Backstage news from WWE Payback…
- Dolph Ziggler got heat backstage after busting himself open off of the head butts. We’re told company officials thought it was “dumb and reckless.” As CJ reported here on Wrestling News World, Ziggler required 10 stitches to close him up.
- In regards to angle progression, we’ve been following a possible reunion of The Shield for the summer. As previously noted, the triple power bomb spot was a “slight tease” and the talk has been reuniting the faction for the summer and into the fall. The plan would be for them to turn on Kane and destroy Triple H. The response would be for Hunter to “reinstate” Brock Lesnar to feud with the trio. This isn’t a sure thing but they are into the plans we’ve been following.
- As previously noted, there is concern with Ryback’s ribs. He was either scheduled for x-rays or has already had them at press time but “it didn’t look good” after an initial assessment.
- WWE officials are aware that it’s leaked online about Samoa Joe possibly debuting with them at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on Wednesday. It’s unknown at this time if the leak could change plans but everything we’ve heard is that Joe is coming to WWE. While we can’t confirm plans for his name, we’ve heard Joe will be incorporated and his name could even remain the same.