I was a little surprised that Chris Jericho was given a clean win over The Mizon Raw. I would have thought Bray Wyatt would interfere before the match ended in order to keep Miz strong while building the Jericho/Wyatt rivalry. With so many top stars out, and with The Miz showing in the past he can work at the top of the card as a heel, do you think Miz should get another chance as an upper card worker?
I’ll also admit I was surprised The Miz tapped out in his first match back [on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw] but WWE wants to make Chris Jericho strong for a program with Bray Wyatt. While many do not see The Miz as more than a midcarder, I believe he has main event potential if used correctly. Unfortunately, there seems to be no indication that he’ll ever reach the level he was at as WWE Champion in 2011. That’s not to say he’s without value, however, as WWE has invested a lot in him and see him as an important part of their programming.
Is Vince McMahon giving Roman Reigns more time on the mic to see how well he comes off? And from a scale of 1 to 10 what number would you give his opening promo from Raw?
I noted on Twitter that Roman Reigns seems to get a little more each week as WWE prepares him for bigger things, so your assumption about him getting more time on the mic would appear correct. I felt Reigns had good delivery on Monday and displayed a high degree of confidence, two essentials in cutting a good promo. I would rate the promo above average but below great so my rating on scale of 1-10 would be a 7. He didn’t fail by any means but he didn’t take it to Bray Wyatt’s level either. I’ll have more on Reigns in my Backstage News from Raw.
With the potential of Brock Lesnar holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship until Wrestlemania. Do you think Bray Wyatt (compared as “the next Undertaker”) should be the one who takes the title from Brock Lesnar?
If WWE goes in the direction most expect, with Brock Lesnar beating John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, the expectation is Lesnar will hold the belt until Wrestlemania 31 next year. However, we’re assuming a lot and plans are always subject to change. If Brock Lesnar wins the title — and WWE goes with the plan for him as Champion at Wrestlemania — everyone who is anyone will want to face him. I posted a big update on Lesnar, Triple H, The Rock and Roman Reigns that further explains this at this link. As for the idea of Bray Wyatt going over Lesnar for the title at Wrestlemania 31, it would require a turn from one of them but certainly not beyond the realm of possibilities either.
I’m baffled at WWE’s choice to make John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Champion again when they had a number of options to choose from like Cesaro that have more than earned an opportunity. So is there a reason why we have yet another John Cena reign?
I don’t understand how anyone could be baffled at WWE’s decision to put John Cena over as Champion at Money in the Bank last month. As we examined on Monday, WWE reset last week. When in turmoil, doesn’t it make sense to “go to your face?” Think of sports. Who gets the last shot? LeBron James or someone that has the potential to one day play at that level? Who do you want taking the penalty to advance in the World Cup? Lionel Messi or someone that has the potential to one day be automatic? I could go on all day but the point is, WWE was faced with a bitter reality with Daniel Bryan and reset at a pivotal time in their history. Initial WWE Network subscriptions are coming up after SummerSlam and it’s imperative they have a 5-star show. No offense to any of the other participants in the title match at Money in the Bank, now was not the time to experiment with an elevation. Was Cena going over predictable? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean it was the wrong move either.
From the Ask WNW vault…
May 2012: Quoting your story on Brooke Hogan’s new job with TNA, “Her duties will be to help up-and-coming talent develop their characters, assist with promos and even consult on entrance music.” What are Brook Hogan’s qualifications to do this job? - I still can’t believe the news that Brooke Hogan is coming to TNA as an executive. My initial thought was, are they trying to lose the locker room? A lot of people can share their opinions but I have spoken firsthand with wrestlers under contract in TNA and can confirm that many are not on the Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff bandwagon. The feeling is the company has changed to appease these individuals and it’s not what it used to be. We can sugarcoat it to death but the fact is Brooke Hogan is not qualified for this position. Brooke is being hired because she is Hulk’s daughter, much like Garett Bischoff is being pushed because he’s Eric’s son. It isn’t fair, it undermines the hard work of all those that have been with TNA since day one and is a very troubling sign in how Dixie Carter can be manipulated to think these are “good” moves.
Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.