Backstage News On Randy Orton, Identity Of Raw’s Main Event Referee, SmackDown Rating

– Sources close to Randy Orton note that he desperately wants to go heel and that may be happening before the year is over. The plan has been for Orton to turn once Sheamus was popular enough to carry SmackDown on his own.

– The referee who “screwed” CM Punk in the main event of Monday night’s RAW was Brad Maddox. Maddox has been refereeing in WWE developmental and on WWE TV a lot more lately. Maddox is a former FCW 15 Champion and a two-time FCW Tag Team Champion.

– The September 14th episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.96 cable rating with 2.69 million viewers.

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