No Creative Control, Ryback's Return, Lesnar Leaving After WM31?, Absent Champion

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We all know that Superstars like John Cena and Randy Orton have huge creative control over things but what about guys like Roman Reigns or Bray Wyatt? How much control do they have?

Neither Bray Wyatt nor Roman Reigns have significant control over the booking of their respective characters. That is completely obvious given how cold Wyatt has been since SummerSlam and the fact Roman Reigns was miscast in a dreadful interview segment on last week's Raw. Even John Cena and Randy Orton ultimately have to do what their told. They obviously have more influence than most, however, they don't get to dictate their respective direction. When Peter Rosenberg expressed frustration to Nikki Bella about her program with Brie, she made it very clear, she doesn't write the show. At the end of the day, no one other Vince McMahon really has creative control. Everyone can pitch their ideas and what not but what Vince or Triple H says, is what goes.

Do you foresee a monster push for Ryback upon his return from injury?

WWE is light on talent at the top of the card and Ryback has worked there before, so it's not out of the realm of possibilities the company restarts on him in a big way. However, I cannot confirm that and most everyone here knows that I believe someone else should get the opportunity. Talent such as Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and others have been waiting in the wings and should get a chance at it before Ryback gets another. One name that has really fallen off in Ryback's absence is Curtis Axel. I am unaware of any comeback plans for either as of this writing.

Do you think WWE will sign Brock Lesnar to another deal similar to the one he has now?

Brock Lesnar originally signed a one-year contract with WWE in 2012 before agreeing to an extension for another two in January 2013. His latest deal runs through Wrestlemania 31 next year and it will be up to WWE as to whether or not he'll get another one. I do not feel an extension should be offered. It's not that I dislike Brock Lesnar, in fact, quite the opposite. However, Lesnar's luster has worn off and there's no reason for WWE to sign him to another exorbitant contract for a lot of money without a lot of dates. I doubt WWE will be willing to offer such either given the fact they're cutting costs wherever they can in attempt to make the WWE Network profitable. WWE's entire business model has changed since they first signed Lesnar and the only way I can see them moving on with him is at a steep discount.

Why was Daniel Bryan asked to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship vacate it because he couldn't actively defend it but Brock Lesnar was made champion and is missing in action?

This is a point I purposely wanted to revisit from Wednesday's installment of Ask WNW. I wrote about it being ridiculous how Brock Lesnar - as WWE World Heavyweight Champion - has been off TV since Night of Champions when Daniel Bryan was stripped due to injury. One commentator stated it wasn't ridiculous because Bryan can't defend the belt, while Brock still can but in the right situations. That wasn't my point. The point is, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is nowhere to be seen. Lesnar, as a part-time champion, has not worked and it will only get worse with every show that he misses. Why take the belt off Bryan in the first place if they're not going to showcase the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? The Authority's storyline reasoning for having him vacate it was because the "WWE Universe deserved a fighting champion," which Lesnar is not.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: What is the deal with some of the independent standouts that have come to WWE but have not been called up? Wrestlers like Chris Hero & Brodie Lee? - Chris Hero (as Kassius Ohno) and Brodie Lee (as Luke Harper) are working in NXT Wrestling in preparation for the main WWE roster. WWE’s developmental system is loaded with talent and it all comes down to creative plans and the correct opportunity before they are called up. There is no guarantee when a worker signs a developmental contract they will get the call-up but it’s up to them to work hard to impress company officials in Florida.

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