Backstage news from Monday Night Raw in Memphis, TN…
- If it wasn't clear by the fact that WWEannounced and promoted a match they didn't end up doing, this week's show was described as an unmitigated train wreck. It didn't stop there, with Dean Ambrose running past Seth Rollins to get to Randy Orton putting an exclamation mark on the lack of creative process.
- There was originally scheduled to be a lengthy Paul Heyman promo about Night of Champions but it was left off. Brock Lesnar's status for the show was never in question as he was never booked or advertised. The expectation was that Heyman would be used for the fallout but he was forgotten for no reason.
- We're told both John Cena and Randy Orton were outspoken about problems with the script. The latter is perhaps more troubling as he's requested time off towards the end of the year and the company is trying to make him a priority in order to convince him to stay.
- Bo Dallas vs. Jack Swagger was reportedly "tossed together" literally in the minutes before Bo got to the Gorilla position.