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*Spoiler* Absent WWE Wrestler Returns To Action At SmackDown Taping & Developmental Star Makes His Debut on SmackDown

April 4, 2012   ·   0 Comments

Ryan Reeves, who formerly appeared for WWE as Skip Sheffield, made his return to company programming at Tuesday’s SmackDown television taping in Orlando, Florida as Ryback. He squashed a local competitor in a brief match.

The former NXT contestant had not appeared on WWE programming since the August 16, 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw. On August 18, 2010, during a Raw live event in Honolulu, Hawaii, he suffered a compound fracture of his ankle during a tag team match against David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd. Reeves underwent three surgical procedures (the last one taking place in June) before recovering from the injury in late 2011. He competed in several non-televised matches since then.

Reeves could be in line for a huge promotion as Vince McMahon is said to be high on the hulking grappler. John Piermarini, who worked in WWE’s creative department during 2009 and 2010, revealed last year that McMahon had at one point believed he could be the organization’s number two babyface wrestler.

– FCW star Damien Sandow made his debut at tonight’s WWE SmackDown tapings in a backstage segment. Sandow is apparently doing an actor gimmick as he talked about film and theatre in the vignette.

Sandow is billed at 6’4″, 243 lbs. and is rocking long hair and a long beard.

The former Idol Stevens previously held the FCW 15 Title and the FCW Tag Team Titles with Titus O’Neil.

He previously worked in WWE developmental from 2001 until 2007 before being re-signed in 2010.

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