Tim White had been with WWE since the 1980s. The decision to release White was said to be a stunner, who by all accounts was well liked by the wrestlers. White was a referee for many years until suffering a severe shoulder injury in the 2002 HHH vs. Chris Jericho Hell in a Cell Match. Since then he has worked in the backstage role, while rehabbing the injury.
Kevin ‘Thorn’ Fertig had some success on the ECW brand, but after the release of Shelly Martinez, he was sent to developmental for a makeover into a new character. During his time back in developmental, Thorn suffered a shoulder injury, which required surgery and rehab. As recently as a few weeks ago, Fertig was scheduled to return to the main roster as part of the SmackDown brand as a member of a faction led by WWE developmental wrestler Vade Hansen. Officials had plans for group to feud with Undertaker leading into Wrestlemania this year, but Vince McMahon pulled the plug after a single Hansen promo aired on Smackdown a few weeks ago. This is the second time in which Fertig has been released by WWE. He was originally released by the company in July 2005 during a massive talent purge. He was brought back to the company in 2006 and debuted under a vampire gimmick in ECW a few months later.
Tonight’s 6:00 p.m. edition of SportsCenter featured Mr. Kennedy’s direct-to-DVD movie, Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia, as a sponsor.
Here is the TV Guide preview for next Monday’s edition of Raw: “New, HD, (TV-PG,V), Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena. (Pro Wrestling), (V=Moderate Violence)”
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