Mercury & Noble, Lesnar/WM31, Can Lana Wrestle?, Issues w/Rollins vs. Ambrose

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What are the official backstage roles of Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble and how was it decided they would be used on screen in this storyline?

Both Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble work backstage as producers in WWE. While it's a role Noble has been in for years now, Mercury was promoted last year. As we reported here on Wrestling News World, Mercury had been working as a developmental trainer and producer in NXT but received high marks and was promoted to the main roster. As for them being selected as the corporate stooges on TV, I haven't heard how they landed the gig. If I had to guess it would be that every time they made a cameo, they trended Twitter and someone had an idea to give them recurring roles. I see it as a throwback to the days of Brisco and Patterson and am very high up on it.

Since Brock Lesnar has only defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena, do you think there's still a big rub for the person that goes over him?

It's safe to say Brock Lesnar isn't being booked as a fighting champion. In September, I penned a lengthy article about five believable and credible babyface challengers for Lesnar, hoping he would be utilized more often as they went from Hell in a Cell to Wrestlemania 31. Instead, he's been removed from TV until later this year and will likely miss his second straight pay-per-view in Survivor Series.

Because of this, WWE is going to have to be very careful with how they book Lesnar after John Cena. As I stated on Thursday, if Brock goes over Cena a third time, then they pretty much have to do Rock vs. Brock at Wrestlemania 31. Any idea of using Brock to transfer the rub of the streak to an up and coming worker is pretty much out the window if he goes over Cena on a third pay-per-view.

Will we ever see Lana wrestle in WWE?

Lana has had training as a professional wrestler [in NXT under Sara Del Rey] but she was paired with Rusev from the get go. She does not come from a pro wrestling background but was an actress, dancer and a spokesmodel for Red Bull. At this point I am unaware of any plans for her to actually wrestle and feel she is much better utilized in her current role as valet/manager. Lana is fantastic on the mic and I believe she should continue to be utilized to her strengths. What would be the point in taking a "natural" on the mic and putting her in a position that could damage her credibility? If it's not broke, don't fix it.

I don't get why people are so upset with the dirty finish between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. I am nowhere near disappointed and felt it was a great match. Why not focus on the positives over the negative?

I set my expectations for Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose at Hell in a Cell far too high. I went in expecting a Match of the Year candidate and I hardly ever do that. It's just I know what these two are capable of and I got the feeling from comments made by both they had "something to prove." However, like many of our readers, I was disappointed and it wasn't just the dirty finish. The spot off the cage where they both went through announce tables was not well executed. Sure, they both took crazy bumps but it clearly looked like Ambrose just jumped off on his own. I understand he wanted to make sure he went through the table and didn't miss but the camera angle ruined it.

Bumps like that are so risky and carry potentially devastating consequences to have it come off as forced and contrived is just very disappointing. Given the fact they started the match with the biggest spot, everything else they did was a letdown. I guess that was intentional given the planned dirty finish but it just didn't work for me.

Randy Orton vs. John Cena had a much better Hell in a Cell match and easily won Match of the Night. It's not that I want to focus on the negatives but it's important that I evaluate everything as I see it and not give Ambrose and Rollins a pass because of who they are or what they are capable of. The fact of the matter is many expected them to outdo Randy and John and they just didn't. WWE's 1A and 1B did what stars do and that's step up when called upon. Whether it was booking or execution, Rollins and Ambrose didn't tear the house down.

As for the dirty finish, I've always maintained that pay-per-views should be utilized to blowoff programs not build to free TV. That's why I prefer clean outcomes, even at $9.99. If WWE wants fans to subscribe to the WWE Network under the premise the pay-per-views are must-see, they have to do all they can to actually make them must-see. It doesn't help that the Night of Champions main event had a dirty finish and Hell in a Cell was already heavily criticized because it did not feature a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.

WWE had to have known the finish was going to be controversial and they even surveyed their Fan Council about it afterwards.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: I know it’s still very early on in their WWE careers and you don’t like answering questions like this, but if you could only pick one, who do you think has the brightest future? Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, The Shield, Big E Langston? In my opinion I think they all have bright furthers, but there’s just something about Cesaro that reads face of the company to me. - What I don’t like about this question is it’s impossible to give a satisfactory response. We haven’t seen enough of any of them (in WWE) to gauge their longevity. It’s also important to remember that looks can be deceiving as two years ago Wade Barrett seemed ready to break out and heading into 2013, he’s nothing more than a midcard talent. However, based on what we have seen, Antonio Cesaro is the “right now” prospect high on the WWE radar but even he has many hurdles to cross before entering the main event. Sandow is a guy Vince McMahon likes but he hasn’t come close to reaching his full potential. The Shield tore down the house at WWE TLC in a match of the year candidate although it’s still a very small body of work to make any sort of long-term judgment. I’m unable to judge Big E Langston at all until I at least see him work a match.

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