Backstage news from WWE Raw in Grand Rapids…
- CM Punk's babyface turn wasn't decided upon until last week. We're told Punk really wanted to wait until closer to SummerSlam but the penciled in match for the show is to do Brock Lesnar vs. Punk.
- We're told Vince McMahon thought Raw was becoming very bland and needed some type of an angle throughout the summer to entice people to watch. This is the reason for the angle with Triple H and Stephanie.
- Brock Lesnar was brought back early due to concern over the lack of top heels currently on the roster. This is also the reason for Damien Sandow getting a push and the alignment of Antonio Cesaro with Zeb Colter. We're told this is the case of the company actually looking long-term in that they need to build more heels.
- One of the reasons why Rob Van Dam and Christian were brought back was due to McMahon's discontent over the shows feeling stale and the fact he thought the Money in the Bank ladder match was too predictable last year. The plan is to put both in the bout this year as the feeling is people will have the "second guess" who is going to win.
- Kaitlyn did indeed have a wardrobe malfunction on live television but production caught it just in time. This is why the screen went blank but as one observer put it, the front row got a peep show (pun intended).
- The final Raw script didn't have Brock Lesnar returning to take out CM Punk. Very few people knew he was even in the building and he didn't arrive until after 9:30 PM EDT. It was then that Vince cued in Punk and the producers about what was going to happen. We're told the hot shot booking makes it very difficult for the writers and a lot of angles have no direction because nothing is set in stone.
- Mark Henry was granted his main event program with John Cena after politicking real hard for it, however, we're told it's currently set for a 6-8 week run.
- Rob Van Dam's new WWE contract doesn't have him working as many dates or live events and this is why he was receptive to returning. Van Dam is one of those guys that hates being on the road and hates being away from his family. This was the main reason he defected to TNA Wrestling in the first place.