The latest round of WWE rumors is headlined by buzz concerning what officials have on the docket for both Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan.
Jericho returned one night after Bryan gave fans some bad news regarding his recovery. Y2J's appearance is reportedly part of a substantial run, not a fleeting go-round. WWE has plans for Bryan to revisit old enemies when he gets back to wrestling.
Other peeks from the backstage curtain reveal possible plans for Rusev and The Usos.
The following is a look at all those stories, analyzing the latest word on booking plans, rematches and rivalries.
Future Feuds for Bryan
Questions surround what steps Bryan will take next. When he regains strength in his arm and is in wrestling shape again, two familiar foes may be waiting for him in the ring.
F4WOnline (h/t PWMania.com) reports, "Besides Kane, one possible feud for Daniel Bryan later this year or whenever he’s able to return is against Randy Orton. Before Bryan got injured, WWE had been planning to do Bryan vs. Orton again at some point."
It makes sense for Bryan to close out his interrupted feud with Kane, although it's not the most exciting option on the table. Bryan and Orton spent so much time battling in 2013 that one wonders why WWE would turn to that story again.
Nitpicking over these choices, though, may be a meaningless exercise. It's unclear just how long Bryan will be gone and if he'll ever be able to return to full strength.
In another report, F4WOnline (h/t PWMania.com) noted that if Bryan undergoes surgery again, "he could be out of action for as long as six months to one year."
The more pessimistic view is that a second surgery spells the end of his career. Wrestlers like Edge and Steve Austin have returned after major neck procedures, but both ended up retiring early.
A Possible Rival for Rusev
On Monday's Raw, Rusev and Jack Swagger engaged in a staredown that points to a future collision between them. After that, a bigger opponent may be in line to face The Bulgarian Brute.
According to F4WOnline (h/t WrestlingInc.com), "When Big Show returns to WWE TV from filming WWE Studios' Vendetta, we could see him feud with Rusev."
WWE appears to be having Rusev engage in a series of slugfests with the most powerful members of the roster. Should he follow his wins over Big E with some over Swagger, taking on Big Show would be a logical next step.
The company can portray Rusev as one of its toughest and most dominant Superstars with a trio of victims like that.
Tag Team Rivalry Rumored to Continue
The Usos and The Wyatt Family stole the show at Money in the Bank.
The tag team title match was arguably the best match of the evening. It looks as if fans are going to get to see those duos clash again.
As reported by F4WOnline (h/t PWMania.com), "Word coming out of WWE Money In the Bank is that more matches with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper vs. The Usos are planned and a WWE Tag Team Title change could still be coming."
This is easy to believe. Not only do The Usos and Rowan and Harper have great chemistry, but WWE had them meet in six-man action on Monday's Raw, showing that their feud wasn't over.
On top of that, there aren't many options for title contenders in the division right now. Unless The Ascension arrive from NXT, The Wyatt Family is the best option for The Usos by a wide margin.
RybAxel vs. The Usos isn't likely to produce the kind of masterwork that we saw at Money in the Bank. By the time that The Wyatt Family dethrone the brothers, Stardust and Goldust may have enough momentum to challenge them at SummerSlam.
Rumored Plans for Jericho
As soon as the initial thrill of seeing Jericho back in a WWE ring wore off, questions about his latest run emerged. How long would he be around? Who would he face?
Backstage reports provide some possible answers.
PWInsider.com's Mike Johnson reports that Jericho's stay won't be of the in-and-out variety, noting that "WWE sources indicate that Jericho is figured into WWE's current creative plans through the 9/21 Night of Champions PPV."
That's great news, especially with Bryan likely out of action during that span. WWE now has another top babyface to plug into the next few pay-per-views.
That could mean that he takes on Bray Wyatt at the marquee show of the summer.
Wyatt and his clan attacked Jericho on Monday's Raw. That ambush may not lead to an official match until August, though.
F4WOnline (h/t WrestlingInc.com) reports that "Jericho may not face Bray Wyatt in a singles match at the Battleground pay-per-view but the two are booked for SummerSlam."
While Jericho vs. Wyatt would elevate Battleground, the match has the kind of pull to make WWE want to save it for SummerSlam. In the meantime, Jericho can engage in a warm-up match with another Superstar, picking up a win before locking horns with the bearded monster.
Whatever officials decide for Jericho during his latest run, his presence offers a salve for the wound that is Bryan's absence.
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