After speaking with sources, WZ has learned while many officials in WWE were unhappy with A.W's Kobe Bryant reference on live television, his on-screen character isn't expected to suffer.
Reportedly A.W. felt the heat when he came through the curtain on Monday and got several stern talks from top WWE officials.
However, a source says the general feeling amongst those backstage is while the comment understandably grabbed negative attention, A.W. was performing in a live situation, trying to make his gimmick and team as successful as possible. The general backstage feeling seems to be it was a poor choice for A.W. to say what he did, but not the first time someone live has made unfavorable comments.
Reportedly, there was brief talking coming off of Raw to remove him from having a live microphone during matches. Currently, sources tell WZ that WWE feels A.W.'s live commentary is a huge part of his gimmick and do trust that he has learned from this slip up and won't have it happen again.