According to reports for this week's SmackDown, former WWE champion and tag team champion Yokozuna was announced as the newest inductee in this year's Hall of Fame. More confirmation will come once the taping of SmackDown are completely known.
Yokozuna, real name Rodney Anoa'i died at the aged of 34 from Pulmonary edema on October 23, 2000.
Monday night, an unreliable online news source published an erroneous report that WWE was shutting down operations of our developmental facility, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). In order to set the record straight, WWE.com interviewed WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Paul Levesque (also known as WWE Superstar Triple H) to address this issue.
“It is absolutely not true. FCW is not closing,” Triple H said. “I don’t know how the rumor started but I believe it’s a situation where the ‘dirt sheets’ want to believe they have the scoop on everything. If anything, we are in the process of ramping up our entire developmental system. It’s the lifeblood of our company. It’s what feeds our future and in no way are we going to close it down.”
Levesque also addressed plans to relocate training or FCW TV tapings out of its home of Tampa, Fla.
“There are plans in the works, but nothing definitive I can discuss right now,” he said. “Shortly after WrestleMania, there will be a major announcement about our developmental system.”
He continued, “WWE’s developmental system is being revamped, not shut down. If anything, it’s going to get bigger and better than ever. WWE Developmental cultivates the future talent of WWE. By no means is it going to get smaller or shut down.”
Most people within WWE did not know Shane Douglas was in the building for last night's RAW Supershow until they read it online. Douglas was trying to unmask and be seen on TV but it didn't work out that way.
Security, believing Douglas had sneaked into the show, detained Douglas as he tried to get an ECW chant going and walked from the arena out into the concourse. The people that were with Douglas exited the building and once he produced a ticket for security to see, they had to let him exit as well.
Douglas flew back home to Pittsburgh last night after RAW. The stunt was done as a way to promote his upcoming Extreme Reunion project.
Sources within WWE are stating that there are no plans to shut down WWE developmental Florida Championship Wrestling. As we wrote earlier, the TV series on Brighthouse Sports Network in Florida is coming to an end, but there have been discussions to move tapings to another location and network.
All FCW training is ongoing as scheduled today. Talents have been told there is nothing to worry about. All currently booked FCW events are still on as scheduled.
This past weekend, WWE officials were discussing a rematch between The Rock and John Cena for WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey. There is definitely interest in holding the rematch next year but it will depend on how this year's match turns out
As reported before, WWE has signed Matt "A-Train" Bloom to return after WrestleMania 28 and he is expected be a new henchman for John Laurinaitis. Despite Bloom denying the reports, several sources report that it is a done deal and the "Lord Tensai" teaser that aired on RAW this week is reportedly for his return.
A source close to Bloom report that his wife recently had a baby and with him getting ready to turn 40 years old, it made more sense to return to WWE.
WWE made no Hall of Fame announcements on RAW last night so the final name or names should come next week, unless they make the announcement online. Regarding Ric Flair appearing, word now is that Flair may not be appearing on TV but will definitely be in attendance. Apparently WWE and TNA are having negotiations for Flair to appear. It's said that TNA is not asking WWE for a lot in return