WWE Ribs Macho Man’s Brother, News on Ryback’s Victims, Silvervision-WWE,Randy Orton Comments on His Suspension and Return, Recent WWE Attendance Figures
June 8, 2012 · 0 Comments
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– Ryback’s opponents on this week’s WWE SmackDown from Columbia, South Carolina are Tony Andriotic and Kevin Mahoney, known as Michael Freehly and John Skyler on the independent scene. WWE has been announcing Ryback’s opponents from cities that rival the city they are in, to draw a heel reaction from the crowd. Andriotic and Mahoney are announced from Clemson, North Carolina, which is the rival of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Skyler is actually a South Carolina graduate. Frehley is in the Army Reserve and is heading out to Afghanistan this week so best wishes are with him.
Ryback’s victims on RAW this week were announced as Arthur Rosenberg and Stan Hansky. As previously noted, they were indy wrestlers Kirby Mack and Stoney Hooker. They were announced from Downers Grove, Illinois and recited a poem together, which internally was meant to be a rib on Lanny Poffo, the brother of Randy Savage. The belief is they ribbed Poffo because he recently made it clear that Randy’s family won’t allow him in the WWE Hall of Fame unless he’s inducted with Lanny and their father Angelo Poffo. One of the names of the wrestlers was the real name of a WWE merchandise executive.
Here are some recent WWE attendance figures:
* RAW on June 1st in Alexandria, Louisiana drew 5,300 fans for $150,000
* RAW on June 2nd in Mobile, Alabama drew 3,500 fans for $120,000
* SmackDown on June 2nd in Augusta, Georgia drew 4,500 fans for $120,000
* RAW on June 3rd in Birmingham, Alabama drew 5,500 fans for $140,000
* SmackDown on June 3rd in Savannah, Georgia drew 4,000 fans for $130,000
– Early this morning, Randy Orton finally commented on Twitter and said that his suspension ends in 50 days, which would put him back Friday, July 27th, two days before the reported July 29th. A fan asked Orton if he will be returning as a heel because of the suspension. Orton said “we can only pray.”
If Orton does return on July 27th, that would mean his suspension began May 25th, which was the night he appeared on RAW and laid The Miz out with a RKO. Orton was not used at the SmackDown tapings that week and his suspension was announced the next day, Wednesday.
Finally, a fan asked Orton why he was suspended. Orton replied:
“When I’m able to tell you, I will. Until then, don’t believe everything you read!”
WWE will be treating the July 23rd 1,000th RAW as a major pay-per-view with all hands on deck. They have reached out to the usual Legends like Jim Duggan, Gene Okerlund, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart and Dusty Rhodes but are looking to use other stars we don’t always see on nostalgia shows. Bobby Heenan’s name was brought up but his bad health would likely play a factor.
The idea going around is to have both an old school and a new school production vibe to the show. They want to lock The Undertaker’s return in and start advertising his appearance in hopes that it will help ratings. The plan is to promote the show hard with a three week TV build, including announcing a pay-per-view quality line-up. They are also looking to introduce new talents on the three-hour show.
– WWE creative is currently being pushed to come up with a “knock your socks off” type of angle for the summer. The idea is to jolt the interest of fans, similar to the Nexus angle in 2010 and the CM Punk angle in 2011. This stems from the low ratings and somewhat stagnant product.
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