Orton Surpasses Punk, Two Titles, New Age Outlaws/WWE Contracts, Wrestlemania 32 At AT&T Stadium, Heat On Ambrose?, Jarrett's Future

Is Randy Orton once again the "number 2" behind John Cena, surpassing CM Punk to the WWE pecking order?

It's probably a fair point to make that Randy Orton is once again the "1b" behind John Cena. When Orton got into the doghouse a couple years ago for his Wellness Policy violation, there was a lot of talk about what to do with him. WWE was paying him superstar money but they didn't really trust him to work in the main event. However, WWE also knew if they released him, they were essentially delivering him on a silver platter to TNA or another organization. As it played out, the company humbled him for a little over a year before restarting on him in a big way.

With Randy Orton carrying both titles as champion is their a chance that the WWE will reactivate the title or is it officially retired for good?

The fact Randy Orton is still carrying both title belts makes no sense and is a blatant contraction to a point WWE made while promoting the title unification. It was announced on Raw prior to the unification [at TLC] that both belts would never be in the ring together again, yet Orton showed up on the Raw after the pay-per-view with both titles. If WWE were to split the titles so close to unifying them it would make no sense and would not be something I would support. As far as I know the plan going forward is to move with one WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

The New Age Outlaws appear quite regularly on special edition episodes of Monday Night Raw. They appear to be in excellent shape and are able to draw quite a large pop from the audience. Why aren't we seeing them on part-time contracts, wrestling on TV and helping to revive the tag-team division?

Both Billy Gunn and Road Dogg have WWE contracts and are routinely at WWE television tapings as they work as producers backstage. Road Dogg has had the gig since 2011, while Gunn was hired in 2012 as an NXT trainer but was recently promoted to a main roster producer.

Just out of curiosity, how is it a new stadium like Levi's Stadium is selected to host WrestleMania 31, but other stadiums that have been around longer, such as AT&T Stadium in Arlington, haven't been selected to host?

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is set to host Wrestlemania 32 in 2016. The way WWE selects the host for Wrestlemania is a process and it hinges on a number of factors. To summarize, WWE notifies cities that are in the running and politicians submit formal proposals to WWE about why their city should host the event. WWE reviews the proposals and picks the winner after determining the best fit for that current year. AT&T Stadium is a venue that has interested Vince McMahon since construction was completed in 2009, however, there have been scheduling issues that had to be worked out.

While I personally laughed, do you see Dean Ambrose taking any heat for smiling as Jake "The Snake" Roberts laid the snake on him at the end of RAW?

I noticed Dean Ambrose smiling as well and if anything, I think it helps him. Who smiles when someone is setting a large snake on their face? While WWE will probably outright ignore it, they could always reference it as yet another reason why Ambrose is "different." The overrun segment of this week's "Old School" episode of Monday Night Raw was a lot of fun and really made the night for me. Too often this business is filled with tragedies and seeing the redemption of Jake Roberts is awesome.

Do you see Jeff Jarrett returning to WWE now that he is on his own?

We never say never in this business but from what I understand, Jeff Jarrett has his own project up his sleeve. We reported on Christmas Eve here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium there was internal fear within TNA that Jarrett was looking to start a new promotion with the group financed by Toby Keith that was looking to purchase TNA Wrestling.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2010: What was your take on the whole "Old School" Raw? I personally thought it was a nice change but they could have done so much more to make it a real entertaining show. If you ask me I feel the WWE just wanted to capitalize on the new clothing line that was just released. Most of the old wrestlers they brought were used as props for the most part. Overall I was disappointed. - I think you're in the minority based on responses we received. I thought Monday's "Old School" Raw was entertaining from start to finish and there was very little to criticize. If we are going to put the show under the microscope, they could have done a better job pushing Survivor Series and they've overdone The Hart Dynasty breakup but Monday night was the first time in a long time I didn't catch myself tempted to change the channel. The show was entertaining for three hours and that's a rarity in today's PG programming. I took several good things away from Monday's show with the most important being WWE can create entertaining PG programming. It takes a little more effort with more variety but it is possible. I said on Tuesday this was "WWE at its best" and I'm not backing off that statement. Sure it doesn't compare to the "best" of WWE's heyday but it was certainly one of the better shows of the past two years.

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  • I still say if they really are going ahead with one champion and it looks like they are. then they really should have had Orton Present the Big Gold Belt to Flair last night and let that be the last moment of the World Heavyweight Championship in WWE. To honor both the man and the belt and go forward with the $50,000 belt they made last year as the official WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Opportunity missed I suppose.

    • GOR

      WWE is going ahead with “WWE World Heavyweight Championship”. y would they give WHC away ? That would only leave WWE championship with ortan !

  • markpaul

    seeing punk against shield is way more refreshing and interesting than seeing him around with cena and orton for nth time….personally, i like how punk/bryan/wyatt/shield/big e are being booked while RTWM, its new and new is always better

  • Cody Matthew

    I would like to thank you for answering my question in regards to the title situation

  • eskymi

    Don’t see why Ambrose would have heat. I didn’t really notice the smile and I was looking it for it cause I read this before seeing the show. Besides when I see a legend return and do their signature move on a wrestler, I always feel that if I were in WWE and had the opportunity to take the finishing move or signature move of a legend, I would want to do it all the time. What an Honor…Maybe Ambrose was just excited to be the guy.

    As for the two titles, I noticed that because I actually watched the Orton part because of Flair and was surprised that Orton wasn’t awful….I guess there is a first for everything. Normally I would have fast forwarded through Orton and never noticed he still carried both belts, so I wondered why also.

    Loved seeing the New Age Outlaws, glad they are both working for WWE.

    And in the first question they describe Orton perfectly, “number 2.” That’s exactly what I think of him.

    • Venom

      Didn’t Orton mess up his first line?

      • Josh Melton


        • AlexP

          He messed up a line pretty quickly, but his promo was still very well done. He gets more stick than he deserves. I don’t like him, but I’m not supposed to, so, I shan’t slate him.

  • Venom

    I don’t know how other wrestlers were able to not move while a snake was on them. I’m not afraid of snakes. I’ve held them many time but I think id flinch or at least have a grin on my face while he’s on my face.

  • Kevin

    Enjoyed last night’s show for the most part. Two thoughts though…

    1) Jim Ross was missed once again.

    2) Big Show goes from dancing in a diaper two weeks ago to intimidating Brock Lesnar?

    • Silver

      I may catch a lot of flack for this, but I would have rather seen a Ryback/Lesnar feud than a Big Show/Lesnar feud. We’ve been down that road before, it’s a show-of-strength spotfest, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but why not give it to someone who NEEDS the momentum? Say what you want about Ryback, but as far as ringwork/mic skills go he is hardly worse than guys like Big E or Roman Reigns who are getting heaps of praise and are basically in the same boat: big guys who don’t talk much and have one real move. Ryback was more over than both of them as a face and could be again if WWE backs him with confidence this time.

      Plus it makes more sense from a storyline perspective. Show, as you said, was just doing comedy bits and is now in a serious feud. Ryback at least has recent history with Heyman and the angle. Not to mention, a feud that ends with a Lesnar loss isn’t going to make him look weak since he’s only part-time.

      • Venom

        I always say this but it’s amazing what a year makes. Over a year ago we thought Ryback was over and would love to see him against Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, heck even Ultimate Warrior or even Undertaker.

        Now the tought of him facing any of these guys makes me laugh and then puke.

      • Jbreed

        It wouldnt make much sense to start a Brock Lesnar/Ryback feud right now because it would only be a short one and done deal since as soon as the RR is over.they’ll have to start setting up Lesnar’s main event WM match

      • Bob’s Diner

        I get why you would want that… but Ryback has been losing to everyone, including R-Truth. And clean. How on earth would it be even remotely believable that he would be able to defeat Brock Lesnar?

        All they are going to do with Lesnar is have him run over the biggest guys in WWE for the next few months to try and regain some of that momentum he had before his oh-so exciting feud with HHH

  • K!NG

    I popped big time for Jake the Snake. Good to see how far he has come.

    • Ken

      You and me both, K!NG. My eyes practically bulged from the the second I heard his music. Then came the snake and I gotta tell ya, that thing was HUGE! I’m calling it right now; Jake The SNake Robert is Hall of Fame bound.

      • Tony Scurto

        YES!!! I felt like a kid again when I seen him! I was yelling and screaming! LOL!!!!!

  • David Jr.

    I don’t get the New Age Outlaw question now, A few years ago sure, but not now. Teams like the Rhodes, the Shield, Wyatt Family, the Usos and Real Americans are usually wrestling in one of the top matches of the night. Throw in Woods & R-Truth, 3MB and Los Matadores and the tag team division is stacked right now.

    • opie

      You forgot The Prime Time Players.

      • David Jr.

        I knew I forgot someone.

  • Nostaljack

    I wouldn’t hold my breath about Jarrett coming back to WWE. He had heat with Vince years back in the WCW days. Couple that with his co-founding of TNA and yeah, I think in this case, we can truly say “never.”

    • Bob’s Diner

      Agreed – considering he was basically fired on worldwide television. Jarrett was never a big enough name for Vince to ever bother reconciling with him. And if Chyna is to be believed, Vince has all the reason in the world to want nothing to do with him

      • GODSENT68

        what’s the story, sorry not familiar wih it

        • Bob’s Diner

          Before jumping back to WCW in 1999, Jeff Jarrett’s contract expired while he was holding the Intercontinental title. So he basically asked for $250,000 to come back and drop the belt on PPV to Chyna. Chyna claims Vince Russo had purposely booked the match after Jarrett’s contract expired because they were both leaving and wanted to get one over on Vince McMahon on their way out. I believe Jarrett totally denies all of it, but on the final Nitro Vince made fun of Jeff Jarrett and that after tonight he would known as “G-OO-NN-EE – gone!”. And that was the last anyone ever saw of JJ in WWE

  • Bob’s Diner

    I’ve said it before and walking around with the two belts convinces me – they will at some point split them again. I don’t know when, but I think they will do a multi-man match where people can win either title. And they will make it a bigger deal than they did with this unification bout

    • Guest

      Yes! I felt like a kid again when I seen him!

    • ron

      I don’t think wwe knows what they are going to do yet and letting Orton walk around with both belts gives them flexibility as to whether to retire the belt/championship or bring it back. I think it is smart of them to leave the option open for the time being.

    • GOR

      WWE should split the 2 belts which will allow newer champs [But 1st wwe needs story-lines which will produce new champs.] n they should go back to 2 brand exclusivity too; atleast indirectly. that will stop the repeatation of matches n swrestlers burning out.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Personally, I like having one champion. With two, one is always regarded higher than the other – there are 2 midcard titles there that could be used better.

        Also cuts down on the ludicrous number of championship reigns everyone has nowadays. Edge won something like 9 WHC titles in the space of a couple of years, non of which saw him as the top guy or anything. Yet he has the 5th most ‘World Title reigns’ in WWE history – behind only Orton, Hogan, HHH and Cena

  • Jbreed

    Couldn’t releasing Randy Orton also mean he could become TNA’s or another federation’s problem?

    • Bob’s Diner

      The other thing is, do we think anyone out there could even pay Orton what he thinks he is worth?

  • Rus

    How the hell could Orton have already surpassed Punk, Punk is so much more fun to watch & his title reign they trusted him to headline 2 PPVs with the Rock and did Summer Slam with Lesnar in my book if you get fueds with part timers you are higher on the card than anyone else

    • GOR

      Punk is the 2nd lead face. Ortan is the top heel. Simple !

      • Rus

        But Punk was a better heel than Orton is aswell

  • Jay El Bee

    I never saw Orton as lower in the pecking order than Punk in the first place, at best they were equals. Also I don’t see what the big is about Orton carrying both titles around since it hasn’t even been a month yet, besides Jericho did it for 3-4 months back in 2001-02

    • Bob’s Diner

      I wouldn’t have a problem for that very reason, but as Richard stated, HHH declared we would never see the two belts in the same ring ever again… which is why I don’t think this is a long-term plan. I think it was a rushed decision to try and finish 2013 with some PPV buys.

      • Jay El Bee

        I’m pretty sure that they have had this plan in place since at least HIAC if not longer than that, I mean why else would they have Sandow cash in his World title MITB briefcase for no reason after HIAC unless they already knew the World title wasn’t going to be around much longer.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Oh yes, because they had such great plans for Damien Sandow once he won the MITB…

          John Cena did numerous interviews claiming he was going to bring prestige back to the title. Then the next week we get a unification match announced – oh yeah, that sounds like long-term planning. Personally, I think they realised that Orton’s reign was failing and PPV buyrates have been low all year so they did it as a last ditch effort to make 2013 look better. From a business point of view it is a smart plan, because something like WrestleMania will do wonderful without such a match, while a B PPV like TLC no doubt gained a large influx of viewers because of it.

          Of course, this is all conjecture on my part because we can’t really prove things either way

          • Jay El Bee

            Just because Cena said he’s going to bring prestige back to the title doesn’t mean the WWE didn’t already have plans to unify the titles. Also if Orton’s reign was failing then how come they had him win the unification match, that doesn’t make any sense to me.

  • Matt

    Seeing Jake the Snake, and in great shape and a good attitude, made me one of the happiest people. I idolized him as a child and was heartbroken when he went really hard down the wrong path. DDP deserves so much more credit than he’s getting for this. Dean Ambrose smiling made me wonder a few things. One: Did he enjoy a snake on his face? Two: Was he aware he was supposed to either be knocked our or flailing around freaking out (which would have sold the snake more). Three: Why is he still pretending to be The Joker?

  • GOR

    I dont get the big deal about 2 championships still existing. Yeah HHH said there wouldnt be 2 diff championships but he had also called the unification match historic n epic which it wasn’t.

    What HHH said was the part of plan to hype-up the match.

  • Ben Tarr

    “In the doghouse”. That’s a disgusting phrase. You have no right to say that. Humans are no more special than any other animal.