Backstage news from this week's WWE Monday Night Raw in Sioux City…
- We have some notes regarding the opening segment of this week's show. We're told CM Punk respects Christian so much for helping put the Money in the Bank ladder match on the map, as does Daniel Bryan, they've been working with him on ideas for the bout. They've discussed making it look good without taking unneeded risks. Edge was seen as an integral part to past MITB ladder matches but he always passed the credit to Christian and believes he's a "mastermind" in planning the bout.
- WWE is trying to work a character for Ryback similar to what Dave Batista did right before he left. The premise is, "I'm too good to get hurt and give 100% on free TV." We're told company officially felt he need the true "I hate you" style gimmick.
- The stuff between Daniel Bryan and Vince McMahon was a worked shoot. There is still intrigue about possibly inserting Shawn Michaels in the angle.
- We're told CM Punk and Paul Heyman had a role in booking the finish to the tag match with Curtis Axel against The Prime Time Players.
- Triple H made the call to air another vignette for The Wyatt Family to close this week's broadcast. Hunter wants to bring them in and make them a "big deal" right off the bat.
- Perhaps the biggest note to come out of this week's Raw is the rumors regarding Sting. Sting, who was featured by the company as a previous World Champion, has apparently put the word out he's considering one run in WWE to close his career. Things are complicated as Sting is under contract with TNA Wrestling so he can't directly negotiate but it's interesting that the interest is reportedly coming from Sting and not WWE. The two parties were close to a deal a couple of years ago but it was WWE that reached out to Sting when there was intrigue from the vignettes the company ended up using to bring back Undertaker.