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Was Mark Henry's interview at Extreme Rules just a work or is it a way to get him off television until he can get another contract?
Prior to Mark Henry returning to WWE in February, he was locked in a contract dispute with the company. While there were some questions about his health, Henry threatened not to come back unless he approved creative plans for him. They ended up agreeing to a deal that saw him work Elimination Chamber, Wrestlemania and Extreme Rules. The bit on Raw was done to write him off. For how long, I haven't heard. Some say he could return as a babyface and he did come out of the strap match against Sheamus banged up. I believe it was a shoulder injury.
Do you see Zack Ryder getting pushed or released?
I can't really speculate either. Yes, Zack Ryder is getting on television but only as an enhancement talent. Ryder is such a weird case. He's built a fan empire using YouTube and Twitter, yet he's unable to solidify a push on WWE television. I don't know who it is that lacks confidence in him, perhaps Vince himself, but clearly someone doesn't see him worth a push.
Is Jack Swagger's push officially over?
WWE is committed to the Zeb Colter/Tea Party stuff but who knows how much this involves a continued main event push for Jack Swagger. He wasn't booked with confidence this week, however, there's no way to give a definitive word whether or not this is a sign that his push is over. I will say many were surprised Vince McMahon didn't alter the World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania following Swagger's arrest when he had ample time to do so. Swagger had a rough week after nearly injuring Alberto Del Rio and kicking Dolph Ziggler in the head. This got him backstage heat and that could be one of the reasons for the more recent jobs.
Is there any new information on turning Randy Orton heel?
WWE is building Randy Orton back up but still as a babyface. Orton wants to work as a heel and has stated as much publicly, however, this is a question I've been answering for at least the past year. Don't hold your breath but Orton fans have reason to be optimistic.
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