– The new ring name for WWE Diva Milena Roucka will be Rosa Mendez, as Santino Marella said on RAW tonight. Roucka has been sitting at ringside for weeks now with signs showing her love for Beth Phoenix.
– Kizarny defeated Zack Ryder in a dark match before the RAW and SmackDown tapings in Toronto. Kizarny is set to make his WWE TV debut on next week’s show.
– Conspicuous by her absence last night on RAW was ring announcer Lilian Garcia. SmackDown ring announcer Justin Roberts filled in for her on the show with no explanation given via commentary. Not to worry Lilian fans, she simply had the night off. Two weeks ago, Lilian posted her WWE schedule on her MySpace account for the end of the year and through February. The only date left off the schedule was for tonight’s RAW in Toronto, so her night off was planned well ahead of time and it was not a sudden decision. For what it’s worth, she usually takes a vacation around the winter holidays, so that could explain her absence from tonight’s show. Additionally, she hasn’t missed a single RAW or pay-per-view appearance since June 2007 when she was taking time off to recover from a skiing injury in which she tore the ACL in her right knee. Lilian will be back handling her regular ring announcing duties at next Monday’s Raw taping in Manchester, New Hampshire.
– John Bradshaw Layfield’s wife, Meredith Whitney, has been honored with a powerful nomination. She is being considered for the title of CNBC’s Power Lunch “Power Player” of the Year.
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