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WWE Not Wanting Cena To Take Time Off, Orton Injury Angle, Booking WWE Divas, Low Raw Rating

The following is today's edition of Ask WNW. Ask WNW is the most popular feature on the website where Richard Gray answers four questions daily, Monday through Friday. To submit your question for the next installment of Ask WNW, click here.

With all the controversy going on backstage about Vince McMahon not wanting John Cena to be out of action long what would happen if he were to suffer a major injury?

There is a lot of drama going on between Vince McMahon and John Cena, especially with the fact they don't like Cena missing time in the heat of the fall competition. However, the company always has to be prepared should a major injury occur and make sure there are plenty of "plan B" options out there. WWE already has "plan B" in place in case Cena can't work Hell in a Cell with the Ryback tease that ended last week's Raw.

Was Randy Orton legitimately injured at last week's Smackdown taping?

No, the angle WWE did after this week's Smackdown was an angle to write him off television. I doubt it will be for long but Orton is currently filming 12 Rounds Reloaded and it gives the company a reason to explain possible absence.

What happened to having diva matches that mattered? I still fondly remember Trish Stratus vs. Lita battling it out in the main event of Raw. Now Divas matches are just fillers that last usually under a minute. Will this ever change?

While the Divas are clearly out of the "glory years" of Trish Stratus, Lita, Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson, I believe you are overvaluing WWE's ability to prominently feature female talent. Vince McMahon has always had a weird way of booking Divas and while they say time makes the heart grow fonder, you are remembering the few memorable moments and forgetting the mud wrestling, pillow fights and bikini contests. To assume WWE used to care about Divas and suddenly do not, I believe, is inaccurate. I find a lot of this from readers who miss how WWE "used to be" but if you go back, these same fans were complaining about the product then. I'm not saying I agree with WWE PG and the product hasn't hit its stale patches but if you aren't careful you will find yourself always discontent with the product regardless of what is happening.

What do you attribute to last Monday's low Raw rating?

The fact Monday Night Football did 16,000,000 viewers last week didn't help WWE in the ratings and I disagree with Vince McMahon's reaction in regards to John Cena. Based on the trends I'm seeing, it looks like viewers are losing interest with the three-hour time slot which is something I felt was inevitable. I'm not saying the ratings are in the tank because the show is too long but it's clear the third hour is dragging down viewership. WWE has stiffer competition this week with the Dallas Cowboys being featured on Monday Night Football.

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