Hardy Returns, Khali Leaves, WWE Racial Concerns & More

Triple H and Michael Hayes are the guys getting the most credit for booking the Floyd Mayweather and Big Show match at WrestleMania 24. Even before the show started they were telling people backstage about how good it was going to be and how impressive Mayweather’s heel performance was. Mayweather seemed to be a knowledgable wrestling fan backstage and behaved respectfully towards the rest of the performers.

WWE has had a directive in recent months to get more African-American faces on their TV shows, having lost for various reasons the Boogeyman, Booker T, Sharmell, Bobby Lashley, Krystal and, temporarily, Cryme Tyme in the past year. Kofi Kingston was put on ECW because of this and because neither Brian Gerwitz nor Michael Hayes had anything for him on the other shows. Elijah Burke was meant to be traded to Raw in exchange for Shelton Benjamin last year but wound up staying on ECW because, again, Gerwitz had nothing for him.

Jeff Hardy is due to return to TV on the 12 May episode of Raw in Detroit.

Ron Killings further aggravated his already injured shoulder working a house show on 8 April, so he was kept off the European tour.

Jim Ross has suggested moving the Hall of Fame ceremony to Friday night next year, so they would avoid the time problems experienced this year with inductions running long and the TV producers pressuring them to cut off speeches.

Khali is taking a leave of absence after Backlash. He is returning to the village of Dhiriana, India, moving into a new home that his brother, Inder Singh, has supervised construction of. He is expected to remain in India for all of May.

Florida Championship Wrestling has problems with its TV tapings as the venue they are using has no public toilets. Wrestlers were allowed to use one in the building next door but eventually this became such a mess they had to use a gas station down the street. They are not allowed to put on public shows until the new toilets have been installed.

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 21 April 2008 (subscribe here)

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