Blood on WWE programming?
Tonight, we witnessed busted mouths, stooges and more drinks for CM Punk!
As I do every Monday night following Raw, I present the top questions going forward.
These questions are meant to stimulate conversation and give us pause, so we can examine current storylines.
Shall we have at it?
Tonight, John Laurinaitis introduced Brock Lesnar as “the new face of the WWE.” Will Brock Lesnar replace John Cena as the top man or is this just another façade?
It is interesting to me that the current “face” of the company is starting to look like a regular man and no longer the entity we have dubbed “Super Cena.” John Cena just lost to The Rock a week ago, and now is getting destroyed on a weekly basis by Brock Lesnar.
Is Cena getting phased out of the top spot?
It would be foolish for anyone to suggest that John Cena will not be one of the top guys as long as he is still with the company. However, Cena has not shared the spotlight much in terms of star power over the last few years. The WWE seems determined to have more than one guy on top recently.
I have mentioned before that one of my favorite periods in the WWE was early 1997. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker, Steve Austin and Psycho Sid were all fighting to be the WWE Champion over the course of a few months. At the time, those five men shared the spotlight and made the WWE a very unpredictable environment.
Is it possible that the WWE is beginning to realize that the product has grown stale? By having multiple superstars vie for top-billing, the landscape of the WWE would once again become unpredictable and exciting.
Brock Lesnar is a huge name right now, especially coming off the UFC circuit. His name can help draw interest and it only makes sense to have him make an impact immediately. Is it that hard to believe that he could knock Cena out as the top guy of the company?
In the end it is up to WWE executives. Do they want to cater to the older or younger demographic?
Do not mistake me for saying that “John Cena is done” or “John Cena is worthless.” He will always be a top draw, a great ambassador of the WWE and one of most popular names on the roster. All I am saying is that if the WWE wants to cater more to older fans, then John Cena will no longer be “Super Cena.”
Instead we may be seeing the “War Machine” era beginning.
Hard to believe that Zack Ryder is the same guy everyone in Madison Square Garden was screaming for at Survivor Series in November 2011. He looks more like the jobber that I remember in the beginning of that same year.
How the mighty have fallen.
Tonight, Zack Ryder got destroyed by Alberto Del Rio. Apart from a “Broski Boot,” Ryder looked pretty flat in the loss.
Will Zack Ryder ever be as important as he once was?
Whether you like him or not, you have to admire the fact that Ryder built his own fan base up, without the support of the WWE. It is amazing how his web show helped him achieve great popularity over such a short period of time.
Nevertheless, in recent weeks he has looked terrible. I just wonder if Zack Ryder will fizzle out much like “The Hurricane” and Ahmed Johnson.
Will Zack Ryder ever rise back to relevancy?
I only ask because I am pretty sure they met the “qualifications” to be considered as the celebrity representative for the WWE Hall of Fame.
Obviously I am joking, but I felt like the “Stooges” were forced on the audience harder than other recent celebrities. The segments featuring these three were not very funny and almost seemed unscripted at times.
My favorite part was when the fans began to boo them while in the ring. I guess the WWE forgot who most of their fans were.
And why is Kane involved every time a terrible celebrity visits the WWE?
Is it wrong that I am beginning to care less and less about CM Punk?
Punk has been the WWE Champion for the past 141 days. Yet, this accomplishment feels irrelevant because the WWE has continued to focus on John Cena, The Rock and now Brock Lesnar.
It is ironic that CM Punk is feuding with Chris Jericho. When Jericho was the champion, he was overshadowed by The Rock, Triple H and Brock Lesnar. Now these two talented men are feuding in the middle of the card, only to be eclipsed by Cena and Lesnar.
Is CM Punk’s current title run significant?
I have written many articles about how the WWE championship has lost its prestige. So many fans jumped to the conclusion that CM Punk would usher in a new era once he won the WWE championship. That obviously did not happen.
Although I applaud the WWE for not playing "Hot Potato" with the title, I find the value of the championship to be quite worthless. I cannot remember the last time the WWE championship was the main focal point of the company.
Would you like to see CM Punk get more involved in the main event scene?
Brock Lesnar has been all over John Cena for the last two weeks. Cena is still Cena, though, and it is hard for fans to believe that he would fall short in two consecutive feuds.
How will this rivalry play out between John Cena and Brock Lesnar?
With Brock Lesnar returning, it would be hard for me to believe that he would lose cleanly to John Cena at “Extreme Rules.” Even though Cena rarely loses consecutive matches, it does not make any sense for him to beat Lesnar at this point in time.
I said that John Cena could afford losing to The Rock because he had enough clout to survive the loss. I believe he can lose to Brock Lesnar and still endure in the WWE.
Lesnar is the force that can reinvigorate the WWE. You need him to make an immediate impact right now. A loss to Cena would slow down his current momentum.
This is only my opinion, but Brock needs the win much more than Cena does. I know Cena fans would hate to see their hero lose to both Lesnar and The Rock, but he can survive it and still be a top draw.
What do you think will happen between these two?
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