Why WWE Ended The Brand Extension, Where’s Santino?, Taping Raw Early, Cashing In Briefcases, Wyatts

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What are your thoughts on WWE ending the brand extension?

It was time for the brand extension to end and I like how WWE slowly phased it out, rather than making a big deal out of it. The brand extension was put into place as a way to create internal competition based on the extra talent the company absorbed by acquiring WCW. Over the years the main event scene thinned out and it was impossible not to have one brand superior over the other. I don't know what that says about talent development but the brand extension ran its course. The argument that "there aren't as many opportunities" is basically a moot point with the additions of WWE NXT, WWE Superstars, WWE Main Event and WWE Saturday Morning Slam.

Where is Santino Marella?

Santino Marella is expected to return to WWE in September, as we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. Santino suffered a neck injury earlier this year and also opened a training academy in Toronto. You can keep up with him on our Santino Marella news page.

Why was next week's Monday Night Raw taped this Tuesday night?

WWE is heading down under for a tour of Australia this weekend and into next week. They'll also be running shows in South Africa and China before returning back to the United States for the August 5th episode of Raw from Green Bay, Wisconsin. You can track the WWE schedule at this link and we'll bring full show details. Make sure you remain informed with WWE television in our WWE Spoilers section.

When do you see Damien Sandow "cashing in" his Money in the Bank contract? Will it be a "waiting game" like Dolph Ziggler?

I am under the impression that Damien Sandow's "cash in" attempt will be more like a "waiting game" and Randy Orton's "cash in" attempt will be sooner rather than later. These are, however, my opinion and not anything I've heard about future creative plans. WWE is programming Sandow with Cody Rhodes in attempt to elevate them both, while Orton is already an established main event star. I did hear WWE doesn't want both briefcases around in the long-term, which is why people are already speculating Orton "cashes in" at SummerSlam. Creative plans are always subject to change and again, a lot of this is my opinion.

I'm a big fan of The Wyatt Family promos but I feel like they are hurt by the fact that they haven't had an official match yet. What are your thoughts?

As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan will make their in-ring WWE debut against Brodus Clay & Tensai on this week’s episode of Smackdown. I am very high up on The Wyatt Family and was disappointed they were not on this week's Monday Night Raw. Will that change next week? Click here for next week's Raw spoilers and here for next week's Smackdown spoilers.

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