WWE Rumors: Randy Orton, Vince McMahon and Tuesday's Top WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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How hot is WWE right now? It is so hot that it is actually causing fires to breakout in the arena where Raw is taking place. Thankfully it wasn't serious and no one was hurt, which is why we are able to joke about it now. 

As far as the first three-hour show without all the stars of years gone by, it was about what many of us expected it to be. There were good moments, but at three hours it was way too long with spots that dragged on forever. 

It didn't help that the final segment, with Big Show and John Cena being put in a title match against CM Punk at SummerSlam, came off flat. Show just doesn't add much to the proceedings, and Punk vs. Cena seemed like the obvious outcome. 

We won't ruin our program with a flat ending. Instead, we present you the latest and greatest news WWE has to offer. 



I suppose there are worse ways that Orton could have been brought back, but a squash over Heath Slater was not exactly the most memorable comeback. Perhaps something bigger will be done at the SmackDown tapings tonight. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What is on Orton's agenda for SummerSlam?

Our Take: If I had to guess, I would say that WWE puts him in the world title match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. I don't know why that couldn't have been built towards last night, though I suppose it doesn't matter if it is delayed by one day. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Triumphant Returns

Orton is not the kind of star who needs an easy squash match over a jobber to be re-introduced. He could have been given a major angle for his first appearance back. It would have made sense, but I guess everyone likes to see Slater look like a dork until he is eventually released. 

Deeper Dive

Making The Case For Randy Orton vs. CM Punk (B/R)



Proving that he does, in fact, realize that SmackDown not only exists but is produced by WWE, Vince McMahon is going to stop by the tapings on Tuesday night in order to announce the new general manager of the blue brand. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who will get all the power?

Our Take: I tried to think about this for a long time, but the more effort I put into it, the more I realized that was the wrong approach. WWE doesn't put thought into this kind of decision—it does the dumbest possible thing. Since the company loves A.J., why not just give her the keys to the car and be done with it?

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Signs of Ruthless Aggression

SmackDown has felt like an irrelevant show for a long time, since all of the major angles are done on Raw, anyway. Adding a general manager could bring a spark to the creative process of the show, though it would have to be a good choice and someone with a lot of charisma. Where's Johnny Ace when you need him?

Deeper Dive

News on McMahon's Announcement (NoDQ)



If you ask about Johnny Ace, you know you are going to get an update. The former WWE general manager has reportedly seen his authority backstage diminish greatly, thus he decided to leave his post as the executive vice president of talent relations. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: So what will WWE do with him?

Our Take: Since he does seem to be a part of the company, look for WWE to find some way to use him on television soon. McMahon likes him, which is likely the only reason he is still with the company. 

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Exciting Promos

Laurinaitis, it can be argued, is a big part of the problem WWE has right now with its talent. He did make some solid moves, but overall he followed the McMahon mandate of huge guys with no talent instead of taking stars with ability. 

Deeper Dive

John Laurinaitis Resigns (WWE.com)



It isn't everyday you are left thinking about something Abraham Washington said, so you know this has to be a big deal. Kofi Kingston and Titus O'Neil were wrestling, when Washington could be heard yelling from ringside that "Titus O'Neil is like Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel room. He's unstoppable." Bryant was accused of sexual assault in Colorado nine years ago. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Washington really that dumb?

Our Take: It would appear so. There are times when WWE tries to feed its talent lines that are offensive just for shock value, though I can't imagine WWE using this on its show. You could tell something was off, and Michael Cole immediately apologized to the audience for what was said.

Hype Meter: 0 out of 5 Lame Remarks

Some real-world issues can be played out on WWE television for comedy, but a lot of them should remain off-limits. This definitely falls into that category. Washington is smarter than that, though you wouldn't know it based on how idiotic the line was. 

Deeper Dive

WWE Issues Formal Apology (TMZ)


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