WWE Rumors: Examining Latest Buzz Around Shawn Michaels, Dusty Rhodes and More

Ryan DilbertFeatured Columnist IVMarch 22, 2017

Rumors have Shawn Michaels making an appearance on WWE Raw and Dusty Rhodes following up his Raw appearance with a return to the ring.

One of these sounds like a lock to happen, while the other sounds like a wild idea likely to get shot out of the sky.

When Cody Rhodes battled Randy Orton with his job on the line, few would have imagined that storyline transforming into a family vs. family feud, but that's possibly where the angle is going.

WWE is reportedly even considering having Dusty Rhodes return to the ring.

F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com reports the following.

There is talk of doing a match with The Shield vs. The Rhodes Family at Battleground. The Rhodes team would be made up of Goldust, Cody Rhodes and Dusty Rhodes. WWE using Dusty in the match is still up in the air.

Having Goldust fight alongside his brother seems logical, especially with his outstanding performance on last week's WWE Raw. Including Dusty would be a mistake.

This may just have been an idea WWE officials were throwing out, something that is unlikely to come to fruition.

Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins has a great shot of happening. A 67-year-old Hall of Famer being added to the mix isn't likely to make it out of the meeting room.

Monday’s Raw ended with The Shield getting a taste of payback as a number of Superstar thrust themselves into the war between Bryan and Triple H's regime.

While pounding on Daniel Bryan, Reigns, Rollins and Dean Ambrose found themselves bombarded by angry fan favorites. Fear had kept those Superstars from helping in the past.

Reports suggest that WWE plans to discipline them for their sudden courage.

As reported by F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, "The idea for next week's Raw is that the top babyface Superstars who came to Daniel Bryan's aid at the end of last night's show will be punished."

Among those involved in helping Bryan fend off his enemies included Rob Van Dam, Zack Ryder, The Prime Time Players, Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston. This is as plausible a rumor as one can have.

Triple H's recent run of tyranny leads one to believe that each of those involved are going to either be fired, suspended or put in matches with disadvantageous stipulations. The Shield may be working handicap matches for most of the night.

As to the WWE Championship situation, it appears fans will have to wait longer than next week's Raw to see that resolved .

According to PWMania.com, "With the WWE title currently being vacated, word is that it won't be decided until next month's Battleground pay-per-view."

Whether it's Bryan, Orton or someone else who next claims the WWE Championship, waiting to do it at a pay-per-view makes perfect sense. It's an exciting moment that can entice fans to order a pay-per-view that has no previous history.

During the buildup to that inaugural event, it appears that "Mr. WrestleMania" will be along for the ride.

Per a report from PWMania.com, "Shawn Michaels is scheduled to return to Raw in the next few weeks."

Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com also noted that 810 AM Sports Radio in Kansas City interviewed Michaels and the Hall of Famer downplayed, but didn't deny the reports of his return. Michaels made an appearance for WWE as recently as SummerSlam and there's no reason to think that this isn't happening.

With Triple H (Michaels’ best friend) and Bryan who Michaels helped train in the marquee storyline, bringing in Michaels would be a compelling way to keep the story moving forward.

Michaels just has to hope his time on Raw doesn't end the way it did for "The American Dream," being wet with Big Show's tears and earning a free trip to the hospital.