Does It Matter If Lesnar Leaves?, Orton's Return, Irrelevant Divas, Saving Adam Rose

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With the possibility of Brock Lesnar leaving after Wrestlemania 31 and seeing how Lesnar has hardly been on TV or even defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, do you believe his reign as champion has done more harm then good for the company in general? It seems as if morale has been at a very low point and when you have guys like Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins putting on some of the best stuff of not only the past few months but possibly for their careers are not able to get a chance to even in the WWE Championship picture.

I have harped on this for months and our readership is split around 70/30 where 70 percent agree the Brock Lesnar WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign hasn’t worked, with 30 percent saying it has worked. The interesting thing is both points are made using the same argument.

Brock Lesnar as WWE World Heavyweight Champion has resulted in more TV time and opportunities for talent like Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, etc. However, I agree with you, in that those opportunities could have been a lot better if there was actually a WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture included. It feels like WWE used those workers more as “stopgaps” before Brock Lesnar came back, rather than developing new main event talent to take the brass ring.

Obviously, time will tell the full story but there is no denying the main event of Royal Rumble is Brock vs. Cena. So guys like Ziggler, Ambrose, Rollins (barring a surprise cash in, which is still taking a backseat in all the promo material), Wyatt, etc. will once again take a backseat for a match that I believe has minimal interest.

Therefore, the absence of Brock Lesnar and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has created opportunities but I’m having a hard time seeing any real change as a result. We’re only left to wonder what Royal Rumble would look like if WWE had actually put the belt on Rollins at Night of Champions and had some of the “up and comers” chase him for it.

As for Brock possibly leaving WWE after Wrestlemania, I don’t think it matters if he leaves. He’s ended the streak and captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WWE has capitalized on his ability to draw for what will be three years. What’s left?

The smartest thing WWE can do is use Lesnar to “pass the torch” at Wrestlemania 31. I don’t care if it’s Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins. Dean Ambrose or Bray Wyatt. WWE has to use Brock to pass the torch. It shouldn’t be an established talent like John Cena or Randy Orton, it needs to be an “up and comer.”

However, this will not be easy. The way WWE has booked Lesnar vs. Cena (except for when they fed Brock to Cena at Extreme Rules 2012), Brock appears unstoppable. How can WWE tell the story that if Cena can’t do it someone else can? That’s the quandary and it’s a result of hot-shot booking without a long-term plan in place.

Why would WWE have Randy Orton return at a live show rather than Raw? I mean don't get me wrong loved seeing him come out to help John Cena win but wouldn't that of been a better story line if he did the run in on a show that aired?

WWE wanted to use the return of Randy Orton to bolster their holiday live event tour, kicking it off in their Mecca that is Madison Square Garden. What they did on Saturday — announcing he was injured and then him saving John Cena in the main event — was likely to garner another big surprise pop for him. WWE wants to give the feeling “anything can happen” even though the shows are not televised so that’s why Orton returned there rather than TV.

Do you think WWE could produce an hour long weekly show based on the Divas to help showcase the Divas division better than giving them two minute matches on main shows each week?

They already do - it’s called Total Divas and it airs Sunday nights on E. I know this probably isn’t the answer you wanted — you likely meant a show heavy on in-ring action — but the fact is, Total Divas is how WWE views their female talent. They use their Divas to promote “drama” and “personal relationships” and “sex appeal” over in-ring talent.

Charlotte — WWE NXT Women’s Champion — is coming off some phenomenal matches at NXT special events but how has she been booked on main roster live events? In forgettable Santa’s Helpers tag matches. That tells you all you need to know about how WWE views Divas. Until a philosophical change is made as to how WWE pushes their female talent, Total Divas is how it is.

WWE has the capabilities to produce any kind of show they want, especially with the evolution of the WWE Network. For now, WWE NXT is the series catered to fans that enjoy athletic in-ring action.

Do you believe WWE will turn Adam Rose back into Leo Kruger at some point?

WWE officials have admitted failure with the Adam Rose gimmick but they’re not giving up yet. Last week’s episode of Smackdown proved that and I recapped the tweak at this link. As people that commented mentioned, that Adam Rose isn’t far from Leo Kruger so perhaps WWE is grasping at the former gimmick to try and save Adam Rose. This serves as a further reminder that what works in Florida doesn’t always work on the main roster.

From the Ask WNW vault…

April 2014: Does WWE Wellness test their referees? - Yes, the referees are subject to Wellness testing in WWE. Senior official Mike Chioda was suspended under the WWE Wellness policy on August 15, 2011 and is the only referee to be suspended for a test failure. He returned immediately after his suspension the next month. It’s been several months since WWE had a Wellness test suspension as the last on record is the suspension of Ricardo Rodriguez on July 2, 2013. We have details on every WWE Wellness suspension since November 1, 2007 at this link.

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