CM Punk and Wade Barrett are rumored to be in line for upward movement in WWE.
Punk could be following up his current feud with one that is tinged with championship gold. As for Barrett, any kind of action would be an improvement over his current idleness.
Other rumors note what WWE was thinking about how Dusty Rhodes would be involved with Battleground and what the company is considering as additions for the card. As always, view these backstage reports with a touch of distrust, but this week's collection of WWE rumors is mighty believable.
WWE reportedly has big plans for Punk post-Battleground.
Punk appears to be closing in on revenge that has eluded him for months. His former best friend and advocate Paul Heyman has weaseled his way out of Punk's wrath since June. Once this narrative ends, it appears that "The Second-City Saint" will be moving up to the main event scene.
As reported by PWMania.com, "CM Punk is still scheduled to be a part of the WWE title picture following the current feud with Paul Heyman and Ryback."
That's a highly plausible rumor seeing as Punk has earned a ton of air time over the last few months. Finishing off Heyman and Ryback could be a catalyst for his jump back to the WWE Championship. Does that mean he will revisit his rivalry with Daniel Bryan, or will he begin hunting Randy Orton?
Orton's heel status makes him the more likely choice, but WWE isn't opposed to a face versus face battle, as evidenced by Bryan vs. John Cena at SummerSlam.
On Monday's Raw, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon set up a match between Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield. Dusty will be in his sons' corner offering moral support and maybe the occasional elbow to Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
Rumors had "The American Dream" being even more involved. F4WOnline.com, via WrestlingInc.com, writes that WWE's "original plans called for a six-man with Dusty and Dean Ambrose in the match."
The report goes on to say, “If Vince McMahon had his way, Dusty would be in the match."
This is why it's always good to have a team of decision-makers. Vince, like anybody, needs folks to shoot down his ideas at times.
Dusty is 67 years old. Putting him in the ring would have only led to disappointment at best and legitimate medical concerns at worst. The current scenario is far superior.
Before Bryan won the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, Barrett was right there brawling with him and battling him in a cage.
The former bare-knuckle boxer then seemed to fade away like memories of a dream when one first wakes up. He hasn't been on WWE programming as of late, but the company may have a plan for him.
Per F4WOnline.com, via WrestlingInc.com, "WWE creative writers are contemplating repackaging Wade Barrett and giving him a strong push."
That's good news for Barrett and Barrett fans unless his repackage is on the level of Primo and Epico morphing into Fernando and Diego of Los Matadores. Since Nexus disbanded, WWE has struggled to find the right spot and right persona for Barrett.
Joey Styles, for one, believes that Barrett is world champion material.
Barrett may or may not achieve that goal, but he certainly can't do it from the bench.
The Battleground card is filling up quickly, and WWE is rumored to be mulling over two options for what to add to the event next.
Josh Isenberg of WrestleZone.com reports that WWE has been discussing "adding either Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt or Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth for the WWE Intercontinental Championship to WWE Battleground."
Wyatt and Kingston teased a confrontation on Monday's Raw after R-Truth defeated Axel in a non-title match.
Both Axel and Wyatt are in need of marquee wins to establish themselves. Wyatt was absent from Night of Champions, and Axel hasn't won a pay-per-view match since Payback.
Depending on how long some of the Battleground bouts go, there could be room for both of these potential matches.