Wade Barrett’s version of The Nexus is now going by The Core on Smackdown. The faction features Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. They will debut the new name on this Friday’s edition of Smackdown.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross made his return to WWE at Tuesday’s SmackDown tapings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a segment that may or may not air on TV this Friday night, Ross appeared to a huge ovation from his home state crowd and did an interview but was interrupted by fellow Oklahoma native Jack Swagger. According to our correspondent in attendance, Swagger put down Oklahoma and Ross before starting his match.
WWE sometimes has local stars cut in-ring promos when they are in their home city or state. It’s possible that the segment with Ross won’t air on TV but just was a treat for the fans in attendance. After the SmackDown tapings ended, Jim Ross was the special guest referee in the dark main event. The match saw Rey Mysterio and WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston defeat Alberto Del Rio and Kane. After the match, Ross and Del Rio got into it. Mysterio and Kofi snuck up from behind and Ross pushed Del Rio over them to end the show.