CM Punk’s Future As WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan’s Training Influencing Skills, Would I Accept A WWE Job?, What’s Next For Brock Lesnar

With CM Punk retaining at SummerSlam; does this virtually assure he’ll remain champion for the rest of the year given the emphasis that has been put on his title reign?

Nothing is a sure thing in WWE and the only thing that is 100% is that The Rock will challenge for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble. There are still four pay-per-views that CM Punk would have to successfully defend the belt before a possible match against Rock so it’s very important not to assume too much. I will give my full thoughts on Punk retaining at SummerSlam on Richard’s Backstage Blog later today.

Do you believe the fact Daniel Bryan trained at Shawn Michaels’ wrestling school influenced his in-ring ability in any significant way or do you think it’s all down to raw talent?

I absolutely think Shawn Michaels training Daniel Bryan played a part in his in-ring ability, however, Bryan is one of the most talented individuals in the history of the wrestling business. Sometimes there are guys that just “get it” and Daniel Bryan is someone that not only has the athleticism to perform in the ring at a very high level but he also understands how to portray his character. Bryan is over like rover and is a clear case of the cream rising to the top. The knock on Bryan was, everyone knows he can work, but can he make the WWE audience care about him? The mission has been accomplished and Bryan is over more than anyone (including me) thought he could be.

I was just wondering if you were offered a full time position at WWE would you accept it ? You seem to have a vast knowledge of the wrestling business.

I appreciate the compliment. I have always maintained I am happy with my career as a pro wrestling journalist and while I would be flattered by any offer, I would most-likely decline. There is no way WWE would hire me and allow me to continue doing what I do best in running this website and I have a responsibility to all the loyal readers to provide the most accurate detailed information possible.

Now that Brock Lesnar has made Triple H tap, what or who is next for him?

The word going around for the last couple of weeks is that Brock Lesnar won’t work again until Survivor Series in November. There are plenty of dates left on his contract and with The Rock confirmed for Royal Rumble, it’s possible Lesnar sits the January show out. I haven’t heard plans for a potential opponent but anyone in the top of the card remains a possibility.  Lesnar is confirmed to open this week’s Raw to address his victory against Triple H.

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  • Doofus

    I bet if they made a stuffed Daniel Bryan wrestlin' buddy, Richard Gray would sleep with it.

    • Richard Gray

      Probably would

    • evangrove

      I would. The guy is incredible. He’s my top choice.

    • William Shatner

      My GF's a social worker working for a women's aid charity.
      I can't name names, not that any of you would know who or what I was talking about even if I did, but I won't… she came across this one case where a woman was trying to get herself and her baby away from an abusive husband.
      In the course of her investigations she found out this guy had a criminal past he'd hidden from this woman. While reading that she learned that this guy used to take children's toys, stuffed bears and the like, including a wrestling buddy, I forget who, and he actually did used to sleep with them. Cut holes in the relevant areas and stitched them up so he could do his doings.
      True story.

      • Skyrim

        dont we all

      • Daniel Lim'ass

        I want a Kaitlyn's wrestling buddies. WWE make that happens please

      • Kevin

        You are an idiot, and don't deserve to use the name "William Shatner". I suggest you change it to "Bill Shitner", as that is what you are spouting from your mouth.

  • Joda

    When Bryan first came to WWE, I really didn't think he had personality and could get over at all like some other characters i.e. Tensai. I am glad I was wrong. Now he is one of my favorite characters to watch.

    • Wainwright

      Ditto!

    • Dave Barton

      I agree. Before Mark Henry got hurt & they decided to have Bryan cash in, they were pushing so hard that Bryan was a geek, I was sure they would have a backstage segment with someone finding him rolling dice & playing Dungeons & Dragons…and that, my friends, would not have been a groundbreaking gimmick.

      • Kevin

        Hey! What's wrong with playing Dungeons & Dragons? Huh!? NOTHING, THAT'S WHAT!

    • BlazeKing

      I’m beginning to see how it al fits together. Fom the “firing” to the 8 second match, it was all done to push DB. Come to think of it…. Kaval was kinda getting the same treatment; but he left because of a lack of faith for WWE. He probably was going to be programmed with Bryan… Now i’m sad :-/

  • christopher525

    After last night, I see Brock vs. Trips at Survivor Series again, then he takes the title off of whoever has the belt at the December PPV setting up Rock/Brock at the Rumble. Cena would win the Rumble, Rock wins the title and carries it to Mania where we have Cena/Rock 2, This would set up for Undertaker/Brock also.

    • ericdraven86

      I’d like to see Brock get the title dirty, and then challenge Rock at rumble. Then Brock can return the job to Rock from summerslam ’02.

      • JasonGaza

        nahh i dont think wwe is giving any returing attitude era stars matches together. its only new era vs attitude era.

    • Gary

      Great so at Mania we'd see two matches we've already seen already. Sure as Hell hope not.

    • Kevin

      I was just thinking about how AWESOME it would be to see Brock v. Rock. I'd buy that PPV.

  • Bigdaddychuck

    Richard any chance they do punk vs Brock? Or maybe HHH vs Brock at hell in a cell?

  • ickey_13

    I wouldn't mind to see Sheamus being the guy who retire Brock at Mania. The new generation of superstars achieving what the oldschool couln't.

    • The DIZ

      Now that a tip top idea! SOS dosn’t get anywhere near the credit he should

  • Mark3man

    Misread Richards answer to the DB. question. at first I thought Richard was saying he was over. ‘Bryan is over than anyone(including me) – serves me right for bot reading it properly.

  • http://www.12ozprophet.com Dangerous Lee

    Daniel Bryan attended hbk’s wrestling school, but i dont think he was actually trained by shawn michaels. Regal was the one who actually worked on him.

  • Blake

    Richard, can you see lesnar be taker at wrestlemania?

    • Lenny

      Lesnar can’t be Taker because it’s not humanly possible. Unless he dressed like him. That’s as close as he would get…..ps. Check your spelling.

    • Blake

      I mean lesnar vs taker

    • Gary

      A part-timer ending the Streak? No. Will never happen.

      • Kevin

        First off, no one – AND I MEAN NO ONE – will end the Taker's streak at WrestleMania. He'll go down in wrestling history as the only wrestler to NEVER lose a Wrestlemania match. Just like no one will ever be a 16 time Heavyweight champion; that title will always belong to Ric Flair. Secondly, Brock v. Taker just wouldn't be that interesting. As much as I love Taker, I just don't think he has what it takes anymore to give a good performance against Brock.

  • birdlegs51

    if ryback is sooooo tough, why doesn't he go up against some real competition?? maybe Brock??

  • Kevin

    I agree. Ryback v. Brock would be a great match as well. I'm hoping Batista comes back; I'd love to see Ryback v. Batista. Theyr're so much alike that it's scary!

    • http://www.youtube.com/mywrestlingthoughts John

      No thats mason ryan haha lol