– The Rock is in New Orleans today to begin filming Empire State.
– WWE Champion CM Punk confirmed reports that he will be replacing Randy Orton on SmackDown tours during Orton’s suspension. He replied to a fan on Twitter:
“Looks that way, yes. #pickinguptheslack”
– As noted before, WWE has pulled Intercontinental Champion Christian from this weekend’s live events as he is appearing at TNA’s Slammiversary pay-per-view. Christian is currently not advertised for any WWE tapings until the July 23rd 1000th RAW but is still advertised for live events.