The Undertaker disappearing from WWE for long periods of time is pretty expected. Those souls ain’t gonna dig their own holes. But Kane – in a rather unique feat for a ‘big guy’ wrestler – has had very few extended periods off in his WWE career. That is, until recently – where his last WWE appearance was losing to Baron Corbin on the 22nd November episode of Smackdown Live.
SportsKeeda are reporting that The Big Red Machine has been granted time off from WWE to prepare for his Knox County mayor campaign for 2018 and to work on his insurance agency business with his wife – which offers coverage for your car, home, motorcycle, RV, boat and life. Although getting sold life insurance from Kane might feel like a thinly veiled threat.
Tuesday nights won’t soon just be missing Kane. Following Wrestlemania 33, John Cena is expected to take another hiatus from WWE to shoot at least two movies The Pact and Daddy’s Home 2. So who could replace the 16 time world champion as the face of Smackdown Live?
If you answered AJ Styles, The Miz or any other current Smackdown star deserving of a chance, you’d be wrong. Because according to PWInsider Elite, the top name discussed right now for the next WWE draft is Roman Reigns to the blue brand. The report reveals, via Wrestling Inc: “there have been discussions to solidify this move, and make him the top pick to defect.”
This would put Reigns against heels not called Kevin Owens – namely The Miz and Baron Corbin – and would continue the reported plan to make Roman the company’s top babyface by next year’s Wrestlemania. Of course, that reported plan also calls for Reigns to defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania 34, so perhaps a Royal Rumble 2018 win is in store for Roman so he can challenge for the Raw belt despite being on Tuesday nights.
When answering a question about Brock Lesnar’s WWE contract coming up next year, Dave Meltzer pointed out:
“The whole big thing for Brock, all along, has been to become a monster, be unbeatable, run through everybody, and then lose to Roman Reigns. That has been the idea for Brock for years now.”
Meltzer speculated that once Lesnar has served this purpose, Vince McMahon might reasses whether The Beast Incarnate is still worth the big money, part-time deal he’s currently on.
A Wrestlemania 33 surprise return looks like it’s been revealed.
Naomi had to relinquish her Smackdown Women’s Championship belt just a week after she won it at last month’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view because of a knee injury said to be very similar to the one suffered by Seth Rollins. She was meant to be the big homecoming champion at Wrestlemania 33, being held in her hometown of Orlando. Daniel Bryan later announced subsequent champion Alexa Bliss will defend her title at WWE’s biggest show of the year against “every available woman on the Smackdown Live roster” – a very vague match-up many saw as a way to leave a space open for Naomi’s return.
Naomi’s father, however, has accidentally cleared up all that vagueness, answering a fan’s question about her recovery status on Twitter in a since-deleted tweet:
“she will be back by Wrestlemania”