– If you’re wondering why Kofi Kingston has been booked to look so weak lately, it’s not by accident. We’re told Kofi has heat from Vince McMahon due to an undisclosed issue and is the reason for Damien Sandow’s attack on Raw and jobs to Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Jack Swagger.
– To update on The Shield possibly holding the WWE Tag Team Championship, the thinking after this week’s Raw was for the belts to rotate in a demolition gimmick where they can be defended by any combination of three.
– We’re told WWE also made side plates for CM Punk and John Cena to be used on the new WWE Championship belt. This was done so they could control leaks and no one would know when they were unveiling the belt on television. Punk’s plates have his lightning bolt fist. As for the internal reaction to the belt, the company sees it as “very marketable” and we’re told that Mattel had a part in its development.
– This week’s WWE Raw was widely viewed as a throwaway show that would bank off the fallout from Elimination Chamber. Basically the idea was to setup things for next week even though neither The Rock nor Chris Jericho are scheduled. In addition to the Vince McMahon/Paul Heyman fight and number one contender match between John Cena and CM Punk, Brock Lesnar is officially advertised.