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Kane Announced For Upcoming Raw Shows, Ryder Appearing With Foley, Smackdown Wrestler Switches Brands, More

December 16, 2011   ·   0 Comments

– Zack Ryder is advertised to appear at Mick Foley’s comedy show tonight in Long Island, New York from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The pre-show meet and greet with Ryder at McGuires Comedy Club will include a raffle for two tickets to WWE’s Saturday live event in Long Island, where Foley is advertised as special referee for the main event. Foley’s comedy performance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Details are available here.

— Frank and Son Collectibles in City of Industry, California holds an autograph session this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with Candice Michelle, Maria Kanellis, Melina Perez, Torrie Wilson and Traci Brooks.

— Kane is advertised to face John Cena at the December 30, 2011 Raw live event in Hartford, Connecticut. He has also been announced for Raw live events taking place in New York City, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. later this month.

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with his latest blog entry, which you can read in its entirety over at JRsBarBQ.com. Here are some highlights of what JR wrote about:

Kane’s Return On RAW: “I thought it was an excellent surprise and it made an impact. Where it goes from here is anyone’s guess but getting back a star with Kane’s name identity is viable for WWE. He also looked to be leaner and in great physical condition. I’m still amazed that many fans thought that it really wasn’t Kane but an imposter or a ‘new’ Kane. Some even thought it was the Undertaker dressed in Kane attire.”

Which FCW Stars Should Get called Up: “Who should be called up next to WWE from FCW? That’s hard to say but the cupboards aren’t bare in FCW. Lots of good prospects. It’s perhaps more important for WWE to be ready for the called up young performers as any matter in the equation. Analogy…think NFL Draft but the team selecting the player doesn’t know what position to play the draft pick. What one does from the get go with a new talent is imperative.”

His Announcing Philosphy: “What is my announcing philosophy? Short answer is that embellishing the skills of the in ring talents comes first, why said talents are in a given bout follows, and always avoid using negative/negative analogies to describe the stars. Every performer has to have their redeeming qualities re-enforced no matter their TV persona. It’s a delicate, balancing act for broadcasters. Even villains, once clearly identified as villains, have positive attributes that need underscoring. Plus, the various titles have to be made to be special because they are intended to be and that will never change. Society understands championships. ”

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem: “Lesnar vs. Overeem prediction for December 30? I can’t pick against Brock so I won’t. I’m a Lesnar fan but I will say that if Lesnar doesn’t destroy Overeem’s vertical base quickly and aggressively, Overeem can and will knock Brock out. The former WWE Champion’s standup/striking defense has to improve. Lesnar needs to dance with what ‘brung him’ and that is wrestling. Take Overeem down and then pound. Overeem’s hand strikes and knees are toxic. Don’t see this fight making it out of round two. Another question mark is if Brock is returning to the Octagon too soon after battling illness? That question will largely be answered on December 30. I am predicting a Lesnar win via stoppage.”

— The pre-sale password for WWE’s 2012 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event is CHAMBER. The pre-sale kicks off Friday at 10:00 a.m. via www.ticketmaster.com.

— Shawn Michaels will participate in a live Q&A session Friday at 8:30 p.m. at www.mrahunting.com.

— WWE.com has moved Kane from SmackDown to Raw after advertising the three-time world champion for upcoming Raw live events.

At the conclusion of Monday’s 2011 Slammy Awards, Kane reemerged following a five month absence, once again masked. The Big Red Monster locked his hand around the neck of John Cena and left him laying with a devastating chokeslam.

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