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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


It was confirmed last night on Friday Night Smackdown by Linda McMahon that The Undertaker will receive his shot at Shawn Michaels’ World Heavyweight Championship in six weeks time at Judgment Day.

The dead man defeated Edge just over a week ago to become the number one contender, and we now know that the huge championship match between two true greats will take place on Smackdown’s next brand exclusive pay-per-view, live from the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. It sure promises to be one hell of a night.


The WWE have released confirmation of the next WWE Film, and it will star the lead role from The Marine, John Cena.

Cena will start filming in around six weeks, and it is believed that he will be absent from Raw for the entirety of the production as it will be filmed in Europe. It is thought that the aim of the film is to increase the popularity of the WWE and Cena outside of the States, and that Cena is the right man to be at the forefront of it. Full details of his role are yet to be released, but the film is thought to be aimed at a younger audience with a “PG” rating.

It is believed that Cena will wrap up his WWE schedule after Backlash, where it is all but confirmed he will take on Kenny Dykstra. It looks possible that Cena’s time off could play a part in the storyline to give Dykstra an extra push up the ladder. Creative are very high on the youngster, and plans are in place for him to be involved in a major role going in to Summerslam, the expected time of Cena’s return.

The Big Show is expected to make his much anticipated return to the company after re-signing over six months ago. The powers that be have waited for the right time to bring him in with the storyline being set up to increase the impact of his return. It has also given him the chance to get himself in a far better condition for his return to television.

News of Christian Cage’s decision to extend his TNA deal or jump ship back to the WWE have gone quiet as of late. It appears that Cage is keeping his thoughts under wraps for now. It might just be that he has already reached a decision and signed with the WWE, but they are keeping it hush hush for a shocking return. If it is the case that he does return, you can assume that Tomko will be alongside him.

Rumours of Mr. Kennedy returning to cost Randy Orton the WWE Championship at Backlash after being punted in the head after Wrestlemania are way off the mark. Kennedy suffered a minor injury during the Money in the Bank Ladder match the night before, and it was seen as the perfect way to allow him time off as well as setting up Orton’s aggressive streak in his attempt to regain the WWE Championship.

On other injury news, niggling injuries to Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley & Rey Mysterio will keep them out of action until after Backlash. Smackdown has also been hit by several injuries to big names. Chris Jericho’s knee problem is slightly more serious than first thought, but Umaga’s shoulder injury isn’t as severe as it was when it was originally diagnosed.

Edge has been taken off screen for a while to let some niggling injuries heel, but is thought that some of them could work through the pain. Creative though have asked for the chance to develop younger stars like Kofi Kingston, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Dykstra, Matt Sydal, Johnny Jeter, Michael Shane, Elijah Burke, Ted DiBiase Jr, John Morrison & The Miz. It looks as if the “injuries” could well be convenient as these younger stars get some time to prove themselves.

Many have been impressed with the debut of Ted DiBiase Jr in particular since his debut a couple of weeks ago. He is seen as one who could well be a big name very soon if he carries on in the way he is going. It is also said that he carries himself very well backstage too, giving himself an even greater chance of rising up the Raw ladder.

With Jamie Noble injuring his neck at Wrestlemania, Kid Kash will step in to a singles role for the time being, allowing The Masters of the Mat to move in to a prominent role on Smackdown. Creative have been impressed with the how Chris Masters & Charlie Haas have handled their opportunity, and it is believed that they will feature heavily on Smackdown in the next few months.

A lot of names are impressing in FCW, pushing themselves towards a call up to the main roster. The Empire (Stu Sanders, Drew McIntyre & Katie Lea) are at the top of that list as they are making a big impression in Florida. With Nigel Smith, the Head of Creative hailing from the UK and the same home town as Sanders, there is added belief that they will be called up and given a serious push.

Happy New Year to everyone, even those outside the UK!

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