Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~WWE News and Notes~
With the ECW Brand now no more, many of the talent from the show are wondering how much longer they will have a job. A host of releases are set to be announced, including current talent on both Raw and Smackdown. Several members of the ECW roster are set to be placed onto either Raw or Smackdown over the upcoming weeks, however some may have disappeared from our screens forever.
Much of the unassigned talent can expect to be used to help re-establish the tag team divisions, particularly on Smackdown. Having defeated William Regal and Dave Taylor at Armageddon, current champions Brian Kendrick and Paul London are in dire need of fresh competition on the blue brand. A return for Sylvain Grenier and Rene Dupree as La Resistance is on the cards, as well as the possible call up from development of Harry Smith and TJ Wilson as a tag team and the more established duo of Deuce ‘n’ Domino. The call up of Smith and Wilson is a long shot though, with Wilson only joining the developmental system 2 months ago, but such is the state of the tag division, his promotion to the main roster may be accelerated. If the duo are called up, expect Nattie Niedhart to join them, but she herself has only been in development the same length of time as Wilson.
Another source of concern on the blue brand is that of the Cruiserweight division. After defeating Jimmy Wang Yang at Armageddon, Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms finds himself in a similar position to London and Kendrick, in that he lacks credible opponents to his title. It because of this that Shannon Moore is a lock to be moved to Smackdown in the upcoming weeks, but long term the state of the division is in jeopardy. Several rumours have been tossed around, including possible face turns for Chavo Guerrero or Jamie Noble, asking Joey Mercury or The Miz to drop weight and become part of the division, to even asking former World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio to chase the title when he returns from injury. While those reports still remain rumours, one story that has gained some traction in one concerning former Ring of Honour World Champion Bryan Danielson. After dropping the ROH World Championship to Homicide at Final Battle just before Christmas, ending a 15 month reign in the process, it was thought Danielson was taking time off to recover from injuries. However, it has recently emerged that Danielson penned a development contract with the WWE back in late November. It was wildly assumed that Danielson would follow the CM Punk route to the main roster, in that he would spend a certain amount of time in the development ranks. However, with the lack of genuine contenders to challenge Helms, it is strongly suggested that Danielson be rushed to the main roster in time for a possible Wrestlemania 23 showdown with Helms.
Due to the ECW brand coming to an end, creative plans for both Raw and Smackdown have been thrown into the air, with both sets of writers having to change the outcomes of upcoming pay-per-views. As of this time, the Wrestlemania 23 card is slowly taking shape, but as of this moment a winner of the Royal Rumble has yet to be decided.
Vince McMahon is set to make a return as an on-air character, with the boss looking to be heavily involved in the run up to Wrestlemania. Possible ideas include Vince taking part in a match, something he did last year at Wrestlemania 22 against Shawn Michaels, or lending his support to a heel by being in someone’s corner. Mr. McMahon hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since the Unforgiven pay-per-view, where he was unceremoniously shoved head first into Big Show’s ass. Rumours are rampant that Vince could kick off his new storyline tonight live on Raw.
One man set to miss out due to the creative changes is Umaga. Still being billed as being ‘undefeated’, the Samoan Bulldozer was set to enter a title feud with WWE Champion John Cena. However, Vince McMahon himself pulled the plug on Umaga’s title challenge, believing keeping him ‘undefeated’ for a while longer will be better in the long run. It could be that Umaga emerges as an early favourite to win this year’s Royal Rumble, leading to a title showdown with Cena at Wrestlemania.
The status of the ECW Championship has still to be decided, with Bobby Lashley set to continue to be referred to as the ECW Champion on whichever brand he appears on. Rumours are that Lashley may put the title on the line on occasion, which would see it remain an active championship for the time being. Whether or not Lashley enters into a storyline over the championship has yet to be decided, as has whoever his opponent would be.
And finally, the upcoming pay-per-views and special shows schedule has been revealed, with the inclusion of a 3-hour Raw and a Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Raw and Smackdown Present;
WWE ROYAL RUMBLE
January 28th 2007
AT&T Centre; San Antonio, Texas
Monday Night Raw Presents;
MONDAY NIGHT RAW 3-HOUR SPECIAL - NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
February 5th 2007
Tyson Events Centre; Sioux City, Iowa
Friday Night Smackdown Presents;
WWE NO WAY OUT
February 18th 2007
American Airlines Arena; Miami, Florida
Raw and Smackdown Present;
WWE SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT
March 3rd 2007
Madison Square Garden; New York, New York
Raw and Smackdown Present;
WWE WRESTLEMANIA XXIII
April 1st 2007
Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan
Last edited by iMac; 03-20-2013 at 07:26 AM.