WWE made the following announcement today on Smackdown:
"Next week they're back. Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon, Mr. McMahon, and Stone Cold Steve Austin return for the fifth anniversary of Smackdown."
All signs indicate that Hogan, Foley, and Austin will likely NOT appear at the actual arena next week for Smackdown. Instead they will appear in taped segments. WWE contacted them as a last second idea in hopes of improving sagging Smackdown ratings. Hogan, Austin, and Foley's involvement looks to be a one time deal and does not signify their full return to WWE. It is unknown whether Vince and Stephanie McMahon, who will in all likelyhood be at the show, will appear live or via tape. [PWTorch.com]
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(edited by thecubsfan on 16.9.04 2341) By the way, Storm's gimmick includes 1.) telling the audience to shut up, and 2.) occasionally making everyone stand for the Canadian national anthem. You know they don't know what to do with a wrestler when he's making fans stand for a national anthem. It's like waving a white flag and saying, "This guy has no personality -- we give up."
Don't be too upset about Benoit not getting the push. I am relieved that they didn't try to shoehorn him into a titleshot for Survivor Series. It's obvious (or should be) that whoever faces Brock at SS is going to do the job.