Backstage news from Monday Night Raw in Atlanta…
- Vince McMahon made the call to go forward with the plan to do Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena in the No Holds Barred Contract on a Pole match this week. They really wanted to make sure they were able to promote Randy Orton in one of the show's main events and as we reported previously, he wasn't happy with the idea of getting the loser on the pay-per-view. This is believed to have gone in to the decision to go ahead and get Cena vs. Ambrose over with so they could promote Orton vs. Cena and Seth Rollins vs. Ambrose as two must-see Hell in a Cell matches.
- The script for this week's WWE Raw was finalized on Monday afternoon.
- A big restart is on the books for Bray Wyatt and one of the ideas I heard had him working in the top of the card. Triple H is a big supporter of Wyatt and believes he is "the face of NXT's success."
- There was talk about Daniel Bryan but it was nothing we haven't covered previously. Obviously people are jumping to conclusions because he hasn't had a second surgery or gotten better. Until the strength returns to his arm, he won't be cleared to work. It's really unfair at this point to go any further because there isn't much of an update.
- It should be noted there are no plans in place for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series next month.
- Wade Barrett is progressing well and is expected back soon from his shoulder injury. The same can be said for Ryback, who is expected back soon after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.
- The biggest news story that followed Raw was the release of Justin Roberts. Justin was well-liked by almost everyone and there was a lot of shock and disappointment surrounding his release. I don't know how much was known at Raw but I did speak with someone that told me Justin knew Monday would be his last night with the company. Again, there is nothing in regards to a scandal or incident to report and his release was due to budget cuts and WWE wanting him to take a pay cut.