According to the roster sheet for this past Monday's edition of Raw which has leaked online, Candice Michelle is not expected back until March 18 at the earliest. As a result, she will be missing the next two weeks of Raw, and won't be seen on television until at least the 23rd. Regarding her absence, she is actually out with an injury. Candice Michelle suffered an ankle injury about two weeks ago. She is expected back by early April, if not sooner, so she should be okay enough to compete in the reported 25 Diva Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXV. Candice last appeared on Raw on the February 16, performing a run-in.
This week's SmackDown will be true 500th episode of the program. However, the episode was the second show taped this past Tuesday at the double SmackDown taping. This week's episode will be a regular edition of the show. Instead, WWE will commemorate the milestone with the 501st episode, which is scheduled to air on March 20th. WWE's billing the show as "The Smackdown 500 Race to Wrestlemania" and wrestlers from all three brands are scheduled to appear. The show is set to be taped on March 17 in Corpus Christie, Texas at the American Bank Center. Wrestlers advertised to appear at the show include: Undertaker, Edge, Triple H, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Umaga, The Great Khali, Carlito, MVP and more. A few weeks ago, MyNetworkTV ran a commercial promoting the station's offerings during the month of March, and the March 13th episode of SmackDown was specifically advertised as the 500th episode. This isn't the first time WWE has miscounted a milestone. On November 3, 2008, Raw celebrated its 800th episode with a three hour episode. The actual 800th episode aired on September 22, 2008.
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