WWE Rumors: Examining Latest Buzz Around Big E. Langston, Big Show and More
The WWE careers of Big E. Langston and Big Show may be benefiting from backstage pushes and strings being pulled by an unseen hand.
The latest batch of WWE rumors raises questions about those two powerhouses, what happened backstage after a Matt Striker vs. Justin Credible match, Michael Hayes' status with the company and how long Brad Maddox might be out with a storyline concussion.
Backstage reports and, in one case, gossip spread courtesy of the man formerly known as Max Moon provide information to pick apart surrounding recent WWE-related buzz.
Big E. Langston's Backstage Supporter
Newly turned and thrust into a match against Curtis Axel at Hell in a Cell, Big E. Langston reportedly has a major name in his corner.
Per F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, "John Cena is Big E. Langston's biggest supporter within WWE. With Cena back from injury, look for Langston to be featured on WWE TV more."
Having someone with the backstage pull that Cena has is certainly beneficial to one's career. Langston's face turn has already seen him go from rarely used to mixing it up with Paul Heyman's crew. If Cena is indeed pulling for him, expect this report to come true.
Langston could win the Intercontinental Championship at Hell in a Cell, which in turn could lead to even bigger things.
Big Show's Puppet Master
Big Show may seem like the ultimate rebel, knocking out his boss and continually returning to work after being fired to sock other employees, but there may be a corporate power at the reins.
According to F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, "Big Show's 'rogue' appearances on last night's Raw are likely going to be a part of Vince McMahon's return to the storylines. Vince is expected to return before the Survivor Series pay-per-view."
The tension that was building within the McMahon family before SummerSlam would explode if this turns out to be true. It would also create some interesting options for Survivor Series elimination tag matches with a split McMahon family choosing Superstars to represent them.
It would explain why Mr. McMahon hasn't been seen lately and perhaps how Big Show got control of the Raw satellite feed on Monday's episode.
Matt Striker vs. Justin Credible
Justin Credible and Matt Striker, both former WWE Superstars, wrestled against each other for the New York Wrestling Connection. Reports out of the event suggest that the bad blood between them went beyond the match's storyline.
PWInsider.com reports, "After losing, Striker nailed Credible and legitimately busted him open hardway. Backstage, Striker tried to apologize, but Credible cursed him out in the locker room and stormed off."
It's not hard to believe that an errant strike in the match did some legitimate damage to Credible and that he'd react poorly afterward. It's surprising that incidents like this don't happen more often, actually, especially with how much testosterone and violence occupy wrestling rings.
Micheal Hayes on His Way Out?
In an interview on MLW.com, via WrestleZone.com, former WCW and WWC wrestler Konnan kickstarted a number of rumors. Other than his assertion that AJ Lee and CM Punk are dating, his comments about Michael Hayes were most striking.
Hayes has been working behind the scenes with WWE for years.
Konnan said the following about Hayes:
He does have a ton of heat with people. I do know a couple people that told me that if they got fired they would kick his ass before they left the company. And I just found out today that he did get mega heat I guess for having drinks with Rosa. So much so, that he might be replaced.
The incident Konnan is referring to is Hayes reportedly being suspended for being insensitive about Rosa Mendes' recovery from alcohol abuse. Whatever sources Konnan has within WWE are apparently telling him that this will lead to Hayes being asked to leave the company.
WWE's official statement on the matter, on the other hand, stated that Hayes was a taking a leave of absence for personal reasons.
Dave Meltzer, via CagesideSeats, says that Hayes was asked not to drink while on the road. The fog will surely dissipate around these rumors soon enough and we'll see the full truth, but as of now, things don't look great for the former leader of the Freebirds.
Brad Maddox, Absent
Raw may be without a general manager through the end of October. WWE is reportedly looking to make the most out of Big Show's punch to Brad Maddox's chin.
F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that "Brad Maddox may be kept off TV for another week or two to sell the knockout punch from Big Show."
Maddox was absent from Monday's Raw, noting on Twitter that he was suffering from post-concussion symptoms. It wouldn't be surprising for WWE to milk this storyline tributary a bit more. Maddox is not an essential character, and the longer he stays out, the stronger Big Show looks.
Donning a neck brace, a la Andy Kaufman, would be even more effective than him staying home, though.