- As you have probably noticed, The Big Show did not return on tonight's RAW as advertised. WWE had released the above promo last week hyping his return on tonight's show. Big Show also tweeted the following last Friday: "#monday night raw. Austin Texas. :-)"
No explanation was given for his absence, although he was noticeably limping when he worked Money In The Bank as an analyst last week.
- Jim Ross commented on Daniel Bryan's performance on RAW tonight, who wrestled the final three matches of the show (four if you count the post-show dark match). Ross wrote on his Twitter, "Thinking @WWEDanielBryan was easily star of #WWERaw & that his skill set would translate well to any era that I've experienced in biz."
- The following press release was issued today:
WWE® and E! Entertainment Join Forces to Support Make-A-Wish®
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE and E! Entertainment today launched the first-ever Superstars for Hope fundraising initiative to support Make-A-Wish, featuring chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences available to anyone who makes a contribution. The entertainment powerhouses will also host a Superstars for Hope red carpet party in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 15 at the Beverly Hills Hotel as a part of WWE's SummerSlam® Week.
Starting today, for every $10 fans and supporters contribute through fundraising partner Omaze, they will receive five chances to win one of two packages donated by WWE and E! Entertainment.
"We are honored to be part of Superstars for Hope in support of Make-A-Wish," said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! "This wonderful organization endlessly inspires and their incredible work brightens and enriches the lives of so many children and families."
"WWE's commitment to granting life-changing experiences is unmatched," said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. "We know that having E! join forces with them will mean more life-changing wishes are granted for children with life-threatening medical conditions."
"We are proud to partner with E! on Superstars for Hope and continue our long-standing support of Make-A-Wish," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. "This is an opportunity for so many people to help children's wishes come true."
Once-in-a-lifetime experience packages include:
* WrestleMania 30 New Orleans Party Package: A VIP trip to WrestleMania for four which includes travel and accommodations, access to the WrestleMania 30 red carpet kickoff party, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and WrestleMania Axxess, along with behind-the-scenes tours, meet-and-greets with WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, as well as a WWE Championship title signed by WWE Champions John Cena®, Triple H®, Brock Lesnarô and Undertaker®.
* E! Exclusive Hollywood Experience: A three-day trip to Los Angeles to attend a taping of an E! show such as E! News, Fashion Police, The Soup or Chelsea Lately, a gift basket with Hollywood's hottest spa essentials and $1,000 spending money for a shopping spree with WWE Divas, The Bella Twins.
For more information or to donate to Superstars for Hope, please visit Omaze.com/WWE and Omaze.com/E!