Backstage News from Monday Night Raw in Brooklyn…
- Vince McMahon and The Rock met on Monday, however, it's unknown what all was discussed. Some have suggested the groundwork has been laid for Rock vs. Rusev at Wrestlemania 31 but that's not in the plans, at least not right now. Vince still wants to do Rock vs. Brock Lesnar, which nearly happened this year. Rock doesn't have a deal right now that obligates him to work another match but there is a "verbal agreement" with him still interested. It's believed Vince is hellbent on getting him on the show and is willing to compensate him properly to do so.
- Triple H wanted Roman Reigns to come off as a "badass babyface that didn't have a care in the world" in his interview with Michael Cole. One person that criticized it -- and there were many -- pointed to the fact Reigns is not that type of guy. The segment came across forced and rehearsed because Reigns clearly wasn't comfortable playing a role that's so different from his real-life personality. Vince McMahon was reportedly fuming over it, however, he didn't go out of his way to watch it beforehand either. That's not like Vince McMahon.
- The rumors of pairing Bray Wyatt with another tag team (be it The Ascension or another duo) are true. There has been talk of doing just that with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan being "set free." The direction for Bray Wyatt is uncertain and is cause for concern. Some believe they have already missed the boat on him and feel he's been victimized by Vince McMahon's lack of plan for the faction after SummerSlam.
- Randy Orton is currently stuck in a state of indifference. He's been an interesting situation since requesting time off due to burnout and unhappiness over the direction of his character, but we're told right now it's almost borderline apathy. Orton shows up and does what he is told. The talk on Monday was still that the loser of Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena would get Orton at Hell in a Cell, which makes sense, but that obviously was not announced. The original plan called for Orton to co-headline the pay-per-view against Roman Reigns.
- Dean Ambrose is well-received backstage by the producers and workers. His stock is high right now, which should really go without saying.
- What's next for Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? I've got nothing for you as of press time.