Undertaker vs. Wyatt, Hijacking Shows, Lesnar Must Lose, Orton's Return

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If The Undertaker returns in the next few weeks to face Bray Wyatt in a program at Wrestlemania 31, wouldn’t booking the match be a nightmare?

Bray Wyatt seemed to call out The Undertaker in a promo on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. This is the program that I expect for Wyatt and we should find out for sure very soon. Booking The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, especially after the streak ending, is going to be a nightmare.

If he goes over, he’s not helping an up and coming worker and no one benefits from it. If he goes under, then he goes from winning 21 Wrestlemania matches without a loss to losing two in a row. And what does that do to Brock Lesnar, the unstoppable beast? Beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is supposed to be the biggest highlight of his career and WWE is using that to bill him as a “must-see” attraction.

I agree it’s very complicated and there isn’t an easy solution to offer. Even if Undertaker worked Sting, did Sting come in to lose? But what about Undertaker “doing the honors” for a second consecutive year?

If Undertaker returns for Wrestlemania 31, which is looking more likely, I don’t see him losing again. WWE will have to figure out a way to elevate Wyatt (if that is indeed the direction they go) in a loss (which, by the way, would be his second consecutive Wrestlemania loss).

I understand WWE wanting to make the fans happy but is it good for WWE to keep letting fans hijack their product? This, obviously after the news of Roman Reigns defending his No. 1 contendership at Fast Lane later this month.

I discussed in detail what I thought about Roman Reigns defending the No. 1 contendership that he earned by winning the 30-man Royal Rumble here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. While the match helps WWE sell Fast Lane, it invalidates the Royal Rumble (regardless of the storyline component of The Authority “tricking Reigns”). We can compare this to WWE rushing The Authority back to TV after promoting Survivor Series on the fact they were “removed from power.”

I believe in having Reigns defend the No. 1 contendership, WWE will hope it makes it look more like he “earned the shot” against Brock Lesnar (even though he already “earned it”) and leave their options open if they don’t feel Reigns has caught on enough. Obviously the negative reactions to the Royal Rumble match played into such a match occurring but WWE is “booking on the fly” in attempt to make the fans believe they are listening to them.

Another way to look at it is WWE using the strong reaction to promote their next show. As for fans “hijacking shows,” that’s the new popular term for it but it’s always been the case. The fans have always had a big influence in the booking of angles and gimmicks. Just look back over wrestling history and see how Steve Austin was made or the new World order or any other successful gimmick.

Vince and company can have an idea but it’s the fans that will give it the final yay or nay on it. That’s why arguments that the opinions of non-wrestlers don’t matter is asinine because it’s the people that ultimately dictate who takes that next step.

WWE got in trouble with this year’s Rumble match by poor booking. Yes, there were some people that rejected the show because their favorite didn’t win it but the majority rejected it because of its booking.

My preferred finish to Wrestlemania season would be WWE pushing Roman Reigns as a monster and then being defeated by Brock Lesnar who has hopefully re-signed but hadn't been announced. Swerve. What would yours be?

Regardless of who faces Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania (Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan or another swerve), he has to lose for me to consider Wrestlemania 31 season a success. I’ve been a loud critic to Brock Lesnar’s title reign and it’s because he hasn’t regularly defended the title. His frequent absence from WWE television has hurt the overall enjoyment of the product, regardless of how “must-see” that he has become.

WWE can’t keep “going to well” on guys like Brock and Rock and Undertaker to sell their shows. They need to develop new viable main event stars and whether that’s Roman Reigns or Daniel Bryan or someone else, Raw Reunion depressed me and highlighted WWE’s biggest problem in failing to development new top superstars. This is the reason I will not be overly critical of any scenario that has a fresh name getting pushed.

What information do you have regarding Randy Orton's return date?

I do not have any new information regarding the return of Randy Orton at press time. He’s advertised for next weekend’s live event loop beginning Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah, so we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m expecting Orton back on TV at any moment.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2014: What’s the update on Brock Lesnar? Is there any chance John Cena will lose at WWE TLC on Sunday, thus giving Lesnar a new challenger? - I do not see John Cena losing his No. 1 contendership to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at TLC on Sunday but obviously due to the stipulation, it’s a possibility. Brock Lesnar is scheduled for Raw next week in Detroit, so hopefully by this time next week we’ll have a clearer picture of where the company is going with their world title.

From what I’ve been told, Vince McMahon has gone back and forth about when to do Cena vs. Lesnar again as a blowoff and I would be surprised if he didn’t do one at all. It’s also a possibility that Brock makes a surprise appearance at TLC on Sunday (showing WWE Network subscribers anything can happen on pay-per-view) and sets up a triple threat with Cena and Rollins for the title at Royal Rumble but that opens up a whole other set of issues.

Complicating matters is that Rollins is already penciled in for feuds with a returning Randy Orton and Roman Reigns, so does WWE push both of those aside and put Rollins in the title picture? What about the Money in the Bank briefcase?

While many questions remain, here’s what we know. TLC is the final pay-per-view before the Road to Wrestlemania and already in the plans for main event level matches at the show next March is Brock Lesnar and Sting. Who they face and who will join them remains to be seen.

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