As Dave mentioned yesterday, Booker T noted via Twitter that he recently underwent elbow surgery, which would explain why he quietly disappeared off television of late. I have heard he will be back in a few weeks.
Sami Zayn, the former El Generico, will make his official NXT in-ring debut on next week's episode. If you aren't watching the show, you are really missing out on some good wrestling and logically produced TV. Plus, William Regal is far and away the best announcer in wrestling today, bar none.
Since we keep getting asked this, we are told there are no creative plans currently for CM Punk and no timetable for his return. We keep reporting this, but everyone continues to ask. The belief among those we've spoken to is that he needs time away to get over being burnt out and to physically heal. He ran a hard schedule for the company for many years and it's going to be longer than 3-4 weeks before he's back.
The Nashville Scene picked up on Kane wanting to debate the politics of the Internet State Tax at this link.