Sting Unlikely For Wrestlemania, The Shield's Turn, CM Punk Returning?, Raw's Show Stealer

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While I understand it's very unlikely to happen, how would you feel if at the close of Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar at this year's Wrestlemania 30, the lights go out and when they come back on Sting is in the ring to build to Wrestlemania 31?

Many readers have called for a full year build between Undertaker and Sting for next year's Wrestlemania 31 show in Santa Clara, California, so your idea isn't as out there as you might think. I personally wouldn't be opposed to it nor would I react negatively to such a surprise. However, given the fact Sting is booked for WrestleCon in New Orleans on the day of Wrestlemania XXX, it makes it unlikely for him to appear on the WWE show. One would think if he had an active WWE contract, they would look to utilize him at one of their events. If they were looking to bring him in as a surprise, there is little probability they would sign off on a promoted appearance where a third party profits. Sting has said he only wants one more match, one against Undertaker, so if he gets a deal done with WWE, that's the match I would expect to see.

Has The Shield's babyface turn become one of the greatest and most subtle transitions of all time?

That's one way of looking at it but not how I see it. I see the booking of The Shield as obvious indecision about what to do with the faction. Vince McMahon wants to break them up, Triple H wants to keep them together. One can hope this is all part of an elaborate swerve that results in the elevation of at least one of the members but as we talked about Thursday, the push of Roman Reign was at least temporarily stopped.

Could you see CM Punk coming back to WWE at Wrestlemania 30 and costing Triple H his match against Daniel Bryan?

CM Punk returning to WWE at Wrestlemania 30 and costing Triple H a victory over Daniel Bryan would have the potential to generate the biggest pop of all time, however, I look at that as highly doubtful. Punk has seemingly moved on from WWE. I wish I could tell you more but he's distanced himself from the wrestling business. I'm on record as to saying it's unsettling that Punk is in the public eye again after walking out on his WWE contract but it is what it is. Punk has only increased his stock since he left but when Vince McMahon couldn't get him back for Raw in Chicago, he was officially eliminated from Wrestlemania plans.

Did Luke Harper steal the show this week on Raw?

Luke Harper had a great match against John Cena on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. He was the babyface in the match, which was certainly cause for concern with Cena supposed to be the protagonist in his Wrestlemania bout against Bray Wyatt. Prior to signing with WWE in 2012, Harper established a very good reputation on the American independent scene as Brodie Lee, where he also impressed in Japan. Monday was the first time the mainstream WWE fan base got to see what he can do on his own, which is something I felt was needed. Unlike The Shield, The Wyatt Family are Bray Wyatt thenHarper & Rowan, whereas The Shield are treated more as equals. Harper has had a lot of success on his own so it's good WWE got to see he's more than Bray's backup man.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2012: Is the way AJ Lee is being used the new way of pushing Divas in WWE? Helping to expand story lines rather than wrestling. - It’s funny because the last two Divas to get over, Eve Torres and AJ Lee, have done so assisting in main event angles and not by performing in the ring. I don’t know if it’s necessarily the “new way” as using female talent in top angles isn’t really anything new. AJ’s success certainly helps her standing in the company as I heard Vince McMahon was pushing for her to get a run with the Divas Championship down the road. AJ’s work has been fantastic and it’s great to see talented people get opportunities to shine on television.

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