SummerSlam Main Event, John Cena's Failed "Cash In" Attempt, Fallout From Orton Suspension, Changes To The Top Of WWE

Which match would you like to see go on last at SummerSlam? - Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar or CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show?

Given the fact CM Punk vs. John Cena headlined SummerSlam last year, I'm in favor of Triple H w/Shawn Michaels vs. Brock Lesnar closing the show. We could argue about the titles holding precedence over the part-timers but the fact of the matter is Lesnar vs. Hunter is a bigger match and I'm more interested in it than anything else on the card.

Why was John Cena the first to not win the WWE Championship after winning Money in the Bank? Was it for the future, so the writers are no longer obligated to make the winner the champ? By having Cena be the first, it seems it would be easier for them to have others lose in the future.

I can't give you a firm explanation as to why WWE made John Cena the first Money in the Bank winner that failed to successfully "cash in" but it will be interesting to see if the company puts him over for the title at SummerSlam. If that's the case, the fact he didn't successfully "cash in" at Raw 1000 is a moot point. WWE clearly tried something different with the Money in the Bank match this year, having one comprised of all top stars and former title holders. Traditionally the match has been used to elevatelavate mid-card talent like many are hoping with Dolph Ziggler.

Is Randy Orton not on SummerSlam because of his Wellness suspension or is there just not a spot for him?

Randy Orton claimed earlier in the week he won't be working SummerSlam. It's one of those things I'll have to see to believe, however, if he is a SummerSlam snub it's certainly punishment for his second documented WWE Wellness Policy violation. SummerSlam is treated as WWE's second-biggest pay-per-view of the year and carries one of the heaviest paydays for the workers on it. Taking the big payday from Orton could be the final part of his punishment for the failed test.

Reflecting on Kevin Nash's comments I looked over the WWE roster. Big Show, The Undertaker, Kane, The Great Khali and Mark Henry are all the wrong side of 39 and there aren't many "big men" left on the roster. Is the era of the big man drawing to a close?

The wrestling business has clearly changed with more of an emphasis put on Wellness and the lack of stars with the "bodybuilder" look carrying the company. It also seems the WWE is like the NBA in that it has shrunk with fewer big men than years past. My view on it is, give me someone entertaining over someone with shock value any day. I would much rather Daniel Bryan or CM Punk, who are both capable of working great matches and carrying a feud, than someone that has an extraordinary look but is painful to watch do anything. I am not reading too much into Nash's comments because I honestly think he was looking for shock value to get people talking about him.

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  • RobUK

    Hi Richard, do you know if Cena was meant to win the MITB? If it was an accident with the handle breaking did they just then use that as an oppuetunity to have someone lose who they knew it wouldn’t hurt?
    Or am I just reading to much into it?

    On a seperate note I’ve always thought title matched should headline a PPV but understand why they will go with Trip and Lesner.

    • PainOfDemise

      Cena was ment to win MITB, the handle breaking wasn't in the plan, but Cena winning was.

    • Richard Gray

      Cena was booked to go over, he won a couple seconds early due to the handle breaking but he was scripted to win.

      • RobUK

        Thanks Richard – I do tend to have an over active imagination when it comes to these things.

        I find it very odd they would have Cena win and cash in a week later only to lose all be it in a screwy finish – the whole story line just doesn’t make much sense to me.

      • mo

        give me ur thought richard about christian
        and teaming cody miz chirstian dolph

      • mo


    • XKonn247

      Could of sworn this was answered weeks ago

      • mo


  • Ace

    I wish WWE brought back Goldberg and Batista.

    • outkazt09

      Good thing your not in charge of talent relations.

  • AnnO

    Re Punk v Cena v Show not being the last match at SS: this could feed into Punk’s heel turn as he’s still not in the main event of a PPV.

    • nite

      very good point

    • Aaron

      Maybe if Punk is on earlier in the show, and Lesnar v Triple H is the main event, Punk could interfere on behalf of Lesnar and attack Triple H. I've seen some people online mention a faction between Lesnar, Punk and Heyman, maybe there is a potential start there. Provided Punk retains the title so he can further question not main eventing a show! Otherwise if he isn't the champion then he can't complain.

  • Paul

    Ryback has a good look, Mason Ryan too, there will always be big men coming and going, just depends if they’re any good.

  • Patrick Peralta

    Cena being the first to Fail to cash in I think was a smart move because Cena is so over that a loss is not going to hurt him as it would Ziggler or Daniel Bryan and CM Punk when they had the briefcase.

    PLUS they finally get over the hurdle of who will be the first to Fail.

    • Terry

      You are right my friend .

    • James M>>>

      Well said. I was thinking the same.

  • RobUK

    It would actually be rather amusing that the only PPV Cena doesn’t headline this year is when he’s competing for the WWE title.

  • Joe O.

    WHY ARE WE STILL ASKING ABOUT JOHN CENA LOSING HIS MITB “CASH IN”?! we’re a week away from the second biggest PPV of the year and we still can’t get over Cena losing his “cash in”. And everyone complains about Cena being shoved down our throats yet, these type of questions are exactly what the WWE wants… The focus is still on their Cash Cow.

    • An0n

      mad bro?

    • Ego Trip

      Take two Xanax and try commenting again in the morning. If someone has a question they ask it here. Is that too hard to understand?

      • Joe O.

        It’s the same question that has been asked for far too long. This week it was answered twice. If someone doesn’t understand it then go back and read Ask WNW from the last three weeks and you’ll get your answer. I rather see original questions, such as the last one from today, or ones that actually matter to what’s going on currently.

        • Wwefan4ever

          Stilli think you should try some Xanax cuz you obviously need some

        • bejealous

          If you don’t like that question being answered then don’t read it. Plain and simple

  • adam

    If lesnar vs triple h is the main event then summerslam will b ending early for me. I do not care about anything lesnar does or has done since he has been back. He’s pointless and does not need to be there.

    • Ellen

      So true! He's super 'roid rage just waiting to happen.

      • Hardy

        I’ll watch it but I agree, lesnars return is dull. But he’s not been brought back as a pure entertainer/wrestler, he had the fighter persona. Shame really because back when lesnar was in the wwe as a full time performer he was good to watch.

    • Matt

      Dont act like your gonna skip it lol

  • Dave Barton

    I've been one who's believed the that last match of a ppv should always be the top title, and I find it very disrespectful that Punk hasn't had that "last match" spot since winning the belt. But I also feel that HHH vs Lesnar should go on last at SS…just book it as an "unsanctioned" contest, like the old "Lights Out" matches of the territorial days. I would be 1000% hunky-dory with that.

    • bejealous

      Punk did go on last at TLC last December

  • I agree about Nash he’s awesome in wrestling but why did he never face CM Punk and he just wants attention

  • jeb

    They'll have the triple threat go on last, giving us hope that cm punk can main eventa ppv, but then book cena to win the title. SMH

  • Joe

    Are there any future plans to bring a ppv event back to the UK??

  • John

    All I can say is that hhh match should be great ! But they should bring Batista back just to kick ass there’s no one good enough anymore to deal with punk or big show

  • Bill

    Kevin Nash is a washed up talent who tries and take the spotlight off of other people. When has he done anything entertaining? It was entertaining watching him slowly briskly hobble to the ring when he returned at the royal rumble.

  • Philip Thompson

    Even although it's called 'Money In The Bank' they needed to make it so that it wasn't guaranteed that winning the MITB would lead to definitely winning the title – albeit that it's very likely you'll win the title. Since the purpose is to elevate mid-card talent and to create buzz with people talking about when they're going to cash in and win and expecting it at the end of a Pay-Per-View match where the champion is tired and vulnerable – it wasn't going to hurt Cena by him cashing in and failing. He's the top guy in the company and he's a company guy and he doesn't mind being the first one to cash in and fail. If it wasn't for Randy Orton, we'd have got to see Mr Kennedy cash-in!

  • Jbreed

    Somebody had to fail in cashing in the MITB sooner or later, and John Cena is the only guy in the WWE could fail a cash in attempt and not get hurt by the loss.

  • Octavio

    like i see this going i think punk its gonna win in summerslam but not as the main event match then interfere with trip and lesnar match to "prove" what he's been saying since he turn hell every show ending with him then he losses the title at royal rumble and problably cena or bryan (given how he got with the rock on raw 1000) to win the title in wrestlemania