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Lesnar Should Have Dropped Title, Christian's Career, A Big Blow To Reigns/WWE, PPV Buys

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Let's just cut to the chase - what did you think of the way Night of Champions ended with Seth Rollins coming out, causing the DQ but not cashing in?

As you can tell by the headline of Richard Reacts To WWE Night Of Champions 2014 – The Ending That Didn’t Make Sense, I didn't like it. It was there I explained why John Cena taking out Seth Rollins didn't make sense because in essence, he was saving Brock Lesnar. Some readers pointed out it's not in Cena's character to worry about who he has a better chance of beating to win back the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but that's not exactly my point. If they were going to involve Seth Rollins, there were other ways it could have been handled without having Cena make the save for Lesnar. That's what I didn't like.

WWE was booked into a corner by rematching Cena vs. Lesnar -- especially after the way their SummerSlam match was booked -- but there was just no logic to the end of the pay-per-view. It came off as awkward and seemed clearly out of place. I understand what WWE wanted to accomplish. They wanted Lesnar to walk away champion, Cena to come back redeemed and also remind the audience that Rollins is "Plan B." Maybe my biggest issue is WWE making it blatantly obvious they're going to do whatever it takes to keep the title on Lesnar without [further] burying other roster members.

The idea of a long-term part-time champion is something I've soured on and they had an out on Sunday night. Seth Rollins could have successfully cashed in, Lesnar wouldn't have looked weak because he took four Attitude Adjustments and they would have had a top fall program of Rollins vs. Cena, while maintaining Lesnar's top-tier status for Wrestlemania 31 next year.

I understand those that feel Lesnar holding the belt for just over a month may seem foolish but what's even more foolish is having someone that only works a handful of dates holding the company's only world title for a lengthy amount of time. It would be one thing if every time Brock appeared on TV it popped viewership but I believe that's already lost its luster. When he's not there, it just comes off as frustrating and when he comes back, it leaves the viewer questioning where he's been.

Further, the whole dream scenario that many have of Roman Reigns going over Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31 could have been damaged by the situation over the weekend. New accounts suggest Reigns could be out "several months" and the company has a golden opportunity to elevate Rollins. I'm also told Vince McMahon wants to do Brock vs. The Rock, so if the belt is off Lesnar, that scenario is solved as well.

Do you believe that Christian's in-ring career is over?

We finally got an official health update on Christian on the Night of Champions Kickoff. As we reported here on, it was stated that Christian has put his career on-hold due to injuries and they hope to have him back one day. Therefore stating he is not medically cleared but they hope he will gain that clearance to resume his career, hence the "on-hold" explanation. I hope Christian is able to come back and am not going to speculate about his future. I just hope if he is cleared to come back, he doesn't jeopardize his long-term health or well-being to do so. If he retired, he would still go down in history as to having a phenomenal career.

With how bad WWE needs main event talent, how bad does Roman Reigns being out indefinitely hurt the company?

Roman Reigns being out is yet another significant blow to WWE, as they really couldn't afford to lose another name working in the top of the card. The good news is Dean Ambrose is back so that should help offset the loss but the company is going to have to work extremely hard in the latter part of 2014 to create some new credible main event talent. Bray Wyatt is completely lost right now and they've got to find a way to restart on him in a big way. He's one of the many victims of a deep creative rut.

How many pay-per-views on average have WWE shows done since the WWE Network has been in existence?

WWE still releases pay-per-view buyrate data quarterly, along with updates on WWE Network subscribers. Official buyrate numbers for Wrestlemania 30, Extreme Rules, WWE Payback and Money in the Bank are available at this link. WWE began a very questionable promotional tactic for their Network at Night of Champions on Sunday night, as they essentially shamed anyone that bought the show on pay-per-view and put over the $9.99 price of WWE Network. In my eyes, shaming people for purchasing your product highlights a clear disconnect between WWE management and their fan base. They're clearly going "all in" on the WWE Network.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: Wasn’t Brock Lesnar’s deal with WWE to face Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 next year? - Brock Lesnar signed a one year part-time contract with WWE believed to be worth somewhere in the range of $5 million. The assumption is he’ll do whatever they ask him to collect his paycheck. That said, Undertaker and The Rock both want to face him at the pay-per-view next year.

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