Backstage news from Monday Night Raw in Miami, Florida…
- Paul Heyman was heavily praised for his work on the mic in the final segment. One observer noted that he is on such a different that it isn't even fair anymore. As for Heyman separating from Cesaro, it all has to do with differentiating Cesaro from Brock Lesnar and putting all of the Heyman focus on Brock.
- Brock Lesnar's appearance on this week's Raw was basically advertised without being advertised. The heavy "Plan C" mentions on social media were part of drawing viewer interest, causing people to tune in expecting a Brock appearance without officially announcing him for the show.
- As noted, Nikki Bella had a wardrobe malfunction with her bare breast being exposed. While production caught it, they didn't catch it quick enough for unedited screen shots to hit social media. This isn't the first time it's happened with Nikki and I believe there was some talk about bigger tops, rather than relying on double-sided tape.
- If you were surprised about Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler getting victories on the same show, someone in the know commented that "hell was freezing over."
- WWE appears to be reverting back to the original plan with Rusev moving on from Jack Swagger. It was stated on commentary that Swagger tapped out to Rusev (when he was counted out) and some see that as the company's way of moving on. That was the original finish, with Rusev making quick work of Swagger. The plans for the match were altered when Swagger/Zeb Colter were well received by the Raw audience a couple of weeks ago. The two were given extra time to practice on last week's live events.
- Lana's promo at Battleground continues to be a point of contention. WWE apologized, not for the promo itself, but for anyone that "misunderstood" it. They claim the promo had nothing to do with the Malaysia Airlines crash from last week and the gimmick was just airing untouched as it has for the past 90 days. There's also been some question as to how much Lana's promo was scripted and whether or not her "you blame Russia for recent current events" line was her ad-libbing. At any rate, Lana being interrupted by The Great Khali on Raw was by design.
- Bobby Lashleyaccused WWE of biting the TNA angle with him, Kenny King and MVP with the alliance of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. We're told the faction is "all Vince."
- The current plans for SummerSlam are as follows - Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon, Paige vs. AJ Lee for the Divas Championship, Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt, Sheamus vs. The Miz and a triple threat tag team championship match. Plans are obviously subject to change but that's a glimpse following Raw.