The Trickle Down Effect From Randy Orton’s Suspension, Past Faces Of WWE, Influence Of Kane & Christian, What’s Next For Jack Swagger

What effect does Randy Orton’s suspension have on top talents such as John Cena given the fact ratings are slipping and they may need more out of their top guys?

The ramifications of Randy Orton’s suspension are massive which is why there is nuclear backstage heat on him. WWE is in desperate need of top names and the fact that one of their top guys screwed up this bad at this stage in his career has everyone upset. The trickle down effect is significant as it’s going to be up to guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Big Show, etc. to step up and fill the gap because given Orton’s history of problems, there isn’t going to be a lot of confidence in booking him going forward.

I feel like being called the face of the WWE is a huge honor and it’s a title that doesn’t necessarily go to the current champion. That being said, can you name some guys of the past that were considered the faces of the WWE?

The “face of the company” can be defined as “the biggest draw” or who sells the most merchandise. Generally I don’t like making lists such as this because they can be debated and I don’t have the sales figures in front of me. However, I’m willing to take a look at top names since Cena. Coming out of the Attitude Era, Triple H was “the guy” and prior to him that title was held by Steve Austin and The Rock. It was Austin and The Rock, along with DeGeneration X, that carried the product to a new level and ultimately put WCW out of business. Prior to them, Bret Hart was the guy and then of course we have Hulk Hogan who really took the entire business to a new level.

What type of backstage influence to guys like Kane and Christian have?

Veterans always have more backstage influence than the younger guys. Not only is the respect level higher amongst their co-workers but their opinions also carry more weight with company officials. How big a star a worker is gauges how much influence that particular worker has. As you can imagine someone like John Cena or CM Punk has considerable stroke over someone like Tyler Reks or Curt Hawkins.

Once Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger’s alliance breaks up, what do you think will be next for the All-American American? Will WWE try to turn him into the next American hero or the next Kurt Angle?

WWE is high up on the in-ring work of Jack Swagger which fueled his reign as World Heavyweight Champion a couple years ago. However, there were problems with Swagger’s attitude which ultimately led to his push getting killed and him enduring a “humbling” experience. Swagger, at 30-years-old, is starting to enter his prime years so it will be up to him where he is able to go from here. Swagger has got to take advantage of the opportunities he gets, getting over with the audience then convincing management he’s not going to have any more behavioral issues. I feel like with Orton’s spot being vacated, it’s an opportunity for anyone working below him.

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  • Brandon

    Randy's suspension really is a shocker. First Jericho, now him. WWE is really in need of top talents now. Hope Ziggler, Rhodes, Miz or Kofi can fill his spot now.

    • Zatch

      Don’t forget about yoshi he’s in desperate need of a push

  • Fred

    Dolph ziggler shud get pushed for champ!

    • The Miz

      "Shud" ?? Really bro ???

      • lethimmisspelll

        Oh god, the spelling police.

      • Fred

        Oh! My english!

  • Christ 4 Life

    Swagger vs. Ziggler has great potential to be a good match IMO

    • christopher525

      There's a problem with your theory there buddy. Why would you want something that has GREAT potential to be GOOD? I would rather have it be great all around.

  • eric

    The new generation of wwe has 2 step up

  • Lenny

    I say give Orton’s spot to the Miz. The guy works extremely hard in and out of the ring. I don’t get why he has been buried over te past several months it’s just riricules.

    • Paul

      I 100% agree, The Miz has been held down for too long now and any match he’s in is always entertaining. Miz is one of few wrestlers I really enjoy watching and look forward to his matches. As WWE Champ he was amazing and is easily one of the most entertaining title reigns in the last 5-10 years, give him Ortons spot and let him challenge Sheamus or Punk for the championships, the second chapter in the era of awesome needs to happen

    • robert

      because he sucks, look at his wm match last year vs cena his in ring talent has to be the worst in the companys history of top guys, he has little or no skills, why do people keep saying he needs to be the top guy, he will always be the champ during the worst year in wwe 2010.

  • Christ 4 Life

    Ziggler needs absolutely NO ONE in his corner…. then he can win. Swagger cost him the match against Sheamus on this weeks Smackdown, and Vickie is down right annoying

  • Ricky Valdez

    Ziegler reminds me of a young Shawn micheals with all the potential in the world, let’s see if he can rise to the challenge.

  • DV92

    Thanks Richard for answering my question, just wondered as I grew up watching guys like Kane and Christian and was wondering purely how much stroke they got in the company 10-15 years down the line from when they started out.

  • DV92

    Thanks Richard for answering my question, just wondered as I grew up watching guys like Kane and Christian and was wondering purely how much stroke they got in the company 10-15 years down the line from when they started out.

  • Broeski Boot

    Santino and Zack Ryder will fill the void !!!!

  • H.M.

    Curious to ask what Orton 'did' that got him suspended if you know what I mean. Seeing as how people are saying that it's a huge shocker, I'm curious to know WHAT he did exactly. What was the severity of his failing the Wellness Test? Roids?

  • Aldo T

    In a way.. I wouldn't blame some of the wrestlers for not being able to run with a push.

    What the audience wants is someone entertaining that can keep them on the edge of their seats.

    For me, personally, I want Rhodes to be one of the top since I enjoy his gimmick and in ring work.

    But it also up to creative to give the superstars something to work with that will either generate cheers and or boos.

    Lets just hope that someone sticks their heads OUT of their rear ends and see what potential they have with most superstars.

  • Aussi Geoff

    With Orton and Jerico out, what has happened to Matt Bloom aka Lord Tensai? They do not seem to be using him in any feud at all.

  • christopher525

    People like Matt Hardy have to be kicking themselves in the ass right about now. Anderson could finally have a shot. Hell, maybe Kofi should be repushed since the guy who held him down is now taken out of the picture.

  • Evon Reese

    I want to see more of R Truth in the ring. Hopefully he will get the opportunity. He's funny and a great wrestler.

  • proud

    Now is when Orton shows his true worth. Imagine a 10 time world champion enhancement worker. Putting everyone over and just ‘resting on his laurels’!
    He should be pushed this way for the time being and he is a terrific worker so he will make the opponent look awesome and I’m gonna enjoy seeing his return!

  • proud

    Now is when Orton shows his true worth. Imagine a 10 time world champion enhancement worker. Putting everyone over and just ‘resting on his laurels’!
    He should be pushed this way for the time being and he is a terrific worker so he will make the opponent look awesome and I’m gonna enjoy seeing his return!

  • hurrigame

    Bring Ted Dibiase into the main event!

  • rogstab

    Really… The WWE needs to find someone that will step up and take on a main event push… Really… THEN PUSH MIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    I’d like to see ted dibiase or r-truth getting the push back when he was with legacy I always though ted had so much more potential than Cody

    • robert

      ya out of the two Ted was the man, i'd actually get behind him i just don't see what Cody Roades has to offer, i never liked Randy Orton, the rkover rated signs i saw about sums him up, he was gifted his spot by evolution and hhh. maybe he should've had to spend 10 years working his ass off in the indys to appreciate his job.. i can understand the steroids to stay big on the road but weed? really ?u think that you can do drugs and stay a star ya it's not heroin but he knows he's gonna be tested and it's a banned substance whatever if fans still support him then it's the fans who are the biggest disappointment.