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WWE Reaction To Flair's Comments, More Bad News For Reigns, Latest On Big Returns To WWE

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Roman Reigns and Ric Flair

- The lede from yesterday’s Exclusive Update was that Ric Flair set off a firestorm over his comments regarding Finn Balor. Expounding on that, Vince McMahon and WWE caught word of what Flair said and just felt he did them no favors in trying to get Balor over as a legitimate top guy. While some felt it was just “Ric being Ric,” others were really offended and feel that not only did the comments offer direct opposition to what they’re trying to do with Finn Balor, they were completely off-base. The weight limit for cruiserweights is under 225 lbs. Flair himself was billed at 237 at the peak of his career, both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan were under 225 and Seth Rollins probably wasn’t 225 lbs. the first time he won the title. Shawn Michaels was billed at 224 lbs.

- We’re being told that before his contract expired, Paul Heyman had pushed to be the mouthpiece for either Shinsuke Nakamura or Samoa Joe. Like we’ve talked about, Paul didn’t have a downside guarantee but was paid per appearance so he was looking for more to do. He is expected to re-sign sooner than later and accompany Brock Lesnar for his SummerSlam match against randy Orton.

- Back to Finn Balor, we’ve already spilled a lot of ink about the decision to put him over Roman Reigns to face Seth Rollins at SummerSlam but there is more you should know about. Originally, when it was decided Finn would go over, he was set to win after Reigns missed a Superman Punch and was rolled up. Vince then decided they needed to have him go over with a strong non-fluke finish.

- Shelton Benjamin is currently set for a high mid-card push upon his return to Smackdown. Vince McMahon and Triple H have always liked this work.

- We’re hearing the only thing standing in the way of a John Morrison return to WWE is his contract with Lucha Underground.

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