Survivor Series Rumors, More On Stardust, Cena Must Be Protected, Referees Backstage

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With Survivor Series being free on the WWE Network, does this mean that we are in for a truckload of dirty finishes, horrible matches and various rematches considering pay-per-views are no longer held in high regard?

We had a very similar question from a concerned reader last week but I don’t think so. If anything, I believe Survivor Series being free means the show will be better quality to entice free signups to convert to paid subscribers in December. It’s already known that Brock Lesnar isn’t on the show so it’s not like WWE is promising a World Heavyweight Championship match. The only match announced heading into Raw is a Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination tag team match between Team Cena and Team Authority. If Team Cena wins, The Authority will no longer be in power. We’ve been asked a lot about potential team members and so far it’s Cena and Dolph Ziggler on Team Cena and Seth Rollins and Kane on Team Authority.

Monday, November 10, 2014 1:23 PM EST Update: WWE has announced AJ Lee will defend the Divas Championship against Nikki Bella on the show. We have those details at this link.

Who came up with Stardust?

I heard that Stardust was a nickname that Dusty Rhodes gave Cody as a youngster. Shortly after the character’s debut the word was out that Rhodes would carry the gimmick for a while but I don’t think anyone thought he’d have it nearly 6 months later. The success of Stardust should be attributed to the talent of Cody Rhodes. He’s had success with everything he’s been given and I feel is capable of more than the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Could you see someone from Team Cena turning heel to join The Authority and costing team Cena the match at Survivor Series?

It’s certainly possible, however, I have a hard time believing that Team Cena doesn’t go over. WWE is going to want Cena “overcoming impossible odds” to look as strong as possible for another match against Brock Lesnar and there seems to be more to the future of The Authority. I know speculation suggests something involving Vince McMahon for “control of WWE,” which is something they talked about doing for Wrestlemania 30 this year but was nixed. This week’s Raw should give us a better idea of who comprises Team Cena, which should give us a few clues about the booking of the pay-per-view.

What are the backstage roles of WWE referees?

WWE referees usually help set up the ring. This was very clear earlier this year when veteran WWE official Charles Robinson nearly severed his thumb while setting up the ring for a live event.

From the Ask WNW vault…

August 2012: Don’t you think the premise that Brock Lesnar is the conqueror, with nothing left to prove in the WWE, would have been WAY more effective if Lesnar had beaten John Cena? - WWE is basically in damage-control mode by portraying Brock Lensar as the dominant conqueror that “accomplished everything” in a very short period of time. The problem is Lesnar is 1-1 since returning and is hardly a dominant force by beating Triple H who is 0-2 for the year. The company expects logic to be thrown out the window with fans ignoring match outcomes and basing it on Lesnar’s “destructive tendencies.” The fact of the matter is WWE made a monumental mistake by putting Cena over Lesnar at Extreme Rules and are paying for it with every Lesnar match going forward. I have more on the original plans for Lesnar vs. Triple H at SummerSlam this link.

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