More On The Backstage Reaction To The HHH/Austin Podcast

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Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

— As noted earlier here on the website, Heath Slater, who has been out of action for a while dealing with personal issues stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with a security guard at the official WrestleMania after party in 2011, worked a dark match at the WWE SmackDown television taping in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Tuesday night. The charges against Slater were dropped due to the statute of limitations expiring on the case. Slater worked a match with Luke Harper prior to the Main Event and SmackDown taping, losing to the former Wyatt Family member via 360-clothesline.

— As noted earlier, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast with Triple H from Monday night continues to make headlines, which is not surprising considering the number of controversial topics discussed.

Regarding Triple H’s comments a bout CM Punk where he said there is no animosity between the two parties, a lot of people were rolling their eyes at that one. That said, Triple H’s description of Punk saying “everything’s fine” when everything is not fine is viewed as a pretty accurate assessment of his demeanor.

WWE talent was also surprised that Triple H acknowledged that he prefers a 2-hour format for RAW. While its certainly a popular opinion, there are no plans to scale back RAW due to the millions of dollars WWE generates in ad revenue from the extra hour of prime time programming each week.

It’s also worth noting that during Triple H’s weekly sit down interview with Michael Cole at WWE.com, Triple H said that the show did 40% more viewers than Vince McMahon’s appearance on the Stone Cold Podcast back in December.

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