-- The WWE RAW brand will fly to Qatar today for two shows this week. They will then go to Istanbul, Turkey for the weekend. RAW stars advertised include John Cena, CM Punk,Dolph Ziggler, Big E, Langston, Ryback, Mark Henry, R-Truth, Antonio Cesaro, Kane, Daniel Bryan and Zack Ryder.

-- JBL and Jim Ross recently commented on The Shield, comparing them to the Fabulous Freebirds. Here is what they had to say…

Jim Ross: "The Shield brings a refreshing, intense dynamic to @WWE. The three distinct styles operating as a unit reminds me of The Fabulous Freebirds"

JBL: "I've never seen a group step up faster and do better quicker on a top level then The Shield. Reminds me of Freebirds-who I knew well."