Reason For Usos vs. The Shield, Backstory Behind A Legitimate Shoot In Heyman/Punk, Who Wrote This Week’s Raw Script, Problem With MITB Ladder Match, WWE Star Gets An Earful Over Work On Raw, Who Has Been Labeled “Must-See TV” Backstage

Backstage news and notes from Monday Night Raw in North Charleston…

- The Usos push is still on following their two minute victory over Brodus Clay & Tensai on this week’s show. While some feel it makes very little sense for Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns to work them given the upper tier talent they’ve already beaten, they need something to do before the prospective return of The Undertaker for a match at SummerSlam.

- There was a shoot tossed into the stellar CM Punk/Paul Heyman segment. When Paul talked about “making millions on a tag match,” he actually pitched Punk & Brock Lesnar vs. DeGeneration X in an unsanctioned street fight. The idea was shot down, which was the reason for the reference.

- The “tweener stuff” with CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler was done due to all the writing changes over the last few weeks with their being a lack of long-term direction.

- Speaking of writing changes, we’re told this week’s script was the work of David Kreizman with very little changes. Following up on our story from last week, WWE wants to keep Dave happy and his completed script [for this week] was finished on Friday and reviewed before running with it Monday night. We’re told the script was ran by John Cena, CM Punk, Triple H and Paul Heyman. One of the main focuses this week was to slow down the Heyman, Punk and Lesnar angle to make sure it didn’t peak too early. One observer felt this week’s show already had better flow.

- Coming out of this week’s WWE Raw, plenty of questions remain about a second Money in the Bank Ladder Match. With the already announced WWE title MITB ladder match, who works the second for the World Heavyweight Championship? With the brand extension over, they really can’t brand it as the “Smackdown” match so we’re told a lot of back and forth is going on. We heard someone pitched they do a MITB ladder match for one of the secondary belts but wondered if anyone would care given titles such as the Intercontinental Championship hold so little value.

- Titus O’Neil, who is very well liked backstage, took some heat when he “totally botched” the end to CM Punk vs. Darren Young. The feeling was it came across sloppy and didn’t look good. O’Neil reportedly caught an earful in front of everyone.

- We’re told many guys were watching Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton “closely on the monitors backstage” as Bryan has become must-see TV. One producer remarked how he is on another level in terms of his in-ring work and talent. Vince McMahon’s promo from earlier in the show was basically him making fun of himself for being so wrong about Bryan.

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  • Justin Lal

    Daniel Bryan is not on another level than everyone else. If you watch last night’s match it was clear that both Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan carried their weight during that match. Randy Orton looked great even in defeat. The notion that Daniel Bryan “carried” Orton is plain wrong (I’ve read that in various social sites/news sites). Daniel Bryan is a great wrestler. I just have issues with people thinking he’s so much better than everyone else on the roster when it’s clearly not true. It’s not like 1996 when it was clearly evident that Shawn Michaels was on another level compared to everyone else on the roster.

    • AntGilroy

      I agree bryan is the man on all levels and he makesguys look good however orton is a talent and always was.. the readon orton never stood out for a time period was cuz he was in the ring with some decent guys not great. Orton is on his game when he is in the ring with great in ring talent. Thats his problem if h3 worked near as hard as he did shameus or big show as he is doing with bryan he would be champion sooner rather than later.

      • Nick K

        Orton is great but Bryan is on that level of greatness with guys like michaels and flair. Ive been watching for a long time so its easier for me to say that but when its all said and done for him in wwe he’ll be perceived by fans in that manner.

    • Nick K

      Daniel Bryan is the best thing going on Wwe right now. Gotta be a bitter pill to swallow for you as I see you put both him and punk down. You can be mad about it if you want but you’re you’re only gonna spite yourself.

      • Justin Lal

        Best thing going today? Maybe for you. Im just not overly blown away by this guy like others are.

        • Nick K

          You’ve shown bias against what you perceive to be “internet wrestlers” so it’s kinda hard to take you seriously.

    • Nostaljack

      If the guys in the back who work at the highest level of the industry know it, it’s the undeniable truth. Anything else is just pure and simple hate.

    • f_caus

      Please enlighten us then as to who are better workers than Bryan atm. I actually want to know and see if you aren’t biased against the “internet darlings.”

      • Jason

        He’s clearly biased against the internet guys just like your biased against the traditional babyfaces. Neither one of you guys is wrong persae, you guys just have different taste. Let’s leave it at that.

  • AntGilroy

    Also did anyone see y2j and del rio last night? That match was awesome!!! Stole the show for me. And the punk match was good too even if it was sloppy at points cuz dsrren young. Punk was on his game.. lets not forget punk is the only one in the past 2 or 3 years that has gotten the best of cena..

    • AntGilroy

      And by best I mean cena was doing more then his 5 moves..

    • Justin Lal

      One big problem with Punk though is his bad habit of talking to his opponents during matches. For the average person watching they will say, “Look… he’s talking to him… this is so fake.” I wish he would do a better job of not making it so obvious that’s he communicating with his opponent. Other than that I enjoy his work. He’s one of the best at giving you a left when you expect a right.

      • Kerri

        Have you never watched Botchamania on Youtube?
        Yes, Punk does do that & it is bothersome, but there’s no way you should imply that he’s the main one who fans can obviously see and hear calling spots/talking in during a match.

  • Danny_Boy

    Such bullshit that O’Neil catches flack for something Punk clearly botched. Vince will do anything to protect Punk even if that means blaming others for Punk’s shortcomings.

    • amaanakter

      that’s crap and you know it is! O’Neil clearly botched that move!

      • Nick K

        He’s just a troll don’t waste your time, probably a chubby angry middle school kid

        • Danny_Boy

          Your the F’ing troll you douche. Do us a favor and go take a nap with a plastic bag on your head

      • Danny_Boy

        It’s not crap, it’s the truth and sometimes the truth hurts

  • Simon Veitch

    A lot of peopl on here are defending Orton and rightfully so after that great match last night. My only problem is that people say Orton looks great when in the ring with better opponents, Daniel Bryan on the other hand makes just about everyone he is in the ring with look like championship material. Until Orton can start pulling off this level of work with others on the roster, I have to feel that Daniel Bryan at least somewhat carried this match

  • Edward Beedle

    I don’t know why they would put all their biggest stars in WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match. Who’s left for the other Money in the Bank ladder match.

  • Jay El Bee

    Of course Heyman’s idea was shot down, Michaels is retired and it seems like he has no interest in wrestling ever again.

  • WNW Fan

    Vince actually making fun of himself and more or less “admitting he was wrong”? Hell just froze over