— Despite not appearing on RAW this week, we can confirm that Dolph Ziggler was backstage at the show and underwent medical tests earlier in the day. As of this writing, he still hasn’t been cleared to return to the ring.
— WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund was backstage at RAW in Hartford, CT. Backlund also attended the WWE house show on Sunday in Poughkeepsie, New York. We’re told he had a station in the Civic Center lobby where he took photos and met with fans. According to a fan in attendance, Backlund stood quietly until fans came up to him and he would go “nuts and start screaming.”
— The Rock’s reality series The Hero premieres on TNT this Thursday at 8 PM ET. The list of competitors are as follows:
* Athena, 25 (Worcester, Mass.)
* Charles, 39 – (Los Angeles, Calif.)
* Darnell, 32 – (Vancouver, Wash.)
* Dr. Dave, 50 – (Beaumont, Texas)
* Lydia, 31 – (Los Angeles, Calif.)
* Marty, 24 – (Centereach, N.Y.)
* Patty, 46 – (Ashland, Mass.)
* Rachel, 34 – (Little River, S.C.)
* Shaun, 30 – (Hagerstown, Md.)
“Shaun” is Shaun Ricker, who was recently signed to a WWE developmental contract.