- Where was Steve Austin is the million dollar question everyone wants to know. Austin was planned to be on Raw, as we reported earlier in the day. Images appeared all over the internet of Austin arriving at the arena around 5 p.m. The story goes a little haywire after that for whatever reason as things fell apart and he obviously was not on the show. We should have more details in the next 24 hours.
- LaVar Ball did not want to play a heel character on the show and they came up with the MizTV angle even though he was told he was going to be booed no matter what. Prior to the show, I'm told he was challenging to work with and very demanding.
The MizTV segment was cut short as Vince and Dunn did not like where it was going at all and sent Dean Ambrose out. They tried going right to commercial and that's where, with a live mic, the youngest Ball was caught using the "n" word twice. Vince was furious at this point and let it be known to anyone around him.
On the headset, Vince even had Booker T and Corey Graves rip into the price of the LaVar's shoes and how they looked. He was that upset. WWE obviously sent out a statement today regarding the language used on the show.
- The restart push for Sasha Banks is a two-fold. One, there is a lack of babfaces on the women's side that can be pushed on Raw. And two, they know she can work in the ring and would like to have better matches as the felt Alexa Bliss and Bayley lacked chemistry in their matches (not that it was just poorly produced).
- Paul Heyman has put in a lot of effort and time into how the Joe/Brock feud has been built and to make it have the "big fight" feel. He also did this with Brock and Goldberg. The original plan was for this to be a one-off, however everyone, including Vince, are liking how it is coming across, so it is possible they could get another match.
- For those wondering, the SummerSlam main event still has not been cemented at this point and there are a few different directions they are considering. We exclusively covered the big four bouts penciled in for the show HERE last week.