D-X's Future, Batista's Frustration With ECW, Spirit Squad

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Contradicting rumors that the end is near for Degeneration X and the Spirit Squad, John Cena is being promoted through advance local advertisements to be teaming with DX to take on the Spirit Squad at a show in Hartford, Connecticut after SummerSlam.

Batista received negative feedback from many of his colleagues for how he handled the booing at the 8/1 ECW show. He was told ahead of time by Vince McMahon and Johnny Ace that booing was likely to occur, however, he lost his cool within seconds of walking to the ring and he never seemed to get past it. Also, Batista's appearance was heavily edited during the international broadcast of the show. They edited in footage of fans cheering him on and holding positive signs. Also, all the negative chants were overdubbed with a five-minute long "ECW" chant. And lastly, most of the comments both Joey Styles and Tazz made when they called attention to the crowd's negative reaction were removed. When it was all said and done, the editing made it come off as the most positive reaction to an ECW match since its inception.

Mike "The Miz" Mizanin wrestled OVW developmental wrestler Ryan Wilson (Trytan in TNA) at a SmackDown brand house show in Binghamton, NY. Mizanin ended up defeating the 6'11" wrestler with a rollup. Wilson beat up "The Miz" after the match.

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