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Orton Cashing In, Unifying WWE & World Titles, Angle, Big Show At SummerSlam, WWE's PG Programming

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Randy Orton

Note from Richard: As most of you are aware, we don't normally run Ask WNW on Saturday. However, I was unable to get a new installment up on Friday due to the fact I was traveling so this is a brand new installment for today. Ask WNW will resume as normal on Monday, August 12, 2013. Thank you for your support!

Given the high level of tension now between Vince McMahon and Daniel Bryan AND the company's goal of demonizing Randy Orton, wouldn't it make sense for Randy to intervene in the Cena-Bryan match in a way that would clearly cost Bryan the title and then cash in his briefcase and take the title himself?

Yes, this pretty much goes along with the obvious scenario that puts Daniel Bryan over John Cena and cashes Randy Orton in (both figuratively and literally) as a heel at SummerSlam. The idea would be Bryan is over huge and the fans are thrilled only for Orton to come out and make the night all about him. It's been brought up backstage but this seems a tad obvious at this point. I agree it makes complete sense and would help all parties but WWE tends to avoid the obvious more often than not.

With the brand extension over, why not unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships and create an Undisputed Champion?

Unifying the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship belts would create less opportunities in the top of the card and I push back whenever the idea of unification is suggested. If WWE wanted to unify titles, why not unify the WWE Intercontinental Championship and United States Championship? The latter doesn't hold near as much value and perhaps this could operate as a catalyst to rebuild the prestige of the IC title. People that push for the unification of the world titles are often the people tired of the same people dominating the main event scene. If WWE were to scrap the World Heavyweight Championship this problem would only get worse, not better.

It looked like Kurt Angle needed stitches above his eye after his match on this week's Impact Wrestling, did he?

Kurt Angle suffered a cut above his left eye but I can't confirm it required stitches to close. It was a bad night for Angle as he ended up getting arrested following the tapings [in Wichita Falls, Texas] on the charge of Driving While Impaired. TNA will have to explain Angle's absence from television on next week's Hardcore Justice episode of Impact as he's currently getting treated in a rehab facility. Dixie Carter has made it clear that the number one priority at this point is Kurt's health and nothing else.

Will Big Show and Mark Henry be on the SummerSlam lineup? If so, what will they be doing?

The plan was to do Big Show & Mark Henry, as babyfaces, against The Shield. The holdup has been over Show's medical clearance. The last I heard he's good to go so if WWE is going to go forward with it, expect an announcement on next week's episode of Monday Night Raw. It's interesting to note that Show has been at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando where he has been rehabbing the injury. This is a major attraction of the new state of the art facility as it not only provides a place to train up and coming talent but a place where current stars can go to rehab their injuries and WWE can monitor them. As far as I know Big Show is the first WWE talent to be able to utilize the Performance Center for this purpose.

What do you think of Mick Foley agreeing that going to PG was a good thing for WWE?

I haven't been thrilled with WWE taking their PG programming too far but the move as a whole makes sense. When it was done the economy was faltering and Vince McMahon wanted to gear the product towards the entire family. He also wanted to make sure the company had the ability to attract premium sponsors that were able to buy ad inventory when the economy was in a down turn. People that complain about the ratings and viewership would be best suited to comb over these numbers. Let's also note that "Total Divas" has a rating of TV-14, which shows WWE has the ability to step out of the PG commitment when needed.

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