Booking The Miz, Grading Roman Reigns, Wyatt Over Lesnar, WWE Resets With Cena

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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.

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  • David F

    I just dont like the way Cena wears the belts like a chain. Not good look. Miz had his chance to solidify as main event but he is now damaged goods. He is still valuable to WWE for PR work though.

    • Splat

      I hate the fact that they are still using two belts to represent one title. It just doesn’t make any sense.

      • Brandon van Reenen

        Money. That big gold belt draws at

      • BigMike

        IMO it is because also the internet community would prob have a collective stroke if Ric Flair’s NWA then WCW then World Title Belt….. That title has much more meaning in many people’s eyes than the WWE title, which changes every couple years….. THAT title is history

        • Bob’s Diner

          It was history for a while – did the internet explode with rage then?

    • Jayden

      It might be in reference or homage to the chain gang days or just because he can.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I still think it was hilarious he was trying to talk all ‘thuganomics’ last week until HHH started making fun of him

  • Justin Simpson

    I felt Reigns opening promo last night on Raw was a step up for him. His voice had an air of confidence that one could actually feel. He played off the crowd perfectly with his reaction to the Cena sucks chants.

  • Phil Brooks

    Miz needs to be released, plain and simple. He sucks.

    • J Vomkrieg

      The Miz won’t be released anytime soon. Even if he stays in the mid card and isn’t used much, hes probably the 2nd best person on the roster (after Cena) to send to publicity events. If WWE need someone for an E event, or a teen choice awards, or something simiilar, the Miz is a go to guy if Cena is busy.

      In thecapacity of “brand ambassador” he adds a lot of value to the business

      • supercilious1

        Great point

    • Guest

      Very classy Phil. Wishing for someones release just because you dont like them amd arent a fan of them. Smdh!

      I and a lot of others find Miz entertaining. Some people like to hate him, like Vickie Guerrero. Others just like him. So as long as he is connecting with some fans, he should keep his job. Stop being a hater!

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      So this is what CM Punk has been up since his walk out huh?

  • Ty

    It’s probably just me, but I hate all Wyatt/Undertaker comparisons.

    • Draven

      No your not alone. They are not the same and as much as i like wyatt its way to early to compare him to taker he has only been main roster for a year. Taker has been on top for 25 years.

      • Craig

        Also taker won he’s first match at mania which bray didn’t obviously losing to cena! So all the people saying bray is next taker he no where near it he’s not I deprecated at mania and let’s face it taker doesn’t even need to talk to he over no more now all he does is points and the fans go nuts when bray has to give 20 min promos I’m not saying they suck but you can see my point now

        • Rayner Chee-bai

          maybe he could make his own defeated at WrestleMania streak? whoever can make Bray Wyatt wins at WrestleMania breaks the streak lol

        • Draven

          Yeah your right taker has never need to speak his prescence just walking down to the ring is all that was need. But i do think bray is gonna be a big star just not a undertaker 2.0.

    • GOR

      No u r not alone. Wyatt is yet to prove himself alone over long run. Hell, I have already started to think his gimmick as over-rated n overkiled [cutting promos on every show].

  • Venom

    I wouldn’t go that far about resetting you go with Cena. Cena winning has nothing to do with people’s decision to renew their subscription. In fact, could probably hurt it. I do, however, agree that Cena should have won IF 100% Brock is going to win the championship at Wrestlemania. That is the only time I’d say give the title to an established wrestler who isn’t going to lose anything by becoming a “transitional champion”.

    Last thing we want is Cesaro, Reigns or Wyatt having a 1 month reign.

  • Guest

    It was the only good decision to go with with Cena as champion. Stop complaining!

    As far as The Miz…yes, I believe he has the potential to work at that top level again. Will he?? I have no idea….but its definitely possible.

  • Padres4life

    what do you mean “bitter reality”? Is Bryan never coming back? is he done?

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      If you watched MITB you would know what is going off.

  • Terra Ryzing

    I myself am not a fan of another Cena reign but like someone said if its to get the belt on Lesnar then I’m all for it. Imagine if they put the title on someone like Reigns, Cesaro, or Wyatt and had them drop it to Lesnar. Not only would it kill the above mentioned’s momentum but the internet would would riot and eventually explode.

  • Gary Robert

    He’ll never take to Wyatt’s level on the mic. How many actually have?

  • Brian Quiñones

    With Only One belt, Dudes Like Cesaro will never get a title run. The top card will be a lot like wrestling of the 80s and 90s. No room for experiments like that

    • Bob’s Diner

      Yeah those dastardly 90’s giving us champions like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and The Undertaker. What a terrible time in the main event scene!

      • Brian Quiñones

        Obviously you misunderstood my point. I said the current main event scene will be like that of the 90s which was in no way a shot at that era. You will not see Cessaro as WHC because that title is now soley going to be held by top card guys, there will be no experiments with mid carder getting a title run like people are hoping for.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Hilariously, the people I named (except for Undertaker) were probably considered ‘experiments’ back then – when there was only 1 world title. Further proving your point wrong. If someone gets in the good books with the H man, they’ll get a run with the belt. Cesaro just has to make sure he doesn’t upset Orton and he’ll be fine.

          • Brian Quiñones

            That’s fine. Just stating an opinion I’m not here to be right or wrong.

        • Snap

          Well… I really do think that the top championship in the company should be held by guys at the top of the card. Nobody is entitled to be the World champion and titles like the IC title are best when used to prime mid card guys to potential World title opportunities. Guys like Randy Savage, Warrior, Bret Hart, Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and guys like Steve Austin and The Rock all graduated to the top of the card after runs with the IC title.

          • Brian Quiñones

            Exactly my point sir

  • Gary Robert

    Richards answer to the question of “is there another reason for a John Cena title reign” forgot to mention the simply fact that Cena was given the title to lose at Summerslam to Brock. Orton, Wyatt & Del Rio are all out of the equation to face Brock b/c all three are heels so they automatically had no chance to win at MITB. A baby face had to go over. Sheamus has the other title so he’s out (although I like the idea of a Sheamus/Lesnar match). Reigns and Cesaro cannot be given the title when the plan is for whoever wins to lose to Brock and you don’t want to elevate a young guy then rip the title away a month later. Cena was/is the only sensible option with the Lesnar scenario looming.

  • Robert Olley

    Why answer 2 questions that are virtually the same?

  • BIG M

    I’m sorry but Cena’s been champ enough.
    I want fresh faces in WWE main events and I don’t think I’m alone in that.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Agree. But I think the bigger thing is I don’t want to see those fresh faces fed to Brock Lesnar only 5 weeks later

      • BIG M

        Point taken.
        At least Cena’s latest title run will be short.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Yes. If he is still holding the belt at the end of the year or drops it to Randy Orton for the umpteenth time, then I think we are all allowed to throw our hands up in frustration

          • BIG M

            I was past that point when Micheal Cole started saying Cena is the greatest WWE Champ of all time.
            I don’t think I’m the worlds biggest Cena Hater I’ve even praised his work ethic and willingness to donate what little free time he has to charity.
            But that statement by Cole P***D me off on so many levels.

          • Avalanchian

            In a way Cena is the greatest WWE Champ of All-Time. He’s probably done more for the image of the WWE than even Hogan himself.

          • BIG M

            So call him the greatest ambassador WWE has ever had.
            But don’t insult fan intelligence or spit in the face of great Workers of old like Brett Hart, Shawn Micheals, Ric Flair, Steve Austin and countless others who were twice the Worker Cena is by calling Cena the greatest man to ever hold the strap or work a Main Event I mean bloody hell that’s just so wrong.

          • MorrisCBananaButter

            Doesn’t matter, though. They still have many years to shove Cena down fans throats. It’s simple, he has years left in him considering he’s still only in his late 30s. It’s definite he will be a 16 time champion and surpass Flair. Eventually, someone will have to catch up to his 17-20+ reigns as World Champion. It’s sickening and will probably not happen to anyone again.

          • Bob’s Diner

            This isn’t anything new, though. They’ve been on a mission for the last few years to solidify Cena as the greatest of all time; beating a former UFC world champion, beating The Rock at WrestleMania, winning more world titles than anyone. I hope you aren’t surprised by this situation. He’ll probably win the Money in the Bank again to have won that more than anyone, then the Royal Rumble 3 more times for good measure. He’s the greatest ever!!!

          • GOR

            U kno its funny though that all this time cena was the top guy, he never got to face Taker at WM. Instead it was the guy he replaced as the face of the WWE i.e. Brock; got to end the Streak.

          • Avalanchian

            You never really know how much longer Cena is planning to wrestle. Anything can happen. Freak accident and have to retire early or simply wants out of the scene of wrestling before his body is destroyed beyond repair.

    • GOR

      The biggest stars that came after Cena are Punk & DB, n look wat’s happened to them.
      WWE has become terribly Cena-dependent. His look, image, work-rate towards events, PR, media hype everything is too much for WWE to resist. SO they r not gonna move-on from him unless they find a Guy with similar attributes.

  • iamjohnnymcb

    thanks for reminding me that brooke used to be the boss of knockout division…

  • Miggy

    Would you quit with the sports comparisons, Richard?? It’s sports entertainment for crying out loud. Either way, somebody “wins” the title, unlike in “real” sports.

    • Avalanchian

      You are just taking it the wrong way with his comparison. John Cena = Money, Lebron James = Money, Messi = Money. It’s the safe bet because they know what they are going to get. Remember if Cena is getting huge heat from the fans it still means the WWE is doing the right thing. If he isn’t getting any reaction it means trouble.