Cena Can't Go Over Lesnar, Dean Ambrose A Star In Need Of A New Look, Sandow's Awful Gimmick

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Do you think WWE would be dumb enough to book John Cena over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam?

The event was Extreme Rules 2012; a hot crowd just outside of Chicago and WWE had all the momentum they could stand with Brock Lesnar returning after carrying the UFC to unseen levels of popularity. In one of the worst creative decisions in WWE's history, John Cena was booked over Lesnar in just under 18 minutes. Surely, WWE won't make the same mistake twice. Not after giving Lesnar the streak. It's not beyond the realm of possibilities -- because literally anything can happen -- but one can only hope WWE will do the right thing.

What do you think about the way Dean Ambrose has really come into his own since the separation of The Shield? In my opinion, aside from the lack of size that Reigns has over him, he is the much better star. He is probably the hottest star in WWE today.

I like how WWE is tapping into Dean Ambrose's "unstable/insane/hardcore" character that he portrayed on the domestic independent scene. It's what put him on the map and it's the most effective way to assure he smoothly makes the transition to a singles star. What I don't like is his ring gear. I've said it more than once -- and I know there are several that disagree -- but he looks too much like Luke Harper. I don't think his ring gear is a hindrance, however, he would stand out better if it were different.

What did Damien Sandow do to get put in the position he is in now?

Everyone wants to know what you have to do to get booked like Damien Sandow. I don't know if it's a situation where he has heat or if creative just has nothing for him, so they revert to comedy. The booking is atrocious, the gimmick is reminiscent of the dreadful one WWE gave Charlie Haas and I'm not optimistic about his future. Every stat I can give you is horrible. Take into account he's 3-37 in televised/pay-per-view matches for the year (including gimmicks such as Royal Rumble) and lost 3 times at a weekend live event.

Does it surprise you that Brock Lesnar, the man who ended Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak three months ago, actually got a huge pop upon returning last Monday on Raw?

I noticed the pop for Brock Lesnar on this week's Raw as well. I don't know if fans were just excited to see a non-regular or if they just want a viable threat to John Cena but WWE will have to monitor the situation throughout the program. I know efforts were made to keep Bray Wyatt from turning babyface in his program with Cena and he still drew babyface reactions where they went. Perhaps this is a rhetorical question but what does this say about John Cena? The plan headed into SummerSlam is for Cena to play the face and Lesnar to play the heel.

From the Ask WNW vault…

September 2012: With growing concerns from WWE talent about the pay and compensation they are receiving; can you see a union for professional wrestlers forming in the future? - We get questions from time-to-time about a pro wrestling union with the issue really being brought to the forefront after the Benoit tragedy, however, I don’t see how it would be possible. Performer’s contracts in WWE are signed as independent contractor agreements, where the workers agree they are not classified as employees even though the company stipulates very specifically when and where they can work. Former workers have challenged the contracts in court, however, they are iron clad in terms of validity and enforcement.

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