Based on the way things went on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw it looks like WWE is doing Batista vs. Randy Orton and Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX. What are your thoughts?
WWE will be making a monumental mistake if they believe Batista vs. Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will appease their fans at Wrestlemania 30 in April. Vince McMahon and Triple H appeared to be "sticking with the plan" on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw with the first steps being taken in the aforementioned programs. The feeling coming out of Elimination Chamber (as if it wasn't already beyond obvious) was that a tweak to the Batista character was inevitable. I detailed the situation further at this link. As for Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan, I don't see that as a bad thing for Daniel Bryan but I think if he is not in the title match at Wrestlemania, the company is going to have a riot on their hands. It will be interesting to see if Vince and Hunter stray from the original plan -- and go with option three detailed here -- or if they stick to their guns. Following this week's episode of Raw, as much as I hate to say it, it looks like they're sticking to the plan.
I'm interested in your reaction to the Green Bay crowd chanting "Randy Savage," "Husky Harris," etc. during Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw?
I'm going to agree with my good friend Brooks Oglesby on Twitter with this one. Anyone chanting "Husky Harris" or doing anything disrespectful during Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns at this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, deserves Batista vs. Orton at Wrestlemania. It's stuff like this that makes me such a huge critic of the "CM Punk" chants. I understand that Wyatt vs. Reigns was at a slower-pace on Raw but just because the show is long and the audience is worn out, doesn't give them the right to act like spoiled children. It's reactions like this that cause WWE not to take crowd chants seriously and stick to horrible plans such as the two former Evolution members facing off for the title at the biggest show of the year in a match no one cares about. I'm not saying fans shouldn't be able to chant what they want, it's a free country and if you buy a ticket you should do as you please (within reason of course). But if your only goal in attending a WWE event is to disrupt the show and sabotage two workers that are coming off a Match of the Year candidate at Elimination Chamber, then you should probably find a new hobby. Some people refuse to admit when they've moved on from the business. If you're overly critical and everything you do is an attempt to come off as "the smartest wrestling fan alive," you've probably just lost interest in pro wrestling. There is nothing wrong with that but it's fans like this that make it miserable for everyone else.
Was John Cena legitimately injured on Raw or is it a work?
The John Cena knee injury went from an injury to an "injury." This doesn't mean that he was hurt and suddenly "got better" when WWE went kayfabe with it. As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Cena legitimately tweaked his knee and it was obvious to everyone watching on television and everyone in the building. However, the word from backstage was that a serious injury did not occur and WWE was accentuating what happened to entice people to tune in to Backstage Pass. John isn't scheduled for this week's Smackdown but is scheduled to appear at Thursday's NXT Arrival pay-per-view on the WWE Network.
What's the latest update on Sting's status now that Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker has been announced?
Sting is believed to be close to signing a contract with WWE but has never been in the plans for Wrestlemania 30. That's not to say that he doesn't get added to the show when/if a deal gets signed, it just means anything you've heard about Sting and Wrestlemania has been opinion and not fact. Undertaker requested a Wrestlemania match with Brock Lesnar before he faced CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 last year, that's how far this goes back. Over the course of the last year, this match only hit one significant speed bump when Undertaker was believed to be concerned about Lesnar's physical style at this stage in his career. However, we confirmed on Valentine's Day that Undertaker had officially signed off on a match with Lesnar and they were just trying to figure out how long Brock would spend in Texas to go over the bout.
From the Ask WNW vault…
February 2014: What are the updated plans for Wrestlemania XXX? - Plans for Wrestlemania XXX have been more “up in the air” this year than some of my sources can ever remember. Vince McMahon likes to have Wrestlemania planned up to a year in advance but this year it just hasn’t happened. From not getting part-time talent locked down to other issues, the plans have constantly changed. However, the plans for the show as of this writing are to do Randy Orton vs. Batista, Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. I was told they were looking at doing Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio pitched a match against Alberto Del Rio. Obviously these plans are subject to change with the only “sure thing” being Batista challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in response to winning the Royal Rumble.
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