WWE Rumors: Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Kharma and Thursday's Top WWE News

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2012

One thing that WWE loves to do in today's era is create surprises. No longer is wrestling about building feuds that have a big payoff, with the obvious exception of The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania, which was a unique circumstance. 

Some will say that surprises are the best thing possible because they are going to create a lot of buzz and interest on the Internet. 

While that is true, it has been proven time after time that building angles for the Internet audience does nothing for buyrates and ratings. If this is what Vince McMahon and Co. want to do, more power to them. It's too bad that this is where his ego is at right now. 

Speaking of surprises, here are some rumblings and grumblings from behind the scenes that will get you through this Thursday. 



Courtesy of Zuffa LLC
Courtesy of Zuffa LLC

On Wednesday we talked about rumors of WWE moving up the Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H match, and those whispers keep getting louder with more reports about his television return date being moved up because officials have been in a "panic" about this storyline. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Does WWE try to plan anything?

Our Take: I would be fascinated to be in creative meetings for a month with McMahon, just to see how he decides to start an angle and then his process of changing everything every single day. I'm sure there is some plan when things start, but he needs his resolution now, not later. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Paul Heyman Lawsuits

It's fascinating to see just how little McMahon learns from constant failures. You would think that plummeting buyrates, declining ratings and a general malaise with the current product would teach him something. 

Deeper Dive

Update on Lesnar's Return Date (Wrestling Observer - Subscription Required)



Courtesy of WWE.com
Courtesy of WWE.com

While the general consensus seems to be that Big Show will align himself with John Laurinaitis at Over the Limit on Sunday, house show advertisements, which should always be taken with a grain of salt, have Cena doing battle with Laurinaitis and Lord Tensai. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who will make the better bodyguard for Laurinaitis?

Our Take: Considering that no one cares about Tensai in any way, other than to call him "Albert," and the fact that Show is a better all-around performer, it would make infinitely more sense for it to be Big Show. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Crying Big Show GIFs

I think a fun mix would be Johnny Ace and Brodus Clay vs. John Cena. Sure, Clay has been called reckless in the ring and could injure WWE's biggest star, but at least we would have the image of Johnny Ace dancing and talking about someone needing to call their mama. 

Deeper Dive

Possible Laurinaitis vs. Cena Plans After Over the Limit (Wrestling Inc.)



Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

While we have all anticipated Kharma's return following her brief cameo at the Royal Rumble five months ago, she has yet to be seen on television since that show. It turns out that she has reportedly been ready to come back for a while, but creative doesn't know what to do with her. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Why does WWE bother having a creative team?

Our Take: Therein lies the $64,000 question. We always hear horror stories about what goes on behind the scenes with creative, and they can't come up with a simple idea to get the most talked about Diva in year's back on television, so what purpose are they really serving anyone?

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Misplaced Superstars

Considering the complete lack of interest in anything going on with the Divas division, you would think that getting the biggest female star back would be a high priority. Alas, that would be far too simple for this group. 

Deeper Dive

Latest on Kharma (Wrestling Observer - Subscription Required)



PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Ric Flair looks on while awaiting the entrance of Hulk Hogan during the Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Paul Kane/Getty Images

Ric Flair is doing all that he can to hang on to his wrestling career, and now his daughter, Ashley Fliehr Johnson, has decided to follow in her father's footsteps. She has reportedly signed a developmental deal with WWE. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: She will be as good a wrestler as her father, right?

Our Take: Absolutely. Sure, he won a lot of championships and is generally regarded as one of the greatest performers in the history of the business, so it's not like those are big shoes to fill. Let's just hope her wrestling run goes better than her brother David's.

Not That It's A Surprise, But Flair's Daughter Is The Blonde. Courtesy of Kentucky Fried Wrestling
Not That It's A Surprise, But Flair's Daughter Is The Blonde. Courtesy of Kentucky Fried Wrestling

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Second-Generation Stars

One big problem Ashley will face is that WWE doesn't promote wrestler lineage anymore. The people in power had to change Joe Hennig's name to Michael McGillicutty just to make sure no one cared about him as he was being buried. 

Deeper Dive

Ric Flair's Daughter Going to WWE (Wrestling Observer - Subscription Required)


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