WWE: The Reasons Behind Laurinaitis vs. Cena and CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Nobody could really see John Laurinaitis vs. John Cena being the next match we were going to get—because WWE didn't know that's what they were going to give us.
The struggle was going to be with CM Punk. The battle of authority had been with CM Punk and “clown shoes,” as Punk comically would call him. The tease by Laurinaitis, on the April 2nd episode of RAW, to CM Punk that a dark cloud, a disaster was coming his way was going to be Lord Tensai. The disaster never came. CM Punk conquered Chris Jericho and that was it.
Based on this past week's RAW, things have been steered in a different direction. It isn't uncommon in wrestling booking for things to change like this. However, if we look at what the situation is shaping up to be on the top of the card, it makes sense in the WWE world.
Note, I said the WWE world; I'm not endorsing all of their decision making, just helping you understand it.
John Laurinaitis vs. John Cena
It's the situation WWE knows the audience loves to live vicariously through. The cowardly, slimy executive that nobody can stand. It worked the best obviously with Vince and Stone Cold. It has since been a sequel many times with different people on each side from Eric Bischoff, to Triple H, to Stephanie McMahon, and that is just in the WWE promotion.
So once again, we watch the hard-working guy against the boss that everybody loves to hate. Sure, it makes it easier to cheer John Cena, doesn't it? You might disagree, but I bet you that came up in the decision to go in this direction—that it will be easier for people to want to get behind Cena.
Lord Tensai with John Laurinaitis Against John Cena
Lord Tensai was going to go up against whomever Laurinaitis had a problem with. He was going to be the dark clouds coming...for somebody. It makes sense. They keep telling us the story of how he dominated in Japan and has come back to WWE. Who would be the guy who signed him to the roster? The guy who is the head of talent relations and hires talent, John Laurinaitis.
Brock Lesnar Soon to Be Fired from WWE
Well, breaking Triple H's arm is an obvious setup for a big-money fight months in the future. A broken arm allows a time table that WWE doesn't have to set in stone. As noted already in this piece, things change so if they feel they want Triple H and Lesnar at SummerSlam, they can do it. If they hold it until later, that works as well because the broken arm is something that we know takes time.
The notion of Lesnar needing to be controlled and is he a WWE superstar plays in to being able to advertise a Lesnar storyline to watch but not have him running ramped through a list of opponents. There is only so many opponents in WWE who are on the level and on the list to work with Lesnar. This basically buys WWE time with Lesnar not needing a superstar as an opponent, yet they can still make money off of him with appearances on WWE programming. Seems like this would bring Vince McMahon back on eventually, as there is an issue in controlling Lesnar by the other authority figures.
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Whether WWE likes it or not, Daniel Bryan has done more than they ever thought. A year ago, many in power in the company had decided he was a midcard lifer. Bryan got himself over. Both on WWE programming and behind the scenes.
Over The Limit was one of the worst pay-per-views for WWE in 2011. It was terrible. Seeing these two have a feud and match that actually has an ending is a dream match for some of the audience. Hopefully, WWE doesn't think that Bryan as the heel going up against the fan favorite in CM Punk is going to stop the “YES!” chants, because it won't. The “YES!” chants will continue because its contagious to do in an audience and when you watch the two in the ring, it makes you want to say ”YES!”
I just wonder how much of an increased in revenue WWE is expecting giving an Internet dream match for the WWE title on a pay-per-view. The last time I checked, WWE doesn't get money from increased traffic on the illegal Internet streams.
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