WWE Injury Updates, Frontrunner To Acquire TNA, Why Ibushi Didn't Sign, New Talent To NXT

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Luke Harper is almost 100% and his return to the ring is now considered imminent. We noted at the beginning of the month he was set to begin rehab at the WWE Performance Center and there haven’t been any setbacks. Harper has been out since March with a knee injury and originally hoped to be back in August.

Randy Orton’s health has been somewhat of a mystery but he worked the weekend live event loop and was physical last week at television after doing the RKO at Backlash. We’re told he’s clear of concussion symptoms and there are still varying accounts of why exactly he was pulled off the pay-per-view.

Finn Balor progressed well in his four weeks at the WWE Performance Center, with things going even better than expected with his rehabilitation for a torn labrum. He’ll be re-evaluated by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas this week in Birmingham, Alabama and will continue his physical therapy down there. One source states Balor has kept a positive attitude and is determined to get back as soon as possible. There has, however, been no change to his timetable and WWE will hope he will be ready for Wrestlemania 33.

WWE has been tracking the health of Shelton Benjamin, who had his contract canceled due to a torn rotator cuff, and have even given him recommendations regarding rehab. There is still interest in his services and the feeling within the company is that he will sign when he is fully recovered. Shelton is a guy that both Vince McMahon and Triple H believe is capable of holding secondary titles and putting on stellar matches.

- We’re told there is nothing to the rumor that WWE was interested in purchasing TNA WrestlingSinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company of ROH Wrestling, have inquired about it but there are discrepancies about how much the company is worth. Billy Corgan is probably the front runner to land TNA and has the vision of keeping it going.

- One of the reasons Kota Ibushi did not sign with WWE is that he didn’t want to be cast as solely a cruiserweight. Ibushi plans to continue wrestling in Japan and would be interested in doing work with WWE but refused the opportunity to sign a contract.

Roderick Strong is still set to begin in WWE NXT sometime soon, later this month or next. Ricochet to WWE is also looking likely but it will be sometime later this year. Ricochet is the type of guy they want to push to the moon in NXT.

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