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The Authority's Muscle, John Cena As Champ, Lesnar Must Win At SummerSlam, Sandow's Booking

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What's going on with Kane? Why did WWE book him to help Seth Rollins win the Money in the Bank ladder match?

WWE is booking Kane as The Authority's muscle, much like the role The Shield held as their enforcers. Seth Rollins going over in the Money in the Bank ladder match was the right call but I agree that having Kane come out and assure the win for him was anti-climatic.

Why did WWE release the promotional poster for Summerslam with John Cena and Brock Lesnar on it? That basically ruined Money in the Bank for me because I felt I knew John would win.

WWE sent the promotional image for SummerSlam to retailers too early and as a result, it ended up on This is exactly what happened with Batista's return as WWE wanted to promote his return to the company at live events, however, they didn't want the news out before they had the chance to announce it on television. The only way to prevent this type of thing from happening is to keep things that could spoil storylines/match outcomes off advance advertising materials. WWE owned the mistake and have confirmed plans to do John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.

John Cena is "Mr. GO TO" but him as WWE World Heavyweight Champion is overkill in my opinion. Rollins wins good, Reigns should have won, setting up what could have been in my opinion a huge money maker for them with the next two PPV's. We have seen Lesnar and Cena, why do you think Reigns didn't go over? The fans deserved better, they are the real shareholders.

I surveyed followers on my Twitter account before the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match at Money in the Bank, asking people if they felt Roman Reigns was ready to be champion. Below are some select responses:

You can read more of the responses at this link. Based on the consensus, the feeling is Roman Reigns isn't ready to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I understand the anti-Cena segment of WWE's fan base is livid this morning, however, I see this decision as an inevitability. Just because Cena going over was predictable, doesn't mean it was the wrong decision either. I'll have more in Richard Reacts to WWE Money in the Bank.

I believe it is now safe to assume that Brock Lesnar will walk out of SummerSlam as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. What does WNW think?

WWE clearly plans on doing John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam in August. It would be a monumental creative mistake if Lesnar did not go over and win the tile. So yes, it's safe to assume that Lesnar is champion coming out of the show this summer.

What happened to Damien Sandow? He had so much potential.

Everyone wants to know who Damien Sandow pissed off to be booked in his current gimmick. Most see it as the dreadful gimmick Charlie Haas had several years ago. I don't think it's a situation where Sandow has heat as much as the office sees him as someone that can be used for comedic relief. Sandow has been in a tailspin since wining the Money in the Bank briefcase last year and that, I cannot explain.

From the Ask WNW vault…

August 2012: Did Brock Lesnar come back to lose because so far he has no victories? - Brock Lesnar came back for $5,000,000. He’ll do whatever WWE wants him to do as long as he collects his paycheck. It was a monumental mistake putting him under to John Cena at Extreme Rules, with even Hunter admitting privately it hurt his SummerSlam match. I will go as far as saying Cena over Lesnar at Extreme Rules was one of the worst mistakes in WWE . They had a ton of momentum with a returning Lesnar and crushed it almost immediately with a loss.

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