The week in WWE rumors has William Regal in line for a new gig and Rob Van Dam on the way out.
Regal's name has come up in the numerous reports on Jim Ross' retirement, while Van Dam may well be done wowing WWE audiences for the time being. Elsewhere, Tony Dawson's absence from the company is explained, as is Roddy Piper's absence from WWE 2K14.
As always, these kinds of backstage reports have to be taken with a grain of salt, but the following items all have the ring of truth reverberating off them.
Ross' recent retirement won't affect commentary much, as he only did the occasional match in the final days leading up to his departure. He was also working with the NXT prospects, a position that is now up for grabs.
According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, there is "speculation that William Regal may be the guy who takes those duties over."
Regal has a long history with WWE's developmental system dating back to when it was Florida Championship Wrestling. His experience and wrestling acumen make him an ideal mentor for the next generation of Superstars.
Should he be asked to be in the ears of the upcoming NXT talents, one can expect to see a touch of viciousness in their future in-ring work.
If you were wondering where interviewer Dawson has gone off to, PWInsider.com has the answer for you.
Mike Johnson writes, "Tony Dawson has departed the company."
There's been no official word from WWE, but Renee Young's emergence as a backstage interviewer and Dawson's absence from his usual WWE Active segments point to this report being highly plausible. What's even more telling is that Dawson's profile on WWE.com is missing.
Rob Van Dam
Expecting Van Dam to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio? His contract situation may prevent that scenario.
PWInsider reports, via WrestlingInc.com, that "Rob Van Dam is scheduled to exit the WWE storylines sometime in October, either after the Battleground pay-per-view or after the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view."
Van Dam's contract is very short term, spanning just 90 days. Reports say that "Mr. Monday Night" will take some time off to rest and recover before signing a new, similar deal.
His latest run with WWE has been extremely fun.
Here's hoping he recharges, continues to drink from whatever fountain of youth he's discovered and gets back to flying around the ring before too long.
WWE 2K14 will allow fans to relive 30 years of WrestleMania with its new single-player mode. Those fans won't get to play as "Hot Rod" despite the fact that Piper was in the main event of the first-ever WrestleMania.
As to why, PWInsider reports, via PWMania.com, that WWE "reached out to Mr. T about licensing him for the game but weren't able to come to terms."
That would mean, then, that Piper's tag match against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T would have to be excluded from the video game. That still leaves the Hollywood Backlot Brawl from WrestleMania 12 and Piper's loss to Bret Hart at WrestleMania VIII, though.
Piper fans may not like the fact that the "The Rowdy One" won't be a part of the 30 Years of WrestleMania mode, but at least now they know why. Mr. T foils Piper again.