Roman Reigns is advertised for WWE live events on 12/26 in Chicago and 12/28 in Pittsburgh. Is that a good sign that he'll return in December?
Yes, you are correct in that Roman Reigns is advertised for WWE holiday live events on December 26 and December 28 in Chicago and Pittsburgh respectively. This is a great sign he'll be back before the end of the year after undergoing emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia in September. As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Reigns is being advertised locally for the Royal Rumble match at the pay-per-view next year.
It's important to note this advance promotional material is subject to change but it does provide hope that his return will happen at some point in December. I've been told since the days after his surgery that WWE was confident Reigns would be cleared to return in December but could hold him off TV until Royal Rumble. The fact he's advertised for shows in December isn't surprising because it follows that initial timeline laid out here.
Can you confirm 100% that Daniel Bryan needs Tommy John surgery?
No, I cannot confirm that Daniel Bryan needs elbow surgery. A new development occurred in a segment taped with Big Show for this week's episode of Smackdown that you can read about at this link. Bryan was with Darren Young, his wife Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon at a WWE appearance in Santa Clara, CA on Tuesday. We covered it at this link.
The last I heard about Bryan's health was that he had not regained the strength in his arm and wouldn't be medically cleared to return until he did. Bryan himself said in a promotional interview earlier this year that doctors wanted to take the nerve along his elbow and put it under his forearm muscle. This following the cervical foraminotomy he had in May.
Rumors Bryan could be facing a second surgery resurfaced earlier this month, as we covered at this link. Right now, we'll wait for Bryan to confirm before reporting further.
If The Rock works Wrestlemania 31, if not Brock Lesnar, who are some potential opponents you could see him face?
I believe The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar is the biggest match possible for Wrestlemania 31. In fact, it's getting to the point where it would be a mistake not to do it. If John Cena fails to recapture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Lesnar, who is to be perceived as capable of beating him? While some will make the argument for Roman Reigns, I have a hard time believing it won't be The Rock. Personally, I would prefer the belt off Lesnar for a potential match against Rock at Wrestlemania 31.
As for other opponents, we'd have to look hard down WWE's roster and determine someone that could have a good program with The Rock. Bray Wyatt comes to mind as a possible solution but he went under to Cena this year, does he really need to go under to The Rock next? This of course is under the assumption Rock isn't coming back to lose.
Rumors have been swirling that the Elimination Chamber PPV could possibly be moving to June to replace Payback and used to set up the main event at SummerSlam. Is there any truth to this, and do you think the move would be beneficial?
I was told earlier in the week that WWE was looking to move Elimination Chamber and replace it with a show apparently called WWE Fast Lane. However, I cannot confirm that and can only state it as a rumor at this point. Apparently the idea is with only one world title and the Royal Rumble determining the No. 1 contender for Wrestlemania, a second No. 1 contender bout [in the Elimination Chamber structure] isn't needed. I do not have details on when WWE will hold Elimination Chamber or anything further about its potential replacement in February.
From the Ask WNW vault…
January 2013: How do the superstars refer to one another when the cameras aren’t on? Do they call each other by their legal name, or by their character? - It really just depends on the person. For example, would you even know who I was talking about if I said the name Michael Hickenbottom? Above, I just referenced Pat Patterson (real name Pierre Clermont). I’ve got a funny story to disclose on this question. Four years ago I was conducting some interviews for use on the website. When booking names I would often go through a worker’s agent to get in touch with them. Well, I wanted to be as professional as possible without sounding like a mark so I emailed one agent and asked to book Nick Cvjetkovich (better known as Kizarny or Sinn Bodhi). The agent said when they read the email they thought, who in the hell is Nick Cvjetkovich?
The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Thursday, October 30, 2014.