What’s Next For Cena, Adjustments For Lucha Libres, MITB Swerve, Another Scenario For WWE Title, The New Kliq

It seems for the first time in a long time there is a lack of creative direction for John Cena. After an extended program with Bray Wyatt, where does creative go with him from here?

We reported on May 23, 2014 here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com that a John Cena vs. Sheamus (with Sheamus turning) program was discussed for some time this summer. However, that was before it was learned that Daniel Bryan would be unable to return at Money in the Bank. I expect Cena back into the title picture and would be surprised if he didn’t qualify for the title match at the upcoming pay-per-view.

You’ve mentioned several times that Mexican wrestlers sometimes have trouble adapting to WWE’s wrestling style because they approach wrestlers from the other side. Can you expound on this?

Lucha libres are trained to work from the right side of the body, which is opposite from the preferred left side the rest of the world uses. Chris Jericho explained the transition in detail in his first book “A Lion’s Tale.” While I’m not a pro wrestler, I would compare it to playing golf left handed after being trained to play right handed. It’s backwards and causes an adjustment period. As we saw with Sin Cara, one of the top workers in Mexico, a transition to WWE’s style was anything but easy. It also shows just how great Rey Mysterio is and how valuable he is as a top in ring worker.

What would you think of a scenario at Money in the Bank where two superstars are at the top of the ladder and each grabs a different title, thus breaking up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

This would be a swerve finish and as I talked about earlier in the week, I don’t think it solves WWE’s Daniel Bryan problem. I wasn’t for the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight titles to begin with but now that we’re here, a new “champion of champions” needs to be crowned to offset the current loss. I laid out two feasible options, one with Seth Rollins going over, another with Brock Lesnar going over. Either way, WWE needs to a new name to receive top billing to promote in a SummerSlam program with Daniel Bryan.

It’s quite possible the Money in the Bank winner will drop the belt to Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. So with this in mind, who do you think they’ll put the belt on at the PPV?

It is possible but it’s also possible that Brock Lesnar comes back early due to the injury to Daniel Bryan. Out of the current participants in the title match at Money in the Bank, there is only one I would like to see go over. That one was determined in a qualifying match on this week’s Smackdown. I don’t want to spoil it but you can read about it here. Now, I’ve given three possible directions for the title match at Money in the Bank.

While I am sure there are still some in the crowd that are anti-Cena, do you feel the “let’s go Cena/Cena sucks” chants are becoming more like when fans chanted “you suck” at Kurt Angle?

It’s possible the Cena sucks/let’s go Cena chants have become more of normalized crowd behavior, however, I believe there is still a large anti-Cena segment in WWE’s fan base. Many are tired of Cena’s character and unfairly judge his in-ring work based on the lack of progression. It’s kind of how Batista gets blamed for Daniel Bryan getting buried and CM Punk quitting, when he’s responsible for neither. I would like to see more progression to the Cena character but he’s had far too many good matches to claim that he cannot wrestle.

The Kliq was known in the 1990s for having tremendous power and backstage influence. Who do you see as the modern day Kliq?

The Kliq still exists today! In fact, we can make the argument it’s stronger than ever. Triple H is next in line to Vince McMahon, Batista is back, Ric Flair is coming back, The New Age Outlaws are producers, Scott Hall is in the Hall of Fame, Kevin Nash has a Legends deal and Shawn Michaels has a big-money contract that doesn’t require him to wrestle. Hunter’s power and influence is unrivaled and the fact of the matter is, if he sees something in a talent, they get pushed. If he doesn’t, it’s up to Vince McMahon to see something in that performer. If a worker doesn’t have the support of Vince or Hunter, their chances of success are very slim.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2013: What’s the status of Evan Borne? - Evan Bourne’s status in WWE is similar to the status of Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde, or the original Sin Cara. He’s under WWE contract but he’s not being used. I was told prior to SummerSlam that Bourne let the company know he was cleared to compete but there wasn’t interest in using him. At this point I’m unsure when he’ll be brought back if at all. Triple H has this new thing where they do not release main roster stars unless what they do is something so blatant there is no other choice. Instead, the company is opting to let deals come up and not re-signing them. I’ve termed this the “don’t fire anybody” edict.

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  • K!NG

    Sadly HBK can be on air for 5 minutes and that is usually the most entertaining 5 mins in the entire show

  • Jason

    People do realize it was the same as it was at TLC, The belts wont be grabbed. The 2 belts are on a hanger thats clipped above the ring. You have to unclip the hanger that has both belts on it. Whats wrong with people understanding this?

    • Jason

      People thought the same thing at TLC when they THOUGHT orton and cena would grab the opposite title. and with the way Orton took down the belts are right there. same way thats going to happen at MITB. If you’re implying otherwise, than to quote wade barrett “I’M AFRAID THAT I HAVE SOME BAD NEWS!” belts are unified, once the current design of the wwe title that the rock presented gets more recognized than those 2 belts will be just 1 with a new design for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Its simple fact. If you cant see it than sorry about your damn luck.

      • Chris

        It’s a fact that they belts won’t come off the hanger? Are they bolted on during the match?

        • Jason

          they dont need to be bolted to know what to unhook. Its common knowledge to know what the spot is in order to bring them down. If this is too hard to understand go back and watch the TLC Match with Cena and Orton. Belts are unified. nothing will happen to change this. What? you think after chris jericho won both the wwe and wcw titles to become the undisputed champion that they were going to split them up again? its the same shit once something is unified its unified.

          • Chris

            Well I distinctly remember 2 world titles after Jericho’s undisputed win. And I don’t understand what you mean by knowing ‘what the spot is’. If they decide they want to split the titles ‘the spot’ will be to just grab a belt instead of the hanger

          • Jason

            Many people can understand how pointless it would be to grab the belts instead of the hanger to unclip both belts. Because either way the ‘WWE World Heavyweight Champion’ is 2 belts made into 1 so grabbing individual belts knowing nothing will change from this is irrelevant.

    • Bob’s Diner

      That’s the thing with internet fans – WWE gives them something different and they just complain that they want things back to how they were. We had 2 world titles for 10 years – it got stale and stopped lifting people to that next level. The belts were unified and now we have a much more solid ‘main event’ scene, people want the belts split again. Because, you know, apparently it was better before… when everyone was complaining that WWE weren’t making any stars.

  • King James

    Rollins should 100% win at MITB. If not, it was pointless to break up the shield without one of the members getting a monster push. Here’s your chance to create a SUPER star WWE, don’t drop the ball.

    • kavon

      Rollins will face ambrose at mitb and the final spots will be for cena and reigns.

  • David F

    shows you how great Jericho is for being able to work a lucha libre style too. he is best in world at what he does

    • Bob’s Diner

      Many others have as well – he isn’t unique

  • Ahmed Johnsons River Plunge

    Thank god they never went with Sheamus vs Cena BORING!!!!!!!!! Thats been done to death already. They need to keep it fresh. i think cena should start a feud with Cesaro that be amazing and elevate Cesaro to where he should be

  • Bob’s Diner

    “Lucha libres” are usually called ‘luchadores’
    Just saying ;-)

  • Ricky

    WWE needs to split the brands and the titles and take the good and the bad that comes with it. The roster is too crowded now, we need the brand extension back.

  • Snap

    If Brock Lesnar only works, what… three or four matches a year and isn’t even on the show for months at a time, why the hell is he even being theorized as winning the World Heavyweight championship? Hear me out before you dismiss my comment out of hand, but the whole thing with Daniel Bryan completely precludes a Lesnar title reign, especially with Bryan being stripped because the fans deserve a “fighting champion.”

    How would it be any different if Lesnar were to win the championship at, say, SummerSlam and wasn’t around to even defend it until the Royal Rumble? Add into the mix that Lesnar doesn’t even do house shows (sorry, “live events” which was a primary reason for the dual World champions during the brand split) so the World champion wouldn’t even appear on the live event circuit until Lesnar dropped the title. Other than Lesnar’s name value and a rumoured title clause (hey, wasn’t Batista supposed to have a title clause as well? I guess people often overlook the ‘plans are subject to change’ clause in the extra fine print) there is absolutely no logical reason why Lesnar should be the champion.

    So, what it comes down to is: Daniel Bryan is hurt and cannot defend the title for a month or two – STRIP HIM! Brock Lesnar only works a limited number of dates and no live events and, in all likelihood, wouldn’t defend the title for months – STRAP HIM!

    How does that make sense?

    • Jay El Bee

      Well seeing as how nobody other than the WWE & Lesnar really knows what is in his contract maybe they could just take all the dates he has left and use them for PPV matches only and have Heyman sell the feuds every week. Or maybe there is a clause in his contract that says the WWE could use him more as long as they paid him a certain amount for every extra day he works, and if not maybe they could come up with a deal similar to that.