Backstage news and notes from Monday Night Raw in Greenville…
– We reported last week the plan was for Vince McMahon to be behind Bray Wyatt’s statement “the devil made me do it.” Well another idea is to have Paul Heyman as the “devil,” and it’s an idea that has gained some traction from speaking with people backstage this week.
– The WWE Survivor Series lineup began to take shape on this week’s show. In addition to the already announced WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Big Show, rumored bouts are as follows – Daniel Bryan & CM Punk vs. The Wyatt Family (there’s been talk about making it an 8-man match), World Heavyweight Champion John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio and Goldust & Cody Rhodes and two others vs. Kane & The Shield.
– Everyone I’ve spoken with feels Curtis Axel’s days as WWE Intercontinental Champion are numbered. The Paul Heyman experiment seems to be over and apparently there are still injury concerns.
– The anticlimactic return of Big Show was due to the massive amount of long-term booking changes we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. The main criticism with the entire corporation angle is nothing has been long-term. The only thing seen to be an inevitable probability is an on-screen feud between Triple H and Vince McMahon.