WWE Rumors: John Cena, CM Punk, Goldberg and Tuesday's Top WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2012

Courtesy of WWE.com
Courtesy of WWE.com

It is fascinating to look at WWE at certain moments of the year and wonder what goes through the head of Vince McMahon at various stages. You can always tell when he wants to kick things into gear, and when he is simply testing the audience because he can get away with it. 

For instance, the build for WrestleMania and the build for the 1,000th episode of Raw have been better than anything WWE has done this year. Sure, neither one has been perfect, but for the most part all the biggest notes were hit and hit hard. 

You look at that and then wonder what goes on with McMahon when it comes time to build a show like Over The Limit, where he obviously doesn't care about what is going on. 

We shall see how everything unfolds next week. Until then, we have a lot of news, rumors and information to dissect. 



Following two really good matches for both stars at Money In the Bank, WWE wound up going with the quick decision to have CM Punk and John Cena battle for the championship on the 1,000th episode of Raw. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who wins the match?

Our Take: Since WWE is essentially treating the 1,000th Raw like a pay-per-view, and Punk is getting closer to matching one of Cena's longest title reigns, I think Cena will walk away with a victory. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Raw Title Matches

Cena winning makes the most sense, since odds are good WWE will end up going with a rematch at SummerSlam. Unless there is some kind of screwjob finish that allows Punk to retain, the only way a rematch makes sense is if Cena wins. 

Deeper Dive

John Cena Announces MITB Cash-In (B/R)



In my latest conspiracy theory to prove that Punk and Austin will wrestle at WrestleMania, THQ has released the look for the special edition of the WWE '13 video game that features the Stone Cold Steve Austin skull logo. In case you forgot, CM Punk''s body, not his head, is on the cover of the standard edition. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Does this really mean anything?

Our Take: Probably not. THQ has already said the game will feature an Attitude Era mode, and Austin was the face of that time in WWE, so it is a natural fit. Still, it is fun to think about subtle ways WWE could be teasing the fans with the match. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Video Game Athletes

I do find it interesting that Austin isn't going to be on the 1,000th Raw, or at least he isn't being advertised. I don't know his work schedule now, but it seems almost impossible to celebrate the history of Raw without him there. 

Deeper Dive

WWE '13 Gets Stunning New Look (B/R)



While we can speculate about Austin's Raw status for next week, Goldberg is not leaving a lot to the imagination. The former world champion took to Twitter to address rumors that he would be at next week's supershow in St. Louis. 

It's not true!! RT @mrpops96: @Goldberg there are videos and rumours suggesting that you will be at Raw 1000 is it true?

— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) July 17, 2012

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Goldberg be missed?

Our Take: It's been over eight years since Goldberg was in WWE, and no one has missed him in that time. His WWE run was a disaster because Triple H hated him and had to destroy any credibility he had. Raw is loaded enough that Goldberg's absence will not be felt. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Spears

Even if WWE wanted Goldberg to show up next week, I can't imagine that he would have any desire to help the company out. As mentioned, his WWE run did not go well. Plus, Goldberg doesn't strike you as the kind of guy who needs that one pop to help his ego. 

Deeper Dive

A Likely Candidate For Raw 1,000 (B/R)



One of the major coups WWE managed to pull off for Raw next week was getting the vastly overrated Charlie Sheen to tweet about the show for the masses. However, he deleted his Twitter profile a week ago and WWE stopped mentioning him this week. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Has Sheen ruined Twitter for WWE fans?

Our Take: The idea of a social media ambassador for a wrestling show made about as much sense as CM Punk possibly marrying A.J. Wrestling fans are a very niche group, and they don't want some outsider invading their territory just to make their name bigger. 

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Major League Movies

Does anyone care about Sheen anymore? I know he has that show on FX, but unless he is spouting goofy catchphrases and insulting his former bosses is he really that interesting? WWE can let the fans handle the social media for the night, while it focuses on what happens with the television show. 

Deeper Dive

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