– Based on the dissension teased between Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger last night on Raw Supershow, it appears the company is actually taking Ziggler’s words to heart and are planning to push him in singles competition. As I reported earlier this month here on Richard’s Backstage Blog, Ziggler met with Triple H and John Laurinaitis recently and expressed his desire to become WWE’s next big heel, pushing an idea to break away from Jack Swagger and Vickie Guerrero.
– There was some talk coming out of last night’s Raw Supershow about how the backstage influence of WWE Champion CM Punk is currently at an all-time high. All this stems from the fact that Punk put his foot down last year and basically told Vince McMahon he was either going to be a main event guy or was walking. I’m told Punk is now seen as second behind only John Cena in WWE, surpassing Randy Orton because the company feels he caters more to the 21-35-year-old demographic they desperately need. I’m told the idea behind Punk now is to just let him keep doing what he’s been doing.
– Other notes coming out of last night taping included Tensai being demoted to WWE Superstars and a lot of eye-rolling regarding jobs by current champions. One source pointed out how many didn’t understand Santino Marella, the current WWE United States Champion, going under in just a few months and the WWE Tag Team Champions getting “killed.”