WWE News, Rumors 2014: Updates on Kurt Angle, Triple H, Justin Roberts, Daniel Bryan
A new wave of WWE news and rumors has been coming out, and fans are looking for the most recent ones.
Check out the latest buzz below.
Kurt Angle’s contract with TNA expired this summer and the WWE is reportedly reaching out to him.
A source told PWInsider that the company reached out to Angle to discuss a return.
But Angle only wants to work part-time and the company only wants him to work full-time.
PWInsider said that Triple H was the one who reached out to Angle. Since TNA is offering as much as the WWE, Angle will likely stay put unless a different offer is made.
But if he does return, the Daily Mirror notes that the return and a subsequent partnership with Paul Heyman would “more than fill a gap”
“I still think this is a great idea for Kurt. Imagine who you could line up for him to face. Ziggler and Cesaro would have epic matches with him; Jericho could come back for a walk down memory lane; Bray Wyatt would be an interesting opponent; Sheamus could have a decent encounter; Orton could take him on; it would be a great development for Ambrose, Rollins or; Reigns; and then of course John Cena would have a marquee match. This is all not taking Bryan into account, or maybe even if CM Punk were to return,” wrote Rob McNichol.
“If it were to happen soon the Rusev storyline would have a logical conclusion, and a raft of rising NXT stars might get a chance to tangle with Angle. I think there is a good two years’ worth sorted there already.”
And Heyman could set it up so anyone wanting to challenge Brock Lesnar would first have to take down Angle.
WWE announced that it declined to exercise the option on the contract for longtime ring announcer Justin Roberts.
“Effective immediately, Roberts is released from WWE. WWE wishes him the best in all his future endeavors,” it said.
The 34-year-old had become Raw’s lead ring announcer in 2009.
The departure stunned many in the business. Legendary announcer Jim Ross said via Twitter that he’s “shocked and sad.”
“As expected, Justin Roberts’ WWE departure is a big shock to a lot of people in the company,” reported WrestlingInc.
“Roberts was extremely well liked backstage and many talents thought it could be a mistake, even though WWE announced it on their website. He worked RAW last night and word is that he was informed of his departure after RAW went off the air.”
Cageside Seats noted that “There were a lot of rumors flying around last night that Roberts got into an altercation with Michael Cole during Monday Night Raw and apparently even flipped him off at one point.”
Daniel Bryan, the injured WWE star, may not return to wrestling for months despite initial reports that he would be returning soon.
The one-time World Heavyweight Champion was injured in May.
One rumor back in September was that he elected to heal naturally as opposed to getting another surgery–and that he would be back for Royal Rumble. Brie Bella confirmed the rumor while doing promotional work for Total Divas.
But now Brad Davis of SEScoops says that Bryan is seeing no improvement with his arm.
“Backstage at RAW from Atlanta, a lot of the talent was talking about the fact Bryan may be getting the ‘Tommy John Surgery,'” he said.
“The medical term for the procedure is as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, a surgical graft procedure in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.”
If Bryant does get this surgery, he would be out for at least another six months. He could never return to wrestling again.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, though, said that while Bryant will need to get surgery because he’s not regaining strength in his arm, he could be back as soon as WrestleMania 31.