Join Date: Jan 2004
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WWE News and Notes:
^ Yep. Last time you'll see Viscera
With only a week now until WrestleMania, morale is high from within the company, as many are confident that this years WrestleMania will deliver on all fronts. Despite not having quite the same star filled card from top to bottom like last years event, the feeling is that the quality in the ring this time around should outweigh the quantity of star studded matches that WrestleMania 22 offered, which didnít deliver as much in the ring, with a broken down Steve Austin struggling through his match with Christian last year, Bret Hart coming out of a long retirement to match up with Kurt Angle, and John Cena versus Randy Orton falling short of expectation. This year though, from top to bottom, management are not expecting any match to fall below standards.
The current feeling is that last weeks Raw and Smackdown shows have dramatically helped the build for WrestleMania, after a number of weeks of solid, but unspectacular shows. The show closing angle on Smackdown is said to have put the Triple H / Brock Lesnar angle completely over the edge, and after a few weeks of some quiet whispers that the feud was stalling, those thoughts have all but vanished after the end to Smackdown on Friday.
And, with this being the final week in the run up to WrestleMania, expectations are high to keep the momentum going coming off the back of two stellar shows. Mick Foley though, who has creative control in his angle with Shawn Michaels, will not be appearing on television this week. Foley believes the next time he should be seen on screen, following his disturbing promo last week, is at WrestleMania. That though, is said to have disappointed management, who had hoped for an in ring showdown between HBK and Foley this week. Despite that, Foley has stood firm, believing that he wants to leave his side of the angle as it is, not wanting to go down any other route, bidding to keep the angle unique to himself.
There is said to be a major surprise appearance set for Raw this Monday. Details have been sketchy, with those in the know keeping tight lipped, but the chances of the surprise appearance happening are said to be high, with the mood high that this appearance could be perfectly timed, right at the time to hard sell the biggest event of the year.
It has been rumoured for weeks now that a massive clearout of talent is imminent, most likely, following WrestleMania. Itís believed that the talent involved are aware of their future, but all the departing names are set to get a farewell from the company, with the chance to compete in a pre-WrestleMania battle royal.
A rumour has been sweeping over the past weekend that Ric Flair has been invited to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday. If true, it would likely indicate that the Nature Boy and the WWE are back on terms, and a return to the company would seem to be a distinct possibility. Flair had walked out in November, citing a lack of faith from the company towards him. He had been expected to complete a WrestleMania program with Randy Orton until that point, but with his walkout, he had threw those plans into disarray.
Rhyno is said to be on schedule to return from his injury in the early summer after suffering a recurrence of a previous neck injury. He has responded well to treatment in the last number of months, and is said to be excited about a return to the ring as early as late May.
Meanwhile, JBL is said to be resigned to the fact that he will be soon calling time on his career, as his back injury has shown no signs of recovery. It comes as a blow to Layfield, who since 2005 had been a massive fixture on the Smackdown brand. JBL though, has talked about going out "with a bang", and is said to be eyeing up an in ring return for a handful of matches before officially retiring.
Just the weekly news and notes stuff. Raw preview to go up tomorrow , I'm busy biting my nails for 90 minutes tonight, whilst the football is on :happy: