Patience With Roman Reigns, Why I Wouldn't Have Ordered Survivor Series, Unification At WWE TLC?, Failed Pushes

With Roman Reigns being the sole survivor at Survivor Series, do you take this as a message that he's due a major singles push?

The biggest story coming out of Survivor Series was the separation of Roman Reigns. At one time considered to be the "third wheel" of The Shield faction (still not a bad spot), he's emerging as the top member. Everyone wants to know when WWE is going to break him away and push him to the moon. Patience is the key in this situation. Not every push works out like that of Sheamus or Alberto Del Rio. This is something I've mentioned a lot recently but there are many more that fail than succeed when they get the rocket pack strapped to them. I urge fans to be patient and creative to think things through before pushing Reigns. When and how it happens remains to be seen but I think all three have bright futures in WWE.

If this wasn't what you did for a living would you have ordered Survivor Series?

No, I wouldn't have ordered Survivor Series if I didn't have too. The card was weak and unappealing and the build was lackluster. Even though my expectations were low going in, I was further disappointed after the show's conclusion. Ryback vs. Mark Henry, a cameo by Big Johnny and the tease of John Cena vs. Randy Orton wasn't enough to save a below-average pay-per-view. The booking was predictable and mundane with no title changes. I noted Monday on Facebook that it was funny people are still giving the infamous Reddit user publicity when anyone that has been following WWE television could have accurately predicted what was going to happen. I didn't hear how the show was going to be booked and still predicted the show with 100% accuracy. It's not that I'm just "that good" either, the show was just by the book. That's not always a bad thing but a show with a bad card that desperately needed a spark didn't get it.

Will the Champion vs. Champion TLC match at the pay-per-view be a unification match?

WWE has stated the winner of WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match at the pay-per-view will win both titles. While unification was not only implied but suggested, it wasn't announced. We all know my thoughts on unification so it's not worth repeating but you can comb through dot com's preview for more clues at this link.

Can you explain to me why it seems so many superstars have failed recently? It didn’t seem like this many has failed in years past. I understand it’s extremely difficult to be in the main event, but Curtis Axel has failed. Ryback has failed. Tensai has failed.

Everything must align for a main event push to be successful and every situation is different. WWE truly doesn't know what will happen until the worker is placed into the situation. Sometimes they thrive, sometimes they fail. This is why I urge patience with Roman Reigns (and others like him) because it's imperative not to expect too much too soon and end up killing a career in the process. Curtis Axel's mic work wasn't strong enough to sustain his push. Even with Paul Heyman as a mouthpiece, the audience just didn't buy it. Ryback battled (and is still battling) horrendous booking and hasn't proved he has the skill level or maturity to sustain a main event push. Tensai had a big opportunity but the audience couldn't go over his past as Albert. This is nothing new in terms of the business today compared to years past. It's always been like this and the list of those that have failed is much longer than the list of those that have succeeded.

From the Ask WNW vault…

April 2012: I had heard that Albert’s in-ring work had improved dramatically, but from what I’ve seen it still looks incredibly sloppy. Paired with his less than desirable ring-look, how long do you think he’s going to be kept around? It was a good try to put him in the main event of Raw, but I was really just disappointed by his performance. - WWE seems determined to try and get the Lord Tensai gimmick over, especially after having him pin John Cena on last night’s Raw Supershow (albeit with a dirty finish). I agree that Tensai looked sloppy last night but I have no idea if the company plans on pulling the plug on the gimmick. It’s important not to judge a gimmick too quickly but I share your sentiment that Tensai has been disappointing early.

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  • Its just Teddy

    SwapingTitles is what I see happening Cena get Ortons and Orton gets Cenas Belt.

    As for Reigns I would build him for the next 6 months before pulling the trigger.

  • K! ng

    The audience never lets anthing go imagine if they chanted issac yankem to kane in

    • That’s not completely true. Steve Austin overcame Stunning Steve and Undertaker overcame Mean Mark. After initial Husky Harris chants, the crowd has done a good job forgetting that as well. Tensai didn’t give fans a reason to believe Tensai > Albert.

      • K! ng

        Well the diffrence between then and now is the access to imformation. Wwe and pro wrestling where able to keep more things on down low.

        • TheBigKing1


      • BIG M

        Most WWE fans never saw Tensai’s work in Japan.

      • the arbiter

        Should have had him wrestle in a mask and had a Mr fuji style manager. The fact it was clearly Albert just destroyed all the mystique the character could have had.

      • TheBigKing1


      • Tammy Adams

        I Totally agree with you Richard. Many wrestlers have overcome initially bad gimmicks. if the wrestler believes in the character and has talent the audience will invest in the character. Speaking of character turn Los Matordes thoughts?

  • Venom

    I think I’m the only person who doesn’t think Roman Reigns will succeed and here is why:

    Isn’t it funny how in every team we think, despite how great of a duo and success they are, 1 will be a breakout star while the other will be a jobber-future endeavored-then forgotten? Then it turns out we gambled on the wrong guy?

    The Rockers – from what I’ve read Marty Jennetty was more experienced and people thought he’d be a main eventer not HBK and look what happened?

    Miz/Morrison? – everyone thought John Morrison was the future of that tag team and Miz who was the butt of their jokes ends up winning their feud made 2 movies won wwe championship and main evented wrestlemania.

    Cody Rhodes/Ted Dibiase Jr. – no explaination needed.

    The reason why Curtis Axel failed is because he never had a chance to begin with. Personally I liked the name Michael McGillicutti just not for him but I’m in the minority. But they changed it to Curtis Axel which sounded even more ridiculous. Seriously? If they want to own his name so bad they couldn’t at least call him Michael Hennig? When he made his nxt debut they said he’s using his mothers maiden name. So storyline wise it makes sense and they don’t have to use Joe. Just stupid.

    • Venom

      I also wanted to add Nexus. Everyone thought Wade Barrett would be the breakout star. But who would of thought the guy playing Skip Sheffield would be on TV every week and last year could have been a main event talent until they started jobbing him and if I recall he won superstar or breakout star of the year at the Slammys.

      • Matt Johnson

        Technically Daniel Bryan was the breakout star,but since he was fired early in the Nexus program,then yeah Ryback is the most successful so far that was actually in the group for a while.

        • Venom

          I know but that’s y I didn’t count him. I mean David Otunga could have had a little success since he was leading Laurenitis’s team at wrestlemania had a role in The Hive and is on a cover of a muscle and fitness magazine but is never on tv anymore (not that I’m complaining although I love his theme music)

    • Scott Davies

      Its all about drawing. In the ratings & the audiences in the arena to the buy rates at PPV’s. With current WWE superstars not drawing. WWE will rely on part time guys or rematches of John Cena v The Rock at WM. But you stating Roman Reigns will fail without even giving the guy a shot, basing it like The Rockers then you don’t get it. But do you know Edge & Christian are both former World Champions? Or the APA? The Hardy Boyz (If you call Matt’s ECW Title reign)? Evolution? Its all about the gimmick & how they draw.

      • Venom

        Please re-read what I wrote. It’s not that I’m not giving him a chance. I like him and want him to succeed. I’m just comparing this to other situations. A lot of times in teams there is someone people think will be a breakout star and people arnt sure what will happen to others. Everyone thought Miz, Cody Rhodes, Matt Hardy (as u mentioned) would dissappears and their partner would be a breakout star. However, the opposite happens.

        While its true there are different cases for different situations. Remember back in 2003-2007 Jeff Hardy was released went to TNA for a time and was gone. Matt Hardy wasnt main eventing but had the Mattitude and MF’ers and was doing well at the time. Everyone thought Jeff was the Shawn Michaels before that.

        Evolution – for a time there was the coined term “Orton’d” if u had momentum and it was taken away was great for Batista and yes later on Orton bounced back but it was possible he could have disappeared.

        Remember the Spirit Squad? Did anyone think Nicky would be a future world champion and cheered by fans? It was Kenny that I think was compared to Owen Hart.

        I hope I’m wrong about Roman Reigns. It was just my 2 cents on breakout stars from tag teams. Because nobody is mentioning Seth Rollins but I think he could end up being the breakout star while someone like Dean Ambrose can be like Wade Barrett.

        I think what happens is WWE wants to push both and feel the one who’s pegged as the breakout is already over so they focus on the other guy and he ends up having a better career.

        • TheBigKing1

          But in your argument, we all thought it was Ambrose, but now it’s Reigns…so that contradicts your point, at the same time, it is in line with what you said. We all thought it was going to be Ambrose, but now it’s Reigns.

    • TheBigKing1

      You still didn’t give a credible example of why you think Reigns won’t succeed.

      • Venom

        Chances are u might not read this since 12 hours after u posted. It’s not that I don’t think he will succeed. I hope he does I just have doubts. My theory is when WWE likes every member of a team the team always have the one guy who everyone is high up on and fans think the other might be lost in the shuffle. But WWE is still high up on both members that they assume the one (like Reigns for instance) is already over they try to focus more on the other member and job the wrestler that’s already over.

        I gave the example of John Morrison and Ted DiBiasi Jr. Morrison had a DVD on him and everyone thought he was a future main eventer while miz would be a mid carder.

        Ted was looked at as a future star and even had a lead in a movie but Cody Rhodes is in a better position.

        In both situations WWE focussed on the “weaker links” and turned them into stars while the ones who were supposed to have a brighter future were jobbing left and right and no longer with the company.

        And how many single matches have we seen Roman Reigns in anyways? He’s a great athletes but hasn’t had many single matches so we’ll see what happens. Obviously Survivor Series was a great start, however, ryback also had a great start a year ago and look what happened?

        • TheBigKing1

          Maybe, but my point was they originally thought it was going to be Anbrose…that’s what I was saying.

          But you’re right. We all thought Ted was going to be the breakout star out of Legacy…and they did too. Same with Morrison over the Miz. So I get your point. Maybe it might be Rollins then. Hmm. We will just wait and see.

          • Venom

            Yeah that was the point I was trying to get over. And we all thought it was Ambrose and Rollins based on past experience and right when the shield debuted. Obviously Reigns improved and now as a team we all think Reigns is going to be a star.

  • DavieP

    I’m calling it now. It will be a draw. Orton will get the World Heavyweight Championship and Cena the WWE Championship. That way they can draw it out longer and still not put anyone under/over

  • RJR

    WWE is being very careful with their wording for the WWE/World Title match at TLC. My prediction is a little different than other people’s here. I don’t see them switching titles… I see Cena winning both titles and hanging on to the WWE Championship. I see the World Title being vacated and possibly even put on the line as the prize for winning the 2014 Royal Rumble. We haven’t had the Rumble be for a Championship since ’92… so that would definitely add to the prestige.

  • Jbreed

    With some guys, such as Tensai, Ryback and Curtis Axel, there was always the possibility their pushes would fail. I’m sure a lot of us wondered “why the hell are they pushing these guys”? On the other hand there have been other guys who we figure were sure to succeed but it seems like the WWE either never really gives them a chance or they find some bullshit reason to end the push. When the WWE gave Dolph Ziggler his chance, he did everything right but then his push got stalled. Wade Barrett has always been on the brink of a monster push but it has never happened. The most recent victim is Damien Sandow. He went from who we thought would be the next world champion to just another irrelevant midcarder in a matter of a few days. We’ll only be wasting our times if we try a to make sense of the way the WWE does things these days.

  • Jbreed

    It’s strange how there first was talking of having the World champion vs. WWE champion at WM 30 now they decide to have it on what’s usually a throwaway ppv event. It sounds like desparation to me.

  • Nostaljack

    I would have to argue that Sheamus has hardly succeeded at the level WWE wanted him to either. He’s done well (until the injury) but they had the WWE title on him at one point and that didn’t fly. Once they backed away from that into the upper mid-card, he was fine.

  • David F.

    Alberto Del Rio is not a success. He has been shoved down our throats since his debut. He has a boring gimmick and he phones it in his matches and promos. He hardly gets reactions from the fans and the only time he did was with Ricardo. Sure he maybe success if you consider making it to upper-mid card but Del Rio could do so much better if he put in the effort.

  • John

    I really could see them having a “draw” with Orton taking down the WHC title & Cena taking down the WWE title in order to switch them over. I just cannot see them unifying the titles at a PPV like TLC. Why would you not do it at the Royal Rumble?


    Both people will unhook their or other’s championship belts and remain champion at the end of the show.

  • i think that Goldust should be given a world title reign..