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Main Event Influence, Shawn Michaels' Limited Exposure, Santino A Main Eventer?, Putting Over AJ Lee

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What type of control to main event workers such as John Cena and CM Punk have in WWE over the direction of their characters?

Main event workers such as John Cena and CM Punk have considerable influence in the direction of their characters; however, Vince McMahon has the final say in what happens. Workers in the top of the card have much more power and influence than someone in the bottom of the card. For example, someone like Heath Slater is told what to do and when to do it. If he would refuse something, it'd be detrimental to his spot in the company. Cena or Punk are much more open to meet with Vince over things and he would be much more likely to hear them out.

Will Shawn Michaels wrestle when he reunites with Triple H as D-Generation X at the 1000th Raw next month?

Shawn Michaels has maintained he's finished in the ring but will appear when asked. He's still drawing a hefty six-figure salary from WWE where they are able to use him when needed. Obviously due to the fact that he's finished wrestling, his exposure is limited.

Do you think Santino Marella could ever have a serious main event gimmick?

Santino Marella is a great babyface that can be used for comedic relief but I don't see him going much further than that. He's taken advantage of opportunities when given but I'm not sure anyone would buy him as a main eventer. Remember when Santino stepped into the Elimination Chamber match earlier this year and proved he could get over with the best babyfaces in the company? WWE realized that and I feel he was rewarded with his current WWE United States Championship reign.

What do you make of the whole AJ Lee angle and her involvement in the main event scene?

I am intrigued with AJ Lee on WWE television and like the way she's been used in the main event scene with Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Kane. How long it will last is anyone's guess but she's done a great job so far.

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