As reported, Dusty Rhodes has been moved to ECW as part of the creative team. Vince McMahon has been very upset with the brand and feels it is time to turn it around or “put a bullet into it.” While he stayed quiet, Michael Hayes was not happy that Rhodes was sent to ECW as they had basically been co-booking Smackdown.
The Ric Flair promo from Raw was intended to come off as a burial of Carlito. It was scripted by Brian Gerwitz, mostly off of notes from the agent reports of Carlito matches. Basically management feels Carlito has progressively gotten lazy, even after constant efforts to push him, and this is a way to “light a fire” under him.