Mysterio’s Return Storyline, Backlash Matches?, More

Ryan Clark

We previously reported that Rey Mysterio Jr. is in line for big push when he returns to action. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the planned SummerSlam main event is Mysterio against McMahon.

It is believed that the Backlash PPV on April 29 (which will feature stars from all three brands) was to see rematches from WrestleMania 23 including John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels and Batista vs. The Undertaker. However, according to new reports by Dave Meltzer, things were leaning towards those plans changing as decisions on Backlash were being made at the RAW taping in Dayton, OH on Monday and for the rest of this week. While a Cena vs. Michaels rematch is up in the air, a rematch between Batista and The Undertaker is expected.

For those who might have missed it, a fan hit the ring during the beginning of the John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels WWE Title Match at WrestleMania 23 Sunday night at Ford Field in Detroit. Fans in attendance said the man wanted to streak, but referee Mike Chioda took him down. Michaels was spotted wanting to get in a shot on the fan, but Chioda stopped him from doing it. At that point, Michaels hopped up on the turnbuckle and Chioda rang the bell. However, according to sources, Michaels reportedly refused to start the match until the fan was removed as he wanted total attention on the main event.

Mark Briscoe was released from the hospital today after suffering a serious concussion at a Ring of Honor event this past weekend in Detroit. Briscoe botched a Shooting Star Press attempt spot coming off the top rope and landing on his head awkwardly on the concrete floor (a spot many compared to Brock Lesnar’s botched shooting star at WrestleMania). Briscoe was in the ICU until Saturday night after going through a seizure in the hospital. There remains no word on his return to the ring.

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