Matt Striker has been sent down to Deep South Wrestling recently due to his attitude among other issues, yet WWE has decided to keep pushing him on the internet with his “classroom lessons” that you can find off of WWE.com. There are many in WWE that feel that if Striker can clean up his attitude and stop rubbing people the wrong way, he will be in line for a nice push in 2006. His in-ring work has not once been the focal point of criticism towards Striker, but rather his attitude. Most notably would be the incident that led him to be thrown out of the SmackDown! locker room as well as an incident where he questioned advice from Eddie Guerrero shortly before his death. The Guerrero incident was handled by management by saying that Striker should not doubt a worker like Eddie Guerrero and take advice from all veterans. It is unlikely WWE will release Striker at this time as they hope that being sent down, as well as some harsh training, will give Striker a newfound respect in the business as it has done for others in the past.
With the split between Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, many backstage feel that it goes without question that Murdoch will be getting a push that may culminate with Intercontinental gold before Wrestlemania, but the question that remains is where does Cade end up? In late 2003, Lance Cade (then called Garrison Cade) was brought up and put with Mark Jindrak in a tag-team that many saw potential in, but was quickly disbanded. Cade was then paired with Coach as his “bodyguard” but then quickly sent back to the developmental ranks. With his semi-popular tag team again being separated, many again feel that Cade will be sent down to the developmental territories until WWE has another idea for a tag team or he may just be let go altogether. Many backstage like Lance Cade’s attitude and talent, but most feel that WWE is only keeping him on the roster as a favor to Shawn Michaels. Cade, along with other WWE wrestlers Paul London and Brian Kendrick, is a graduate of Shawn Michael’s school and Michaels has often said, even in his new book, that Cade was among the shining stars of the academy.