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Heartbreak Kid hurtin'
Surgery on wonky knee, not The Spirit Squad, responsible for sidelining Michaels
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


In wrestling storylines, Shawn Michaels is on the injured list after a 5-on-1 attack by The Spirit Squad.

In real life, the existing wear and tear on Michaels' body put him on the shelf.

The Heartbreak Kid underwent an MRI this week and will need arthroscopic surgery on his knee. It's unclear how long he will be out of action, so the WWE creative team booked the gang assault to write him out of storylines while he recovers.

Michaels, who has been working through a series of nagging injuries, has already proved doctors wrong once. In 2002, he returned to wrestling after what should have been a career-ending back injury.

WWE bosses are hopeful Michaels can defy the odds again and make a quick return to the ring, as the June 25 Vengeance pay-per-view is being built around his DX reunion with Triple H.

DELAYED DEBUT: Calgary's Harry Smith is set to make his TV debut Monday night on Raw but Canadian wrestling fans will have to wait a few hours to see how his first WWE appearance plays out.

Due to NBA playoff coverage, Raw will air on tape delay on TSN this week, with an expected start time of around 10 p.m. The show will get a prime-time replay the following night.

Smith, the son of the late Davey Boy Smith, has been on the road with WWE for more than a week now, wrestling Rob Conway at non-televised house shows in the Pacific Northwest.

He was backstage at Raw in Washington Monday but did not appear in front of the live crowd.

JORDAN CANNED: Orlando Jordan Jordan is the latest familiar face to be cut from the WWE roster.

Jordan was sent home from last week's Smackdown tapings before his scheduled match and was pulled from last weekend's house show tour.

His contract termination was confirmed on WWE's website earlier this week.

WWE has not given a reason for the sudden firing, though various wrestling sources report Jordan brought an unauthorized person backstage at several WWE events, upsetting WWE bosses.

NO OSCAR HERE: Just like the XFL and the World Bodybuilding Federation, WWE's foray into the movie business was critically panned.

But unlike the other non-wrestling ventures, WWE Films' debut offering is already making money -- something 80% of Hollywood movies struggle to do.

See No Evil, a horror flick starring WWE headliner Kane, has spent two weeks in limited release in North American movie theatres. At press time, it had earned about $9.5 million US, soaring past its $8-million US pricetag.

With an international theatrical run and a DVD release still to come, the movie will be a big money spinner for WWE, which ensures more future big-screen releases.

Next up is The Marine, an action flick with John Cena as the lead star, which will hit theatres in September.

ECW PREVIEW: Before ECW returns to pay-per-view this month, WWE will launch its new hardcore wrestling brand with a TV special on USA Network.

ECW vs. WWE is on the books for June 7 and Canadian fans won't be left out in the cold -- TSN has picked up the rights to air the show live in Canada.


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