Title Plans For Lesnar, WWE Destroying Daniel Bryan, Surprise Rumble Entrants, Job Of Producers

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How does Brock Lesnar facing the winner of Randy Orton and John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after Royal Rumble effect his planned Wrestlemania match with The Undertaker?

I want to open by stating that plans are always subject to change before they are announced. WWE has even been known to change things even after they have been announced (remember Survivor Series 2012?). With that being said, Paul Heyman stated in a promo on this week's "Old School" episode of Monday Night Raw that Brock Lesnar would challenge the winner of Orton vs. Cena after Royal Rumble. We also found out at this week's TVs that Lesnar will be on the Rumble card. In other WWE World Heavyweight Championship news, Triple H named the following workers as the top guys in 2014 in last week's kayfabe Michael Cole interview - Batista, Randy Orton, CM Punk, John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar. Was he teasing the main event of next month's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view or was it purely a coincidence? The only thing I can tell you is Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker is a match Vince McMahon has wanted to do at Wrestlemania since last year. It's Undertaker's preference as well.

Do you think WWE is trying to destroy Daniel Bryan huge fan base by making him join the Wyatt family to officially take him out the main event picture?

No, I do not think WWE is intentionally trying to destroy Daniel Bryan. The concern from many, including sources within WWE, is by aligning Daniel Bryan with The Wyatt Family that it detracts from his appeal as a singles superstar. The argument is Bryan won't get any hotter than he is now, so WWE should ride him while he's hot for as long as they can. The angle with Bryan "joining" the Wyatt Family was something booked last-minute and seems to be counter to that. In other news, I'm seeing a Daniel Bryan revolution.

With Jake "The Snake" Roberts' return to WWE on this week's "Old School" Raw and his goal of entering the 2014 30-man Royal Rumble match, do you see it happening? Does WWE utilizing past legends in the match take away opportunities from their current stars?

When one of my sources heard of talks between WWE and Jake Roberts prior to Monday's "Old School" Raw they were under the impression it was for him to make a surprise return as an entrant in the 30-man Royal Rumble match. However, it ended up being a surprise return on live WWE television. The company could opt to use him again but I haven't heard if there are plans as of this writing. No, I do not think WWE utilizing past legends in the 30-man Rumble match takes away opportunities. In fact, I think it's a good thing that adds to the nostalgic value of WWE's most historic match.

What is the role or job description of a "producer" in WWE?

A producer (formerly called road agent) in WWE operates as a liaison between the creative team and the wrestlers. They communicate plans for matches and talk to talent about what is planned for them. At live events, they're in charge of the talent backstage and work the show to make sure everything goes as planned. If something goes counter to what is planned, they have to answer to Vince McMahon and/or Triple H (who are not routinely backstage at live events).

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2011: In yesterday's Ask WNW you mentioned that Vince McMahon is not high up on the Survivor Series gimmick. Why? - Survivor Series 2009 did 235,000 buys which was sharply down from 319,000 buys from the year prior. While I loudly maintained it was because UFC had a show the night before, Vince McMahon said in an investor conference call the concept was no longer over. I don't know what or who changed his mind but he was ready to nix the pay-per-view because of the decline in buys. Last year's Survivor Series buys were up but only slightly at 244,000 buys.

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