After Bray Wyatt's singles match at Royal Rumble against Daniel Bryan, has he finally proven that he can perform at a brilliant level?
Bray Wyatt put to rest any rumblings that he can't work at Royal Rumble on Sunday night. He was given an opportunity with the best worker in the world and made good on it in a big way. The bout, which was easily his best in WWE to date, will raise expectations for him. I grew very frustrated with people that accused he couldn't work, especially when the critics came out in droves following his match at SummerSlam. The point of emphasis was on his gimmick, not his in-ring work. However, when the point of emphasis shifted, as it did at Royal Rumble, he passed with flying colors.
With Christian coming back this week, why not make him a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble?
WWE nixed Bad News Barrett and Xavier Woods to put Kevin Nash and El Torito in the 30-man Rumble match. They wanted to bring Dolph Ziggler back because he was cleared and Sheamus also had the green light. The decision had to do with position scarcity and also how they wanted to bring Christian back. The decision was made to advertise his return for Smackdown, giving viewers a reason to tune in to this week's broadcast. As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, one concern Vince McMahon has with the roster getting top-heavy is there are too many guys for the number of available spots. Putting Christian on Smackdown gives the company an opportunity to showcase him without getting lost in the shuffle. Last week, Vince was telling members of the creative team to brainstorm about how they could feature more guys without a logjam.
When The Shield first debuted Roman Reigns seemed to wear the label of being the most green and the biggest project. Now he seems to be the frontrunner for a major push. What changed his career outlook?
Not only was Roman Reigns labeled the greenest of The Shield faction, he was the greenest of The Shield faction. Consider the fact that Seth Rollins (Ring of Honor) and Dean Ambrose (CZW/Dragon Gate USA) had already proven they could be very successful, albeit on a much smaller scale, Reigns was simply a WWE developmental talent. Reigns was impressive enough to get called up but he wasn't exactly tearing the house down either. The feeling is that Reigns' work on the main roster has been the best work of his career, where he literally saved his best work for the biggest opportunity. I believe what sets Reigns apart from many of the up and coming workers is his look. He just looks like he belongs. Not just his frame but the entire package. Some guys just have "it" and watching in him the ring with John Cena on Raw, he just looked like a top spot fits him. I expect a major push to come his way later this year.
Did CM Punk take his ball and go home?
Basically, CM Punk took his ball and went home. However, I want to use the lead question of Ask WNW to try and clear up as much as possible. This isn't something that just suddenly happened and Punk flipped out and quit the company. Punk has been unhappy with the direction of his character for months, with people speculating it was either out of boredom or the fact he just wanted more. One of his biggest goals for this year was to be in one of the top matches at Wrestlemania XXX. We've gone as in-depth on it as possible, touching base with multiple sources, despite the fact Punk isn't talking to anyone. You can catchup on our coverage here, here and here.
I will add that Punk was never told 100% that his proposed match with Triple H at Wrestlemania was off but word going around backstage at Raw was that Daniel Bryan might get that match in response to what happened at Royal Rumble. The word regarding Punk was that his issue with Kane might stretch to Wrestlemania when it was originally supposed to be blown off at Elimination Chamber, leading to the Punk vs. Hunter bout at the show in April. Punk went directly to Vince McMahon and wanted assurance that he would be in a top match at Wrestlemania or otherwise, he was going home. According to a source, Punk felt Triple H was playing favorites with Batista coming in, going over at Royal Rumble and onto the main event at Wrestlemania XXX. Punk felt he wasn't one of Hunter's guys. Vince originally suggested Triple H vs. CM Punk at Wrestlemania so they could play off some of the real-life heat as an option for Triple H if they went with John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (which is where they are now going).
We're told Vince is not giving up and wants Punk on the Wrestlemania XXX lineup. WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee, who is Punk's real-life girlfriend, is seen as the company's only line of communication to him at this time.
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