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Seth Rollins Competes In First WWE Match, Randy Orton Injured At SmackDown Taping, Zack Ryder Reportedly Demoted Due To Low Rating, Tony Chimel Resurfaces, More

December 28, 2011   ·   0 Comments

WWE has posted entrance videos of numerous former WWE stars including Dusty RhodesEddie GuerreroJimmy SnukaRoad WarriorsThe Million Dollar ManTrish StratusVader.

— Ring announcer Justin Roberts teased a possible appearance by John Laurinaitis at tonight’s Raw live event in Madison Square Garden. He tweeted an image of WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent Relations backstage at the event and asked, “What’s he doing here???”

— Former ROH World Champion Tyler Black, who now competes under the name Seth Rollins, competed in his first WWE match at Tuesday’s SmackDown in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rollins, working as a heel, lost to Skip Sheffield in a dark match.

– Dave Meltzer stated on the Dec. 27 edition of Wrestling Observer Radio (available here) that Zack Ryder being placed in a romance storyline with Eve Torres and away from the main event scene stems from the staggeringly low quarter hour rating for last week’s Raw SuperShow main event, which saw Long Island Iced-Z, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan stand tall against The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.

The main event garnered a 2.67 cable rating (2.55 for the first half of the bout), which was the lowest-rated main event onRaw in 2011 and possibly the lowest since Dec. 8, 1997 for a non-holiday show in its regular time slot. The overrun gained 59,000 viewers, which is considered terrible.

The Ryder/Torres storyline is slated to continue for at least a few weeks.

— Tony Chimel resurfaced at Tuesday’s WWE television tapings in Indianapolis, Indiana as the ring announcer for WWE NXT and WWE Superstars. He takes over for Eden Stiles, who parted ways with the organization last week. Chimel was removed as SmackDown ring announcer earlier this month due to Lilian Garcia’s return to the company.

– The official Twitter feed of the WWE Insider reported the following Tuesday evening:

“BREAKING: @RandyOrton injured at #Smackdown in Indianapolis tonight. More details to follow on WWE.com as they become available.”

— Matches taped Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Indiana for this week’s episode of WWE Superstars were: Darren Young vs. Trent Barreta; Tyson Kidd vs. Yoshi Tatsu.

Matches taped for this week’s episode of WWE NXT were: Heath Slater vs. Justin Gabriel; Percy Watson vs. Tyson Kidd; Derrick Bateman vs. Johnny Curtis.

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