We have received further details on Shawn Michaels’ retirement from the WWE following last night’s loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Word going around backstage at the moment indicates that the WWE creative team plan to hold a ‘Farewell Address’, as announced ten minutes ago on their website. Our source close to the situation confirms that WWE have brought in Michaels’ family as well as long-time friend and former tag team partner Marty Jannetty among a few others unconfirmed at this time so expect to see a nice sendoff for ‘The Heartbreak Kid’.Backlash | 4.25.10 | 1st Mariner Arena | Baltimore, Maryland
Also earlier today on WWE.com, WWE announced that NXT has unexpectedly been withdrawn from the Syfy network, including everything from previous episodes on the channels website to future airings.[/B] A WWE spokesperson released the following announcement to the media, “As of today the WWE and the Syfy network have discontinued all forms of working relations, which at this time are being dealt with privately. With this news, we can confirm that the first season of NXT has abruptly finished, in which the performers for the program will be placed elsewhere. At this moment, NXT is officially on a hiatus and we hope to discuss further information at a later time…”
With the above news-column WWE.com posted an article revealing which brand(s) the NXT Rookies were heading to, with the following going to Raw: Daniel Bryan, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver and Skip Sheffield, while the following went to SmackDown: Darren Young, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, and Wade Barrett.
Also in a bit of changing events within the WWE we can confirm that WWE have once again switched the PPV chronology, as well as some of the newer names that have been placed. WWE.com lists the following on their website as the current WWE pay-per-view event schedule:
Judgment Day | 5.23.10 | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, Michigan
Extreme Rules | 6.20.10 | Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Uniondale, New York
The Great American Bash | 7.18.10 | Sprint Center | Kansas City, Missouri
SummerSlam | 8.15.10 | Staples Center | Los Angeles, California
Night of Champions | 9.19.09 | Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Illinois
No Mercy | 10.3.10 | American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas
Survivor Series | 11.07.10 | American Airlines Arena | Miami, Florida
Armageddon | 12.19.10 | Toyota Center | Houston, Texas
We can confirm that new WWE Champion John Cena will start tonight’s broadcast to address the WWE Universe as WWE.com confirmed in their Raw preview. Many of our reliable sources are saying that WWE are feeling as if Triple H or Sheamus will be next in line for a title shot, with both men reportedly planned to be involved with Cena sometime tonight. Word is going around that Batista is planning on taking time off soon so we’ll find out who Cena is facing next tonight. Also, we can confirm that WWE have made a final decision to place the Shawn Michaels Farewell Address at the end of the show, confirmed by a USA Network representative. Also sent in by a source, it appears as if Goldberg is in Phoenix today. Nothing has been confirmed yet if Goldberg is appearing on Raw tonight but we’ll keep you posted.
In more Post-WrestleMania news we can now confirm that The Undertaker is definitely taking a hiatus from the WWE in the near future. A source close to the situation has confirmed that The Undertaker has told friends within the company that he will “be gone in a few weeks”. Also on the yearly post-WrestleMania hiatus list, it appears as if Batista, as stated earlier, Big Show, and Cody Rhodes will be taking breaks in the near future. Cody Rhodes and Big Show seem to be pretty banged up following WrestleMania, with a close connection to Big Show telling us, “His knees are causing him trouble again”. With this news, take it as you will, it may be nearing the end of the brief team between The Miz and Big Show, but nothing has been confirmed. More info as it comes to us.
Speculation is ensuing throughout the WWE locker room as well as through the creative team and the IWC in the past twelve hours. Many close to the WWE and its creative team are saying that there are a few ideas in store to “push and elevate some talent”. A few in particular that seem to be in the minds of those within the WWE include Daniel Bryan, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger and Ted DiBiase on the Raw side of things. Many within the company have shown an interest in both Slater and Bryan, which many close to the situation are saying that WWE creative have been “brainstorming ideas for them nonstop”. Sources are saying that it’s very likely the two will be pushed in some form. Also, many are saying that Randy Orton and various other WWE talent and agents were impressed by DiBiase’s showing last night at WrestleMania, many saying “it’s time for him to make a move up in the ranks”. A source within the WWE has exclusively reported to us to except some interesting outcomes with the way DiBiase is pushed in the coming weeks. And another name making the rounds within the locker room is Jack Swagger, who won the Money in the Bank match last night at WrestleMania. Many within the company feel that Swagger is the “next breakout star”, with many saying he could be “today’s Kurt Angle”. More info coming soon.
Also in Post-Mania news, we’ve been informed that various WWE agents, producers, and talent scouts spent the WrestleMania Weekend with various talent from FCW, the developmental league of the WWE. With the typical Post-Mania injuries and hiatuses, many within the company feel that the need for new talent and elevating the ones already on the roster is in dire need of being effected. Many talent that the WWE are interested in bringing up to the main roster include Alex Riley, Brett DiBiase, Curt Hawkins, Joe Hennig, and Kaval. Many within the company are expecting some of the main interest talent to make it up to the main roster in the next coming weeks, even the thought of bringing in Bo and Duke Rotundo to elevate the tag team scene, with many in creative even thinking of teaming Hennig and DiBiase together, as they were down in FCW a few months back, as well as a possible reunion of Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, but ideas within the WWE change at a moments notice, so we’re unsure what their final decisions will be at this time, but stay tuned.