Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer talked about Sami Zayn mentioning AEW on last night's WWE Raw.
The reference was actually removed from the official YouTube clip which has sparked all kinds of speculation that Zayn went off script.
Meltzer has been told the line was scripted however there still seems to be some conflicting reports, below is what he has to say courtesy of RingsideNews.com:
“The AEW line was scripted then they pulled it from the video afterwards and I actually asked someone what’s going on and it’s just like all I heard was ‘it was so f*cking stupid.'”
“Okay, if it’s not scripted then [Sami Zayn] is gonna be suspended. If you go against the script on live TV and say AEW they’ll suspend you for sure. They’re not going to fire you because they won’t fire anybody, obviously.”
“I was just told and the person who told me should know because it’s in the meeting.”
However, Bryan Alvarez told Meltzer that he heard from someone that Zayn went off the script but it's possible that WWE is "working the boys."
Meltzer responded with the following:
“I can definitely see how we’re going to be in an era of that. I can definitely see that everywhere that we’re going to be in an era like that which turns into the era of mistrust I’ve been through this one before too and it’s you know, you go in that era with the idea of instead of trying to come up with ideas for business we’re trying to come up with things to fool people.”
“To me you don’t lie to the boys because they’re always… if you lie to the talent it’s one thing to sneak a guy in without telling anyone that happens all the time, but to go in there and constantly try and work the boys […] nobody trusts anyone and it becomes a really bad environment.”