Backstage news and notes from this week’s WWE Raw in Pittsburgh…
– As you might have noticed, and we’ve reported, the commentators are now burying segments they feel do not come across as intended. We’re told this is one of Vince McMahon’s new ways to get producers and writers to feel the heat. The change in having them air and burying them on commentary is different from the usual process of Vince scrapping them before they air. We’re told Vince has taken on the mentality of rather than argue, to embarrass. This isn’t seen as a longterm thing.
– We’re told Vince, Triple H and other WWE staff members were upset with how John Cena’s segment came off on this week’s Raw. The feeling is it was too cartoonish. The Undertaker/CM Punk promo also received negative marks.
– Speaking of Punk, we’re told he did recently see a doctor but is downplaying his injury. If he does in fact have a more serious injury, he isn’t letting anyone know.
– Wade Barrett, Chris Jericho and The Miz were put over backstage for their match with one producer even telling Miz it was the “best match” he’s had.