Orton Carrying 2 Belts, HBK's Surprise Appearance, Repeating PPV Matches, Ziggler In The Midcard

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Randy Orton and Vince McMahon

How long will Randy Orton carry both the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship title belts?

We've received a lot of questions regarding Randy Orton carrying both title belts on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. Speculation was fueled by WWE changing the World title name plate, an indication that it's not going anywhere. At this point I don't know where WWE plans on going with this. Will Orton carry around both titles to sell that he won both or will they end up being split once again? Could there be a situation where he defends them in different matches? Anything is possible but you don't need to expect a new title belt given what I outlined here.

What were your thoughts on Shawn Michaels' brief segment with CM Punk?

I thought the verbal exchange between Shawn Michaels and CM Punk was well done and realistic. I saw Jim Ross and Steve Austin put it over on Twitter as well. Michaels wasn't advertised so his appearance was a surprise that helped the show. There is more to HBK popping back up on television and I'll have more later.

Why does WWE always have the same matches on Raw the night after a pay-per-view? For example, Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango or CM Punk vs. The Shield.

There are a couple reasons. One, the story is already laid out and WWE can use the hype from the pay-per-view to attract viewers the following night. The second is the matches can serve to blowoff the programs that were built for the particular pay-per-view. There are impromptu matches setup on television but the company just can't throw together a completely different card each and every week, it would make no sense and would lack a flow.

Why is Dolph Ziggler still in the mid card?

This is the question everyone, including me, wants to know the answer too. WWE has incorporated Ziggler's recent losing streak in storyline with interviews that were shown on the WWE App during this week's Monday Night Raw broadcast. Ziggler got one back against Fandango but consider this; prior to the victory on Raw, Ziggler was 0-5 in his last 5 televised/pay-per-view matches. Some will point to backstage heat and say he's being humbled but that's speculation.

From the Ask WNW vault…

April 2013: Growing up as a fan I remember managers having a bigger role in stroylines and getting mid carders of. The stable of wrestlers that Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart got over were awesome. Why are stables no longer built around managers? - I hear a lot from readers that complain about the lack of managers in today’s product but I disagree. Paul Heyman flanks CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Alberto Del Rio has Ricardo Rodriguez, Dolph Ziggler has AJ Lee, Jack Swagger has Zeb Colter, Vickie Guerrero has a large role, etc. Managers are still a part of the wrestling business and will continue to have a role in helping talent get over on the stick. Heenan and Hart were two of the best but this is not a part of the business that’s extinct.

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