10 Things You Didn't Know About WWE In 2009

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What can you say about WWE in 2009? The company had a fairly forgettable year, truth be told. Things seemed to be on autopilot, in many respects, with the company returning to tried-and-tested (read: worn out) feuds such as Randy Orton versus Triple H, John Cena versus Randy Orton and reforming tired acts like DX. To their credit, however, they did try a few different things with great results. CM Punk's transformation into the arrogant straight edge heel and programme with the red-hot Jeff Hardy was a thing of beauty. Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho had a tremendous first-time-in-WWE feud which yielded awesome matches and segments and WWE seemed serious about pushing the promising Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes (for a couple of months, anyway). Outside of the ring, there were a couple of notable happenings. Jeff Hardy was arrested just days after leaving WWE when a search of his house turned up a host of drugs, including cocaine and steroids. Shane McMahon, once expected to run WWE once Vince stepped down, shockingly left the company in October. Few saw that one coming. As with any year in the crazy world of WWE, there were some news stories that might have slipped through the cracks (or slipped people's minds). Here are ten things you might not have known about WWE in 2009.

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