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Mundane Live Smackdown, Brock Lesnar's Gimmick & Contract, Randy Orton Buried, Sting To WWE?

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Why didn't WWE use the old Smackdown set for last night's "blast from the past" episode?

Last night's "blast from the past" Smackdown live left a lot to be desired. Sure, it was neat seeing some of the Legends but other than that, the show was pretty mundane. WWE went all-out with their "old school" Raw a couple of years ago and it went over quite well but last night just seemed like a throwaway show with the Legends filling the gaps for the Raw performers unable to appear because of the upcoming overseas tour. I don't know why more effort wasn't put forth but it was a show you can afford to miss if you haven't seen it yet.

What is the latest on Brock Lesnar's gimmick? Do you see him re-signing with WWE after Wrestlemania XXIX next year?

Brock Lesnar was brought in to work as a main event heel, which explains the pairing with John Laurinaitis. Vince McMahon wanted to do a Lesnar/John Cena program out of the gate so he knew he'd have to put him with one of the most-hated characters on TV to get him over (especially given the heat on Cena). As for Brock re-signing, it all depends on how it goes. WWE dropped a lot of money to get Lesnar for limited dates (rumored to be in the $5 million range) so it will also depend on if he helps business.

Why does Randy Orton seem like he's getting bored with boring programming? Isn't his stock the same as John Cena?

Randy Orton is WWE's number two guy behind John Cena and remember Cena had a program with Kane prior to Orton's program with him. A lot of readers have gotten restless with the booking of Orton and it might be time for a change but losing to Kane at Wrestlemania XXVIII I felt was a bad move. I expect Orton to "snap" and take out Kane at Extreme Rules based on the booking from last night.

In light of veteran superstars coming into the WWE and working limited schedules such as with The Rock and Brock Lesnar, why wouldn't Sting now have the opportunity to finish his career with the WWE?

Sting is under contract with TNA until the end of the year and has remained loyal to Dixie Carter and company. He was very close to agreeing to a deal with WWE for Wrestlemania XXVII last year but ultimately decided to return to TNA. TNA provides him with a great opportunity to make money on limited dates but should his mind change, I'm sure WWE would be willing to listen, especially given Vince McMahon's current mindset.

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