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:
- It appears that doctors are telling Sabu he "has to" retire after he broke several bones in his arm at a show. He, not surprisingly, refuses to do so.
- For those hoping that WWE will go private following their stock price drop, don't hold your breath. The reaction to going private has been described as extremely negative, because the feeling is that being a public company gives them a certain level of prestige and mainstream acceptance wrestling wouldn't have otherwise.
- Kane's new movie, See No Evil 2, is going to be an R-rated gorefest as part of WWE Studios push for "hard" R ratings for their horror movies. The directors, the Soska twins, are also claiming that the movie will "bring the horror genre back to [sic] its heights that it soared 30 years ago."
- WWE has signed another member of the Rock's family, his cousin Savelina Fanene. She was apparently told several years ago by the Rock's mother to try out for the company, but just recently actually started taking it seriously. WWE saw something in her (beyond "she is related to the Rock", apparently) and have signed her.
- While it had been heavily rumored that WWE was moving SmackDown to Tuesday's, the company remains typically coy on whether or not that is actually happening. At this point, the only comment is that "SmackDown currently airs on Friday nights". Given how easy it would be just to say "and it will for the foreseeable future", they are at the very least trying to generate interest regarding a move.
- In a follow-up to his guest appearance at the NXT developmental center, Alex Wright's wrestling school was visited by William Regal. With Regal being a former colleague and current "scout" for WWE, it wouldn't be surprising if this meant something more than a friendly visit.
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.