Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Backstage News & Rumours!
With the Survivor Series just a matter of hours away, there’s a lot of speculation & rumblings going on backstage, some of which refer to CM Punk’s promo on Smackdown two nights ago. As far as we’re aware, Punk was given permission to shoot from the hip and the majority of the promo was discussed before & during the show. Apparently officials were fine with the criticism of Cena as a lot of the audience are either aware or agree with what Punk had to say. It was also set up with Survivor Series in mind, to create more hype for the elimination match between Team Cena & Team Punk, which ironically will see Christian, Matt Sydal, Bobby Lashley, Charlie Haas, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez & Shelton Benjamin main event a pay-per-view. It’s not been confirmed, but the expectation is that Cena’s team will win and Cena will go on to challenge Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions next month. It’s also believed that the match may well now headline the show ahead of the WWE Championship triple threat match between the former Evolution team-mates, Batista, Randy Orton & Triple H, however the final decision is yet to be made with officials split in opinion.
We’re also hearing that Punk is impressing officials backstage at the moment and we’re told that he has been pencilled in for a ‘massive’ match at WrestleMania next year. It’s not said how long his title reign will last but he’s been told that he’s considered as one of the company’s most important superstars moving forward.
We’ve reported on a number of occasions recently that we may well see some high profile departures in the coming months. We know that one of The Big Show or J.B.L. will be leaving the company permanently after tonight’s Hell in a Cell match, and we also hear that another top star will be taking some time off as early as next week. There will also be another headline departure at the end of the year which we understand will be permanent.
Speculation on the internet has suggested that they may relate to The Undertaker & Shawn Michaels but we can report that isn’t the case. Both are in what’s been described as ‘decent’ condition right now but they are believed to be thinking about their retirement. We understand that won’t be before WrestleMania as they both want one more ‘WrestleMania moment’, and they’ll also be the only superstars in the company who competed at the only other pay-per-view to take place outside of America & Canada at Wembley Stadium, SummerSlam ’92. WrestleMania 25 will take place in the brand new Wembley Stadium next year to mark the special anniversary based on the success of SummerSlam ’92, the company’s continued popularity in the United Kingdom as well as the success they’ve had with the television tapings across the pond in the last four years.
Obviously officials are concerned that the departures may give them some problems and have given creative a nudge to start work on developing the next generation of main eventers. The talent in question has been discussed heavily in recent month and some of those names mentioned have already started to receive a push like Christian. We’re also told that the other talent in line for a strong push include Matt Sydal, Bryan Danielson, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Ted DiBiase, The Miz & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez. Of those, Sheamus is likely to be elevated to the main event scene after WrestleMania and is considered the next top heel. Officials have been impressed with the Intercontinental Champion since his debut, especially so with his development in the last couple of months.
A couple of superstars will also be taking some time off due to niggling injuries, and with Night of Champions coming up, anyone not booked for that card will have the time to rest up if they need to. The opportunity will also be given for other superstars to get some more TV time and make an impression.
The tag team division is also in the process of being strengthened significantly. Rey Mysterio & Mystico will remain as a team for the time being and Paul London & Brian Kendrick will also reunite on Smackdown. In addition, Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas will continue their recent big push, as will The Empire who will be involved in a lengthy feud with The UK Pack, the current champions on Smackdown, and we’re told that there will be a significant development in that storyline this week after Harry Smith was injured (kayfabe) this week. On the Raw side of things, Christopher Daniels & Kaval have impressed greatly while Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig are considered the team for the future.
We will keep you updated on any developments as & when we get them.
Just a quick update on Survivor Series, I finished writing the last match last night. It’s already been formatted and all the promos & tidbits were already done. I’ve done some work on the preview tonight and should have that finished by tomorrow after work. I might even try and get it done there if I can between classes. I’ll have it up by the end of the week and the show itself Sunday/Monday hopefully.