The Dudley Boyz have come back. Tommy Dreamer made an unexpected return. Alberto Del Rio is back with WWE, and no one saw that coming. Injuries and main event talent time off has had WWE doing whatever they can to build up ratings and fill the voids. Now, there are rumors that both Rey Mysterio and Maria Kanellis could be making a return to WWE before too long.
Reports of Rey Mysterio's rumored return to WWE have been going on ever since he parted ways with the company, so that's nothing new. Wrestling Observer states that WWE would obviously like to get Mysterio back under contract and have a better working relationship this time around.
Mysterio is healthy now and WWE needs another big-time Hispanic star to cater to that audience. Del Rio is good, but having someone like Mysterio would make it that much better for tours where that demographic is bigger.
Having Alberto Del Rio is good and it was more than necessary for WWE to have at least one major Hispanic star on their roster. Seeing as how he's usually a heel though, fans would love someone else to cheer for and that's Mysterio.
Not only would WWE get a huge star back in Mysterio, but they'd also keep other promotions from getting him. AAA Wrestling has already had him make a number of appearances, and Lucha Underground has been trying to sign him for quite some time now.
Mysterio has enjoyed the looser schedule and being able to spend more time with his family, which is what he wanted. If the money is right though, and they can come to an agreement on a Brock Lesnar or Chris Jericho-type schedule, then it's not out of the question for Rey to return.
WWE would love nothing more than to take a huge star away from the competition.
There is another name that WWE is rumored to be interested in, and it's one of their former divas who is with their competition. Maria Kanellis has been in Ring of Honor for four years now with her boyfriend Mike Bennett, and has done nothing but improve.
Cageside Seats is reporting that WWE is supposedly interested in bringing Kanellis back into the fold and having her get immediately involved in the divas division. She was officially released from her WWE contract in late February of 2010.
Even though they've been with Ring of Honor for years, both the contracts of Maria and Michael Bennett are expired. The contract of Bennett's tag team partner Matt Taven is also expired.
If WWE really wants to, they could look at bringing in this trio known as The Kingdom in Ring of Honor. There is one more member of of the stable, Adam Cole, but the tag team of Bennett and Taven along with Maria would make for a good signing by WWE.
As the tag division continues to strengthen, some new teams would really freshen things up a bit even more. With the Divas division having a lot of new faces, it would thrill some fans to see a past Divas show up to say that she's tired of all the new girls.
Not to mention that Maria has gotten a lot better in the ring since she was last in WWE.
In the past week, WWE.com has run articles on both Maria Kanellis and Rey Mysterio. That just goes to show you that they're keeping those names in the minds of the fans, and also probably trying to gauge interest in just how much those talents would want to come back as well.
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