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Things have sure picked up over the last week in the WWE with the Rumble, and now with WrestleMania in our sights, there is plenty of news and notes to talk about.

* Tonight's ECW main event (if you want to call it that) is Bobby Lashley AGAIN defending his title against Test. As if the first two matches with these two were not bad enough, here we go with a third edition of the same match we've seen twice already in the last seven days. The only thing I can think is that there is an angle being set up where either the match never takes place, or someone interferes which will start to put in motion the angle for Lashely and his opponent for WM 23. My gut reaction is somehow Hardcore Holly gets involved, but that's just a guess. I just hope that another Test- Lashley match doesn't happen and something happens to halt that match.

* Speaking of ECW, internet rumors are swirling that Vince McMahon was upset after the 1/16 tapings and has quietly made it known that the brand as a whole is on life support. This is not much of a surprise, as the brand is a far third behind RAW and SmackDown, and never really puts out good TV week in and week out. That could be the reason they quickly moved Kahli to RAW, and I would not be surprised to see some of the other talent moved and the whole brand shut down shortly after Mania in the spring.

* With the Hall of Fame talk heating up, there is word that Vince is also upset about a radio interview in which the names of those being considered were openly discussed by Hulk Hogan. Story has it that the names were brought up by someone at WWE (Ann Russo, Johnny Ace's secretary) when Hogan was on the Bubba the Love Sponge show. Hogan's HOF picks were Bossman, Curtis Iaukea, Dusty Rhodes, Randy Savage, Samoans, Von Erichs, Rick Rude, Bushwhackers and Howard Finkel. Word is that Russo almost quit when she found out how bad she messed up.

* According to reports, the push that C.M. Punk was getting is all but done. His backstage attitude has landed him in the doghouse, and any sort of move to SmackDown or even RAW is now out of the question.

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