WWE Rumors: John Cena, CM Punk, the Rock and Thursday's Top WWE Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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The anticipation for SummerSlam is slowly starting to increase, which is probably not what WWE had in mind when Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar was booked for the show. 

While I think the match will be terrific, I am going to be very interested to see how many buys this show gets.

Triple H and Lesnar would seem to be one of the biggest main events the company could make, but it has also had a build slightly better than what The Rock had for his return last November at the Survivor Series. 

Perhaps more people will see the SummerSlam name and be more enticed to buy the show, regardless of the build. So many variables are in play that trying to predict anything right now would be unwise. 

In the meantime, here are the latest news, notes and rumors from WWE to get you through this Thursday. 



Even though it has been widely assumed WWE would have Rock and John Cena wrestle for the WWE title at WrestleMania, the company appears to have something else in mind. Reportedly, there are discussions about having Cena win the title at SummerSlam, drop the title to Rock at the Royal Rumble and Rock defends it against Punk at WrestleMania. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What are the odds WWE goes that direction?

Our Take: I think the first part--Cena wins the title at SummerSlam--are very good, like 75 percent. As for Rock winning over Cena at the Rumble to defend against Punk at WrestleMania, I would say much less, around 15-20 percent. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 New Ideas

At least WWE is thinking outside the box, which almost never happens. I don't think Vince McMahon will pull the trigger, simply because I doubt he would want Punk vs. Rock at WrestleMania. 

Deeper Dive

Plans For WWE Title (Figure Four Online h/t NoDQ)



After a Kevin Nash interview ran on Grantland where the former WWE and WCW star said Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero being champions ruined the business, current and former stars came from everywhere to blast Nash for his ignorance. Jericho was one of them, who had a nice little retort via Twitter.

Funny how @realkevinnash says wrestling “died” when Benoit and Guerrero were champs-Yet the worst year for WWE biz was 95 when he was on top

— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) August 8, 2012

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Nash completely oblivious about everything?

Our Take: Everything? Probably not. Wrestling? More often than not. If you look at his track record as a booker in WCW, he really has no room to talk about killing businesses. That company had a lot of problems, but he really didn't do anything to help. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Internet Feuds

Nash can live in his own little bubble thinking that all the ills of the wrestling world came because two small guys were champions. The rest of the world is smart enough to educate itself on the ways of the business to understand why things happen. 

Deeper Dive

More On Jericho-Nash Twitter Feud (B/R)



We mentioned in the intro the inability to make a solid prediction for the SummerSlam buy rate. It turns out WWE is saving its biggest bullet for the final show, as there is reportedly a major angle in the works for Raw this week to pique interest in the pay-per-view. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What could the angle be?

Our Take: Triple H and Brock Lesnar will close the show in the ring, would be a good guess to start out. If it is just Lesnar beating up Shawn Michaels, as he alluded to this week, I don't see that being big enough to hook people in. I have no idea what it could be, so I leave it to you to speculate. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Impossible Builds

WWE often talks about these big angles that are going to turn the business around or build up interest for a pay-per-view, but this just feels like too little, too late. Whatever the buy rate is going to be, it's going to be already.

One Raw episode a few days before the pay-per-view is not going to convince people one way or another if everything that came before it didn't interest them. 

Deeper Dive

Plans For Monday's Raw (Wrestle Zone)



Former WCW star Konnan bashes WWE for its inability to give new stars a chance, and he continued that trend on Wednesday in an interview. This one was relatively tame by his usual standards, though he did mention talent may not be stepping up to say it deserves to be pushed. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: So, what exactly is the problem?

Our Take: It is a combination of things, with no easy answer for any of it. The powers that be in WWE want who they want and no one else can just walk in. But there are also a lot of performers who don't have "it," whatever "it" is. You can see it just watching them.

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Angry Wrestlers

Konnan is hardly the only one to bash WWE for its inability to try anything new, but his candor is quite refreshing in an era where we need more honest people. Unlike Kevin Nash, Konnan knows what he is talking about. 

Deeper Dive

Konnan Interview (MLW h/t Wrestle Zone)


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