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Big Changes In WWE, Plan For Rollins vs. Lesnar, WWE Using Outside Talent

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- Many were baffled by John Cena’s WWE United States Championship defense against Rusev on this week’s Raw, including some producers. Rusev basically looked like a face in the match and there was some blame on the booking of the triple threat that preceded it. Speaking of which, Cesaro received high marks for his work and his stock continues to rise.

- The multiple call-ups of the NXT Divas was something discussed for a while and even something we’ve wrote about before. It wasn’t a surprise and a way to express a total overhaul of the Divas division. The feeling at least for a night was that the call-ups expressed a philosophical change — the change many have been waiting for. All three (Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks) were praised for their work and individually spoken to by Stephanie McMahon. They went for the brass ring.

- Kane was banged up coming out of Raw but it’s not believed to be anything serious.

- The booking plans for WWE Battleground have been changing, with one of my sources expecting a screwy finish to Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins.

- There are preliminary plans to program Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens. That’s something we’ve written about before and something currently penciled in.

- WWE is looking to call-up Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore together as a tag team, although there is some concern about them getting lost in the shuffle.

- An edict has been put out to find something for Luke Harper since he’s without a direction and they want to continue to develop him. He’s a “now or never” type prospect and Erick Rowan isn’t expected back until next year.

- WWE continues to look at developing working relationships with outside promotions. Apparently a deal didn’t get done with Dragon Gate USA/EVOLVE and there has been talk about working with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor. Yes, Ring of Honor. The idea is to be able to use well-known talent to help bolster the NXT roster when it gets thin due to call-ups. The usage of Jushin “Thunder” Liger is very telling and is something WWE worked out with NJPW, who he is under contract with.

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