Lesnar Unbeatable?, Bill Simmons/WWE, Fall 2012 Worse, TNA's Survival

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With John Cena saying no one can beat Brock Lesnar, could it open the door for someone to return and beat him like Goldberg?

John Cena helped WWE progress where they are going with Brock Lesnar in last week's kayfabe interview with Michael Cole. In the interview, recapped here, Cena explained that Seth Rollins was his target and he questioned who could be Brock Lesnar. The message was Cena was moving on to Seth Rollins for his "idiotic actions" at Night of Champions and Brock Lesnar was virtually unstoppable. The problem is Cena talked about how he had Lesnar beat before Rollins interfered. So Cena beat the unbeatable but now he can't be beat.

While as contradicting as that may seem, at least in the short-term, Cena is moving away from Lesnar and onto Rollins. Booking Lesnar is the ultimately quandary because of his part-time status. WWE seems to be setting the stage for someone to "shock the world" and go over clean but will they really leave Cena vs. Lesnar off the dirty finish at Night of Champions? I'll be the first to admit I don't want to see Cena vs. Lesnar a fourth time since Lesnar's return from UFC (accounting for their match at Extreme Rules 2012) but it would seem to be an odd way to end the program.

The two opponents that have been discussed for Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31 are The Rock and Roman Reigns. I'm told Vince McMahon prefers the former and Triple H prefers the latter. There are issues with either scenario and what does WWE do with Lesnar in the meantime? It's a tricky situation but I don't see a 47 (almost 48) year old Goldberg coming in and solving the problem.

There should have been a clear plan in place from the moment the streak ended to Wrestlemania 31, however, so many people were caught off guard by Lesnar going over Undertaker, I don't believe one had been discussed at all. Now, WWE faces a complex situation that's going to have to be solved in the next 4-5 months.

We all know Bill Simmons is huge WWE fan and with his recent problems with ESPN, do you see him working for WWE at some point?

For those unaware, Bill Simmons is a sports columnist, analyst, author and podcaster with ESPN. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the website Grantland.com. On September 24, 2014, ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks for criticizing how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handled the Ray Rice domestic violence case. A new report from BusinessInsider.com states that Simmons' contract with ESPN is up in a year but he's currently making over $3,000,000 annually. Simmons is a rarity in that he is a respected mainstream journalist that is knowledgable and objective when it comes to professional wrestling. The thing is even if he leaves ESPN; WWE isn't going to pay him anywhere close to $3,000,000 a year. I guess it's possible -- I mean they could pay him that -- but it's highly unlikely. Randy Orton is one of the highest paid workers on the WWE roster and according to a TMZ report last year, makes roughly $3,499,992 a year. I guess if Simmons was willing to take a big pay cut WWE would be an option but I'm not sure where he'd fit in.

Do you believe we're in one of the dullest periods for WWE over the past few years?

While I'm sure there are more than a few readers expecting me to answer this with a resounding Yes, Yes, Yes! I'm not so sure. Hell in a Cell 2012 was headlined by CM Punk vs. Ryback and Survivor Series that year was horrible. The time from SummerSlam through the end of the year of the year is traditionally weaker and not having a WWE World Heavyweight Champion doesn't help things. However, Punk vs. Ryback seems weaker than the current stuff involving Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, John Cena and Randy Orton. I believe the respective upsides of Rollins and Ambrose is far more than that of Ryback. If nothing else comes out of this creative rut, I hope we have at least one new mainstay in the company's main event scene.

Could TNA survive if they revamped their storylines to keep their core of Gail Kim, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray and James Storm, while bringing in other cheaper talent like they've done with Ethan Carter III?

Talent isn't TNA's problem. Their talent roster is just fine and will be just fine. TNA's biggest issue is domestic TV and they have to find a new deal. I've heard some things and will be updating soon but that's what TNA needs right now. After securing a domestic TV deal, TNA will be able to determine how to move forward and while obstacles remain, talent is not one of them.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2012: In light of the new details regarding the WWE Network how is WWE going to fill an entire network full of programming without the shows that already have television deals? - WWE officials maintain content is not their problem and immediately point to their massive tape library in which only a portion has been digitized. They will also point to the shows they have already taped for the network as well as the WWE Studios library, their developmental system and other programming prospects. This is one area where I am in agreement with WWE as they have more than enough content it’s just will they be able to get enough clearances from cable/satellite providers and will people then buy the network? Vince said on Thursday all the major players plan to carry the network and revealed a detailed survey that a consulting firm did on WWE’s audience. The big question now is when the network will launch which I think is pretty clear won’t be this year.

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