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HHH Royal Rumble Plans Dropped, WWE HOF'er Flying To The Rumble
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 7:37:13 PM


-- On SmackDown, they were doing a storyline where Vickie Guerrero was going to have Triple H enter the Royal Rumble match as the number one entrant, but the angle has been dropped. The Rumble match has been re-booked in recent days and his originally scheduled role and storyline in the match has changed.

-- WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Jr. was on the plane to Detroit, Michigan this morning for tomorrow night's Royal Rumble event. No word yet if he'll be used on the show. Bob Orton, Jr. was dropped from his WWE contract on February 13, 2006.

WWE Cancels Show Due To Low Ticket Sales, Great Khali Wins Award
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 8:35:03 PM

source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- The Smackdown brand house show scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 in Tijuana, Mexico has been canceled due to poor ticket sales. WWE's running a show on Thursday, February 19 in Leon, Mexico instead. Tickets for the event went on sale this past Thursday.

-- SmackDown Superstar The Great Khali's "Khali Kiss Kam" was named "Worst Gimmick" in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced this past week. This is Khali's second Wrestling Observer Newsletter award as he was voted "Most Overrated" by the publication's readership last year. Here is the final voter tally:

2. Whiny world champion Samoa Joe 59
3. Super Eric 52
4. G.M. Mike Adamle 25
5. Stone Cold Shark Boy 21
6. Cute Kip 19
7. Kung Fu Naki 15
8. Sheik Abdul Bashir 14
9. Charlie Haas 12
10. Bella Twins 11

-- Reportedly, Michelle Wilson, who recently quit her job as head of marketing for the U.S. Tennis Association, will be joining World Wrestling Entertainment to replace Geof Rochester as head of marketing. Rochester was among those laid off two weeks ago during the company's cost-cutting initiative. Wilson has previous ties with WWE as she was Vice President of marketing with the XFL. When the league folded, Wilson moved to the tennis group.

WWE Returning To MSG, Maryse Hospital Pics, Dos Caras, Jr. Update
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 7:20:51 PM


-- WWE will holding a Smackdown/ECW television taping on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at "The World's Most Famous Arena," Madison Square Garden.

-- Lucha Libre star Dos Caras, Jr. said he is not going to WWE after all as he recently signed a four-year contract with CMLL. Reportedly, WWE officials wanted Caras to go to their developmental program and "learn to work" first. Caras said if that was the case, he wasn't going to WWE. For several months, Caras said he was going to debut at the Royal Rumble.

-- WWE Divas Champion Maryse made her much anticipated return on last night's SmackDown after dislocating her kneecap at a SmackDown live event in Raleigh, North Carolina late last month. She isn't quite ready to return to the ring yet, but she did join Tazz and Jim Ross at the announce table last night. The WWE site has posted recovery photos from her stay in the hospital, which you can see at the following link.

No Way Out Spoiler, Big Star Appearing At WrestleMania?, Low Ki
By Daniel Pena
Jan 24, 2009 - 6:32:14 PM


-- During last night's SmackDown in the Washington area, a local commercial aired promoting the 2/15 No Way Out pay-per-view at the KeyArena in Seattle. Like last year, the commercial said both the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship will be defended in the Elimination Chamber.

-- WWE (or rather, Vince McMahon) have done a complete turnaround on their stance regarding The Wrestler ever since lead actor Mickey Rourke won a Golden Globe and got an Oscar nomination for his role in the film. On last night's SmackDown, they ran a video promoting the movie, and on the company website they have another video regarding the film with Ric Flair, Lilian Garcia and Mark Henry offering their thoughts on it (you can see the video at this link). WWE changed their stance to ride the wave of success of the movie through WrestleMania in hopes of getting mainstream attention. Also, there has been internal talk of doing something with Rourke at WrestleMania.

-- You can see photos from Thursday's Florida Championship Wrestling television taping at the following link. The show featured a number of WWE stars including DJ Gabriel, Kizarny, DH Smith, Ricky Ortiz, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Tiffany and Ryan Braddock. Kawal (Low-Ki) beat TJ Wilson in the main event of the show in what was said to be an excellent m

Randy Orton On, 2 More Rumble Participants, The Wrestler
By Michael Bluth
Jan 24, 2009 - 10:16:00 AM

-- has an interview up with Randy Orton. Orton goes in and out of character during the interview, talking about kicking Vince McMahon in the head on RAW, Sunday's Royal Rumble and possible additions to The Legacy, growing up as a the son of a wrestler and the influence that Ric Flair and Triple H had on his career.

-- WWE's website has posted a a video about "The Wrestler" with comments from Mickey Rourke, Lilian Garcia, Mark Henry and Ric Flair, who gives the film a "Whoo!" You can check it out

-- Last night on Smackdown, it was revealed that The Great Khali and Chavo Guerrero will be part of the Roya


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