Rumors circle around Brock Lesnar's eventual return and speculation continues about whether Stacy Keibler will appear for WWE.
Keibler to WWE rumors are becoming as common as new GEICO commercials, but there's nothing concrete to spark belief of that actually happening. As for Lesnar, fans have good reason to be curious about when he is coming back. In his spot duty with WWE this year, he's had some excellent bouts.
Other WWE rumors making the rounds include backstage info on why Bruno Sammartino didn't get official air time on Monday's Raw as well as further discussion about the 2014 Hall of Fame class. Let's begin with Sammartino, who made an appearance in the city he settled in many years ago.
Bruno Sammartino's Off-Camera Celebration
Monday's Raw saw Sammartino address the crowd in Pittsburgh, but it wasn't on the show proper. The moment celebrating the Hall of Famer’s birthday only aired on the WWE App.
For anyone believing this to be a slight to Sammartino, PWMania.com's report is a must read.
The original script for Monday night's RAW did not have the Bruno Sammartino "happy birthday" segment, which is why it ended up on the WWE App. Triple H called Bruno when they got to Pittsburgh yesterday and invited him to RAW last minute.
Last-minute additions and subtractions are nothing new for Raw, so this report isn't a shocking one.
It looks as if Triple H invited Sammartino for the kind of moment that typically makes its way onto house shows and the company didn't want to rearrange or cut anything out of the episode to make room for it.
Celebrity rumor publications citing anonymous sources are contradicting each other about whether Keibler is returning to WWE.
According to a recent report from the National Enquirer, one of Keibler's friends said, "Stacy is considering making a one-time appearance on the wrestling circuit. But it's got to be a cash-heavy offer. She would like the dough."
TMZ cited a different source, writing that, "Keib feels very grateful to the WWE for helping to launch her career—but she believes that part of her life is over and she wants to focus on other things."
It's easier to believe TMZ here as Keibler's celebrity affords her a host of non-WWE options.
Until WWE or Keibler herself say anything about "The Legs of WWE" making a return, we can chalk up reports like the one from the Enquirer as everyday celebrity gossip.
Crotch Chops and Tassels in the Class of 2014?
Rumors surrounding Ultimate Warrior and the Hall of Fame continue to pop up.
Since he and WWE came to terms on a deal that brought his likeness to the WWE 2K14 video game, fans have wondered if that would then lead to his Hall of Fame entry. PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reported that there is more reason to believe that this will happen.
Marc Middleton writes that "Vince McMahon and Warrior had a meeting while in Los Angeles for SummerSlam weekend."
A rumored meeting is no guarantee of his induction, but this, along with all the sustained buzz about the possibility, points to the plausible sight of Warrior in face paint and a tux before WrestleMania XXX.
The report also states that D-Generation X is still being talked about for the 2014 class.
Like Warrior, the rebellious stable of the Attitude Era has been a regular resident of the Hall of Fame rumor mill. Shawn Michaels, The New Age Outlaws and Triple H's favorable position with the company makes this more than a plausible scenario.
Brock Lesnar's Return
Lesnar was last seen ending crashing CM Punk's face into a steel chair at SummerSlam. His part-time contract has kept him away since and fans seeking more of his destructive artistry wonder when Lesnar will be back.
It appears fans will have to be patient.
The following comes courtesy of WrestleZone.com:
The latest on Brock Lesnar's WWE TV return is that it will take place in time for the Royal Rumble in January. There was talk of having Lesnar possibly work Survivor Series or even Hell in a Cell, but as of now it looks like his return will not take place until beginning of 2014 or end of 2013.
Hell in a Cell already has a returning John Cena and Shawn Michaels as guest referee so WWE may forgo including Lesnar and save his limited appearances for later.
The Royal Rumble makes sense as it's one of the year's biggest shows. The Rock's involvement helped this year's event achieve an increase of 69,000 buys over Royal Rumble 2012.
Should Lesnar enter the Rumble match, the intrigue level skyrockets.