WWE Rumors: Steve Austin, The Rock, Undertaker and Thursday's Top WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2012

Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

With the WWE world feeling very nostalgic this week, we have a full list of news and notes involving stars who made their name during the Attitude Era. 

The 1,000th episode of Raw was nothing more than a nostalgia night. Sure, there were some positive things that built toward big matches at SummerSlam, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, but the ratings were huge because of fans wanting to see old stars coming back. 

That is both a positive and negative. On the one hand, at least WWE was able to draw a huge audience that was left with a good cliffhanger that would make them want to tune in next week. On the other hand, aside from CM Punk, John Cena and Sheamus, none of the current stars really had anything to do. 

We, on the other hand, always have something to do, so here is a list of news, notes and rumors to get you through this Thursday. 



For those fans anxiously awaiting an angle involving Steve Austin and WrestleMania 29 that will lead to a match, you might have to build your hopes around something else. Reportedly, the Texas Rattlesnake's recent health problems are not exactly the kinds of things that a wrestler would be able to bounce back from quickly.  

Question on Everybody's Mind: What will WWE do big for WrestleMania?

Our Take: The good news, if you were watching Raw, is that WWE appears to have two very big contingency plans in place. One of them would be the long-talked about Brock Lesnar-Undertaker match. The other would be a rematch of this year's main event between Rock and John Cena with the WWE title on the line. 

Hype Meter: 0 out of 5 Beer Baths

As hard as WWE will push those two matches, and as appealing as they are to casual viewers, everyone had such high hopes for an Austin-CM Punk match. While it isn't completely ruled out, it would probably be foolish to expect anything. 

Deeper Dive

Austin's Wrestling Future (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)



Giving away some of the story in the previous hit, the reports are out now that WWE plans on having Rock win the championship from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble and defend it at WrestleMania against, yes, Cena. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: So what will WWE do with the title at Elimination Chamber?

Our Take: Based on the report, my only theory would be to have Cena win the Rumble again, have him come out the next night on Raw and immediately issue the challenge for Rock. That will allow WWE to build the match for two months, without having to justify not putting the title on the line at the February pay-per-view. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Brahma Bulls

I was not a fan of the way Rock announced that he is getting a title shot. "Oh, I was just informed..." Pathetic storytelling. But since we can't change it, at least we can give WWE credit for using its biggest Raw in years to build a match for the Royal Rumble. 

Deeper Dive

Current Plans For Rock and WWE (Figure Four Wrestling h/t NoDQ)



Despite the Undertaker's cameo appearance on Raw, he is not expected to return on a weekly basis. At least not yet. According to a report, the Dead Man will be coming to build for something around the Survivor Series. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who will he be wrestling?

Our Take: An awesome question. Right now, I haven't the slightest clue. The top heel on Raw is going to be CM Punk, so we will see if WWE wants to go down that road. Since the creative team is just giving title shots away, give 'Taker a title shot at Survivor Series, then have Lesnar screw him out of the win to set up a WrestleMania match. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Early Returns

At least we will be getting more than one Undertaker match this year, at least as of right now. It might take him a couple of hours to walk down to the ring, but if he is still able to physically perform, it's all worth it. 

Deeper Dive

Undertaker Plans For Survivor Series (Figure Four Wrestling h/t NoDQ)



Apparently, the reason Kharma got out of WWE is not because the creative team didn't have anything for her, but because she is who she is. Reportedly. her character and body were not up to WWE standards. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who is to blame for this mess?

Our Take: I don't know if there really is anyone at fault. WWE likes to use excuses when it lets go of talent, which is what this sounds like. Kharma just may not have been physically and/or mentally ready to go through the daily grind. 

Hype Meter: 0 out of 5 Failed Relationships

It really is a shame that Kharma's journey in WWE won't continue. As we have said many times, she was the best and most exciting thing to happen to the WWE's Diva division in a long time.

Deeper Dive

Update On Kharma's WWE Departure (Wrestling Observer h/t NoDQ)


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