The latest WWE rumors may tell us when Bray Wyatt will return to action and if Goldberg could make it back to WWE.
Backstage reports deal with Wyatt's injury and WWE's reported plans involving Goldberg. What will happen with the tag team championship situation, where Ric Flair has been, why Eva Marie was wrestling at all and Hulk Hogan's contract status are also hot topics among fans.
Let's dig through the rumors to see what questions are answered and which new ones emerge, starting with a Diva's public failure.
Marie was clearly not ready to make her in-ring debut last Monday. Anyone who saw her flop horribly in the tag team match had to wonder why she was even out there.
For any of you who answered "spite," you may be right.
According to F4WOnline, via WrestleZone.com, "officials were 'setting her up to fail' in order to teach Eva Marie how much she still needs to learn."
Apparently, Marie's ego is massive despite her inexperience. If this report is true, WWE chose an odd method to try and deflate it.
Why damage the quality of your own TV program to teach a rookie a lesson? Wasn't there an option to do that with the cameras off?
It's easy to buy into this report, though. There's no way WWE officials couldn't know that Marie was as far away from being ready for Raw as Brodus Clay is from winning Dancing with the Stars.
Wyatt appeared on Monday's Raw but did not compete. He suffered a bruised calf over the weekend, per PWInsider.com.
WWE has been cautious with him, so much so that he may not be tearing foes apart for a good while. F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that Wyatt won't be wrestling at Hell in a Cell and that "he will be kept out of the ring for four weeks."
That feels like an awfully long time to miss with a bruised muscle, so perhaps there is some structural damage as well.
Wyatt interrupting The Miz's match with Randy Orton on Monday's Raw leads one to believe that WWE is going ahead with this feud, which would be a surprising move if Wyatt can't go for another month. Maybe the company plans to have Erick Rowan and Luke Harper provide the physical part of the feud, while Wyatt spellbinds Miz with his dark, poetic ramblings.
Tag Team Championship
The team that first defeated Harper and Rowan won the tag team championships on Monday's Raw. As fun a moment as that was, some fans were no doubt wondering how the No. 1 contenders, The Usos, got bypassed for a title shot.
Congrats to the new tag champs.. see u guys soon— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 15, 2013
WWE reportedly has a solution for that.
Per F4WOnline.com, via WrestlingInc.com, "The Usos vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Cody and Goldust is currently planned for Hell In a Cell."
This is a logical move, providing variety in the feud between The Shield and the Rhodes brothers, while allowing The Usos reentry into the title picture. It also prevents a face vs. face battle where The Usos have to take on Rhodes and Goldust straight up.
Where has "The Nature Boy" gone since causing a stir at the now-famous WWE 2K14 panels?
Reports say he's been undergoing treatment for substance abuse. According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, "Ric Flair recently finished up a stint in rehab." There is also word that Flair is lying about his whereabouts, telling folks he's in Florida with his daughter, Charlotte, but instead attending rehab.
Flair's alcohol abuse is no secret. It has been the subject of stories like this one from Shane Ryan of Grantland.
It's more than plausible that WWE would ask him to go to rehab, and one hopes that he did and that it will help him. As tantalizing as reports like these are, most fans would rather hear stories of Flair putting his inner demons in the figure-four leglock than hear of him struggling.
Anyone with visions of Hogan returning for WrestleMania XXX, to provide symmetry between the first and 30th editions of the event, can put that dream aside.
Buzz started when Hogan's contract with TNA was ending, but "The Hulkster" isn't going anywhere.
F4WOnline.com, via WrestleZone.com, first reported that "the general feeling backstage in WWE is that Hulk Hogan will be re-signing with TNA and will not be returning to the company."
That was confirmed by F4WOnline, via WrestleZone.com, on Monday, citing a lack of big money as the reason Hogan returned to TNA. The reports states "Several part-timers like The Rock and Brock Lesnar will make more in a match than what Hogan will make in a year at TNA, and with WWE offering less the move was out of the question."
It's certainly plausible that WWE didn't throw barrels of cash at Hogan.
What else could Hogan do for WWE right now? People want WWE to pay $5-mill a year for him to be a GM? Maddox does a good job for much less.— WrestleChat.net (@WrestleChatNet) October 15, 2013
He's no longer an active in-ring performer and as big of a star as he still is, the company likely felt it had other big-name options including the aforementioned Lesnar and perhaps The Rock if he decides to compete at his third WrestleMania in a row.
Another name involved in WrestleMania XXX rumors is Goldberg.
If things pan out, it could be completely appropriate to chant "Goldberg!" in a Ryback match. Wrestling Observer, via WrestlingInc.com, reports the following:
A few people in WWE creative have been thinking of angles for Bill Goldberg and Ryback, in case something gets worked out for WrestleMania XXX. It's not a done deal but it is something being talked about. There is a chance of Goldberg vs. Ryback happening because both sides have not closed the door on a WWE return.
This is the kind of match that fans think of, but never happens, like Steve Austin vs. CM Punk for example. It's believable that WWE is at least looking into this possibility, however slight it is.
This would be a huge match, one befitting of WrestleMania's grandness, though it's not likely to happen.
Goldberg once said in an interview on a Fox affiliate that he had "nothing positive to say" about Vince McMahon. Money in massive quantities can soothe over a lot of things, but getting Goldberg back aboard is going to be a struggle.