Wednesday, February 27, 2013

News On Undertaker Vs CM Punk At WrestleMania


According to PWInsider, The Undertaker's television return is imminent and could take place as soon as Monday's "Old School" RAW.

The long-rumored Undertaker vs. CM Punk match at WrestleMania will in fact be taking place. The match was confirmed about a week ago, when the Undertaker told WWE he'll be physically ready to compete on April 7th.

Now, WWE's creative team is rushing to fast-track the feud with just over 5 weeks until the pay-per-view. One big issue with Punk's match against The Undertaker is that he's now lost 3 high profile matches - against The Rock at the Royal Rumble & Elimination Chamber and against John Cena on Monday's RAW. Punk remains one of WWE's top draws, but there is concern that another big loss could affect his perception with fans
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News On Who Might Induct Who Into WWE Hall Of Fame


Credit:PWInsider

There are plans to have 1-2 more inductees for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class. Ivan Koloff and Kamala's names have been discussed. The company has reached out to at least Kamala about being inducted.

Bruno Sammartino's induction will headline the ceremony. The company hopes to have Arnold Schwarzenegger induct him, something Bruno intends to talk to Arnold about when he is inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame during the Arnold Classic.

In regards to the other scheduled inductees, it's expected that Terry Funk and/or Jim Ross (possibly both) will induct Mick Foley. The company is considering Maria Menounos for Bob Backlund as the two are friends and obviously, WWE would love for the celebrity rub. Sgt. Slaughter's name has also been brought up for Backlund as has, interestingly enough, Roddy Piper.

In speaking around to those in the company, it was believed Donald Trump would most likely be inducted by a member of his family, possibly Ivanka Trump.

There's no word on Trish Stratus' inductor yet, although Lita and/or Dave Finley would make the most sense. They could also go with Edge as they are both from Toronto and were trained by Ron Hutchison at the same school.

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WWE Explains How Social Media Will Work On Taped Smackdown


WWE released the following.

WWE® SOCIAL MEDIA Smackdown GOES LIVE ON SYFY FRIDAY, MARCH 1 AT 8PM

NEW YORK -- February 27, 2013 – Syfy and WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced Social Media Smackdown, a live social media event which, for the first time ever, will include live social media content, interactive fan polls, WWE Superstar and Diva tweets, Touts and more. WWE announcers Jerry “The King” Lawler, Michael Cole and Josh Matthews will provide live commentary throughout the night, which airs on Syfy Friday, March 1 at 8PM (ET/PT).

The Friday night special will feature WWE’s biggest Superstars and Divas, including World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio®, Randy Orton®, Big Show®, Daniel Bryan®, Kaitlyn™ and Sheamus®.

Smackdown is the second longest-running, weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history, behind only Monday Night Raw.
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News On WWE Using Managers

According to PWInsider, the idea to bring in Dutch Mantel as Zeb Colter came from Vince McMahon and the WWE writing team. There has been a feeling that some guys just can't talk to get themselves over and need managers who can talk for them. This was discussed a few months ago and at the time, Dutch and Jim Mitchell were brought up in WWE creative meetings. Dutch ended up being brought in for Jack Swagger and it's said that Mitchell still could be