As many of you already know, Smackdown is being moved to the USA Network in January. Since WWE wants to stack these shows to put up good numbers, they have decided to contact John Cena and add him to the first couple of television taping. Cena is now scheduled to show up in Laredo for those episodes. The former world heavyweight champion has been off of the road so that he can film a new reality television show.
November 20, 2015
Just to give you an idea of how important the company views the Tough Enough series, Vince McMahon has started to skip out on the Smackdown taping each week so that he can fly down to Florida to be on the set of the reality television show. For years, the CEO would always be on set to direct things, so this is quite the change in mentality.
July 25, 2015
While the internet wrestling community is making a big deal about it, the staff at TNA were not surprised that Impact Wrestling lost more than 100,000 viewers this week. Dixie Carter and her team knew that a drop usually takes place whenever a television show changes days. It has happened to them before, and it has also happened to Smackdown. Once fans figure out that they have moved, then the numbers will slowly start increasing again.
June 4, 2015
It appears that WWE has changed their minds in regards to utilizing Daniel Bryan on television. Initially, he was supposed to make an appearance at Payback, while sticking around for a couple of days to do episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. However, management has opted to pull him off the road completely, so that the former world heavyweight champion can focus on rehabbing his injuries and making a comeback.
May 15, 2015
After making an appearance at Wrestlemania in the corner of Rusev as he dropped the United States Heavyweight Championship to John Cena, Lana returned to the film lot to finish off the Interrogation movie, which also stars WWE legend Edge. Filming has been completely wrapped up now, so the blonde beauty will be making her way back to television. Her first appearance will be on the next episode of Smackdown.
April 1, 2015
At a live event in Milwaukee over the weekend, Brad Maddox made his return to WWE. Often times, management likes to test things out at these events to gauge what the audience reaction would be before doing it on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. Based on the lackluster reaction and the poor quality of the match, the front office has much to work on before doing the Maddox return on television.
March 16, 2015
On the latest episode of Smackdown, Lana did not appear by the side of Rusev, who is upset with his companion because she gave into the threat by John Cena and agreed to a United States Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. She was also not with him at live events over the weekend. The belief is that the gorgeous Russian valet is going to be kept off of television until the big pay per view. She is currently filming a movie with Edge.
March 15, 2015
While his vignettes have been playing on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown for what seems like an eternity now, WWE has no plans on bringing Sheamus back to television just yet. The idea being penciled in at the moment is to have him make his comeback at Wrestlemania itself. Management is still trying to decide which match he will be involved in. The two choices are the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal and the ladder match.
March 11, 2015
Since he has not been utilized on television in quite some time now, a lot of fans might have forgotten about Hornswoggle. He provided an update on his condition on social media recently. The man legally known as Dylan Postl recently underwent arthroscopic shoulder decompression surgery. He is not expected to be back on the road with WWE anytime soon. His last televised match was on Smackdown back in the beginning of October.
March 7, 2015
Since management opted to cancel plans for his return at the Royal Rumble, the belief is that Bo Dallas will be making his come back from an injury on an upcoming episode of Smackdown. He has already been cleared by the WWE medical staff. A push is highly unlikely, but Dallas is liked enough by management that he should be given regular appearances on television and live events. He should settle into the filler role again.
February 2, 2015