The reason WWE shot the recent Paul Bearer angle without him physically being there was because he underwent emergency gall bladder surgery and they needed to come up with a storyline to explain his absence. Most members of the writing team hated the kidnapping and hostage ankle but both Vince McMahon and Undertaker liked it and so it was retained.
- As reported before, the Shawn Michaels injury angle on RAW is to explain his absence from TV as his wife is pregnant and due sometime in July. Michaels is expected back at Summerslam where he will almost surely be wrestling Kane.
- Victoria was recently told to drop the dancing routine in her entrance. The reason WWE officials gave her was that it was too time-consuming.
There is currently tremendous heat on Rikishi for several reasons, including the fact that he was told to lose weight but has lost very little, if any, during his recovery from injury. On top of that, Rikishi managed to work an independent event for his uncle Afa a few weeks ago despite being hurt and then went ahead and got nasal surgery without telling WWE officials which further has delayed his return.
- The 9/12 WWE Unforgiven PPV will emanate from Portland, Oregon at the Rose Garden.
- The 10/19 WWE PPV to be held on a Tuesday after RAW will be called Halloween Havoc.
The WWE Raw Diva Search will conclude sometime in late September. The three casting calls (LA, Chicago, Detroit) will come down to 10 finalists. Every week on RAW for 10 weeks, the fans will have the opportunity to call in or vote online to vote people off the contests. 10 weeks later, the last DIVA standing will be the new RAW Diva involved in storylines and other WWE appearances.
-On October 11th, WWE will actually have RAW broadcast from overseas. RAW will be LIVE in Manchester, England. On October 12th, WWE will tape SmackDown! Overseas as well. After these two “pilot” events, WWE will try to do what they called “satellite” tours every 5-6 months.
-Around Election time, WWE will have a presidential election of their own. WWE fans will “vote” a new WWE overall president (of both shows). According to Linda McMahon, the WWE President is for television purposes only.
-The Rock will continue to be “in-and-out” of the WWE. He will make many random appearances in the next year that reflect on his movie schedules.
-Linda commented that Brock Lesnar is pursuing an NFL career while Stone Cold is busy in the movie world.
-Linda also commented that the McMahon family won’t be appearing on television as much. This is a method to help strengthen the individual brands.
-WWE will have continue to only have FOUR mixed brands pay-per-views (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series). However, the brands will have the opportunity to compete with superstars on the other brand at WRESTLEMANIA ONLY
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Subscription information available @ wrestlingobserver.com
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