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Backstage News & Notes From 6/17 RAW & 6/21 SmackDown

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Fightful Select has shared some backstage notes from the June 17th episode of WWE RAW and the June 21st episode of SmackDown, which you can check out below:

WWE RAW:

* Seth Rollins was not internally listed on the WWE RAW rundown. The segment was listed as a Damian Priest promo.

* CM Punk is expected to be ready by WWE SummerSlam 2024.

* Damian Priest was heavily praised for his performance at WWE Clash at the Castle: Scotland.

* Drew McIntyre has frequently gained praise for working through personal issues.

* Pete Dunne wasn’t listed internally as accompanying Tyler Bate on WWE Main Event, though Brutus Creed was listed for Julius Creed.

* There will be select WWE Superstars doing media rounds and attending community events during Money in the Bank 2024 week.

* Karrion Kross vs. Xavier Woods was pulled from WWE RAW. They will wrestle next week.

* Drew McIntyre’s WWE departure is a storyline angle.

* WWE was pleased with the camera shot of Bron Breakker spearing Ludwig Kaiser, and it was planned throughout the day.

* Concerning the number of slips on the ropes at Clash at the Castle, a WWE source attributed it to the ropes in Scotland and bad luck.

WWE SMACKDOWN:

* Prior to Paul Heyman’s mentions, the new faction from WWE RAW had not been named or referred to as The Wyatts.

* As of this week, no firm date was confirmed for the #DIY vs. A-Town Down Under match.

* Austin Theory woke up with swelling on his face and could not be on the show.

* WWE sources reported that they considered Friday one of the biggest SmackDown events since WrestleMania 40.

* Paul Heyman, The Bloodline, and Cody Rhodes weren’t listed on abbreviated rundowns, but their involvement wasn’t kept a secret throughout the day.

* Additional NXT Superstars have been discussed for appearance on WWE Speed.

* WWE rehearsed and meticulously planned the CM Punk-Drew McIntyre camera shot.

* Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson weren’t internally listed as “The OC” but rather as their ring names.

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