Forget what you heard. Vince McMahon is not going to purchase an English Premier League club and WWE has not released CM Punk from his contract. Those rumors don't hold up to debunking.
It's a reminder to fans not to trust everything one reads on the Internet.
Backstage reports on Titus O'Neil's heel turn and entrants discussed for the 2014 Hall of Fame class are far more believable. It's the word on McMahon and Punk that has since been discredited.
Sorting out the plausible from the falsehoods, here's a look at the WWE rumors that are currently circulating.
McMahon Empire to Grow?
McMahon already has his hands in selling books and producing movies, and he even once tried to take the NFL head on. It wasn't shocking to hear that he was interested in purchasing the English Premier League team Newcastle United Football Club.
According to Winner Sports, sources tell them that "wrestling promoter Vince McMahon has expressed an initial interest in buying the crisis club from Mike Ashley."
A Newcastle source also told Winner Sports that McMahon "has even indicated he could put on wrestling bouts at St James's Park." The possibility of McMahon buying the team had folks buzzing, to the point where Twitter became home to mock lineups.
Here's what the Newcastle lineup will look like if Vince McMahon buys the club: pic.twitter.com/4DxOLNS5HU— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 18, 2014
McMahon isn't buying Newcastle, though. PWMania reports "There is said to be nothing to that rumor...it's completely nonsense." PWInsider adds that they were "told by numerous sources there is nothing to it."
That hasn't stopped it from being a hot topic on the Internet or being the source of jokes and assumptions.
Backstage Word on Titus O'Neil's Push
O'Neil reportedly convinced McMahon to give him a chance in the limelight.
After weeks of The Prime Time Players being used sporadically, O'Neil broke away from the team and now appears headed for a push as a heel. A recent report provided some insight into how that came about.
WrestleZone writes the following:
Titus has been pitching "his heart out" to turn heel on Darren Young, and finally "pleaded with Vince McMahon" for a singles run as a heel.
Vince apparently told the writers "Titus O'Neil gets an opportunity, sink or swim."
If this is how O'Neil earned his recent position, there are two things to take away from this. One, speaking up for one's self is again proven to be a successful recipe for getting storylines. The second is that this likely means that O'Neil will be on a proverbial short leash.
Should a Superstar be McMahon or Triple H's pet project, officials will give him or her a lot of time to develop.
Since this is reportedly O'Neil's idea, things will be different. If he begins to flounder at all, it's hard to see McMahon and others being patient with him.
Hall of Fame Inductees
There's been no official word on who the fourth member of the 2014 Hall of Fame class will be, but there's no shortage of backstage reports on the subject.
As reported by PWInsider, "Scott Hall is expected to be named for the 2014 Hall of Fame."
Hall has neither denied or confirmed that report. Instead, he's only added to the confusion via his Twitter account.
He first tweeted that he had no commitments in New Orleans, which many take as a reference to the home of WrestleMania XXX.
ATTENTION: I've made no commitments to appear in New Orleans at this time. I'm a businessman and am welcoming offers. Thanks #BadGuy— Scott Hall (@SCOTTHALLNWO) February 15, 2014
His follow-up tweet only served to stir up the rumors in the opposite direction.
In recent years, WWE has inducted a number of groups into the Hall, including The Four Horsemen in 2012 and both the Funks and Von Erichs in 2009. That could mean that Hall gets in, but as a member of nWo.
Another name that continues to come up in Hall of Fame discussions is Paul Bearer. F4WOnline, via PWMania.com, reports, "Bearer is considered a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame this year."
Both Hall and Bearer are likely entrants, but fans will be understandably skeptical until there is an official announcement.
CM Punk Update
PWInsider is one of the most reliable sources for pro wrestling news. So when the folks there wrote that there was backstage talk that WWE had released Punk from his contract, referenced here via WrestlingInc.com, there was little reason to doubt it.
That rumor turned out to be false.
Wrestling Observer, via WrestleZone.com, reports "WWE is officially stating CM Punk has not been released from WWE."
PWInsider's latest report reads, "There has been no release issued, according to several people in the company we spoke with tonight."
It seems WWE is only willing to speak about Punk to say that he's still under contract. There has been no statement on WWE.com about Punk's departure.
This is all likely because McMahon and company are still hoping to bring Punk back before WrestleMania. WWE's silence also provides extra ammo to those who theorize that Punk's exit is all an elaborate storyline.
For as something as seemingly straightforward as a wrestler quitting a wrestling company, there is a lot of mystery around this story still, fans having to rely on rumors until the truth emerges.