WWE Updates on Orton, Flair, JBL & Developmental

Read on for the latest on Orton’s return, what the future holds for JBL and Lance Cade, the top WWE developmental talents and more…

An update on WWE’s top developmental talents… Jake Hager is seen as the main guy in Florida Championship Wrestling, currently 51-0 on an undefeated winning streak. Harry Smith and T.J. Wilson have been teaming together as the Canadian Bulldogs. Smith is getting far better reports for his work than when he was on Raw, although Wilson seems unlikely to be called up anytime soon due to his small size. Chris Harris, however, is likely to be called up to one of the main brands soon – as is Alicia Fox, thought to be heading to Smackdown. Ron Killings, as already reported, is expected to start on TV sometime this month and even keep the nickname of The Truth that he used in TNA.

Lance Cade has become something of a priority for WWE creative nowadays. They are discussing how best to repackage him in order to make him into a main event heel.

Ric Flair apparently had a hard time adjusting to life without wrestling in April and May. By this point, however, he has gotten over his retirement and is said to be greatly enjoying his new role as a goodwill ambassador for WWE. The job actually has him on the road almost as much as when he was wrestling, yet now the traveling is much more relaxed and he can take his wife with him. Some people in creative felt they should announce his first recent appearance on Raw before the show on WWE.com to try and boost ratings, yet they went with the surprise instead to try and keep things unpredictable.

JBL’s Layfield Energy company is releasing a new energy drink soon. 418 Energy will be aimed at golfers and contain an anti-inflammatory that relieves pain, whilst also improving focus and providing energy. JBL’s continued in-ring career, however, remains uncertain due to sustained back pain and his own frustrations at how limited his performances are.

Randy Orton is looking to come back far sooner than expected from his collarbone injury. Although WWE was told he would be out until October he is now hoping to be back in time for SummerSlam in August. Orton said that “The pain is gone and I’m well on my way to a speedy recovery. I’m using a special machine that gives the break site a direct pulse from an electromagnet. It helps regenerate the strongest bone growth quickly. It should speed up my three month prognosis to two-and-a-half months at best. I also had only one break in my clavicle, which is the least amount of damage. Most moderate to severe collarbone breaks have two, three, four sometimes five breaks in the bone.”

Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 01 July 2008 (subscribe here)

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