Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar
WWE news and notes
It has been confirmed on WWE.com that after what happened on Raw this past week, Trish Stratus will defend her Womenís championship at Backlash against Victoria. The two faced each other on Raw with a double count out and a brawl to follow, the Divas will now have the chance to settle the score on pay per view.
Also, announced by Raw GM Eric Bischoff is that this week on Raw, Randy Orton will go one on one with Chris Jericho, while the main event will be the World Heavyweight champion Batista teaming with the Intercontinental champion Shelton Benjamin to take on Triple H and Muhammad Hassan.
Regarding Jericho at the minute. His recent tweener like role is exactly what creative is going for. It is expected that Jericho will remain in this kind of role for the foreseeable future, however, a fully fledged face turn hasnít been ruled out of the question and is a distinct possibility. It would appear the full on heel Jericho is done with for now.
It is expected that Ric Flair will indeed be announcing his retirement at Backlash. It is understood that at this moment the WWE expects Flair to not extend his contract which expires in mid May. If that is the case, then Christian will get a big rub by more than likely seeing Flair out the door so to speak at Backlash. However, if Flair does sign a new deal, then it is expected he and Christian feud in the upcoming months.
With the Draft lottery just two weeks away, many are wondering just what moves will take place. The major issues are the cross brand rivalries from Wrestlemania. Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels along with Randy Orton and the Undertaker. It is believed that one of these four men will definitely be switched, however, two is not out of the running as both feuds have a lot of steam left in them.
On another note, it is expected that several new superstars will debut in the coming months. Names mentioned for possible moves up to the main roster are Ken Kennedy, Bobby Lashley, JTG and Shad who are a tag team, all of these men are down in OVW.