– As noted, WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Mick Foley were originally advertised locally for Monday’s RAW 25th Anniversary show in New York City but they have not been announced by WWE.
Hart will not be appearing because he has a meeting on Monday with a hand surgeon in Calgary, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The surgeon is flying in from Paris to meet with Bret and he was unable to postpone. Sue Aitchison from WWE called Bret to arrange his RAW 25 appearance but he didn’t want to cancel the meeting with the surgeon and sent a text message directly to Vince McMahon to explain why.
Regarding Foley, we noted before that he was invited but didn’t know if he would be able to make the show. PWInsider adds that Foley already had a family vacation booked that would conflict with the RAW appearance. Foley reportedly feels that it makes no sense storyline-wise for him to show up for a special celebration show just months after being fired by Triple H and RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon from his job as General Manager. Foley feels that they need to sell the angle for at least one year before he’s brought back.
In an update on Chris Jericho, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that there is still no deal signed for him to appear as of earlier this week. WWE did announce Jericho on Monday’s RAW but as noted, that was done prematurely. Despite having no deal, Jericho is expected to appear. The two sides have been talking and apparently going over creative ideas.
– Former Impact Wrestling star Ethan Carter III was seen at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando this week, according to PWInsider. We noted earlier via The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that it’s now confirmed he will be coming in soon. EC3 will be able to keep that name as he owns the rights, if WWE wants to use it. A Royal Rumble appearance for the former Derrick Bateman has been rumored as he is able to sign with any promotion he wants now that his run with Impact is over.
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