If the latest WWE rumors are true, Hulk Hogan may have a better shot of competing at WrestleMania XXX than Ryback.
Recent reports have tried to make sense of Hogan's contract situation. Will he be sticking with TNA or make one more run with WWE? The latest word points to the latter, but there's plenty of reason to be skeptical.
Elsewhere, a Superstar currently competing in Japan teased at joining WWE, the company's two major titles are rumored to be merging into one and the latest on Ryback's perception backstage won't please his fans.
Let's start first with the biggest name being churned in the rumor mill, Hogan.
@DavidINTHE831CA just training my ass off getting ready for whatever happens next and hanging out at the beach with my wife anddogsbrotherHH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) November 5, 2013
It's hard to know what to make of where Hogan is headed. After Hogans' TNA contract expired, F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reported that TNA offered Hogan more money than WWE did and that he is reportedly staying with TNA.
PWMania.com then reported that Hogan "agreed to work with World Wrestling Entertainment again for a short-term run."
There are a number of reasons not to take this too seriously, though. PWMania.com's report comes by way of Examiner.com, which cites an unnamed source. The other issue is, as Gene Mrosko of CagesideSeats.com points out, no one else is picking up this story.
Neither PWInsider.com nor Wrestling Observer have confirmed these rumors. With as big as this news should be, you would think one of the major wrestling news outlets would have something to add. Hogan could very well be on his way to WWE, but it doesn't appear to be a safe bet.
Don't pull out your old Hulkamania shirt just yet.
Devitt, currently working for New Japan Pro Wrestling, started his own rumor with the following tweet.
I am going to WWE.... To find a new member of #BulletClub..— Prince Devitt (@fergaldevitt) November 2, 2013
Word in August was that WWE was discussing bringing Devitt into the fold. PWInsider, via WrestleZone.com, reported of Devitt and WWE that "both sides are showing interest."
There's been no confirmation of WWE signing Devitt since then. It's possible that WWE picks him up, as it has done with top indy names like Samuray Del Sol and Sami Callihan in recent months, but Devitt could have just been joking, as he likely was in this tweet.
With the brand split over, some feel that WWE doesn't need both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship. Fans of unification will be happy to hear what PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, recently reported.
"There has been some talk of doing a WWE Title vs. World Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania XXX next year."
This is a highly plausible scenario, but plans for WrestleMania are likely to shift several times over in between now and then. A world title unification match would be a fitting bout for grandeur of the 30th WrestleMania, but the card will depend greatly on which stars WWE can lure for the show.
WWE keeping the belt on Cena is a move presumably designed to add to the prestige of the title, which would help hype a unification match in the future.
Mark Twain once said, "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." That statement seems to apply to Ryback's reported backstage perception right now, as it appears to change often.
Several recent reports have contradicted others.
WrestleZone.com first reported that there was "plenty of heat on Ryback" and that he was perceived as dangerous to work with and "hard to deal with." A report followed that up saying that none of this was true.
This time, WrestleZone.com wrote that Ryback is "well liked amongst the backstage crew, including Vince McMahon himself having a lot of faith in him."
To confuse things further, WrestleZone.com released a new report stating that Ryback "has enormous backstage heat, and is not well liked at all."
If one simply looks at how Ryback has been booked lately, it does appear that he has issues with WWE officials. Losing to CM Punk so easily on the Oct. 28 Raw was a bad sign, but getting dominated by Great Khali for most of the match the following week certainly makes it seem like there is something going on behind the scenes.
Likely, there are both Ryback supporters and detractors backstage and there's a battle to decide what to do with him. Should he get on a winning streak or become involved in a feud with Hornswoggle, we'll know which reports to believe.