Backstage News From WWE Raw - Why A Top Star Wasn't Used On SummerSlam, What Happened Backstage At This Week's Show That Had Stars Nervous, More

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The word at WWE Raw this week was that Randy Orton was intentionally left off SummerSlam as one of the last parts of his punishment for his second documented WWE Wellness Policy violation. We had speculated this to be the case prior, however, I can now confirm this is why he didn't have a match or cameo. The idea was to keep him from the big bonus check that working one of WWE's biggest pay-per-views of the year usually carries.

Speaking of the WWE Wellness Policy, I'm told there were physicals and drug tests conducted backstage at this week's show from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. I cannot confirm who was and who wasn't tested as they are random but I was told there were some nervous workers backstage. There was also a story going around about a top star being tipped off of the testing beforehand.

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