WWE Rumors: Examining Latest Buzz Around John Cena, Triple H and More
John Cena's elbow may determine the outcome of the WWE Championship match at SummerSlam.
Rumors surround the megastar and the severity of his elbow injury as well as Triple H, the man in charge of keeping order in that bout. Fans will see how true these turn out to be as soon as this coming Sunday.
Elsewhere, a two-time entrant into the WWE Hall of Fame may be rejoining the company, a TV host may step back into the ring and a rumored match puts the tag team champs in jeopardy of losing their titles. Attempting to make sense of the buzz and grab hold of the truth amid the noise of hearsay, here are the latest WWE rumors.
Ric Flair, last seen in a WWE ring passing down the figure-four leglock to The Miz on the 20th anniversary of Raw, may soon be back styling and profiling.
Dave Meltzer writes in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscribers only) that WWE is "in talks about signing Flair to a new deal. Things are pretty sensitive since nobody has confirmed it but something is happening."
The report also mentions using him in a public relations role, using his name to boost business and move merchandise. On screen, the 64-year-old wrestling icon could serve as a manager to a star needing a boost or as an authority figure.
These rumors are quite feasible as Flair's star power will always be a useful tool and he has no current contractual ties with rival TNA.
Triple H inserts himself into the WWE title match.
Not sure where WWE is heading with the Triple H and the McMahons storyline? WWE may not know either.
With Triple H, Vince and Stephanie McMahon all essentially faces in a burgeoning feud, one would expect someone to creep closer to villainy. Though Vince has shown signs of that transition, becoming more aggressive and hardened during this angle, it was apparently Triple H and his wife the company reportedly had in mind to turn heel.
Those plans appear to be scrapped for now.
F4WOnline.com, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that "WWE had been planning on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H turning heel at SummerSlam but word is that those plans may have changed."
It will be intriguing to see how Triple H's new role as special guest referee in the WWE title match will play out. If the heel turn is on, he may cost Daniel Bryan a shot at the WWE title.
If these rumors of a nixed heel turn are true, both Bryan and John Cena can expect anything screwy that may happen to come from another source.
The TV host who once competed against Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix at WrestleMania is rumored to be involved with SummerSlam.
A Twitter exchange between Maria Menounos and Natalya had fans predicting that she would get back in a WWE ring this coming Sunday. PWInsider.com, via WrestleZone.com, reports that, "Menounos has indeed been training in the ring for a potential wrestling return."
The problem is Natalya challenged Brie Bella to a singles match. With SummerSlam only days away, it seems unlikely that WWE would change this into a tag match. Menounos may instead be involved by being in Natalya's corner, but this Divas battles seems to be all about the Total Divas show, so don't count on her showing up at all.
Mark Henry and Big Show
On Monday's WWE Raw, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns made an open challenge to the roster.
The two men who may take them up on that championship challenge could be two of the biggest men in WWE history. Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com writes, "WWE has not made it official yet but Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns is expected to be announced for SummerSlam."
Pairing these former foes together makes sense in that it would allow for The Shield to defend their tag titles and get Big Show and Henry on the card. Both big men have issues with The Shield, Big Show having lost to them at WrestleMania 29 and Henry falling victim to their attacks in recent weeks.
Those two behemoths represent the tag champs' biggest challenge to date, but with the SummerSlam card already featuring seven bouts, it's hard to imagine this match being a long one.
John Cena's last showdown with Daniel Bryan before SummerSlam.
John Cena's elbow injury is no secret, but rumors suggest that it may be serious enough to warrant time off post-SummerSlam.
You can't miss Cena's bulging elbow. He has referenced it on TV and on Twitter as if it were a badge of honor, but will it affect his match with Daniel Bryan this Sunday or force him out of action afterward?
Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com reports that "John Cena's elbow is in a lot worse shape than they are letting on." Another report from Meltzer, via WrestlingInc.com suggests that "Cena will be having surgery shortly after SummerSlam, meaning he will be taking some more time off."
WWE has made no changes to the SummerSlam main event, so Cena's elbow seems to be good enough to go for that match. The question becomes if Cena is indeed taking time off, Bryan's chances of winning shoot up dramatically.
WWE appears to be resting the champ before that big bout. F4WOnline.com, via WrestleZone.com, reports that Cena missed a live event this past Sunday due to a "transportation issue," though one might assume that it was his wounded elbow that had him back out of performing.