More on Orton, Backlash, Khali & WWE Releases Wrestler

William Regal’s coronation ceremony is set for Raw tonight. Ken Kennedy is also set to make a non-triumphant return.

After Backlash went off the air, Triple H celebrated in the ring as confetti rained down over the arena. Safer than fireworks, I guess.

Mike Adamle got one of the biggest heel reactions of the night when he and Tazz made their way to the ring for Backlash.

Dave Taylor, the veteran British wrestler last seen teaming with Drew McIntyre on the Smackdown tour, has been released by WWE. This could be the beginning of the annual post-WrestleMania cull.

Khali is in dire need of knee surgery, which is part of the reason behind him taking some time off now. An Indian film crew were following him around at Backlash yesterday for a documentary. He’ll be returning to his hometown in India for the month of May. He will also soon be making his Bollywood movie debut in a kids film called Ramma The Saviour. His business manager, Raj Makhija, said “Dalip (Khali) is excited about the release and can’t wait for the rest of the world to witness his acting skill.”

The New York Times has a major – and positive – piece up on the state of WWE, available here.

Randy Orton gave an interview to the Baltimore Sun about his bad-boy reputation and how settling down and starting a family has changed him – “I have a wonderful wife that wouldn’t hurt a fly, and I think a lot of that has rubbed off on me. I can’t wait to be a dad, and the fact that I’m going to have a little girl – I jumped through the roof when we were at the doctor’s office and he said that we were going to have a daughter.” He says that WWE made him attend anger management classes and that he knew he was making himself miserable without even realising it. “I let some people down like Triple H, who had a lot of faith in me and took me under his wing. Ric Flair would never say it, but he loved me like I was his kid and he was like a dad to me on the road. I’m sure I let him down somewhere along the way. These guys really invested a lot of time, faith and energy in me. The company invested money in me.” Additional comments by Orton are available here. Of course, given this recent story, his attitude problems might not have been completely resolved.

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