WWE Midcarder Getting Pushed; Another Regressing, Total Divas Star, Cena's Health, Punk & Bryan Behind The Scenes

John Cena seems like he is working injured ever other week. What is his current condition?

I am sure John Cena has his aches and pains like everyone else but he's medically cleared to compete. Cena certainly came back on the early end from his surgery to repair his torn triceps this past August but he's good to go. The stuff with his arm in a sling and constant selling is kayfabe and I feel Cena has done a good job with it. This isn't an easy business but Cena isn't a guy that likes time off.

What's the relationship like between Daniel Bryan and CM Punk behind the scenes?

From what I understand Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are friends and get along well behind-the-scenes. Bryan has a reputation for being extremely humble and easy going. It's hard to find anyone that has a bad thing to say about him. Punk on the hard is more opinionated and has his fair share of detractors but he's still over with the right people. Bryan and Punk have a lot in common and are revolutionary in that they really helped change the WWE mindset of top indy guys translating to top WWE guys.

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From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2013: What were your thoughts on the premiere of Total Divas? - I held this question for a couple of days because I didn’t get to watch the premiere episode of “Total Divas” until Tuesday night. I watched the show with my wife, who is a fan of reality TV and watches a lot of programming on E. She is admittedly and unapologetically not a pro wrestling fan so I was interested to see her reaction. The final verdict was that she liked the show and I did not. She felt the program was compelling and entertaining while the show told me what I already figured. This isn’t a program about wrestling nor is it meant to cater to pro wrestling fans. This show is to expand WWE’s demographic while also touting their diversity as an entertainment company. Total Divas featured romance, drama and a “real-life” look at the people that play the characters on television. I will continue to watch the show because I enjoy watching television with my wife – not because I’m a fan of its content. I’m not saying it “wasn’t a good show,” I’m saying I’m not a fan of reality TV shows based on romance and drama. I would rather be watching a baseball game. However, WWE and E got good news in terms of viewership and touted the results. The show also carried strong viewership numbers following Raw on Monday, with an average viewing audience of 1,300,000 viewers on the USA Network.

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  • ken

    ‘revolutionary in that they really helped change the WWE mindset of top indy guys translating to top WWE guys.’

    Lol Richard, they’re not even letting Indy guys in anymore with the coming of the performance center.

    • Not my point. Pretty much everyone has to go to the WWE Performance Center after getting signed. WWE wants to make sure people are “trained their way” before getting called up. What Punk and Bryan did was show that while they didn’t fit the stereotypical WWE mold but were capable of using their talent to get to the top. This has opened up the door for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Kassius Ohno (road bump) and now Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards are close to signing. They changed it whether you believe it or not.

      • Justin Lal

        This is very true. Before Punk and Bryan came in WWE had a specific style of wrestler that they were looking for. This isn’t to say that style wasn’t successful, because it worked. Just look at the 4 top guys that came out of OVW: Batista, Brock, Orton and Cena. But for guys like Rollins, Ambrose, Zayn, and others they wouldn’t be given this opportunity had it not been for Punk and Bryan. I think some fans may think WWE should focus more on the Indy route in finding talent. But I still think their current method of signing talent on developmental deals works. Their two biggest rising stars were signed on those deals: Big E. Langston and Roman Reigns.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Both those men still have a long way to go, but they are young and there are certainly opportunities for them. But to discount what some of the indy guys like Sami Zayn have to offer is ignorant. Producing guys in the cookie-cutter mold the way they have the last 10 years has hindered the business and is one of the reasons why we have been stuck with the same 4 guys at the top of the card for so long. Showing people with different styles and personalities makes it more interesting

  • Chris

    Is dean ambrose not an Indy star?

    • As mentioned below, Ambrose was a guy that benefitted from what Punk did.

      • Jesse Sherwood

        Yes, but the former Jon Moxley also benefited from the fact that WWE rehired Bryan and let him finish his Indy dates, which gave WWE their first look at him.

        • And they’ll continue to benefit. Getting signed, especially a developmental deal, is one thing but becoming WWE Champion is another. If you would have said 10 years ago that Bryan Danielson and CM Punk would have both held this honor, you would have been laughed out of the room.

          • Jesse Sherwood


          • Tim

            Cm punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, and dean Ambrose. If two of these four were to main event wrestlemania in the coming years. Which two would you want.

          • Jesse Sherwood

            Can I not just choose a Fatal 4-Way?

            Barring that, I’d love to see Punk vs. Ambrose. Both men’s styles compliment each other.

  • K!NG

    Big E Langston has a big future baring injury… Curtis Axel would have been fine with out heyman the story line between punk and heyman was never going to get him over and heyman has too much to offer to be working in the mid-card. Axel couldnt be booked over punk as CM punk will be the last person to work on PPV with the rock undertaker and brock lesnar in one calender year. As far as Indy guys go, i’ve watched WWE long enough to know there is Talent and then there’s WWE talent which even the most over Indy guys can’t get over on the big stage. I am Glad that Xavier Woods is getting a chance being one of the few former TNA talents in WWE.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Indy guys can’t get over on ‘The Big Stage’?
      Tell that to Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose

      • k!ng

        Guess u read that wrong I said sometimes it doesn’t translate over in wwe that’s the best way to put it. Simmer down shotgun.

        • Bob’s Diner

          I read it wrong?

          “even the most over Indy guys can’t get over on the big stage”

          Don’t blame me for that one.
          The guys in WWE that are getting the biggest reactions right now are the guys that come from the independent scene. All the greats in WWE history all came from the independent scene. Being able to travel the country testing things out is how one develops as a performer.

          Then you praised Xavier Woods, who is an ‘indy guy’

          • k!ng

            I also praised cm punk as the last guy to prlly work w rock lesnar and undertaker in the same year he’s an indy guy too what’s ur point… don’t have a problem w any indy wrestler just saying not all of them make it in wwe sorry that bothers you

  • Tim

    Eva looks like a malfunction Barbie that puts her make up on with a blow gun

  • BMGabe

    2 Pages eh? dat double click though.

    I think after Axel dropping the title and him playing up the “I’m not hurt” after the HIAC PPV. Kinda shows that he did try ducking performing that night to not drop the title

    • Bob’s Diner

      Yeah… how dare a guy worry about a possible injury

  • Venom

    What’s with putting things on multiple pages? It’s so annoying is business really that slow?

    • lll

      I agree. I like all the information on one page too.

  • Scott Davies

    I feel Curtis Axel might be a career Babyface. Not that of a maineventer. But I just never bought him as a Paul Heyman guy. As too me a Paul Heyman guy is Anti-WWE.

  • D-Bag

    The only thing John Cena sells is merchandise.