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.