Backstage news from WWE Raw in St. Louis…
- We're told Vince McMahon "hijacked" this week's script for Monday Night Raw and changed just about everything. Changes specifically mentioned to us included doing the WWE Tag Team Championship title change and adding Paul Heyman to Ryback vs. CM Punk while adding the Hell in a Cell stipulation. The plan is now for Cody & Goldust to defend the straps against Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns at the pay-per-view. As for Punk vs. Ryback being changed, we're told Triple H was against two Hell in a Cell bouts on the pay-per-view but Vince felt there wasn't enough interest in Punk vs. Ryback in another rematch. Aside from that, Vince was very happy with the main event and impressed with the in-ring work of everyone.
- For those that missed it, Jerry Lawler misspoke on this week's Monday Night Raw when he called it a "Tito Ortiz swing." Lawler meant to reference Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz and we're told production wasn't happy about him inadvertently mentioning Tito.
- As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, there continues to be a lot of talk about AJ Lee being cleared to return to the ring one week after being sent home due to concussion symptoms. AJ's symptoms were intense and at the time, there was concern that it could have been one of the worst concussions ever suffered by a female talent. However, as is the case with concussions, every situation is different and no one knows how quickly someone will cover. WWE is being cautious and she isn't expected to do a lot of bumping until the pay-per-view, where she is expected to defend the Divas Championship.
- The latest tag team feud is expected to be The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores.