Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
As reported earlier, WWE conducted an injury angle at this morning's WrestleMania Axxess affecting the Eight-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania XXVII featuring Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov vs. Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett.
Following Kozlov's victory over Tyler Reks, The Corre attacked the RAW Superstar. The faction used the steel steps to crush The Moscow Mauler's shoulder against the ring post.
WWE acknowledged the attack on the company website: "Twitter and YouTube has since erupted with photos and videos of the incident. The footage only serves to leave the WWE Universe wondering about Kozlov's condition, or what condition he'll be in for the Eight-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania."
According to a source, the angle will play out with Kozlov being removed from the Eight-Man Tag Team Match and replaced by Kofi Kingston. The announcement is not expected to made until the match takes place.
Kingston dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Barrett last week on SmackDown!.
As we noted earlier here on WrestlingINC.com, there is a good chance that a match could be bumped off tomorrow night's WrestleMania XXVII pay-per-view broadcast. In that case, it would be a dark match. No word on what match that is as of this writing. Also, a battle royal is scheduled to take place featuring male wrestlers not booked for the pay-per-view. This allows every WWE talent to appear at the big event and also receive a WrestleMania bonus check.
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