couple in addition to their work on television. Dreams dashed everywhere.
  • WWE has already scrapped the idea of referring to smaller shows as "special events" instead of pay-per-views (PPV) because everyone realized calling them "special events" had the opposite of the intended effect. Referring to them as PPVs makes them seem more important, so that's what they'll do going forward. Technically, it's not wrong because you are paying money to see it, even if you're watching on the Network.
  • Kurt Angle's ACL injury wasn't just an angle for TNA, it's a legitimate injury and he had surgery for it already. The man himself revealed his timetable for recovery: five months. It's believed his TNA contract will be up by then and it's entirely possible he will end up somewhere else. At present time, it's more likely he'll end up as the top star with Global Force Wrestling than making a return to WWE, unless he'll accept a drastically reduced role that likely includes retiring from in-ring action altogether.

If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them for as such.

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