SmackDown Tapings Preview, Ryback’s Push & More

Posted by Matt Boone May 22, 2012 2 Comments

– WWE will tape SmackDown and NXT tonight from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. No matches have been announced yet but Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio and Kane vs. Randy Orton in a Street Fight is being advertised locally.

– WWE is now giving feature billing for upcoming SmackDown live events and TV tapings.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen WWE taking an old school approach to Ryback’s character, starting him off squashing “local talent,” building him up to squashing mid-card talent and protecting his character along the way.

– WWE Superstar has launched a website for his foundation at Here is their mission statement:

“The Ted DiBiase Foundation will use the platform and success that God has provided Ted DiBiase Jr., to make a life-long impact on people’s lives by giving them hope during their most difficult times. It will raise money for several different causes that are based on the biblical principles of “clothe the naked and feed the hungry,” “visit the widows and orphans” and “take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.” The Ted DiBiase Foundation will also work to inspire, equip and create leaders amongst our youth, while sharing the love of Jesus Christ.”

Ted, who is still injured, spent Monday afternoon at Florence Middle School in Florence, Mississippi where he met 8th grader Blaine McRaney.


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