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Meetings w/Talent & Lesnar, Sting’s Absence, Stars Lose Their Push, Backstage News From Smackdown

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- There was a talent meeting at this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Pittsburgh, PA. There is nothing groundbreaking to report, one of the key topics discussed was regarding issues from talent, both internal and external. The message was “the door is always open,” so if someone has a comment or concern, come to them and not anyone else.

- There was a separate meeting between Brock Lesnar, Vince McMahon and Triple H but what was said is unknown. Obviously the buzz following Paul Heyman’s promo [on Raw] is that a new deal has been signed but we can’t confirm that. However, why would they allow Heyman to mention UFC if they didn’t plan on retaining the services of Lesnar? While almost everyone feels like Lesnar is departing after Wrestlemania 31, McMahon has remained confident he’ll be able to get a deal done. Once again, we can’t confirm an extension at press time.

- The idea behind altering Sting’s voice in the pre-taped promo was to bring back something that was utilized in the mid-90s. One observer commented they didn’t know what the issue was with getting Sting in the ring with a live mic but it is what it is.

- We wrote about The Ascension failing on the main roster on Wednesday on the free site. Just to reiterate what we’ve already written, we’re told their push is dead. As for tag teams at Wrestlemania 31, we’re expecting a match involving four teams, likely including Cesaro & Tyson Kidd defending the WWE Tag Team Championship.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett, who missed a large chunk of time last year with a shoulder injury, was banged up coming out of this week’s Smackdown taping in Detroit. I don’t believe a serious injury occurred, as it sounded more like general soreness.

- I spoke to someone that was at Smackdown on Tuesday and got the following notes:

    • Why is Bray Wyatt working Zack Ryder on WWE Main Event while preparing for a match against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 31?
    • Roman Reigns got heat from the crowd in Detroit, which was accentuated when he “attacked” Mark Henry
    • Finn Balor t-shirts were the first thing sold out at the taping

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