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BACKSTAGE NOTES FROM TONIGHT'S RAW TAPING

By Mike Johnson on 2014-01-27 18:46:58
After last night's crowd reaction, Vince McMahon issued an edict this afternoon that the script for tonight's Raw needed to be heavily tweaked. The writers were still working on changes about 90 minutes ago.

One source noted that McMahon was not changing the script because of the negative crowd reaction to Batista and the John Cena vs. Randy Orton bout, but "in spite of it." We have also been told that the new script was a vast improvement from the original direction.

For those who have asked, Kevin Nash is not at Raw and is not written into any plans going forward. It was just a cameo.

Big Show will not be on tonight's Raw as a way to sell the beating Brock Lesnar gave him.

Lana from NXT is backstage at Raw. She's usually paired with Alexander Rusev but was not used at the Rumble PPV. The writing team was back and forth on whether Rusev would be on TV tonight. She's a great part of Rusev's presentation on NXT.