John Cena Joining The Authority?, Title Unification Speculation, Big Error At Survivor Series, Jeff Jarrett Mention

With the ending of Survivor Series, do you either see John Cena turning heel and aligning with The Authority?

There were some readers that took John Cena’s confrontation with Randy Orton at Survivor Series as a sign he was aligning with The Authority, that isn’t how I saw it. I saw Cena as the champion of the people and Orton as the champion of The Authority. I have a hard time believing that WWE will ever turn Cena heel. Given the way WWE has made it look very unlikely Orton will ever drop the title, perhaps Cena as challenger would be a viable option.

With WWE teasing WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, I only see it fitting we talk title unification. I believe that it could bring more prestige to the IC and US titles since more main event stars would challenge for them. What are your thoughts on my point of view?

I haven’t heard whether or not WWE plans to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight titles but this was bound to come up given the way they ended the Survivor Series pay-per-view on Sunday. The reason I push back on unifying the top belts is because it’s going to shrink the main event picture. I get your argument about restoring the secondary titles but make no mistake about it, if the WWE and World titles are unified, there won’t be as many opportunities in the main event. If WWE wants to unify titles, they should start with the Intercontinental and United States belts.

Why did the commentators keep calling Natalya the sole survivor of Team Total Divas? Nikki Bella never got eliminated!

They made a mistake! Nikki Bella was not eliminated in the 7-on-7 Divas Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, thus Natalya wasn’t the sole survivor. Michael Cole corrected  later in the broadcast but it was a glaring error.

What was JBL’s reason for mentioning Jeff Jarrett on last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw?

JBL said that he mentioned Jeff Jarrett on last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw out of respect and friendship. He questioned how you could not mention JJ with a guitar in Nashville. Jarrett was asked if he felt it was a tribute or insult. He said he took it as “totally tribute.” You can read the exchange at this link.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2012: With Ryback basically losing again where does WWE go from here? - WWE is in a world of trouble with Ryback following what was essentially a loss at Survivor Series. Let me be clear. I’m excited to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins get called up to the main WWE roster but I hate how Ryback was booked at both Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series. The premise for Ryback’s character is that he is the “unstoppable monster” that needs to be “fed more.” As soon as he’s “fed,” he can’t handle it. Some people are taking this as me being high up on Ryback over the IWC darlings, which is unfounded. I’d be fine with guys like Punk, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, etc. running the company without guys like Ryback being in the main event picture. However, now that Ryback has been chosen for a push they have to push him. The blatant lack of confidence in putting him over compounded with the holding pattern they are in with Punk for Royal Rumble is making for intolerable booking. Either push him or don’t book him in the main event. At this point Ryback means nothing more than a mid-card talent and he’s lost a significant amount of steam.

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  • Mike McCarthy

    None of them were even watching the match, I can’t blame them, it was all awful besides the ending which ironically was the part they messed up.

  • 1molly23

    Amazing – your question from November 2012 could easily be from November 2013. Ryback is no better now, a year later, than he was a year ago. Sad – maybe it’s time for WWE to cut their losses?

    • K!ng

      Neither is dolph ziggler either

      • 1molly23

        Ziggler’s situation is because of his openly aired comments about WWE and his employers. Ryback just plain sucks – he’s got the look – but skills in the ring and on the mic, not so much.

        • K!ng

          Yes but is he any better then he was last year at this time?

          • Mysterion

            Did Ziggler have to get better? No. He was already very talented in the ring. His mic skills have improved and his confidence is sky high. Ryback is an arrogant, overrated potato with no right main eventing anything.

          • K!ng

            Is his stock in wwe any higher this year from last ? Truth is ryback and ziggler have both fallen mightly in the past year. Both have an attitude that rubs wwe the wrong way.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I think he might be worse off – at least in November 2012 he had crowd support. Now he just puts everyone to sleep while he loses to R-Truth

      • TheBigKing1

        SMDH!

        • Bob’s Diner

          Sorry, I don’t understand internet-speak

    • TheBigKing1

      That’s his booking that horrible bro. He’s still able to get over in each role, he’s doing impressive matches with fellow superstars right now…so why would they cut their losses. WWE just need to book him CONSISTENTLY. PERIOD!

    • TheBigKing1

      That’s his booking that horrible bro. He’s still able to get over in each role, he’s doing impressive matches with fellow superstars right now…so why would they cut their losses. WWE just need to book him CONSISTENTLY. PERIOD!

  • Winnipeg

    Jeeeez. You know how over critical I am about Richards favourite question about unifying the world titles. So that’s now March 13
    April 29
    April 30
    August 11
    August 16
    And now Novemver 25th
    I cringe everytime Richard decides to answer that question

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Wow

      • Winnipeg

        Lmao, just sayin bro

    • Mysterion

      That’s a little bit obsessive dude. Like Mark Chapman obsessive.

    • TheBigKing1

      Well, I still don’t know why they keep asking the same question over and over. I get that part. But I agree with Richard. I am against a unification match for the 2 world titles….because of the reason stated. Then next thing you know, the WWE is going to get corny and boring with the same people on top, and maybe 1 potential midcarder getting the major title every 5 years or so. I mean, I really don’t mine the 2 champs right now, But things would get so boring and corny, and mundane if there was only 1 world title in the WWE. Even though the idea of the match and the hype surrounding it would be exciting as hell. Like who’s the real top dog. So short term, it’s cool…long term is going to be horrible, imo.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Ummm… that’s exactly what we’ve had for the last 10 years. Not sure what show you watch

        • TheBigKing1

          Well then for you, it’s going to be worst. I am content with how things are right now. And I am cool with both world champs right now. They both deserve it.

          • Bob’s Diner

            How is it going to be “worst” for me? I support the idea of having only ONE world champion, because the idea of having 2 world champions working for the same company makes no sense; they are not separated by weight class or anything. It is just “he’s the best in the world… and so is he”

          • TheBigKing1

            I like the idea of it in the short term, like who’s the best right now in the WWE. But long term, it would be horrible. They probably would push maybe 1 midcarder up the ladder to mainevent maybe once or twice a year(if that)…then the rate of a midcarder becoming a world champion will probably be once every 5 years.

            I like moments, like when Ziggler beat ADR to become the WHC. Sure we will have moments like that…and I agree that it will feel even more special. But I don’t want to wait every 5 years to feel that moment. But that’s just me…and Richard, of course.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Right now there are 2 titles for elevating midcard talent, but they are worthless because the second world title is treated as a secondary title. It hasn’t meant much in years and is only used to soothe egos and boost someone’s number of world title reigns. For the last 10 years they have had two world titles and have made less stars than the previous 10 year period when there was only one world title.

  • BIG M

    I know I’m gonna sound like the typical Cena hating member of the IWC but if they really are doing a unification angle Id rather see anyone (including Ryback) be in the storyline.
    Cena and Orton have been Champion enough times its time for new blood.
    And before anyone asks NO I don’t think it should only be Punk or Bryan in the running there are about 4 or 5 possible main eventers on the roster that could run with it if only HHH and VKM gave even 1 of them a look.
    After all no one thought Jericho would beat Austin and Rock in Vengeance 2001 but he took the first undisputed champ angle and ran with it.

    • K!ng

      Agree!

    • Robert Olley

      Totally agree for all i liked orton/cena from a few years ago i would love to see some fresh faces maybe a battle royal like they did with sheamus

    • Bob’s Diner

      I agree we need someone else at the top if they are going to unify the titles, but I hardly think Jericho “took the first undisputed champ angle and ran with it” – he didn’t even get to be the focus of the title match against HHH. And then it took him another 6 years to get another title run

      But yes, there are a few people that deserve that chance. So long as they pick someone and stick with it, instead of just freaking out and giving the belt back to Cena or Orton

  • DW

    Ok Richard, with the titles not unified what stars have hit the main event because of the extra opptunity. Shamus v del rio again? Or del rio v anyone again? I know we fans are a nastalgic bunch, but we are also hard headed. I just don’t see your reasoning being valid, no one has really emerged because of the double belts. HBK became HBK with the tag and IC belts. I don’t need a billion “superstars”. Clearly no one can mimic these legends but I don’t need much, just develop another stone cold, rock, hbk, and the like and I’ll be happy…and guess what? All of those guys were in the same era and fought over 1 belt. I’m just saying.

    • Jbreed

      Your right. The world title was never anything more than a glorified IC title. I honestly never saw ADR as a main eventer. Sheamus is borderline. Just about anybody else who’s held the title, besides John Cena of course, were midcarders who were given the title to try and elevate them to main event status, which is what the purpose of the IC title used to be.

    • Bob’s Diner

      You are bang on. With 2 World titles we’ve still got Randy Orton and John Cena as our champs – that hardly screams opportunity for others. The announcers themselves said last night that the WWE title is the “top prize in all of sports entertainment”. There is no need for a 2nd tier world title. Just make the US and IC belts more important

  • Jbreed

    Well there was word there was a major angle planned for SS since Vince McMahon was woried about the ppv not selling, so I guess John Cena and Randy Orton standing together in the ring with their respective titles was it.

  • Jbreed

    Well there was word there was a major angle planned for SS since Vince McMahon was woried about the ppv not selling, so I guess John Cena and Randy Orton standing together in the ring with their respective titles was it.

  • The Breaker

    I’m actually for the unification of the titles, but the prospect of it being John Cena vs. Randy Orton makes things a whole lot less interesting. As strong as Cena looks, that’s how weak they’ve made Orton over the past few months. It’s hard to get excited about a match that is so one-sided (and not to mention that it’s been done 15 billion times), even with both titles on the line.

  • Yoshi082079

    Shouldn’t the question be who is the face of the wwe. Isn’t that the point Orton was getting across. These past few weeks?

  • Kevin

    What are they doing with Dean Ambrose? Was looking forward to seeing him work last night and eliminated in 3 minutes way to enhance your young promising talent.

  • Venom

    That is true that having world titles hasn’t built any new stars. I’ve always been against unification until someone just pointed that out.

    The problem is people running the show are kind of stupid. They made the world title feel like nothing.

    A) unless you’re John Cena if u win the royal rumble you end up challenging for the world title at wrestlemania and it’s the opening match. So they even cheapen a royal rumble win because it’s meant to main event wrestlemania.

    B) money in the bank they have the veterans wrestle for the wwe title but the rookies or non former champions compete for the world title.

    C) they treat someone like Daniel Bryan finally winning the big one (wwe championship) when he’s a former world champion.

    Sometimes I wonder what VKM and creative do in the writing room especially when they make someone with a lot of momentum lose to Cena clean or even beat del rio twice in an arm wrestling match in a second. When a wrestler isn’t over they end their push. But for some stupid messed up reason they ignore fan reactions when it’s Orton and Cena.

    • TheBigKing1

      Exactly.

      • Venom

        It’s funny how main event stars(not the new faces but acceptable main event stars) aside from punk and Bryan, Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus both won Royal Rumbles and both challenged the world champions and it ended up being the meaningless opening match at wrestlemania. Even Del Rio’s reign over the spring/summer were opening matches and against Jack Swagger at mania.

        And remember when the entire roster stood on the stage and wanted the great John Cena to pick them as a summerslam opponent. The world champion Del Rio wanted a chance to wrestle for the better title. The world title is a joke.

        • TheBigKing1

          Well now, it’s all sorts of rumors stating that they are finally not going to treat it like a joke. That’s why John Cena is champion…and he will most likely be champion for some time.

  • Dustyn

    If they did a title unification at WM, it would be interesting if Punk or even Bryan won the Royal Rumble and challenged both Cena and Orton for a match at WM.

  • Arun

    Undertaker joins the Authority?

  • Arun

    Cm punk should return to the Authority?