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Implications For Cena vs. Orton, Lesnar's Status, WWE Saves HIAC, Future Of TNA

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Is there any chance we see Randy Orton go over at Hell in a Cell, face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, only for Seth Rollins to "cash in" and start Orton vs. Rollins? OR do you think we aren't going to have the title defended for two straight pay-per-views?

I want to unpack this a little. First, we don't know Brock Lesnar's next WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense. When he was yanked from the Hell in a Cell plans, some people started speculating he was off WWE TV for the rest of the year. I tried to warn that wasn't true and finally there is evidence to suggest that Lesnar is "probable" for WWE TLC in December. However, the question this poses is what about Survivor Series? I can confirm there have been no mentions of Lesnar at Survivor Series last week or this week but it's still up in the air.

As for Randy Orton vs. John Cena [on Sunday], I believe most people want to see Orton go over because they don't want to see Cena vs. Lesnar again. I completely agree. The issue is going to be with how WWE handles turning Orton babyface, an inevitability if they are going to program him with Lesnar. With that being said, I have not heard the direction they plan to go at Hell in a Cell. I do know that Orton is being "catered to" right now, which is the reason for the high profile match against Cena in the first place.

Finally, regarding Seth Rollins "cashing in," this is another unknown factor. We know he won't be utilizing the briefcase on Sunday but what about Survivor Series? We have to figure out Lesnar's status before we can even think about a successful "cash in." As I stated earlier in the week, I believe it's imperative that Rollins is successful in cashing in the briefcase.

Do you agree with me that it's quite clear Randy Orton will go over this Sunday against John Cena due to the stipulation added and WWE catering to him?

I agree Randy Orton over John Cena is the outcome people want at Hell in a Cell but I'm not ready to say it's clear or predictable. Yes, Vince McMahon is trying to quell concerns Orton has had with the booking of his character. That's why his match at Hell in a Cell is being promoted as a co-main event.

With 8 matches on the Hell in a Cell card, the pay-per-view seems overbooked. In my opinion, either one match will get little to no time, or matches could be merged, such as the Hell in a Cell matches. What do you think?

Eight matches is the standard for a WWE pay-per-view, the reason I picked this question is to address the strength of the Hell in a Cell card. Heading into last weekend, I asked my friends on Facebook if they were excited for Hell in a Cell. The consensus was they were not and I agreed. Now, given the fact Orton vs. Cena means something and the other matches added, I believe there is considerable interest in the pay-per-view even without a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Check out the spoiler lineup at this link, I believe issues surrounding the show's lineup have been resolved.

I've read rumors that TNA has no TV deal in place and there is a good chance if nothing is reached by Nov 1st, TNA will be up for sale. Can you confirm any of this?

No, I cannot confirm and it sounds like a lot of speculation. The Carter family has had two significant opportunities to sell TNA Wrestling in recent years. One opportunity came when Toby Keith and Jeff Jarrett inquired and Spike TV (Viacom) was interested before deciding to move on. They could always choose to sell at anytime, I just find it hard to believe they would choose to sell now when their value was higher in the months prior. With that being said, it's really getting down to the wire on a new TV deal and TNA must remain on TV in the United States to remain in operation.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2011: Are WWE wrestlers classified as WWE employees or independent contractors? - WWE wrestlers signed under performer’s contracts are classified as independent contractors, not company employees. Due to the independent contractor status, there is no set pay structure or union that offers benefits. The classification has been argued and even fought in court; however, the bottom line is every wrestler under a WWE performer’s contract has legally agreed to be an independent contractor for WWE. We can debate the classification for hours but it makes no sense for a wrestler to agree to working as an independent contractor only to argue it once the agreement has ended. A contract is only binding if both sides agree and no matter how much someone may argue a WWE performer’s contract, they have to sign it for it to become legally binding.

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