Re: WWE 2013 - A New Path
Friday Night SmackDown News & Notes
-The appearance of The Shield on SmackDown has everyone on alert, it would seem. While many people felt that their program with Ryback had ended, based on this Friday's edition, that doesn't seem to be the case. It would appear that WWE Creative, and more importantly Vince McMahon, are very high on all three members, so they feel it's time to throw them into the fire and see how they can handle it. Hence the Elimination Chamber spot and the continuing assaults on the WWE's top talent.
-Mark Henry's return to the ring went off without a hitch. While he showed some ring rust, that was to be expected and WWE Officials were said to be very impressed with Henry...but as for JTG, it's obvious that singles competition just doesn't seem to fit him, currently. WWE has already sent a feeler out to Shad Gaspard, looking to reform Cryme Tyme, this quite possibly being for the sake of JTG's WWE career.
-Speaking of possible returns, WWE has also reached out to a number of former stars and we can now confirmed that they have agreed to contracts with former Intercontinental Champion, Carlito, as well as John Morrison. Contract talks were also held with Montel Vontavious Porter, but they broke down and neither side could come to an agreement.
-In NXT News, the WWE has signed Talia Madison, more well known as Velvet Sky and Nigel McGuinness to developmental deals. Both will report to NXT within the next month, but don't expect either to be down there for long. They are also in preliminary talks with other ROH Stars, including Mike Bennett, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards and Kevin Steen, as well as former WWE Superstar, Elijah Burke. While it is early in the negotiation phase, look for a few of them to get tryouts.
Monday Night Raw Preview
-The final installment of Monday Night Raw before the Elimination Chamber will see several big name stars in action. The young upstart and current US Champion, Xavier Woods, will team up with Rey Mysterio to take on Antonio Cesaro and Brodus Clay. Also, all six participants who will compete inside the Elimination Chamber will be inside the squared circle at the same time.
-CM Punk will not be at Raw this week, still rehabing his knee, however it will be 100% healed come the pay per view. The WWE Champion will be in attendance, as will the likes of Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon, Paul Heyman and The Shield. It looks like an explosive Monday Night as each superstar looks to gain momentum heading into the Elimination Chamber.
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