Wyatt Over Cena?, Missing Diva Returns, The Rights To CM Punk, Sting’s Wrestlemania Status

Should fans expect Bray Wyatt to go over John Cena at Wrestlemania 30? Is Cena trying to put younger talent over?

John Cena has been one of Bray Wyatt’s biggest supporters behind the scenes. I remember when Bray was still in developmental that John often raved about his work. Based on the way the program has been booked, I don’t think it’s a given that Bray goes over John. Considering the Wyatt Family has interfered in Cena’s matches, I think there’s more of an argument that Cena goes over to gain redemption. If this happens, will Bray be hurt by the loss? However, the idea of Bray over Cena isn’t without risk either. We’ll have more on the outcome as we get closer to the show but right now it’s not a given that Bray goes over, as it’s actually that Cena does. As for Cena putting young talent over, this isn’t a situation like Chris Jericho and Fandango last year. Jericho entered the Wrestlemania plans late and came back to help out young stars on a part-time basis. Cena is still fully committed to WWE and still the face of the company. He’s not being phased out and as he said in a recent promo, the future of the business goes through him.

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With Layla returning to WWE over the weekend, does that mean we should expect her back on television soon?

Layla was back on the road with the WWE roster this weekend where she tagged with Alicia Fox in matches against Natalya and Eva Marie (photo here). I’m still not completely clear about where Layla has been. At first it was thought to be an injury, then rumors spread it was due to personal reasons. The longer she was gone, the louder the whispers got that she could be finished with WWE. Her last appearance on Monday Night Raw was on the September 23, 2013 episode. There’s a good chance she returns to television now that she’s back on the road, however, we cannot confirm her for this week’s broadcast.

Does Phil Brooks own the rights to CM Punk? He was in Talking Dead and Chris Hardwick kept saying Phil Brooks a/k/a CM Punk?

CM Punk used the name before he ever got to WWE, however, I just searched the US Patent and Trademark Office website. That search revealed WWE owns trademarks to the name CM Punk for “Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer” as well as for “Clothing, namely, tops, jackets, bottoms, underwear, pajamas; footwear, namely, shoes, sneakers, slippers; headwear, namely, hats” and for use on toys. All three of these marks are of “LIVE” status.

Do think Sting might make a cameo after Undertaker’s Wrestlemania 30 match against Brock Lesnar to challenge him at Wrestlemania 31?

Sting broke his silence over the weekend, saying he only wants one more match and that’s a match against Undertaker. Based on this appearance, I do not see Sting appearing at Wrestlemania 30 this year. I truly believe Sting is headed to WWE and will possibly work Wrestlemania next year, however, there is clearly no rush on his status. I do not see him making a cameo at Wrestlemania 30 this year based on his appearance over the weekend. He is finished with TNA Wrestling.

From the Ask WNW vault…

April 2011: How many buys do TNA pay-per-views buy? Do they make a profit? - When TNA was considering stopping pay-per-views and airing three-hour live specials on Spike TV they were drawing less than 10,000 buys per show. This is a tremendous loss and makes it impossible to make money. Buy rates climbed up following the Hardcore Justice show they did last August so it was determined to continue to run on pay-per-view. TNA is not a public company so they do not release their buy rate numbers so it is impossible for me to give you exact numbers as they are kept secret. However, we can look at some of the percentages for conversions and I’ll give you some numbers to think about. A well-watched edition of WWE Raw does an average audience of around 5,000,000 viewers. A well-watched edition of Smackdown does close to an average audience of 3,000,000 viewers (last week’s Smackdown featuring the send-off for Edge did an average viewing audience of 2,982,000, a very strong number). The average pay-per-view buy rate for the three WWE pay-per-views in quarter four of 2010 did 197,000 buys (click here for the breakdown of numbers). Last week’s TNA Impact did an average viewing audience of 1,540,000 viewers. There are several variables to factor in when considering how well a pay-per-view does but hopefully those figures will give you an idea. It should be noted that Wrestlemania is a different animal as WWE’s goal is to do at least 1 million buys each year for their biggest show of the year but it’s a mark they’ve missed over the past few years. The numbers for this year’s Wrestlemania XXVII are not yet available.

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  • Jason

    They may end up doing Sting vs Undertaker at Summerslam. This would set a huge card for them.

    • Dohey McDoh Doh

      Or they may not, seeing as ‘Taker works once a year…at ‘Mania. Doh!

      • dohey mcdoh doh jr

        Not really…doh…he worked more than once last year (vs. shield) that’s right…doh! Maybe a SS match. WWE has done stranger things

    • Guest

      They should do it at Summer Slam. Sting doesnt need to challenge for The Streak. John Cena can go against Undertaker next year. Makes the most sense.

    • Guest

      Btw, my name is Jason too. Lol.
      So stop copying my ideas!!! :)

  • Jbreed

    When is everbody gonna stop worrying about Sting and instead wondering which new young star might be headlining next year?

    • Win

      Because Sting is more interesting. Now stop the grand-standing.

      • Jbreed

        What the **** does my comment have to do with grandstanding?

    • Win

      Never. Sting is more interesting. Now quit the whining and grand-standing!

      • Jbreed

        I wonder if you were one of the those who whined when all those old veterans were brought in for WM 30 to steal the spots from the younger guys?

        • Win

          Nope! I wasn’t. I’m not a booker. Don’t pretend to be. I just want to be entertained. Sting/Taker @ Wrestlemania 31 sounds entertaining to me and a lot of other people.

          • Jbreed

            Well let’s hope the 49 year old and the 55 year old guys you’re hoping to see next year can make it down the aisle let alone entertain us in the ring.

          • grandsitter

            Its a match alot of people want guy, go watch some NXT if you’re soooo worried about the guys who will be around for 10-15 more years, not the ones who entertained us all as kids and possibly won’t work again. I’d vote for the latter. Got plenty of time for the future….suck an egg grandstander

          • Jbreed

            The last time somebody told me to go suck an egg was by a 5 year old kid when I was 4. Man do you got some problems!

          • grandsitter

            Aww my poor widdle feelwings was hurted by the big bad man….ha ha you suck pal. The fact you remember when it was said to you last must mean it cut deep….so it must be true, ALL HAIL KING OF THE EGGSUCKERS, THE MIGHTY GRANDSTANDING INBREED, oh sorry JBREED

          • Bob’s Diner

            Holy cow – that is some serious immaturity, all because someone disagreed with you about the importance of a match?

            Sting is old and hasn’t had a decent match in about 5 years. Have fun watching Undertaker having to carry him through the entire match

          • J Vomkrieg

            I reckon Bob, with some time to prepare, and knowing it was 1 match, that Sting and Taker could tell a damn fine story in the ring.

            Sure, it won’t be full of high flying spots, but neither were the HHH vs Taker matches.

            Give me 2 veterans, in a story that no one has seen before, over a spot fest any day of the week.

          • J Vomkrieg

            Also, it could be Stings retirement match as well. His one and only in WWE. The story is pretty epic and they could do some cool “spooky” set pieces in the build.

          • Bob’s Diner

            The Undertaker/HHH match from WrestleMania 28 was exactly what a spotfest is – there was no story or drama at all.

            Look, if it turns out to be a good match, that is great. But as I said, Sting is not in ring shape anymore and hasn’t been in a long time. The last time he was able to put on a great ‘story’ was in the ring with Kurt Angle. Who just happens to be one of the all-time greats. And that was 2009… maybe…

            I just find it funny that all the people on the internet who claim this is a match everyone wants to see are the same people who claim the internet fans are only a tiny percentage of WWE’s fanbase. Which would mean the other 90% of WWE’s fans have almost no knowledge of who Sting is

          • J Vomkrieg

            Valid points, and i completely get your point of view. Although, as various returns and stuff show, a lot of wrestling fans have more knowledge and respect for the old school than you might think.

            I mean look at the NAO. 10 years ago they were midcarders, plenty of people popped for them when they returned, and they don’t have the legendary status of Sting.

            And WWE can build it up pretty easy, they have the back catalogue, they can put sting over on commentary, etc. The old skool fans will know him, and the new school fans might just be captured by his gimmick (He would have to return with his WCW crow style look i reckon).

            Will it be the best match ever? No, probably not. Will it be something we haven’t seen before? Yep. Will it be a nice send off for a legend? Totally. I’d love sting to get a wrestlemania moment.

            I guess my nostalgia is in overload though.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I can appreciate that…
            Like I said, if it turns out good then by all means. And I like Sting, so I’ll probably enjoy seeing him get a proper send off. I just wish Sting had done this years ago – if he had done it back in time for WrestleMania 27 it probably would have been very good.

            I’m also scared as to how WWE will use him if they sign him soon – with a year to go before next WrestleMania, I can only begin to imagine the kind of stupid angles they could put him in until then… look at Brock Lesnar

          • J Vomkrieg

            Yeah, Brock, the unstoppable, unbeatable killing machine. That practically everyone can stop and/or beat.

            Seriously, whats his record vs Main event talent (Cena, Punk, HHH)

          • Jbreed

            BTW if it wasn’t for people like us who pretend to be bookers the main event at WM 30 would still be Boretista vs. Randy Boreton.

          • Win

            Guys like you, huh? Clearly you don’t know how booking works. A huge part of your love for Daniel Bryan is your hatred for Orton and Batista. Their great heel work enhances Daniel Bryan and helps him get over. A great hero is only as good as a great villain. I’m sure you wouldn’t be as interested in a match with Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio even if it was a Main Event Title Match. No one gets over alone.

    • Jason

      It’s because it’s a match fans have been screaming to see for years and it might just finally happen.

      • Jbreed

        Good, intelligent answer for a change. Not like the idiot who said I was grandstanding.

        • Clint

          and you had to have that guy tell you why, grandstand is a reach but quit being a troll, heres a hypothetical match how bout a triple threat with Undertaker vs Sting vs Bray Wyatt, and also taker should fight Jericho, he has never beat him

          • Jbreed

            How about The Undertaker/John Cena? I think it was have made sense at WM 30 to have The Phenom vs. the face of the past 10 years.

          • Guest

            I and a lot of others want John Cena vs The Undertaker at WM31. I seem to always get my Undertaker WM match wish every year…so hopefully next year is the same.

            As far as Taker/Sting, I want to see that match too. But it shouldnt be for The Streak. So hopefully we get that match at this years Summer Slam…if Taker is up to it.

            Sting can face the Dean Ambroses, the Bray Wyatts, etc during the year…then finally have his Wrestlemania match(and win) against somebody like Kane. Then he can retire. Win Win for everybody.

          • GOR

            Please no cena vs taker. They will let cena bend the streak.
            it should be rock or goldberg. or just maybe Bryan !

  • Bergman

    Why hasn’t anyone posted Mr. T being the next inductee in the HoF? Have to get my wrestling news from TMZ now? And I don’t even have to pay!

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Don’t be a hater/troll. It’s online now.

      • Frank Rizzo

        How is that being a hater/troll

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

          “One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup
          or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument”

          If you have a problem, email me. I’m always open. This guy is just trying to cause a trouble.

          • Frank Rizzo

            It’s like no one can post any remark with criticsm. I am a premium member and pay to view this website and if I have something negative to say I should have the ability to do that without being called a “hater/troll”.

      • The Great one

        Yeah it’s not like it’s your profession or anything!

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

          A man isn’t allowed to eat lunch? Jeez

          • BIG M

            Would maybe help if you didn’t usually react to criticism or a differing opinion in an sarcastic manor.
            Not having a dig at you here just making a suggestion.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Anyone that brags about going to TMZ for wrestling news deserves to be made fun of

          • BIG M

            No doubt I mean this guys clearly a troll but still Richard should know better than to reply to a troll and have a dig at him.

  • _JIM_

    Same thing happened to The Dudley Boys when they went to WWE. When they left they couldn’t use the name anymore. Even though they had used it for years prior to going to WWE. I guess it depends on the deal the person signs because there have been others that have been able to retain the rights to their name when they leave WWE.

  • Bob’s Diner

    I would rather see Kurt Angle return and take on Undertaker next year. That would be a great match. If Sting really wanted this match he should have gone to WWE a few years ago instead of re-signing with TNA. The time has passed

  • Matt

    I think it would be cool if WWE announced Sting/Undertaker a year in advance like with Rock/Cena.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Why? Neither man will wrestle much and neither are particularly great on the mic – I don’t think a full year of hype is helpful or necessary

  • BIG M

    I don’t think it would hurt Cena one bit to go under to a rising star like Wyatt at Wrestlemania.
    The man like him or loath him (I lean towards the latter) is the most established and untouchable star in the industry today but he won’t be forever.
    Its now time for WWE to start thinking about the future and the new breed of talent like Wyatt, Cesaro, Barrett, And Bryan are without a doubt the industries future.

    • Avalanchian

      Barrett is a waste of space. He might be able to wrestle but he has next to no personality. If your character can’t move merchandise then chances are you won’t be a big star.

      • BIG M

        Watch his segments on the JBL and Cole show than tell me he has no charisma.
        Besides charisma’s overrated these days just look at the success of Daniel Bryan has he ever given a great promo off course not but can anyone out work him in the ring HELL NO.

        • Avalanchian

          What Bryan has been doing for awhile is give great speeches aka promos. Plus Cena was supporting him in promos for a bit. Put Barrett in the ring and he becomes just but a meh character. He was only really relevant when he had Cena around. If he is so amazing throw him in the ring and see how the crowd reacts to his wrestling not his blabbering.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Bad News Barrett completely proves you wrong – his delivery and enjoyment in doing those lame segments is actually making it fun

    • The Great one

      Have to say where does he go from there? I’m a big fan of bray but if he beats the biggest name in the industries them the only way is down …

      • BIG M

        I see your point but I think a loss at this point after beating Bryan then Shield would not be wise move Bray is too red hot right now.
        If Bryan is the most popular face right now Wyatt has to be the most popular heel.

  • Cubed56

    Bray Wyatt has to go over Cena IMO. Losing to Cena will only hurt Bray’s build to the main event, especially of its a typical Cena victory, where he gets the hell beat out of him for 90% of the match, only to miraculously come back and win. I’m not saying Bray has to win completely clean, as a little help from Harper and Rowan would be just fine. However, let’s say they get booted from ringside, then either Bray has to win clean, or if Cena is going over(like I said is a mistake) he at least has to allow Bray to look like his equal.

  • opie

    This comment thread has gotten silly.

    • Bob’s Diner

      A lot of them get silly

  • Avalanchian

    As for the Cena vs Wyatt. I think it ends up Bray winning dirty or Cena winning so that people can continue to believe in their “false idols/gods.” Since Bray called himself a god I just don’t see him winning clean.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Since he is wrestling John Cena I don’t see him winning clean

  • DW

    I see another yr long build but! This one is gunna be worth! Sting vs Taker deserves a year build!

  • John

    I think Undertaker vs. Sting happens next year, then Undertaker will retire at WrestleMania 32 in his hometown of Texas against John Cena.