- As seen on SmackDown last night, Kane disappeared during the main event where he teamed with Randy Orton to face Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. Orton was about to tag Kane when the lights went out for several seconds. When the lights came back on, Kane was gone and Luke Harper was in the ring.
- Alfred Konuwa's latest column at Forbes looks at the Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match at the Survivor Series next month and how today's fans are likely to hijack it like the New York fans did in their infamous WrestleMania XX match.
"Fans of The Reality Era have pined for more technical wrestlers, preferably with an independent wrestling pedigree, in the main event as opposed to the more transcendent muscle-bound types who once defined that scene," Konuwa wrote. "WWE has listened. Nobody has watched. Even reports of low attendance at live events have become par for the course."
- As noted, The Rock will host a "Rock The Troops" Christmas special from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam in Hawaii on October 22nd. The special will air in December on Spike. Spike TV sent us the press release below, which reveals some huge stars scheduled to appear at the event:
DWAYNE JOHNSON'S "ROCK THE TROOPS" STAR-STUDDED EVENT COMES TO SPIKE IN DECEMBER
New Momentous Holiday Special to Honor America's Heroes
Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood, Terry Crews and More Set to Appear
Musical Performances by Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Tenacious D, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Lewis with Additional Talent to Be Announced Soon
Epic Night of Entertainment For Our Nation's Military to Be Taped At Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam In Hawaii
Los Angeles, CA October 11, 2016 – Entertainment icon Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is partnering with Spike TV, Casey Patterson Entertainment and Don Mischer Productions to create a monumental holiday event, "Rock the Troops," a music and entertainment experience created to honor, inspire and captivate the brave men and women of America's Armed Services. This compelling and modern tribute will emanate from the historical Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and bring together A-list headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and film to debut this December on Spike.
"My respect for our troops is boundless. This December we will honor the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and given that I have military in my family, vets and Navy SEALs, the goal was to create an event that honors our troops and their families in epic fashion. Seven Bucks Productions and I are privileged to have this opportunity to salute America's finest and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all their dedication, bravery, sacrifice and loyalty to our country," says Johnson.
"Rock the Troops is a passion project for CPE and our partners at Seven Bucks and Don Mischer Productions," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "We're thrilled to be bringing entertainment and inspiration to our servicemen and servicewomen and to have so much support from our talented friends."
"Honoring those who have made a commitment to serve our country, our citizens and the free world is of the upmost importance to all of us at Seven Bucks Productions," says Dany Garcia, co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions. "We are honored to dedicate a night of entertainment to these amazing men and women."
"Entertaining our men and women in uniform, who are stationed around the world, is a long cherished tradition in our country," said Don Mischer, Executive Producer. "As we approach the Holiday season, we are especially proud to help carry that tradition into the future."
The growing list of Hollywood heavyweights set to take part includes Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood, Terry Crews, and surfing superstar Laird Hamilton. George Clooney will be featured in a taped segment.
Musical performances will include Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Tenacious D, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Lewis, along with stand-up performances from Jeff Ross and J.B. Smoove.
"Rock the Troops," gives back to our nation's heroes for their dedication, bravery and sacrifice with a night of epic entertainment, big stars, and incredible moments.
This inaugural event will also showcase Spike's pro social campaign, Veterans Operation Wellness, whose mission is to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country. Spike has a long history honoring our country's heroes through programs such as "Hire A Vet" and "Fight For The Troops" as well as celebrated moments in the annual "Guys Choice Awards."
Casey Patterson, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia are Executive Producers alongside Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare for Don Mischer Productions. Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz of Seven Bucks will serve as Co-Executive Producers. Glenn Weiss is Director and Jon Slusser, Spike's Senior Vice President, Sports and Specials serves as the network's Executive in Charge.