The latest batch of WWE rumors support what many fans are already thinking—that Triple H is upset over CM Punk leaving and that The Shield's cohesion isn't permanent.
Backstage reports still focus on Punk, almost two months after he quit WWE. This time, sources impart Triple H's reported feelings on the matter. For The Shield, the group's expected breakup is still on the docket, just later than many predicted.
The other highlights of the WWE rumor mill center around two Hall of Fame inductees.
Who is in line to induct Scott Hall is a source of discussion. The rumored reason for why Carlos Colon is joining him has little do with his wrestling ability. We begin, though, with more peeks behind the curtain on the Punk situation.
Triple H Irked?
Much of what fans have heard about Punk's sudden departure has been from his side. Word about how Triple H feels about the matter is not surprising in the least.
A proposed WrestleMania XXX match with Triple H was said to be a major reason for him leaving, per TMZ.com. Punk spurning that bout reportedly offended him.
PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reports the following:
There's a feeling within WWE that while Triple H probably won't admit it publicly, he's probably offended that CM Punk didn't want to work with him at WrestleMania XXX. WWE officials, including Triple H himself, see being able to work with him as a big deal.
This latest report offers more of Triple H's perception of the situation, although not in definitive terms. The information isn't even coming from Triple H himself.
If this is how he feels, it's not unexpected. He's been taking what seem to be thinly veiled shots at Punk during his promos on Raw.
It's clear that Punk and "The Game" differed on how much of a marquee act Triple H is at this stage of his career.
He shouldn't take Punk's rejection as an insult, though. This is likely more of an issue of Punk desiring a shot in the main event, not so much a low view of Triple H.
Until either Punk sits down and tell his story in its entirety, this kind of leaked info will have to suffice for those hoping to piece together what happened after the Royal Rumble.
Hall of Fame Rumors
Hall and Colon are both heading for the WWE Hall of Fame on the night before WrestleMania.
The backstage word on both inductions reveals who could potentially induct the former and some political reasons why the latter got his name called. For Hall, he may be ushered in by a number of familiar faces.
PWInsider, via WrestlingInc.com, reports, "The current plan is for members of The Kliq to induct Hall. No word yet if Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman and Triple H will all be inducting Hall or just a few members."
Michaels alone would be fitting, as he was a part of Hall's biggest WWE match—the Ladder match at WrestleMania X.
One of Colon's sons, either Carlito or Primo, would be a logical choice for who inducts him. His entry into the Hall is a bit of a surprise, though.
His contributions are to pro wrestling as a whole, not WWE. Forming the Puerto Rican promotion WWC and becoming a huge star there are big parts of his impressive resume.
It's the archives from that company that may have nudged him into the Hall of Fame.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via WrestlingInc.com, reports the following:
With WWE expanding the Network internationally next year, they are in need of Spanish language programming and are preparing to purchase the World Wrestling Council tape collection from Puerto Rico.
The report goes on to say that Colon into the Hall of Fame is a package deal that would help WWE acquire that collection.
If this is true, it's yet another reason to doubt the Hall's credibility. Popularity, wrestling ability and contributions to the industry should be the criteria for entry, not ownership of an asset WWE wants its hands on.
The Shield Still Set to Split
It seems The Shield has warded off what looked like certain implosion. Newly united, the trio have gone back to powerbombing foes through tables and working as a dangerous unit.
That may not last, though.
F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reports, "There is still a plan in place for The Shield to split up. The plan is for Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to play the heel tag team while Roman Reigns will be booked as a top singles babyface."
The New Age Outlaws apparently requested to work with them, as mentioned in the above report. The Shield's recent face turn has led to its upcoming match at WrestleMania against Kane, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg.
After that bout, it will be time for the audience to again closely watch The Shield's interactions, looking for signs of dissension.
WWE fans know the group's end is imminent. There is too much star power on the team to not push at least one of the members as a major star.
One doesn't need to read a rumor to see that.