Skip to main content

CM Punk Cameo On Raw Last Week?, Batista Taking Time Off, Breaking Up The Shield, Bully Ray Back In WWE, Venues

The following is today's edition of Ask WNW. Ask WNW is the most popular feature on the website where Richard Gray answers four questions daily, Monday through Friday. To submit your question for the next installment of Ask WNW, click here
  • Author:
  • Updated:

Was CM Punk on WWE Raw last Monday?

Several readers claim they saw CM Punk on the stage during the Ultimate Warrior tribute on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw. I've watched the tape and even posted a screen capture on Twitter. I would like to think that if Punk was backstage last week someone would have mentioned it. I've texted people that would have known and they're acting like I'm the biggest mark of all time. Anyways, here's the screen capture just for fun:

As for who the mystery person could have been, people have Tweeted Batista or even Seth Rollins, so just have fun with this. If Punk was there, I'm sure I'll find out soon enough. But it certainly seems unlikely. Also, to prevent the "clever ones" in the comment area, I'll show you some of the responses I've received so far... First, the experts:

Now for some light-heartedness...

With Batista taking time off after Extreme Rules, why build the Evolution stable now?

Batista is not listed on the official show listings for upcoming events after Extreme Rules on May 4, 2014. The assumption is he will be taking time off, possibly to help promote Guardians of the Galaxy, which is due out in August. If he does in fact take time off, I still will not be against the reforming of Evolution. Not only does it help from a post-Wrestlemania let down but it helps reestablish Batista as a HEEL. I have no idea why Vince McMahon was determined to bring Batista back as a babyface and even Batista himself told them it wouldn't work. Evolution vs. The Shield has a lot of people excited for next month's special event/pay-per-view, so it has accomplished its goal.

How long will The Shield stay together? Roman Reigns seems to be the first in line for a push, but do you - like most - think all three will be successful as singles wrestlers?

Vince McMahon and Triple H have gone back and forth on breaking up The Shield, with the indecisiveness playing out on television. Roman Reigns is still the first in line to be pushed first, however, I feel all three have very bright futures. I've mentioned numerous times how Reigns was placed with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose so he could "learn on the job" and he's emerged as the favorite. Reigns has more than exceeded expectations and has performed better on the main roster than he did in developmental. This is the exact opposite of what we usually see as often times someone will impress in NXT, only to flop on the main roster.

Who currently employed in TNA Wrestling do you think would have the most success in WWE?

The TNA roster is getting thin with the company opting to spend less on talent, however, if I had to pick one worker it would be Bully Ray. Rumors are swirling about Kurt Angle getting another run in WWE but what about Bully Ray? He's reestablished himself as a singles performer and has shown he has what it takes to be a top guy. As for it actually happening, I doubt it as there are underlying issues between Ray and Triple H.

Why does WWE run in venues that draw 15,000+ instead of bigger arenas that can hold 20,000+?

I get this question a lot and honestly do not understand it. WWE runs in the largest and nicest indoor venues in the United States each week. If you're suggesting they do stadium shows each week, I would think that would be problematic on multiple levels. First, it'd be more expensive, carry a more difficult and lengthy setup process and they obviously cannot control the weather. Further, to assume WWE would be able to sellout large stadiums week in and week out would be a bit overly optimistic.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2012: Now that Linda McMahon’s political career seems to be over, can Vince move on to make the product more entertaining? - This was the one million… or should we say $100 million question that we knew would come up following Election Day. I honestly believe Vince McMahon is committed to producing a PG product because of the diverse opportunities it provides WWE in today’s marketplace. The only situation I can see the product reverting back to the days of the Attitude Era is if a viable competitor threatens them. Linda McMahon’s political career has certainly impacted WWE’s programming but her loss won’t produce the immediate creative overhaul some are hoping for.

The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Remember questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. Check out the Ask WNW archive at this link.

You can submit a question for the next installment of Ask WNW at this link. If you have problems with the form, you can send your question to

Related Articles