sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, PWInsider.com
— Vince McMahon recently said he wants Raw upgraded during the upcoming WWE Draft, which is scheduled to be held on April 13, 2009 in Atlanta. While not saying so, with depth the way it is, SmackDown’s probably going to take a big hit.
As far as SmackDown is concerned, he wants to go back to focusing on the Hispanic audience it lost following the departure of Rey Mysterio from the brand as well as developing new stars.
— Regarding plans for Chris Jericho at WrestleMania, Vince McMahon continues to keep them very close to his vest, so no one really knows at this point except perhaps his inner circle. They’ve tossed around various scenarios for what is planned for Jericho, but they are changed regularly.
One scenario discussed last week was for Jericho to face a series of legends at “The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania,” culminating with The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke coming out and delivering a knockout punch.
Another idea thrown out was for Jericho to wrestle someone, although that person has yet to be disclosed. Additionally, the legends featured on television in recent weeks including Ric Flair, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, as well as Mickey Rourke, would sit in the front row and get involved towards the end of the match. While they haven’t been featured on television during the angle, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Honky Tonk Man will likely sit amongst the legends too.
Flair has talked about not wanting to be perceived as “just another legend” in the crowd, but he still plans on being involved with the storyline.
— My9, the MyNetworkTV affiliate based out of New York City, will feature an interview segment with WWE Diva Kelly Kelly on tonight’s 10:00 p.m. news broadcast. The station has been running interview segments with various WWE Superstars since Friday Night SmackDown jumped to MyNetworkTV late last year.
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