If The Rock was the main reason you were heading to WrestleMania XXX, you may need to change your plans.
This week's WWE-centered rumors are highlighted by discussion about whether The Great One will be a part of WWE's future and what it meant for WWE to acquire the rights to Hulk Hogan's likeness for its newest video game.
Elsewhere, William Regal may have turned WWE on to a future star and the company reportedly thinks more highly of NXT than TNA.
Let's begin with the buzz around The Rock.
The Rock's Return
Fans expecting The Rock take on Brock Lesnar at the next WrestleMania, try to end Undertaker's undefeated streak or give us a thrice in a lifetime match with John Cena, have reason to pause.
The Rock has gone back to making movies after losing the WWE title to Cena at WrestleMania 29 and may never return to the ring.
After The Rock told an interviewer earlier this month, via San Jose Mercury News, that he'd be "very content" should he "never wrestle again," WWE seems to be preparing for him to be unavailable for at least the next year.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via WrestlingInc.com, a major licensee was "told not to produce any merchandise involving The Rock" because "he was not going to be featured until 2015."
Speculation is going to run rampant in either direction until The Rock is scheduled for a match or WrestleMania XXX's card fills up without him. This isn't definitive news against him competing then, but it adds to the growing pile of doubt.
He ended his last two WrestleMania bouts injured and has little left to gain in WWE, so no one can blame the company for not penciling him in.
Prince Devitt Garnering Interest
WWE continues to gather talent from the independent circuit, a trend that could continue with the company signing Prince Devitt.
There is apparently interest from both sides. WWE would get a supremely athletic talent and Devitt would get increased exposure. The above report states that it was Regal who introduced Devitt to WWE officials.
Judging by WWE's signings of Samuray Del Sol, Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn, the company appears mighty comfortable in bringing in smaller, less muscular guys who happen to have springs in their legs.
Hulk Hogan's Video Game Deal
Earlier reports stated that Hogan was catching backstage heat from TNA officials for agreeing to appear in WWE 2K14.
Wrestling Observer, via 411Mania.com, reported that "Hogan's contract with the company allows him to make deals outside of the company, but many people considered his signing to appear in a WWE video game as a 'slap in the face' of TNA."
Those reports are not accurate if Eric Bischoff's angry tweets are true.
Interesting to read the "choir of idiots" suggesting that Hulk did a deal with 2K Sports. Illustrates just how ignorant these "experts" are— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 27, 2013
But thats not what the parasites and morons who run dirt sites want you to know.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 27, 2013
Either Bischoff is covering up whatever beef TNA had with Hogan or that rumor just got squashed like a jobber.
Reports have WWE not being enticed by the sudden influx of available talent.
PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reports the following:
WWE has zero interest in any of the outgoing TNA talents right now. The feeling is that none of them bring anything to the table that WWE can't develop themselves with their own talents in NXT before bringing to the main roster.
With as stacked as NXT is right now, that makes sense to a degree, but TNA wasn't necessarily dumping its trash overboard. Some talented men and women got jettisoned from TNA and WWE would be wise to at least give them a look.
No disrespect to Mason Ryan, but wouldn't Matt Morgan or Crimson be an upgrade? It's also hard to argue that the Divas division wouldn't benefit greatly from adding Tara/Victoria.