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Kurt eyeing return to WWE in time for Summerslam


Lately, the active WWE roster seems to be changing on a daily basis, so it's probably easiest to divide the latest update into three categories -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Let's start off with the good news.

Doctors have finally cleared Kurt Angle to return to the ring but the Olympic gold medallist is expected to hold off his big return until the Summerslam pay-per-view in Toronto next month.

Angle has been out of action since Wrestlemania XX in March, recuperating from a neck injury that was initially thought to be career-ending.

Vince McMahon was also back on the road this week, after a colon infection forced him to sit out the Great American Bash and a week of TV tapings. McMahon, who was under doctors' orders to stay at home to recover, hadn't previously missed a major show since he underwent neck surgery in 1994.

Moving on to the bad news, the cast Trish Stratus was sporting on Monday's edition of Raw wasn't a storyline prop. The Canadian diva broke her hand at a non-televised event in Vancouver last weekend, an injury that will keep her out of the mat wars for four to six weeks.

At the same house show, Garrison Cade dislocated his kneecap and is likely to join Stratus on the sidelines. Before the injury struck, Cade was being prepared for a character makeover as 'H. B. Cade,' a Shawn Michaels impersonator who would dress, act and wrestle just like the Heartbreak Kid.

Matt Hardy is another name that could show up on the injured list soon. he North Carolina native has been working through a painful knee injury, believed to be a torn MCL. Hardy plans to continue working a full grappling schedule until Summerslam.

Rounding out the injury news, Shelton Benjamin has already been written out of storylines for the summer as he recovers from a seriously fractured wrist, Test may require fusion surgery after aggravating his neck injury on tour last weekend and the A-Train has also been benched after being diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff.

Now it's time to take a look at the 'ugly' side of things.

Rikishi will probably be handed his marching orders soon, thanks to his appearance at a small wrestling event run by his family. Reports say WWE execs were livid the Kish could perform at a local indie show while he was supposedly injured and taking a break from the ring.

Jacqueline, fresh from her stint as cruiserweight champ, has also been quietly released from her contract.

Mordecai (Kevin Fertig) has been pulled from TV and sent back down to the OVW training territory to hone his skills. Fertig was being groomed for a main-event feud with the Undertaker but after several weeks of sub-par performances, WWE bosses realized he was just too green and sent him packing.

With so many changes, it's been tough for WWE to make any long-term booking plans. Even Summerslam, traditionally the second-biggest show of the year, has no firm lineup, despite being just five weeks away.

WWE honchos are reportedly leaning towards headlining the event with Triple H challenging Chris Benoit for the world title.


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