WWE Rumors: Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio and Friday's WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Here we are, with just two days until what should be one of the best and most exciting events of the year, Money In the Bank. 

This year's card has a much different feel to it than last year's, simply because there isn't that one blowup angle that has everyone talking--unless you are a really big fan of who A.J. is going to marry. Plus, the two ladder matches have been put together and built up in strange ways. 

Still, given the history of Money In the Bank as both a match and an event, it should be given the benefit of any doubt. 

We may not be able to tell you who will win the matches with exact precision, but we will give you all the news, rumors and links you can handle. 



In a move that should surprise everyone given his history of arrogance, Vince McMahon is willing to put his ego down for three hours on July 23 to get anyone and everyone to appear on the 1,000th episode of Raw. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What will the 1,000th Raw mean?

Our Take: According to WWE Did You Know, it will mean it is the greatest show in the history of the world. To the rest of the world, it will be a fun celebration of WWE history. I wonder what is going to happen to three-hour shows after this one, but it is going to be a nice time on July 23. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Ego-Checks

McMahon might be looking to make the 1,000th Raw a blowout by putting anyone and everyone on board for the show, but I wonder how well the strategy will work. We already know a lot of the performers who will be on the show, so what could WWE possibly have left?

Deeper Dive

News On Vince McMahon and Raw 1,000 (Wrestle Zone)



I have been getting the feeling lately that Jericho is going to turn face sooner rather than later. There is just something about the way he is working on television, or talking in interviews, that appears to be a new direction. The latest hint, at least to me, came in an interview with WWE.com, where he talks about Money In the Bank and talks about what he expects this Sunday. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Jericho turning face?

Our Take: Obviously, I happen to think so. I could be dead wrong, which wouldn't be the first time. I think Jericho is better as a heel, but if CM Punk is going to turn heel, WWE needs someone to take his spot. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Neon Jackets

Jericho is not stupid. He knows exactly what he is doing; he has a certain way he wants to portray his character, both on and off television. He is not going to put himself in a spot where he looks out of character. I think he is starting to change his character, which leads me to believe he will be a face. 

Deeper Dive

Jericho's Expectations At MITB (WWE.com)



Alberto Del Rio has had an interesting run in WWE. He was thought to be one of the wrestlers the company was going to build around, but injuries and constant storyline changes have taken the shine off him in the last two years. WWE might not have him to kick around too much longer, as he is reportedly talking about leaving the company in a couple of years. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What will WWE do with Del Rio?

Our Take: Del Rio will be featured in matches for the next few months before WWE decides it doesn't know what to do with him. Plus, when Vince McMahon knows someone is looking to get out, he has no reason to keep pushing anyone. Look at what he has done with Lesnar in the four months since he re-debuted. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Retirement Angles

One of the biggest problems with Del Rio talking about leaving WWE right now is he is in his prime. Everyone in this business would theoretically like to have the luxury of getting out while they can still walk on their own. It is easy to say it, but much harder to actually walk away. 

Deeper Dive

News On Alberto Del Rio and WWE (Wrestling Observer - Subscription Required)



To close out a week of links, I thought it would be fun to give you the link to an interview about writers who were involved in the infamous Katie Vick angle in 2002. For those that don't know about the angle, watch the embedded video and you will see why it makes everyone cringe whenever they hear "Katie Vick."

Question on Everybody's Mind: What role did this angle have in WWE history?

Our Take: I think, in a lot of ways, it is a big part of what WWE is doing now. That's not a good thing. I think WWE wants to give so many wrestlers a backstory or tell us more about why a character is the way he is, it actually takes away from a lot of the wrestling and storytelling. 

Hype Meter: 0 out of 5 Epic Fails

Give credit to McMahon, who will at least try anything. In his old age he has gotten more stubborn in his ways and unwilling to admit that something he created didn't work. He will probably still tell you that, in theory, the Vick angle was gold. 

Deeper Dive

Writers Talk Katie Vick (Review A Wai Podcast h/t NoDQ)


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