Backstage news from this week's WWE Raw…
- We're told Vince McMahon remains high up on Big E Langston and it's been Triple H that has recommended they take things slow, letting him work off Dolph Ziggler for as long as possible.
- The matches on this week's WWE Raw were longer than normal because of the lack of workers and "promo guys." This is also one of the reasons why they had the tug-of-war, dance off and match involving Zeb Colter and Ricardo Rodriguez. In other words, it was filler content with nothing more than throwaway value.
-When the original plans for Ryback & John Cena vs. The Shield were blown up, there was talk about having Team Hell No drop the WWE Tag Team Championship to The Shield. While this obviously didn't happen, it's still expected in future plans.
-This week's Smackdown in Detroit, Michigan has huge implications for the city. We're told WWE will be evaluating every aspect of the show, including how it draws to give them an idea about holding major pay-per-views there. We know the city is in the running for Wrestlemania 33 and there has been talk about other "big four" pay-per-view events as well. However, there are concerns with this week's taping going up against a sold out Detroit Tigers home game (featuring star pitcher Justin Verlander and the Red Wings playing a 2013 NHL Playoff game in Anaheim. As if that's not enough competition, we're told there is a sold out concert at a downtown venue.