Shrinking Main Event Scene, Title Reign For Lesnar, Comparing Rose To Ryback, GFW TV, CM Punk At Payback?

How do you think things are going now that WWE have combined both the WWE and World title? I thought at first it was a cool idea to give the title prestige, but now I am starting to feel that superstars such as Big Show, Mark Henry, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio are getting either less screen time or being put in a lower card. What are your thoughts?

Ironically enough this is the very argument I showcased in Monday's vault question. While I fully support unifying undercard titles (such as the US and IC belts), I enjoyed having both a WWE & World Heavyweight Championship. My argument was simple. Two world titles forced the company to have an expanded main event scene. When WWE unified them last December, some believed this would be the restoration of the Intercontinental Championship. That hasn't happened and we've witnessed the main event scene shrink just as I feared. The fact that Daniel Bryan is still carrying both belts (like Randy Orton carried both belts), gives hope to the notion they could split them again but I haven't heard anything about that lately.

Can we expect Brock Lesnar to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

The general belief within WWE is that Brock Lesnar will be WWE World Heavyweight Champion going into Wrestlemania 31 next year. I would actually go as far as to say WWE would be missing a major opportunity if they didn't put the strap on Lesnar for Wrestlemania. When Lesnar signed his contract extension with WWE in 2013 it was believed to include a title reign and I can't think of a better situation to follow-up on his defeat of the streak.

I personally think the Adam Rose character has potential to become extremely popular. Do you think WWE will screw this character up like they did with Ryback and Curtis Axel last year?

It's too early one way or the other to judge Adam Rose. People seem to either love the gimmick or hate it but I want to give it a couple of weeks to see what happens. His gimmick is what caused his stock to skyrocket down in NXT so the company obviously has high hopes for it. As for Ryback and Curtis Axel, neither were booked particularly well, however, both had more than enough opportunities to prove their worth. Ryback was given a singles match against Chris Jericho at WWE Money in the Bank last year where he was booked over. He wasn't put in the impossible task of working the main event nor was he faced with taking a loss. He didn't make much of that opportunity.

Do you see Global Force Wrestling getting a national television deal?

I certainly think it's a good possibility that Global Force Wrestling gets a TV deal. They have a significant financial backer in Toby Keith and a legitimate executive producer in David Broome. All they need now is a good talent roster and a place to tape and they should have more than enough to pitch a viable TV program. Jeff Jarrett did it for TNA a decade ago, why couldn't he do it again?

Is there any chance CM Punk comes back for WWE Payback in Chicago on June 1?

Believe it or not, I've received this question multiple times. Anything is possible and it'd be foolish to completely rule CM Punk out for WWE Payback. Like we've talked about on numerous occasions, Vince McMahon made a strong effort to bring Punk back for Raw in Chicago on March 3 and it obviously didn't work out. Punk is under WWE contract until July and Vince still hopes to re-sign him. If an agreement can be reached, there would be no better time to restart on him then June 1 in Chicago, however, there has been no communication with Punk at this time.

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  • Bob’s Diner

    Is it just me, or does carrying around the two belts make Daniel Bryan look small? I don’t mean that as a knock on the guy at all, because I’ve always felt the world title looked bulky on smaller wrestlers, but I just don’t think carrying both around does him any favours.

    At Payback, Evolution should all come out wearing special Evolution ‘Best in the World’ t-shirts. They have enough money to print 3 of them for no reason other than to get more heat than the sun on fire in a microwave that is also on fire

  • These people need to get over it. Punk is gone and he may not be back. Boring question. Surely there were other questions more deserving of an answer that that one.

    • David Maynard

      THANK YOU! 100% agree… Please can we ban the talking of CM Punk on this website, until he returns (which he wont), so in fact, never discuss him again, the situation bores me. and many others. Richard take note!

      • Bob’s Diner

        The problem is he is still a hot topic of conversation because there is so much mystery involved…

    • Robert

      The only thing worse than questions about CM Punk is people who bitch about questions about CM Punk.

  • supercilious1

    The fact that we just saw CM Punk on the WWE Network (for WM Rewind) is a good sign for those hoping he comes back.

    • Bob’s Diner

      That’s like saying CM Punk being one of the main attractions on the page is a good sign…

      I would love to see him back, but I don’t know where he’d fit in. And what can he achieve? For some reason a lot of his fans are hurt because they think he has abandoned them or something, so not sure how he’d be welcomed back.

      • Cubed56

        Being a CM Punk fan, I will admit I’m tired of the chants, but I’ve decided to no longer pass judgement on anybody who is involved with his walkout until the real truth is finally revealed, whenever that may be. I can’t speak for all his fans, but judging by the chants that still go on for him, and the amount of merch he is still moving, I find it hard to believe his fans are hurt, but rather they are taking his side on this and would welcome him back gladly with wide open arms.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Well said. Maybe it is just his detractors that are being more vocal?
          I just remember after the Raw in Chicago seeing so many people claiming to CM Punk fans bashing the guy because he wasn’t on the show. Despite, you know, not being advertised or even hinting he would be there.

          • Cubed56

            I do recall that. I just dismiss those fans as true Punk fans. I agree its for sure the detractors that are more vocal. Imo of they dont like Richard answering Punk questions, then come up with a better question for him to answer then bitching about it.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      What? That makes no sense..

    • Jay El Bee

      Punk has appeared on the WWE Network pretty much every week since the network first started.

  • Ken

    I know I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but I just DO NOT like the Adam Rose gimmick AT ALL. He looks to me like a poor man’s version of Chris Jericho in WCW. At least that was entertaining. But Adam Rose’s gimmick grates on every last fuctional nerve I have left in me. But I suppose I should at least give it a chance if he can show me what he can do in the ring, otherwise he’ll flop worse than Damien Sandow on his best day.
    Regarding CM Punk, I’ve pretty much given up on him and all those people who continue to beg an plead for him to come back need to grow up and move on. Unless he actually does return in Chicago at Payback, best that we move away from Punk and focus on the guys that are still in WWE right now.

  • James Larochelle

    I don’t see how you can be for the unification of the Intercontinental and US titles and for the splitting of the World and WWE titles. I completely agree that they need to unify the IC and US titles. Then actually make the title matter. Have regular title defenses and book the champion strong so that when he does get beat it means something, not have him go under clean in non-title matches (as Big E did several times to Del Rio in the last while) before finally losing the title. Cena and Wyatt are showing that a main event program doesn’t need to include a title if the story is compelling. Guys who want to be at the top of the card need to show that they can carry the card. If creative isn’t coming up with any ideas for them, they need to pitch their own ideas. Another title wouldn’t help any of the guys mentioned in that question get more screen time. ADR had the world title for months before Cena took it off of him and he was still an afterthought on TV.

    • _lawrenc1

      This is where I disagree 100%. The two mid-card titles should not be unified, but better utilized. For example, the US Title can be a stepping stone title opportunity for someone in NXT, and i have said for six months now that the opening bout at FUTURE Wrestlemania’s should be the reigning NXT Champion against the reigning US Champion (my personal preference, but the IC titlle truly could work for this also, I can explain if asked) for the US (or IC) Belt, with the NXT Champ not defending. It gives the mid-card belt more relevance and can expose to new talent more efficiently than they do now.

      • Bob’s Diner

        I actually like what they seem to be doing – the US title going on Sheamus looks like they are making it the unofficial 2nd tier title, with IC being the first stepping-stone from NXT and such

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          I dunno about that.. I’d agree if Barrett didn’t just win it.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Ah yes good point… I do think Sheamus is the right kind of guy to be holding the US title though; he is a great example of an upper-midcard guy

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            I know what you mean though and it actually seems like a better idea than what they’re doing now

  • 1molly23

    Give Lesnar the least likely to succeed title and send him packing – what a waste of VKM’s money!

    • Bob’s Diner

      I’m not sure if you heard, but he beat ‘The Streak’ – I call that a success.
      Paul Heyman certainly does

      • 1molly23

        I’m not sure if you heard – he was allowed to end the streak. While he was doing that he worked stiff and caused a concussion – not sure if you know he works stiff. Paul Heyman is truly one of the best in the business – he deserves so much better than Lesnar. Thank goodness for Heyman – listen to Lesnar talk – it’s a pre-pubescent child. Heyman’s the success – Lesnar is a loser – if he doesn’t get his way – he walks away! And that’s been proven time and time again.

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    So CM Punk could come back for Payback but not for his hometown or Wrestlemania?

    Please. He’s gone.

    • Mike McCarthy

      Payback is in his hometown…..

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        an episode of RAW was also.. where he didn’t turn up.. you know where they played Punks music but Heyman came out..

        • Mike McCarthy

          I’ve seen every episode of Raw for at least the last 4 years kid. You can’t compare an episode of Raw to a Special Event, especially since it’s the same event he returned at last year.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            a special event, you mean like Wrestlemania, where he didn’t turn up?

  • Kris Mystery

    Has anyone else considered…. Yes Lesnar was likely promised a run as Champ but maybe TPTB realized, that with his limited appearances and some of the up and comers being very close to main event themselves, that the set up and need for Lesnar to be strapped would be unneccesary. Perhaps Vince and company went to Lesnar and proposed that instead of him becoming Champ that he instead would defeat Taker to end the streak. This will be remembered forever whereas a run of basically nothing more than a transitional champion would be forgotten fairly quickly.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I hadn’t thought of that – but seriously valid point.

  • AB

    I don’t think you need two world championships to properly manage the main event scene. The company managed it just fine for years with some great talent on the roster, and only one world title to go around. By giving main event guys interesting angles and occasional title shots, both the belt and the workers are kept relevant.

    Besides, it was usually the same couple of guys who ended up holding the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships anyway, so I’m not sure that it created too many new opportunities…at least, not too many that went anywhere in the end.

    I’d rather they keep one world championship, unify the secondary belts and restore their prestige by having a main eventer or quickly rising star have a good reign with the IC/US belt (whichever they were to keep). That way, there’s still an important secondary title that can add some extra importance to a feud and be a part of a worker’s rise to main event status, along with the big prize that everyone wants.

    That worked for years, I don’t see why it shouldn’t be attempted now that they’ve gone with a unification. That way, you don’t have the awkwardness of two world champions within one organisation. It worked when there was a brand split, but that’s over and done with.

    If the flipside of having only one world championship is that guys like Big Show, Mark Henry, and Alberto Del Rio can’t hold a world championship at the same time as Daniel Bryan, John Cena or Randy Orton…then frankly, I don’t see that as a problem. Show and Henry are closer to the end of their careers, Del Rio is a flop as a main eventer with a history of reckless work. I’m not sure that too many people who are bonafide, main event, marquee talents are being held back because of there only being one belt.

    It’s been said that the worker makes the belt as much as the belt makes the worker, if not more, and I would agree. To that end, an established talent/rising star can restore prestige to a secondary belt. However, it also means that someone who isn’t quite at a main event level yet can cheapen a world title a little. I think having two belts has done that, to a certain extent; when you have two world championships that you can just hand out like candy, some guys who aren’t quite ready yet (or indeed, truly capable of being The Man) get to have world championship reigns.

    I do understand the argument for having two belts, and that it has had its benefits in the past. However, I think you can achieve the same results with one world championship and one secondary championship (that’s made to mean something). I also think that if we’re going to say that the worker makes the belt, and not the other way around, then it invalidates the idea that the company needs two world championships in order to make their talent.