Skip to main content

Daniel Bryan Needs Surgery?, Outcome Of Cena vs. Ambrose, Keeping Orton Happy, Wrestlemania Headliners

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:

I've read plans for Daniel Bryan's surgery are back on. What's the latest?

Daniel Bryan is back in the news following rumors that a potential elbow surgery could be back on. In our update last month, we noted how Bryan could be back by the end if the year if he didn't have another surgery. However, if he does have surgery, a return this year is obviously off the table.

David Shoemaker of Grantland.comstated in August (on Twitter) that he heard Bryan needed Tommy John Surgery. Bryan talked about undergoing elbow surgery in a recent promotional interview, revealing surgery was even scheduled at one point but canceled so doctors could run more tests.

Daniel Bryan will not be cleared to return to the ring until the strength returns to his arm. Fans are already hoping he'll be able to return as a surprise return in January's Royal Rumble match and as I discussed in the latest Premium Mailbag, if Bryan is healthy, he's who should go over. However, surgery would make a return at that point unlikely.

Right now what is known for sure is that Daniel Bryan is out indefinitely. I hope that Bryan himself will update if there is a significant update (such as surgery) to pass along. At this point, we shouldn't be surprised if surgery is needed but I believe we all want it done sooner than later if that indeed will fix the problem. For all of those speculating "Bryan is finished," that's irresponsible. Here's Bryan at a recent MLB Playoff game:

Click here to load Photo/Tweet (if not loaded)

Considering how much of a funk WWE creative is in right now. I feel the outcome on Raw between John Cena and Dean Ambrose was the only way they could continue to build both Ambrose & Rollins, while at the same providing a viable main event between Cena & Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell. Simply put, did creative "get it right" considering the position
they've put themselves in?

Yes and no. This week's episode of Monday Night Raw had a better flow to it and was actually an enjoyable broadcast for a change. So I want to be careful how I answer this. It was absolutely the right thing to do in putting Dean Ambrose over John Cena, however, in trying to make Cena vs. Orton the 1A main event of Hell in a Cell, multiple logic gaps exist.

Wrestling News World reader Henerzexplained here...

I thought the whole thing was just ridiculous. After Ambrose and Cena have been going at each other for 2 weeks, Dean gets the win and Cena just seems to instantly forget all of his feelings towards Amborse/Rollins and suddenly wants to feud with Randy Orton AGAIN out of nothing. Let alone the fact that there was no mention of the WWE Championship throughout the night. I guess nobody cares about challenging Lesnar for the title now that he's not on the show? Madness.

For those that have been keeping up, WWE wants to keep Randy Orton happy. However, in trying to continue to assure Randy that he's still a top priority, it makes it look like they lack confidence in Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins as a pay-per-view main event. We'll see how to plays out but I don't want to continuously criticize WWE when they made the right move and kept Ambrose hot.

I really enjoyed this week's Raw for many reasons but one of them was - Randy Orton presenting himself as someone for the younger guys to go through and the story they told with Ziggler. What are your thoughts on Randy after Raw?

How do you feel about Ziggler, as Intercontinental Champion, losing to a non-titleholder? In my view it further devalued an already meaningless title.

I published these questions together because they show both reactions from the match. Once again, Vince McMahon wants to show Randy Orton that he's still a top priority. They also needed to restart on him as a "force to be reckoned with" if he was going to be considered a viable threat to John Cena or Dean Ambrose. Dolph Ziggler played the role of the sacrificial lamb in a well worked bout. I hate it when champions go under clean in non-title matches and will not change my opinion here. Why have the titles if they aren't going to be used?

I'm not suggesting Randy Orton should be Intercontinental Champion as much as I'm suggesting his bout should have been against someone else. WWE needs their midcard belts to mean something right now with the World Heavyweight Champion MIA. However, all things considered, this was a good match where Ziggler was at least booked competitive. The first reader felt it made him look good.

So while I agree with the second reader in that the match did nothing but hurt the value of the Intercontinental Championship, it did accomplish the task of building Orton without completely burying Ziggler.

Who do you see headlining Wrestlemania in the next 3-4 years?

Well if WWE continues to rely on part-timers and John Cena has shifted his schedule to reflect as much, I predict he'll be the guy to face. Seriously, what did you expect me to say? The company will be ran by Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns? I would love to sugarcoat this and explain how WWE's next wave of talent will be completely featured in the coming years, however, that is by far from a guarantee. I can't predict the future but I am hopeful some of the names I've mentioned -- if not others --- are working in the top of the card.

From the Ask WNW vault…

October 2012: When a WWE worker makes a non-wrestling appearance (e.g. autograph signing, media appearances, etc.) does the company instruct them to appear in or out of character? - WWE workers have a lot of freedom in media interviews but there are directives that come down from the office. Obviously the company doesn’t want stars leaking storylines and generally speaking, they want the focal point of the interview to promote the product. We’ve seen it all – from Randy Orton completely shooting on Kelly Kelly to Sheamus constantly remaining in-character during media appearances. John Cena is known for focusing on the product in-character and is seen as the best promotional mouthpiece they have. Speaking from experience, when I’ve done interviews with workers alongside radio anchors, the radio station has met with company officials to let them know to keep it clean. My biggest pet peeve with interviews (and why I don’t do many of them) is workers using them to put themselves over rather than actually answering the questions. Kind of like what we saw with the Presidential debate on Tuesday night, where the candidates would be asked a question, but skirt around it to get to their approved campaign rhetoric.

Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

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

Download our FREE App! Dirt Sheet for iPhone, Android and iPad.

Dirt Sheet

Related Articles