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You might’ve noticed that Kane hasn’t been on Smackdown as of late. If you thought he’d taken time off to eviscerate his enemies or burn the souls of his foes, you’d be mistaken. Because the real reason is actually more ridiculous. He’s running for mayor in Knox County.
The Big Red Machine – whose real name is the much less intimidating Glenn Jacobs – announced his bid at a press conference earlier this week, and followed it up with a campaign video seemingly using his Corporate Kane gimmick. The ‘Lighting the way for our future’ slogan and flame in the middle of his logo are nice references to his Demon alter-ego.
Even without Kane, Smackdown’s post-Superstar Shake-Up roster looks mighty fine: Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura are the most exciting headliners, but I’ve got a dark horse pick for the tag team division; the excellent Primo and Epico who transferred over as a far more serious Shining Stars.
Primo’s real-life brother and Epico’s real-life cousin Carlito could be the perfect addition to make them a feared faction on Smackdown Live, and the former United States, Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion has spoken to Sports Illustrated about whether he’d return to WWE:
“We’ve had talks. I haven’t spoken to them in a while, but it’s all about economics. For the right price, I’d love to come back, but it’s got to be something that works for them and something that works for me.”
Carlito was heavily rumoured to be one of the many ex-WWE stars to return following last year’s brand split, but so far only Curt Hawkins, Jinder Mahal and Mickie James have come true. Shelton Benjamin was scheduled to return until he had to undergo surgery, but now he’s medically cleared, he could turn up on WWE TV any time soon.
Kurt Angle’s WWE return has a major asterisk alongside it, though: he’s back on WWE TV, but only as the Raw General Manager, not as an in-ring wrestling machine and breaker of ankles.
Plan is for him to wrestle if he passes physical https://t.co/wMq9Bjxx78
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) April 7, 2017
Dave Meltzer revealed last week that the backstage plan is for Angle to wrestle again, but it all depends on him passing a physical. According to Kurt’s interview with Wrestling Inc, though, that unfortunately won’t be for a while:
“I did hint to Triple H at the very beginning of our talks that I did want to wrestle again and he said, ‘we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. You’re going to have to take a physical and you’re going to have to pass’…I’d say probably near the end of the year is what I’m guessing and I really don’t know.”
Royal Rumble No.30 surprise entrant confirmed. Oh no wait. It’ll be Roman again.
Big Show vs Shaquille O’Neal at Wrestlemania 33 had actually been building since their Wrestlemania 32 confrontation the previous year. The two started trashtalking each other in interviews leading up to the 2017 event, and Big Show even got himself into arguably the best shape of his career. But the special attraction wrestler vs celebrity match fell apart weeks before the show and Big Show found himself wrestling in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which he was reportedly upset about backstage.
— Big Show (@WWETheBigShow) April 8, 2017
Many reasons were given why the two didn’t collide – Shaq being too fat, negotiations breaking down over money, but speaking on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Video Podcast, Big Show has revealed in the end, it all came down to time:
“Not sure if it was scheduling or other commitments, but there were other things where Shaq and I couldn’t get together because of time…There are a lot of factors to prepare someone for Mania; you have to do Raw, you have to do interviews, it’s not like you just do it and show up at Mania, there’s prep work that goes into it and nothing can get done for the prep-work.”
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