Update on SmackDown’s Announce Team, Mania 25 on TV, More

– As of before WrestleMania, there had been no decision made on Tazz’s replacement for the SmackDown announce team. One of the options is to pair Jerry Lawler or Matt Striker with Ross until a long-term plan is created. JBL is also another candidate if WWE decides to end his character as rumored. We should find something out his Tuesday night at the tapings.

– WrestleMania XXV will air in highlight form on NBC on August 30, 2009 — likely as a means to fill one of the two contractually obligated annual television specials. Although, August 30th falls on a Sunday instead of a Saturday.

– Estimates for the weekend have Race to Witch Mountain (starring former WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) doing $3.35 million and WWE Studios’ 12 Rounds doing $2.3 million for No. 8 and No. 9. As a result, Johnson’s movie beat Cena’s movie for the second week in a row. Furthermore, 12 Rounds stands to take a 56% box office plunge in its second week out. In comparison, the gross for the 2006 release The Marine only dropped 46% in its second week out.



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