Thanks to Ranjit Chahal for his help with some of the following newsbits:
-- At first, there were talks of Rey Mysterio returning for WWE Payback in June. Now, word coming out is that it may be pushed back to July, when WWE does the annual Money in the Bank pay per view. Either way, the Mysterio comeback should take place around that time, as management has already started promoting him for an Australian tour in July.
-- There is no longer any question within WWE about the legitimacy of The Rock’s injury but there remains a lot of uneasiness because of him being unwilling to commit to a match at Wrestlemania XXX next year.
The Rock has promotional commitments with WWE this fall for the new WWE 2K14 video game, which is part of his deal to be on the cover. This could lead to an awkward situation where he briefly returns to promote the game but never has a match. Some feel that if The Rock doesn’t come back to work with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX that this could finally be the catalyst that brings Steve Austin back to WWE for one more match. We reported more on that last night here on the website.