The Authority’s Muscle, John Cena As Champ, Lesnar Must Win At SummerSlam, Sandow’s Booking

What’s going on with Kane? Why did WWE book him to help Seth Rollins win the Money in the Bank ladder match?

WWE is booking Kane as The Authority’s muscle, much like the role The Shield held as their enforcers. Seth Rollins going over in the Money in the Bank ladder match was the right call but I agree that having Kane come out and assure the win for him was anti-climatic.

Why did WWE release the promotional poster for Summerslam with John Cena and Brock Lesnar on it? That basically ruined Money in the Bank for me because I felt I knew John would win.

WWE sent the promotional image for SummerSlam to retailers too early and as a result, it ended up on Amazon.com. This is exactly what happened with Batista’s return as WWE wanted to promote his return to the company at live events, however, they didn’t want the news out before they had the chance to announce it on television. The only way to prevent this type of thing from happening is to keep things that could spoil storylines/match outcomes off advance advertising materials. WWE owned the mistake and have confirmed plans to do John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

John Cena is “Mr. GO TO” but him as WWE World Heavyweight Champion is overkill in my opinion. Rollins wins good, Reigns should have won, setting up what could have been in my opinion a huge money maker for them with the next two PPV’s. We have seen Lesnar and Cena, why do you think Reigns didn’t go over? The fans deserved better, they are the real shareholders.

I surveyed followers on my Twitter account before the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match at Money in the Bank, asking people if they felt Roman Reigns was ready to be champion. Below are some select responses:

You can read more of the responses at this link. Based on the consensus, the feeling is Roman Reigns isn’t ready to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I understand the anti-Cena segment of WWE’s fan base is livid this morning, however, I see this decision as an inevitability. Just because Cena going over was predictable, doesn’t mean it was the wrong decision either. I’ll have more in Richard Reacts to WWE Money in the Bank.

I believe it is now safe to assume that Brock Lesnar will walk out of SummerSlam as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. What does WNW think?

WWE clearly plans on doing John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam in August. It would be a monumental creative mistake if Lesnar did not go over and win the tile. So yes, it’s safe to assume that Lesnar is champion coming out of the show this summer.

What happened to Damien Sandow? He had so much potential.

Everyone wants to know who Damien Sandow pissed off to be booked in his current gimmick. Most see it as the dreadful gimmick Charlie Haas had several years ago. I don’t think it’s a situation where Sandow has heat as much as the office sees him as someone that can be used for comedic relief. Sandow has been in a tailspin since wining the Money in the Bank briefcase last year and that, I cannot explain.

From the Ask WNW vault…

August 2012: Did Brock Lesnar come back to lose because so far he has no victories? - Brock Lesnar came back for $5,000,000. He’ll do whatever WWE wants him to do as long as he collects his paycheck. It was a monumental mistake putting him under to John Cena at Extreme Rules, with even Hunter admitting privately it hurt his SummerSlam match. I will go as far as saying Cena over Lesnar at Extreme Rules was one of the worst mistakes in WWE . They had a ton of momentum with a returning Lesnar and crushed it almost immediately with a loss.

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  • Craig

    I get that Brock HAS to win at summerslam because what was the point in him breaking the streak but how will they play it in “story mode” that there champion isn’t “working” every month and on live shows etc. like how they handled the Daniel Bryan injury “how he couldn’t defend it or work every week. What Do You Think Richard or WNW?
    I’ll will definetly be watching to see how they play this out

    • Ricky

      I think Richard has already said that if Brock did winthe title at Summerslam he could still appear every 2 weeks and not burn through his contract dates.

      • Venom

        Maybe at summerslam they’ll decorate a room to make it look like a home lounge and have Lesnar cut promos with the title and air them every week in RAW. Then defend the title every 2 months.

    • John

      When Lesnar is not there they will still have Paul Heyman, who will probably have the belts with him and cutting his usual promos to get heat. Lesnar is not going to wrestle on RAW so it’s not really a big issue if he isn’t on the show every single week.

      • Snap

        That’s very true, he wouldn’t need to show up on RAW and/or SmackDown each week, but he would need to show up on PPVs between SummerSlam and the Rumble to defend the title, otherwise stripping Bryan for not being able to be a “fighting champion” will look really hypocritical.

        • John

          I believe he’s advertised for Night of Champions, which is after SummerSlam. Not sure if there is any promotional stuff out for the other PPV’s this year though.

          • Snap

            Yeah, I think Night of Champions would be a given, considering how WWE advertises it as the night every WWE championship is on the line, so Lesnar should probably compete on at least one other show (say Survivor Series and/or TLC) before the Rumble.

    • wwe rules

      wwe should just split the championship into 2 world title so lesnar can be a champion and be part time while the other title holder can work the full time schedule’
      I hope cena BEATS lesnar clean at summerslam just to piss off the iwc community.
      big deal. lesnar beat a 50 year old undertaker at mania and ended taker’s wwe scripted “winning streak”. everyone knows wrestling is fake so winning streaks are worthless. Goldberg’s 200 match winning streak was stupid especially since the promoter was writing his name into the script as the winner before the choreographed matches took place in the ring.

      • Snap

        “I hope cena BEATS lesnar clean at summerslam just to piss off the iwc community.”

        You mean, the people MOST likely to subscribe to (and potentially drop) the WWE Network? Yeah, that’s what’s REALLY best for business.

        • Xavier

          Cena wins, IWC complains then they threaten too never watch again only to tune in on Monday (empty threats). That’s how it’s always been.

          • Snap

            Yeah, there are people who will have that type of reaction and really shouldn’t make such outlandish claims unless they are willing to follow through. However, with the WWE Network being net-based, it really does give people a “voice” in a way as they can opt against renewal if they really dislike the current product.

            But, of course, my comment wasn’t solely about Cena winning, rather WWE doing something just to piss off the IWC, I must have been tired when I originally replied because I only just now noticed how redundant “IWC community” is.

  • Venom

    While I never like seeing Cena as champion, if Bryan can’t come back and win it back and Brock HAS to win at Summerslam, better to have someone already established win the title to lose it in 2 months instead of Bray/Cesaro/Reigns.

    As far as Kane helping Rollins, I look at it as more as he came out to prevent Ambrose from winning. This way Rollins got the briefcase but Ambrose got screwed.

    • Xavier

      That’s the point I’ve been making as well. No point in strapping Reigns, Bray or Cesaro then feeding them too Lesnar a couple months later, Cena’s the only guy who can afford too be in this spot and not lose any credibility dropping it too Lesnar a couple months later. Cena/Lesnar is also the biggest drawing match t be WWE could do at this point.

      • BIG M

        True but their first match at Extreme Rules 2012 wasn’t very good.
        So I’m not really all that excited for the SummerSlam main event this year.
        Call me crazy but I think I would have liked to see Sheamus go over at MITB.
        Sheamus vs Lesner would be cool to see.

        • Xavier

          Their match at Extreme Rules was very good actually so we’ll have to agree to disagree on that

          • Venom

            But personally, since we’ve already seen Brock/Cena, I kinda rather see Brock/Orton. Maybe his way to complain about Triple H putting him in the match. Maybe after a hard fought match, Brock wins, only for Rollins to cash and win. Could lead to an interesting storyline between Rollins and Orton.

          • Xavier

            I’d be all for Lesnar/Orton as well but the problem with that is that they are both heels and very rarely does Vince do heel vs heel feuds. And on top of that Orton’s stock has dropped even more since becoming a heel at last year’s Summerslam, no one I’d buying Orton going over Lesnar right now. And even if Orton had win last night Smarks would of s***** on thst outcome as well

          • Venom

            I think anyone vs Brock would turn face. Plus I’ve noticed on live events and RAW/SD Bo Dallas has wrestled Sandow, Fandango and Titus. Plus there was a rumor that they were going to make more wrestlers neutral. Nobody is gonna be full face or heel, just shades of gray like we saw with Miz and Kofi.

            I think had Orton won, he’d be sort of neutral, he’d lose to Brock, then have Rollins cash in and be forced to hand over the title to Orton. Probably not to that extent. But we saw on SD before MITB there were some tension between Orton and Rollins. I wouldn’t be shocked if Orton demands Rollins to hand over the briefcase.

          • Xavier

            There will always be faces and heels no matter how hard the WWE tries to push this neutral thing. It’s impossible to tell a story (even in cinema) without good guys and bad guys, it’s the basic art of good story telling that goes back too the beginning of time

            I do like your idea with Orton/Rollins though, very intriguing. Rollins has replaced Orton as Triple H’s pet project so the roots of jealousy are there as well.

          • Venom

            It’s true what you’re saying in faces/heels. But usually when they pit 2 heels against each other one of them would be slightly face. So I think if it was Brock/Orton, I think Orton would be the underdog hence he’d be the face in that much. Let’s not forget, when Orton was doing mid cards a year ago before winning the briefcase he was over. Fans respected how he lost the World title to Henry cleanly and worked mid card for a long time. It wasn’t until he turned heel that fans couldn’t stand him because he was a pampered heel.

            But yeah, I have a feeling Rollins is gonna rub it in Ortons face that he won his match and can be the next champion if he chooses to.

          • Xavier

            Good points

          • BIG M

            That’s true this would probably draw a crowd.
            Two crowds actually Cena fans who love him no matter what most other fans think of him and the Cena haters who would pay to see Lesner go over Cena in a big way.
            I sincerely hope your right and Cena drops the title to Lesner.
            Even with the question over how many dates he’ll work it would make no sense for Lesner to break the streak and not win the title at some point and then set up either Bryan’s return or Roman Reigns’s Main Event push.

          • Guest

            Exactly

        • Guest

          I hope we get that too, in the future…if Lesnar signs another 2 year contract.

          But how could you not have liked Cena and Lesnars Extreme Rules match??? Too brutal for you? I admit, Im not really into the someone HAS to bleed in this match for it to be entertaining and enjoyable category. BUT…that match was just SO AWESOME. He came straight out the UFC, and he looked so indestructable and dangerous. I literally was scared for Cena and felt bad for him and felt sorry for him. It was a little uneasy to watch for most people(myself included), because it was so scary. But we got through it…well he did. But what was so AWESOME about it was that it was very different than what we have seen in the WWE at that time. It was an MMA/Wrestling match. This was the new Lesnar with his MMA style. Thats why most people loved the match(aside from some who didnt likethe ending though). But overall, still a great match.

      • Cubed56

        Couldn’t agree more. As much I hate seeing Cena as champ, it was easily the right choice.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        Agreed, I personally think Cena is currently the only one that won’t be hurt by another Lesnar defeat, Lesnar can’t lose first match after coming back from beating The Undertaker.

        • Stephen Heim

          I think it would be a mistake for Lesnar to beat Cena. I’m not saying that as a Cena fan, but they took the belts off of DB because he couldn’t compete. How’s it going to look when Lesnar wins and only shows up for 4 PPV’s? That would be worse than letting DB keep the belts.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            How is it going too look if Lesnar loses is first match off winning the biggest win in history.

  • Gary Robert

    Not only will Lesnar go over Cena at Summerslam, it should happen via a Cena tap out. You want to continue to build Brock into an “unstoppable beast,” imagine causing Cena to tap for the first time in his career (as a face) after ending the Streak would do to.

    • Xavier

      That’ll never happen

      • Gary Robert

        Oh, I know. Just saying it should.

    • Avalanchian

      They’d rather Brock put him in a hold that makes him pass out losing instead of tapping.

      • Gary Robert

        Fine. Either or.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Just a hunch, “never give up” .. he won’t be tapping.

  • John

    The question is not about whether Roman Reigns is ready to be the champion yet. It’s all about timing, and you couldn’t have possibly put the title on Reigns at MITB only for him to lose it to Lesnar at SummerSlam.

    • David C

      i honestly don’t see what anybody sees in Reigns that makes him entertaining.

      I’m not sure if it comes from training in wrestling myself or wether i would have never connected with him anyhow.
      To me he’s incredibly dull and relies far too much on his very own 5 moves of doom. (headbutt, Samoan drop, apron dropkick, SM Punch an Spear) There’s limited conviction in what he says and it simply makes me not believe in him at all.

      Some years in the Indies would have done him a lot of good.

      • Xavier

        Lol, and there it is. You don’t see anything in him because he’s not a Indies guy.

        • Padres4life

          he won’t be as over as Ambrose in his career though..Ambrose is the real future…yes he’s an indy darling but they know how to get over..every indy darling on the roster is super over. its no secret they know the secret.

          • Xavier

            Outside of Punk and Bryan what other darlings have ever truly succeded in the WWE? Reigns is just as over as Ambrose FYI and younger as well

          • David C

            I’m not saying that only indie guys are good. I’m saying that Roman Reigns has nothing more than his five moves of doom. YES every wrestler has their signature comebacks but Reigns has displayed nothing more than that.

            His work in the ring is boring and he can’t control the pace of a match, not as a heel for definite. I simply feel that he could do with some various experiences to be able to think a little differently.

            Too much too soon in my opinion.

          • Xavier

            He’s been a pro wrestler for a year and a half if that so don’t you think you’re being kind of hard on his ring work?. And remember guys like Cena, Orton and Batista started getting big pushes around this same time in their careers (even though they were green in certain areas) and they all turned out very successful and got better in the ring as their pushes went on. I think Reigns will be fine in the long run

          • David C

            It’s very easily possible as i stated in my original post that i might just be over analytical. It just seems like he’s being shoved down our throats a bit what with the Survivor Series stats record and Royal Rumble Record, followed by everything on commentary and anything spoken about the top stories has been Reigns centric.

            I’m hoping he gets better and better over time, but right now it has me rolling my eyes.

          • Xavier

            How us Reigns being shoved down our throats? Bryan has been shoved down our throats 20x more then anyone in the roster over the past year. There was a good 7-8 month stretch where he was featured in 3 or 4 segments on both RAW and SD every week, but that’s not being over exposed or shoved down our throats?

          • Guest

            Are you kidding me??? A blind man can see how they are shoving Reigns down our throat.

            But he can stay in the midcard for about a year…then if he’s ready by then, he can possibly be a world champion….but not anytime this year…AT ALL.

          • eddie ray

            he’s been wrestling for around 3 years total, actually. he trained in FCW under the name Leakee.

          • eddie ray

            well, the indies gained prevalence from breeding guys like Punk and Bryan. those guys are just the first wave of indie talent. look at NXT now, most of the talent down there are indie talent and WWE are even signing Devitt and KENTA.
            Indie talent in the WWE will be the norm. without competition like WCW or ECW to take talent from and no territories to breed your next stars then the indies become the place where young talent cuts their teeth only to move on the WWE if you are good enough.

            CM Punk and Bryan were pioneers and in 20 years time we’ll look back at it as such. They put independent wrestling on the map but they also set the standard that independent wrestlers can make it big time.

          • Xavier

            Vince and when Triple H takes over will always push bigger guys because that’s what sales And it’s proven time and time again. Signing a ton of Indy guys who are 5’9 190 won’t. However I agree that Punk and Bryan have opened up the doors for ROH guys just like Hart and Michaels did 20 years ago for smaller guys but even at that they didn’t draw nowhere near guys like Hogan, Austin, Rock and Cena. Mainstream audiences make up a majority of wrestling fans, that’s where the big money is at, not with Indy crowds so it sound be silly for Vince too try and turn the WWE into the ROH show

          • eddie ray

            Vince’s muscle fetish during the late RA era- beginning of PG era was killing the business conversely wrestlemainia 30 was completely centered around Daniel Bryan and his desire to be champion and it became the most successful WM in history.

            its not size or stature that draws. what draws is having characters that people relate to and which tap into the social culture at the time. Hogan was popular at the height of Americana and Stone Cold during the 90′s which connected with the anti-establishment feeling at the time. same with Bryan being held down by the ‘man’ in a very quintessentially 21st century way. The audience connected with him on an emotional level but only after he proved his worth in the ring. Bryan hit a pop culture nerve, unfortunately it was a nerve issue in his neck that possibly derailed it (although that is yet to be seen- only when he returns will we know for certain)

            the idea that size draws is a myth. these days especially where people see someone big and make jokes about how wrestlings fake (because people understand that bodybuilder physiques are not conducive to fighting- UFC taught them that) and the inevitable steroid jokes.

            as time has progressed the fans expect better ring work. gone are the times when you could coast on 5 moves for any longer than a year solo without getting go away heat. Bryan and Punk have set a bar in that regards.

            the biggest ‘draw’ is actually a good product. good storylines, segments without cringe, relate-able characters and great in ring action. AE drew as a whole because it was engaging and must watch. PG era on the other hand is 80% filler with 50% of that being Vince’s puerile humour which doesn’t resonate with 21st Century thinking.

          • Xavier

            Size doesn’t draw? So how come Hart, HBK, Mysterio, Malenko, Backlund, Punk, Bryan, Beniot didn’t draw like guys like Hogan, Andre, Rock, Taker, HHH, Austin, Bruno, Warrior? I’ll wait patiently while you try to explain that

            Cena is still biggest draw in professional wrestling today. And like I said before, every wrestler has a 5 moves of doom sequence so don’t give me that crap.

            And more people came away from Mania taking about the steak being over then they did Bryan honestly. And no WM30 wasn’t the most successful ever, thst would be Mania 28 followed by WM23. Just check t be gross numbers bro

          • Jay El Bee

            Don’t forgot about the Rock-Austin-Hogan promo and the potential Sting appearance on Raw that obviously never happened. I saw more people talking about those 3 things in the 20 hours between WM 30 & Raw than I did Bryan’s title victory.

          • Mysterion

            I believe it is Chris Jericho who said “if you can get over in the indies you can get over anywhere”. Xavier, like it or not man, indie fans are hard to win over. You learn to get over in harsh environments. Cena was fed to us day on day out it was pretty much impossible for him to not get over.

          • Xavier

            Cena got over because he was get enough too get over and good enough to stay over. Enough with the Fed crap. Like it or not bro you don’t have to go through the Indies to make it too the top. How are the Indies doing these days financially even compared too TNA?

        • eddie ray

          yes, everyone has A standard comeback sequence. Reigns on the other hand solely has 5 moves. he doesn’t understand pace, he doesn’t get storytelling, he lacks the finesse that his Shield teammates have but a fast push to the top isn’t going to allow Reigns to perfect those things.
          Reigns’ psychology is all over the place. Meanwhile Ambrose’s incredible grasp of psychology has lead to him to get as over as Reigns without the superman push and got a baby face pop bigger than everyone on the roster last night. The thing with the indies is, it teaches you how to work different crowds in different scenarios. working a mid western 50 people strong crowd is different to working a southern 200 strong crowd, for example. its about having a depth of experience that gives you a huge advantage in wrestling. Before we had the territories which developed talent. now its the indies, same thing.

          • Xavier

            You are over looking quite a lot. Reigns has been on the main roster less than 2 years so no one should be expecting him to wrestle like a 15 year veteran or be as defined in the ring as Ambrose or Rollins. But he’s young, has charisma, as a very marketable look that will appeal too a lot of demographics and obviously hes gonna get better. If just in ring ability sold then ROH would be bigger than the WWW but me and you both know that’ll never be the case and we both know why. I’m not sure sure what show you were watching last night but Reigns got just as loud a pop as Ambrose last night. Oh and guys like Cena, Batista, Orton and Lesnar got huge pushes at the same points in their careers as Reigns is now and thst worked out very well and they didn’t even have too go through the Indies to do it. Rather you hate the fact that Reigns isn’t a Indy guy or not he’s being groomed to be the “next guy” and he’s getting better as well and he’s super over right now. It’s just a shame that Smarks will try too hijack his push because he’s succeeding without the help of the Indies which is petty baby bull****.

            And no the Indies doesn’t prepare you too work in diverse crowds, working a match in front of 200 people is nothing like working in front of 14,000 people every night in every region in America and overseas in front of different cultures. ROH markets towards one group of fans who make up a very small portion of wrestling fans, therefore their is no advantage for ROH guys. The WWE however covers not just Smarks but women and children as well. Even the terrioties were similar in that regard. The Mid-South Territores, AWA, NWA, and the Northeast are way more similar too t be current WWE product then it ever was to the Indies.

      • John

        Honestly i completely disagree. He is an amazing athlete and considering he has only been wrestling for less than 4 years, i think he has all the potential in the world to be a major star! You just have to look at the family he comes from to see that he is a guy worth investing in. And as for his moveset.. It wasn’t that long ago that he didn’t even do the apron dropkick or the superman punch, so that alone should tell you that he is making progress and getting better all the time. You can’t expect him to be Shawn Michaels in less than 4 years!

    • Venom

      I honestly think it has to do with last minute decisions. Since there were only plans to have 1 MITB ladder match for the championship, they were limited to put certain people. I strongly believe had it supposed to 2 ladder matches, Cesaro/Wyatt/Reigns would have been in the contract match and only have former champions in the championship match. That’s my speculation on it.

  • DW

    This is my problem with the internet crowd. A few new faces show up (the shield) and you forget about Ziggler and Ceasaro. I’m ok with Cena winning, I’m already over Brock coming and winning….we got two leaks and WWE doesn’t even try to swerve, I guess they are going to embrace that wrestling is “fake”. Idk…this all feels lazy to me.

    • Venom

      I don’t understand, what does that have to do with the Internet crowd?

      • J Vomkrieg

        Mostly the bandwagon jumping i’d guess. It’s like people want someone pushed for about a month or two before moving on to the next “OMG MUST BE PUSHED” target.

        • Big D

          That’s true. But, it could also be attributed to the fact that for the first time in about a decade, we’re seeing a multitude of young talent that can carry the company for the foreseeable future.

          • J Vomkrieg

            Yeah, good point. I was thinking about that watching MITB, reflecting on how many new, and good, people have come up in the last few years.

            Also, whoever designs the gimmicks in creative has gotten better. 3-5 years ago, if you debuted, you got a generic name like “Darren Young” and you character was either “good natured face” or “bad tempered heel”. They were bland and I don’t think many people could have got them over. Look at the bland names of all the NXT characters before the reboot.

            Fast forward to now, Wyatts, Shield, heck, even Adam Rose. You might not like the characters, but at least they have a character.

  • PA_Vincent

    Even if I am not a fan of it, I am willing to accept The Authorities’ muscles as a gimmick for Kane.
    Where I think the creative team dropped the ball is in the approach of it.
    We have too few information on the character’s motivation. It’s only been a couple of weeks since he re-embraced the mask and became a monster again.

    We have no clue why he joined The Authority .. no more than we know why Fandango made his choice on Layla. Pure randomness, no explanation.

  • ldb

    Wouldn’t this booking kill a lot of summerslam sales sans wwe network? No one without the network will want to purchase an event they already know the outcome to will they? I hope the undercard is strong. Cena and Brock will probably put on a good match, but I personally don’t care with it all but certain Lesnar wins. Just tune in the following monday to see Paul Heyman’s Client who is the 1 in 21-1 Brock Lesnar.

  • 1molly23

    Brock Lesnar just plain sucks. Can’t wrestle, works part-time, runs away when he doesn’t get his way, sounds like a pre-pubescent child, needs the best mouthpiece (Heyman). He wouldn’t deserve a championship if his name was already on it. The beast is nothing but a cry baby. Plain and simple.

    • Avalanchian

      Brock Lesnar is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist, professional football player and amateur wrestler,[3] who is signed with WWE. He is also a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and an accomplished amateur wrestler, winning the 2000 NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship and placing second in 1999 after losing to Stephen Neal……………………….Ya he can’t wrestle and I’m the Jesus Christ

      • 1molly23

        Brock Lesnar – part-time professional wrestler collecting big bucks and can’t even remember a line of his script, mixed martial artist who was dying of diverticulitis walked away same for UFC, couldn’t play American football walked away – college wrestling champ good for him – the real world is very, very different from the professional wrestling entertainer. Don’t think there’s any need to bring religion into this – and please don’t forget – he was allowed to end ‘Taker’s streak – and always works stiff with his fellow wrestlers.

        • Avalanchian

          Ya the professional wrestling entertainer has things given to you. Where as the UFC and College wrestling actually require skill and an opponent who isn’t following a script. I’ll value real life stuff over scripted any day of the week.

      • Xavier

        Lesnar isn’t a ROH guy so dint expect people too him his props lol

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      “works part time, runs away when he doesn’t get his way”

      1. He “run’s away” because he is part time.. which you said in the same sentence.
      2. “Doesn’t get his way” did I miss the whole beating The Undertaker thing? and I’m guessing that he won’t win the WWE WHC at any point.

      Oh, for the guys size, he is fast and agile, not many people can be like that, so you calling him nothing but a cry baby is just out of plain ignorance.

  • Jbreed

    It sucks having John Cena as champion again but we always complain about how they ruin guys by giving them the belt too soon. There’s really nobody else to fall back on when they need to shift gears. Things are bad when your’e number 2 and 3 guys aren’t don’t deserve the belt even on a transitional basis.

  • King James

    So whats the plan with Lesnar? He’s going to win the championship and then leave? What good does that do? Unless Rollins cashes in, and Lesnar vs Cena isn’t for the title. That’s the only way I see things working.

    • Xavier

      He’ll work more dates clearly. Possibility he holds it till Mania and drops it too either Reigns or Bryan giving one of them a huge rub preferrebly Reigns

      • Cubed56

        Lesnar beats Cena at SS and holds the title till WM. Reigns wins the RR and challenges Lesnar at WM. After a brutal match Reigns comes on top and then…Rollins music hits and he cashes in on Reigns to become champ bringing the shield breakup full circle.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          Reigns’ first reign is less than 5 minutes, I really hope that doesn’t happen.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        I personally think Lesnar needs to drop the title to someone who is well established already, maybe The Rock? (which was mentioned) Batista?

        • Guest

          I say Batista…but Batista might have a short reign…just like I think Lesnar will.

  • Anon

    And they will repeat their mistake at SummerSlam because, you know, LOLCenaWins…

  • In CHL we trust

    Richard that gimmick was awesome I loved Haas Hogan and Charlie Haas Layfield.

    • Alex P

      Let’s not forget Stone Cold Steve Haastin

      • Snap

        Or The Great Charli with Ranjin Singh.

  • Snap

    Okay, I wouldn’t go the stereotypical “anti-Cena fan base is livid” reaction, but now people actually have a tangible way to express their disappointment. Specifically, aren’t the first wave of WWE Network subscriptions set to need a renewal any time now? Well, for subscribers who want nothing to do with Cena, they can speak with their wallets and drop the WWE Network, WWE wants to break 1 million domestic subscribers so, really, they now have two sets of “shareholders” to keep happy. It’s a lot more effective than complaining on the internet, where it is merely a “reaction” which doesn’t bother WWE at all.

    • Jay El Bee

      If people are willing to sabotage the WWE Network just because Cena is champion or their guy isn’t then they’re not real fans in my opinion.

      • Snap

        Hey, in any event, it’s their money and they’re free to spend it however they wish. If they don’t like what WWE is offering, they have every right to withdraw their support. It doesn’t make them any less of a so-called “real fan” (which is a bullshit concept to begin with, whether casual or not you’re either a fan or you’re not. there is absolutely no such thing as one fan being “superior” to another) but it’s the only way a fan can actually protest something and have WWE listen. Besides, there’s nothing stopping people from re-subscribing to the network once things are more to their liking.

        The fans aren’t obligated to keep subscribing to the WWE Network once the 6 month commitment has expired. Well… let me put it this way, if you subscribe to a premium cable service and they make a change which you are not happy with and affects whether or not you will make use of the service, would you continue to pay the cost of the subscription simply because the service exists or would you exercise your right to cancel your subscription and spend your money on something more to your liking?

        • Jay El Bee

          The way I see it other than the monthly PPVs the WWE Network has nothing to do with current product, so people unsubscribing just because a guy they don’t like is champion is just stupid. Daniel Bryan is probably the most boring WWE main eventer I’ve ever seen yet him being champion didn’t make me want to cancel my subscription, in fact it probably would have made me want to get the Network even more if I didn’t already have it at the time.

          • Snap

            I can’t speak too much about the content of the network as it isn’t available for me yet. In the proposed scenario regarding the network, it’s not so much about whether something makes sense (as “sense,” common or otherwise, has no place in WWE) rather it speaks in the language WWE understands: money. It gives people a “voice” which WWE would otherwise ignore while if they were losing subscriptions and feedback indicated dissatisfaction with the current product, if the number were high enough it would force WWE to take a look at what they are doing and implement changes. Do we really need Cena to repeatedly mention a pool of crap for the sake of repeatedly mentioning a pool of crap? (No, I didn’t watch RAW, rather I listened to reviews) If RAW is going to be three hours with WWE using the network to add an additional hour with pre and post shows, shouldn’t the programming be compelling rather than mediocre? Forcing WWE to take notice of viewer dissatisfaction isn’t a bad thing, and they can always regain those subscribers with quality programming.

            Granted, it makes as much sense as WWE stock going into chaos because the domestic TV deal and initial WWE Network subscriptions were lower than what they were hoping for.

          • Jay El Bee

            That’s too bad you probably missed best Raw of the year according to what a lot of people I’ve seen have been saying, but I guess if the top guy in the company holding the top belt in the company is a problem for you then you can continue to boycott it if you want.

          • Snap

            Well, RAW replays on Saturday if I change my mind and with the breakdowns, it would be easy to pare down the show to watch only what interests me. Beyond whether or not I have issues with whoever is holding the championship at any given time, I’ve just found RAW to be too much of a time investment for the hit and miss quality of the show from week to week. I will always advocate scaling RAW back to two hours in much the same way people prefer 13 or 10 episode seasons of a TV show. Present consistently compelling programming with little to no filler.

            WWE could produce something like the Legends of Wrestling roundtable for the additional hour, utilizing guys like Cena and Sheamus to put over the current programs and make the concept more appealing to the younger audience.

  • Xavier

    So let’s take a look at Bryn shall see. They brought him into the WWE when non-smarks had no idea who he was and paired him with the Miz (who was one of the most over heels on the roster) then they turned Cole heel for him. Fast forward a couple years later, they put him over Sheamus, Orton, Kane and Cena clean as a whiste oh and he was the 1st to beat The Shield also. Then at Summerslam they turn Triple H and Orton heel for him getting him even more babyface heat and on top of that they turned Michaels and Kane heel on Bryan. RAW and SD completely revolved around Bryan for months with him taking up 40 minutes of airtime a piece on both shows then at Mania they put him over Triple H, Orton and Batista all clean on the same night. So that’s completely 100% organic? Like I said, just b/c Reigns didn’t come through ROH doesn’t mean ish, he’s still gonna be successful rather you like it or not. And how the hell am I removing context from the debate?

  • Guest

    It was DEFINITELY the RIGHT decision for John Cena to win the WWEWHC. Like Richard said before, he is the real face of the company…and a very reliable veteran. Only him and Orton were realistic as the WWEWHC….but Orton just had it before Bryan. It made a whole lot of sense for Cena to as well. All the others werent WWEWHC material…at least at the moment. We ALL KNOW it. I think some ppl just want something different, thats all….even if it isnt necessarily the best decision. Im personally not like that.

  • Guest

    I TOTALLY agree.