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The Shield Restoring Titles, McIntyre, Next Step For Curtis Axel, Lesnar Sponsored

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Do you think Dean Ambrose is the perfect wrestler to bring prestige back to the United States Championship? He has only had one loss so far and with that being to the Undertaker it's not going to harm his character. Ryback might be a more believable monster heel if he had been given a strong run as a secondary title holder.

Dean Ambrose is a great worker to help restore prestige to the United States Championship but it's up to WWE to credibly book the title for it to happen. This goes back to Adam Wacker's argument (See also - - Champions Defining Championships) that it's the champion that defines the title, not the title that defines the champion. With that being said, Ambrose still needs to defend the title successfully. Booking him in non-title matches is not effective. Thankfully, The Shield continues to be booked with confidence and hopefully that translates into the titles being booked with confidence.

Do you know of any future plans with Drew McIntyre? I feel like he's still such a good young in-ring talent at 27 but is wasting away jobbing with 3MB.

I do not know of any plans for Drew McIntyre beyond his work with 3MB. While 3MB is clearly a group of enhancement workers, at least they are getting on television. McIntyre has a very large fan base but as for now, it is what it is.

Do you see Curtis Axel being a candidate to win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match given his hefty push?

Putting Curtis Axel over for one of the Money in the Bank briefcases would be effective although I'm not sure it's going to be needed. WWE has already booked him as the "winner" in matches against Triple H and John Cena, which already elevates him beyond several names currently working in the midcard. The Money in the Bank pay-per-view is in July so we should have a much better look at the new landscape of WWE by then.

Why is it that wrestlers (besides Brock Lesnar apparently) are not allowed to have sponsors?

A WWE performer's contract gives WWE complete control over their talent. It's ironic they are classified as independent contractors because WWE has the ability to control every aspect of their wrestlers. Brock Lesnar is a different case, working under a different kind of deal. His contract allows for him to keep sponsorships he acquired while working for UFC. Lesnar is the first WWE wrestler that has been allowed to have third-party independent sponsors.

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