Forcing Roman Reigns, Sting Scenarios, Rusev’s Booking, Legends’ House, Cena Heel Turn, Total Divas Inconsistencies

Do you feel WWE is trying force the push of Roman Reigns on us too soon? The match at SummerSlam with Randy Orton was lackluster, his experience is limited and there are apparently already rumblings of putting him in the main event at Wrestlemania 31. I like him but feel WWE is bound to drop the ball. What are your thoughts?

I think WWE is doing a good job with Roman Reigns and I disagree his match with Randy Orton at SummerSlam was lackluster. I thought the match was good and had the right outcome with Reigns going over. I think if Reigns would have won the title like some were hoping at WWE Money in the Bank in June or Battleground in July that it would have been too soon. His build has been tactfully handled and we’re seeing the evolution of a possible top star. As for Wrestlemania 31 next year, Vince McMahon wants the show to be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock, while Hunter prefers Roman Reigns vs. Lesnar. I believe the former is the safest bet but the latter would certainly provide an avenue to possibly produce “the next Rock.” It will be an interesting situation to follow.

If/when Sting signs with WWE, I know the world is wanting to see him take on the Undertaker but he has been clear that if ‘Taker can’t go that Triple H is on his list as well. Do you see Sting being the answer to The Authority? How do you feel about Sting vs Bray Wyatt?

First of all, Sting has a working relationship with WWE. A deal will have to be reached for him to compete in the ring (Triple H even has a specific Performer’s contract) but the two sides are definitely working together. Sting has confirmed a match against The Undertaker is what he wants but as you mentioned, there are others on that list as well. John Cena has even said he would like a match with Sting. Triple H vs. Sting with Sting serving as an answer to The Authority sounds promising. The difficulty in booking Sting is he only plans for one more match. Can he really lose his one and only WWE match? If he can’t lose, it has to be someone that a loss won’t hurt. Triple H and John Cena are both people that could “do the honors” and things wouldn’t get complicated. Undertaker vs. Sting would be very difficult to book and the reason I’ve pushed back on Sting vs. Bray Wyatt is it would include many if not more issues with the outcome.

SummerSlam is a “big four” show. Does it hurt the sentiments of the people of US to have had Jack Swagger lose the flag match, which resulted in the Russian flag hoisting and national anthem. How could the creative team came up with such an ending to this bout, especially with the growing animosity between Russia and the Western world?

The point of the match was to put heat on Rusev. While Jack Swagger improved his stock with Vince McMahon in the program, the original plan was for Rusev to make short work of him. Swagger and Zeb Colter got over so well the decision was made to extend the program to SummerSlam, however, the ultimate goal was to keep the heat on Rusev. This is why he went over and the tensions between Russia and the rest of the world just help WWE in their cause to get Rusev over as a monster heel.

Will there be a second season of WWE Legends’ House?

A second season of WWE Legends’ House has been talked about but not confirmed. Remember, season one was filmed two years ago so we’re somewhat displaced from the initial production of that show. However, from everything I’ve heard, WWE was happy with the show as a WWE Network original program.

I know John Cena is the face of WWE but wouldn’t it be spectacular if he loses to Brock Lesnar again next month and the crowd, clearly in Brock’s corner, turns Cena heel?

It’s going to be interesting to see how WWE books the rematch between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. The way the SummerSlam match was booked, they could have probably moved on. In fact, the decision to do a rematch wasn’t made until after Monday night. I believe they kind of have to with the “rematch clause” but they can’t have anywhere near the same match they had at SummerSlam, however, Lesnar needs to retain. Outside interference would be a possibility but WWE will have to tread carefully if this is to be a blow-off. WWE is trying very hard to keep Lesnar the heel and Cena the babyface but Cena continues to draw more and more heat. WWE has monitored every feud Cena has been in all summer long in order to prevent a double turn. I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting a Cena heel turn, as there have been perfect scenarios in the past that WWE has refused to utilize.

Does it bother you the inconsistency with how Total Divas and WWE storylines are connected? When it’s convenient, the stories are intertwined (for example the Daniel Bryan/Brie Bella connection). But Nikki Bella’s relationship with John Cena is not mentioned on Raw, since Cena is a face and Nikki is now a heel. Isn’t there a logic gap there?

I don’t read too much into storyline inconsistencies between Total Divas and main WWE programming. Total Divas is a scripted program, meant to attract the female demographic. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t draw a large number of WWE’s core audience, however, the main goal is to expand their demographic. I am more concerned about the flow from Raw to Smackdown each week than I am about anything that happens on the other programs.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2012: Brodus Clay – you know, the man from Planet-funk, the Funk-a-sorus. What are your thoughts on his debut gimmick? - Believe it or not, this is the most popular question of the day. Some people loved it, some people hated it but everyone wants to know the skinny on Brodus Clay’s debut gimmick on Raw Supershow. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this type of gimmick – remember Flash Funk? I’ll admit when Justin Roberts announced him and he came out I thought it was all a huge rib. Originally thought to be a dominant force that was going to eliminate John Morrison from television, turns out to be the Funk-a-sorus from Planet Funk. They fed him Curt Hawkins so it looks like he’ll blow through enhancement workers but I have a hard time believing this gimmick can make it in the main event. It is certainly PG-friendly and gives developmental Divas Naomi and Cameron Lynn a chance to get on TV. While my initial reaction was surprise, it’s not fair to write the gimmick off as a failure or praise it as a success until it’s had a chance to progress.

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  • supercilious1

    The person that wrote that question thought Reigns/Orton from Summerslam was lackluster? That’s why most people thought it was the best match. It certainly had the crowds interest when many thought the crowd would shit all over it.

    • Smith

      Crowds’s interest? Like when they almost fell asleep during Orton’s THIRD headlock?

      • Chase

        I was at Summerslam as well and fans were very into the match so I’m not sure what you’re talking about

    • Adam Eaton

      I was in attendance at Summerslam and it did not have the crowds interest. Maybe in the last couple minutes during the go home segment but most of the match the crowd was quiet.

      • Chase

        I was there as well and fans in my section seemed to enjoy the match quite a bit so I’m not sure exactly what you are talking about

        • Adam Eaton

          My entire section was quiet the entire time. A couple people even fell asleep the only chants that came out of my section was me and someone else chanting one more time after an RKO

    • Xavier

      Smarks can’t get over the fact that someone who never wrestled in the ROH or Japan is getting pushed. No matter how much Reigns improves that section of fans will always hold that against him

      • KRS

        Ziggler?

        • Xavier

          He’s not getting nowhere near the push Reigns is getting though

          • KRS

            Fair point actually

          • Chickenlova

            Roman Reigns can’t wrestle. All he does is brawl until the guy calling the match tells him to hit his big moves.

      • Tomas

        I don’t care that he wasn’t on the indy circuit. I care about the fact the Roman Reigns can’t even do a basic rest hold like a sleeper (go back and watch Summerslam, he tried it TWICE and in addition to looking like a 4 year old with a spastic colon, it was like he couldn’t figure out the difference between a headlock and a sleeper).

        Let’s be honest, Roman Reigns is getting pushed because he’s a pretty boy. If that’s all you care about, that’s fine but let’s not delude ourselves. If pro-wrestlers were pop stars, he’d be Britney Spears. Minimal talent, but he has the look they want.

        If you want a member of the Anoa’i family to get behind, get behind Jimmy Uso, he can work and he can talk. He’s the one they should be pushing.

        • Guest

          Very true. But youre cracking me up though. I dont think hes as bad as you say he is…but I definitely understand what youre saying. That is the only reason why hes getting pushed…because he has the look that they like. Thats plain and simple. I usually understand Xavier, but I cant see how he doesnt see that…when EVERYBODY else can see that.

          I agree with your Uso statement…but you know thats not happening…at least not anytime soon. Hopefully, 1 or both Uso brothers get and/or compete for 1 of the secondary titles…hopefully.

    • David F

      WWE has already proven to drop ball early on young talent so I am concerned for Reigns. The safer bet would be Rock v Brock but if that is case will Brock still be champ by then? Will Rock agree work past WM 31 into SummerSlam? Its hard to have WWE title on line with two part timers. Also howcome Reigns is not going after Rollins at all either. Since Reigns was screwed too wouldnt he want revenge on Rollins also? I would like to see Shield triple threat at WM 31 that would be very good under card match for the show

    • Padres4life

      it had the crowds’ interest? Orton got cheered and they were dead the whole time.

  • Uzoma Iwuagwu

    Richard Gray, does Low Ki still regard LayCool well and likewise for them feeling the same about him?

    • BlazeKing

      He talked about them in a shoot interview before and said nothing but good things about them.

  • Brian Kerk

    People, get over your “turn Cena heel” fantasties. Ain’t gonna happen. Not as long as he’s moving twice as much merchandise as the rest of the cast combined. Not as long as he’s one of the top make-a-wish granters on the planet.

    Maybe in, like, another decade.

    • K!NG

      If its not broke don’t fix it

  • Crez

    I agree with the idea of slow playing Reigns push. He may have the look but he just doesn’t seem like he is upper main event talent yet. His match at SS was good. But if he keeps doing the run around the ring kick, superman punch then spear I feel his act will get stale quick.

  • jdl

    WWE has to push Reigns slowly, as the man is not yet ready for the main event. He has been carried in every single match he’s ever worked, at no point has he ever contributed much to a match outside of his big spots. Were it not for Orton putting everything he had into that match their Summerslam bout would have been horrible as Reigns does not know how to call a match yet and is typically just lead around by the nose. Any opponent with atypical offense and he shuts down and gets lost. I hope he’s ready on time for Mania, however at this moment Vince’s match plans may be a better idea. Especially if they want to bring in a lot of buys and subs.

    • PA_Vincent

      I totally agree.
      I think he has the IT factor. The man will be a main eventer some day and will be awesome at some point. But he ain’t there yet as far as I’m concern.
      It is an Entertainement business and when he wrestles or when he does his promos, I am not Entertained yet.

  • Smith

    Richard, i really tend to disagree with you. I think you overexaggerate alot of mediocrities lately. Such as Cena’s bumptaking against Lesnar, and Reign’s match with Orton.

    • Xavier

      Yeah, I’d like too see you take 16 suplexes from Lesnar inside a WWE ring. Not sure if you’ve ever been inside a wrestling ring before but the Mat doesn’t feel like a trampoline at all. Those mats are pretty hard. It doesn’t feel good to get bodyslammed once on of those things let alone take 16 stiff suplexes.

      • Malboja

        I keep pointing this out but with all props to cena this is what everybody used to get with lesnar in his first stint with wwe
        When Eddie beat him for the title he took 11 bumps if memory serves
        “Counted other day”
        It comes down to lack of offence on cena’s part and the wwe product as a whole
        Not many people wrestle now it’s all about fake hits then hitting your set moves , the matches that we think are top notch now where a regular occurrence in early 2000′s
        It saddens me to know that the product now is just not as good as it was and it’s not down to the workers , it’s down to vince’s current view of what he wants

        • Xavier

          I disagree actually. The in ring product as a whole is a whole better then most of the stuff we got during the Attitude Era. The attitude era was more about the shock value, swerves, over the top story telling & characters and sex appeal them the actual in ring product.

      • Smith

        Cena’s a tough, seasoned wrestler. And even if he wasn’t, lots of smaller wrestlers take a hell of a lot more stiff bumps on the Indy’s. When you count body slams, selling dropkicks etc etc…doesn’t every match that goes over 10 minutes exceed 16 bumps? You guys talk like Lesnar German’ed him 160 times. Also, the Tazplex was way more viscious, even if you just took it once.

        • Xavier

          You left out that a guy like Cena takes bumps like that 4 or 5 days a week 300 days a year. Cena works way more dates then any of those Indy guys.

        • BlazeKing

          Did you forget Cena had spinal fusion surgery?

  • John

    I would love to know what questions are getting ignored in favor of the constant “Cena heel turn” questions on Ask WNW! Please stop answering them, it’s boring!

  • Padres4life

    If Reigns goes over in the WM 31 main event and becomes “the guy” what happens to Daniel Bryan? is he just the number two? or are they co “guys”? because he had his moment this year, and he never got to run with the ball full time…how will they handle this? DB still at the top?

    • Xavier

      I’d say they’d both be co-guys. Bryan gets his moment at WM30, Reigns gets his at 31 and then creative goes from there and sees who can stay over, sale more merch, appeal to a broader audience etc etc

      • Padres4life

        Bryan I think is at that level where he’ll be over no matter what…i mean he just had his music hit Monday night when Steph came out and before she came out there was a huge pop for him..so i think hes at that level…theyd be smart to stick with him at the top. At Raws and Smackdowns I still see nothing but DB and Cena shirts even with DB gone.

  • Ayat Abbasi

    Can We Always Have 6 Questions on the Ask WNW Section Please ?
    I would love it , If 6 to 8 questions are Asked on the Ask WNW Section instead of 4 or 5 Questions , Given Ask WNW is not on a Daily Basis ( only 5 Days a Week ) , It is better to Increase the Questions to make up for the lost 2 days then , since it is Extremely Popular
    Again I did not Write this to gain Heat
    I just Gave My Own Opinion and I will Respect Every Comment Mentioned as Every one is Entitled to their Own Opinion and We have to Respect that

  • Matt Johnson

    WWE..Logic gap? No way… (End sarcasm here)