– 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick has decided to expand his portfolio by taking on managerial duties for Akam and Rezar on Raw.
During a pre-match promo, Maverick claimed his goal is nothing less than making AOP the Raw Tag Team Champions. Akam and Rezar squashed a pair of local competitors — Keith Thompson and Jimmy James — in 30 seconds, finishing them off with the Super Collider before posing in the ring with Maverick.
Not only do Akam and Rezar have a new manager, but they also have a new team name. They are now simply known as AOP rather than (The) Authors of Pain. While AOP stands for Authors of Pain, the name is no longer interchangeable as Maverick, the announce team and WWE.com specifically referred to Akam and Rezar as AOP. This change was quietly made two weeks ago on Raw.
– Before Raw went on the air from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, the following two matches were taped for the September 6 episode of WWE Main Event:
* Tyler Breeze vs. Mike Kanellis
* Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley
– Xavier Woods celebrates his birthday on Tuesday as the SmackDown Tag Team Champion turns 32 years old.
Also celebrating birthdays today are NXT Superstar Wesley Blake (31) and former WWE Superstar Kharma (41).