Backstage news from Monday Night Raw in Denver, Colorado…
- Cesaro received a standing ovation for his match against John Cena when he got to the back. One observer said that Daniel Bryan hugged him and told him that everyone was glued. The feeling regarding Cena backstage was similar to a feeling I espoused on Twitter. Everyone likes to knock John Cena but the fact of the matter is his in-ring work only improves. He's not built the same way as the rest of us and can work despite whatever frustrations there are with his character.
- One idea pitched for Wrestlemania XXX had Dean Ambrose facing Roman Reigns, however, I was told not to be shocked if they did Sheamus vs. Reigns and blew up The Shield after the match.
- The directives on commentary regarding Daniel Bryan have changed for those that haven't noticed. Certain negative comments such as short, goat, ugly and small have been dropped. We're told the push is on.
- Vince McMahon isn't happy with Batista not being over. We're told there is a continued frustration that he isn't being perceived as more when he his penciled in for one of the Wrestlemania XXX main events after a near 4-year absence from the company.
- I heard some chatter in regards to Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil being added to the Elimination Chamber lineup, with some suggesting it's going to be five minutes of the dreadful "CM Punk" chants.
- AJ Lee asked for the weekend off, which was why she wasn't on the live event loop. She did not ask for Monday off as the Divas had a very limited spot on the show with the only segment being the stuff between Emma and Summer Rae.
- As I killed off earlier, CM Punk wasn't released from WWE over the weekend. The rumor was not only incorrect but it made zero sense. If WWE released Punk from his contract early, it would make him available to work outside of the company and Vince McMahon still hasn't given up on bringing him back. Further, it's believed WWE would not want to acknowledge that Punk was no longer under contract, something that would surely rattle investors at an important juncture in the company's history. The feeling is WWE will simply pay Punk his downside throughout the duration of his contract that runs through July.