The original plan for Bragging Rights was to have two undercard matches apiece from Raw and Smackdown, with the winners then meeting in the interbrand main event tag match. The Miz and John Morrison were to wind up on opposite Raw and Smackdown teams to face one another in that match rather than their non-title singles bout.
WWE is trying to get one of the New York Yankees to host the 16th November Raw, which is in Madison Square Garden. Johnny Damon, who has attended many WWE and TNA shows over the years, is the current favourite.
Drew McIntyre’s push has been inspired by two of his biggest supporters backstage – Triple H and Shawn Michaels. They have both earmarked him as a guy to build the company around in the future. This has caused a lot of resentment amongst other guys on the roster, especially those on Raw, since it is impossible to get much attention there without the personal stamp of approval from Hunter, Shawn, John Cena or Randy Orton.
Nothing has been decided with regards to re-signing Booker T. He is a known star and they are short on depth, as well as looking for more African-American wrestlers in key positions. However, it is well-known that he has done nothing to elevate anybody while in TNA and the likeliest role for him in WWE would be to groom younger guys on ECW. He would also want to bring Sharmell in, which WWE is unlikely to go for given her age. During his last WWE stint he developed a reputation for always trying to tweak finishes when he had to do a job so that he would not come out of things looking bad. On the other hand, working with WWE could help his wrestling school and get his pupils a better chance at a developmental deal. There have also been numerous examples of guys coasting in TNA but then raising their game when returning to WWE, such as Goldust and Jeff Hardy.
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