Who goes over at Wrestlemania 31 - Randy Orton or Seth Rollins?
While WWE has not yet announced Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins for Wrestlemania 31, it is expected to be added to the card. The bout does pose another complex booking situation. It’s Orton’s first pay-per-view bout in 5 months and WWE will want to capitalize on his momentum as a babyface.
Meanwhile, Seth Rollins has broken out as WWE’s top heel and if he “does the honors,” will he still be perceived as a threat to “cash in” later in the night?
The fact Rollins holds the Money in the Bank briefcase should be considered every time he is booked. I don’t think it would be the worst thing if Orton went over, as long as WWE handled it tactfully and didn’t completely destroy Rollins in the process. Like we talked about last week, a worker can be elevated in a loss (Steve Austin going under to Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 13) and if done correctly, WWE can keep Orton’s momentum going without killing off Rollins.
I do believe the build needs to continue to be very physical and a gimmick could be in order.
What do you make of Wiz Khalifa implying that he was high on marijuana when he performed at Raw?
I am pretty sure Wiz Khalifa is known for being an advocate for marijuana, similar to what Rob Van Dam is in pro wrestling, so I wasn’t surprised at all. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal and I doubt WWE cares. In fact, marijuana is classified differently than other substances in the WWE Wellness Policy and a positive marijuana test does not merit a Wellness violation or count towards a suspension. The following is from the WWE Wellness Policy: Substance Abuse & Drug Testing Policy
In the event of any positive test for marijuana, the WWE Talent shall be fined Two Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars ($2,500.00) per positive test, which shall be deducted from the WWE Talent’s downside guarantee.
We have seen a few Divas matches since the #GiveDivasAChance movement started. Do you feel it's coincidence that the matches appear to be better worked? Note: This is mainly directed at Brie vs AJ. Aside from Summer Rae's trainwreck of a performance on Raw, the match appeared to have more time dedicated along with a second divas match and the appearance of a stable.
The Divas have gotten some more time — specifically AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella — as it was the longest match on last week’s episode of WWE Smackdown but I am still not optimistic going forward. Forgive my pessimism but it’s going to take some time for WWE to prove they really want to #GiveDivasAChance and that it’s not just another work to cater to what Vince McMahon calls the vocal minority.
Do you have any update on Brock Lesnar after Wrestlemania 31?
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is booked for the Raw after Wrestlemania 31 but I do not have an update beyond that. I know more than a few people found it interesting how Paul Heyman referenced UFC in his promo on Monday Night Raw. Could it mean that Brock has signed a new contract? What about Brock doing both?
I can’t confirm a new contract and I can tell you WWE isn’t on board with the idea of Brock working for them and fighting for UFC. While sources indicated at one point WWE would allow for Brock to take a UFC fight if they controlled the opponent, that ship seems to have sailed.
The whole situation is just so bizarre. While some will argue that Brock Lesnar is a megastar for WWE and a major draw, I’m beginning to see him as a liability. It’s time for a full-time talent to win the belt and defend it regularly. If Vince is still hellbent on paying Lesnar millions to control his services, so be it, but just not at the expense of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
From the Ask WNW vault…
November 2007: What’s going to happen with Ric Flair’s retirement? - I talked with someone within WWE late yesterday and they told me that the plan right now is for the Ric Flair retirement angle to continue all of the way to WrestleMania in March. This would mean that Flair would not lose a match until the big pay-per-view (which became rather obvious when he pinned the WWE Champion on RAW Monday). As with anything in WWE, these plans could change several times before March, however, it is believed that Flair will work his last match ever at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, Florida.
The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Thursday, March 12, 2015.