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TNA vs. WWE Update, Alex Riley Gets a Win, R-Truth and Ziggler Absent, More on WE Sponsoring JBL, HHH Added to SmackDown, Fink & Foley Birthdays, FCW, How Much Money Is Randy Orton’s Suspension Costing Him?, More on Recent Orton Reports

June 8, 2012   ·   0 Comments

– People in WWE are being tight-lipped about the Randy Orton suspension. One source who did comment believes that Orton tested positive due to a tainted supplement. As noted before, the SuperLucha reports that Orton tested positive for Dianabol are not confirmed.

SuperLuchas and PWInsider also reported a meeting between Orton and WWE officials to discuss his future last weekend. SuperLuchas named Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn and Triple H as the officials who met with Orton. One source says that Dunn would not have been part of the meeting as it’s not his department.

Vince McMahon is said to be going back and forth on Orton’s future but the feeling is that in the end, they can’t and won’t get rid of Orton due mainly to depth issues. There is said to be a small, vocal pocket of people that is growing more outspoken about cutting Orton.

Orton’s 60 day suspension will reportedly end July 29th, meaning he will miss the 1000th RAW in his hometown of St. Louis on July 23rd but would be eligible to return on the July 30th RAW, in time for the SummerSlam pay-per-view. The talk is that WWE may keep Orton out after his suspension is over, to teach him a lesson and have him miss the annual SummerSlam payday. Orton being gone for 60 days will cost him around $200,000. If he’s not booked for SummerSlam and kept off TV for a few weeks longer after the suspension, then he will lose somewhere around $275,000.
– The next hearing in the TNA vs. WWE lawsuit will be on July 12th at 9:30am. WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt has been approved to work as one of WWE’s attorneys on the case.

– For those wondering, Brodus Clay was kept off RAW this week to sell the concussion from Big Show the week before.

– Alex Riley picked up his first singles win in many months at last night’s RAW live event in Madrid, Spain. He defeated Curt Hawkins. Hawkins wrote on Twitter that he had a busted lip and jammed thumb after the match.

– R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler were absent from last night’s live event in Madrid, Spain. Ziggler noted on Twitter that he was flying to Spain. No word yet where R-Truth was.

WWE shifted things around a bit to make up for the absences. Mason Ryan got a singles match, squashing Michael McGillicutty and Zack Ryder teamed with Truth’s partner Kofi Kingston to lose to Primo and Epico.

WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel turns 61 years old today. Mick Foley turns 46.

– Triple H has been added to the WWE SmackDown tapings on June 12th from the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

– FCW’s Summer Slamarama tour hits the Crystal River Armory in Crystal River, Florida on Saturday, June 16th for a Father’s Day Salute event. Admission is free for kids 16 and under when accompanied by dad. It looks like Ricky Steamboat and his son Richie will be appearing.

– We noted before that WWE will be sponsoring JBL’s Seven Summits climb for charity later this month. When JBL reaches the top of the tallest mountain in each of the seven continents, he will place a WWE flag on top.

JBL will begin with Russia’s Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. He will then go to Mts. Vinson, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Cartensz Pyramid and finish with Mt. Everest in 2014. Proceeds from the climbs will go to Bermuda’s Family Center, which helps underprivileged children.

 

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