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Randy Orton Cashes in Money in the Bank on Daniel Bryan
WWE fans had high hopes for SummerSlam, and those expectations were realized as a fantastic show culminated with Randy Orton successfully cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Daniel Bryan. While Bryan defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship for the first time in his impressive career, special guest referee Triple H ensured that it was short lived, as he Pedigreed Bryan and made the count in Orton's favor.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Did WWE Book the SummerSlam Main Event Correctly?
Before Orton's cash-in even came to fruition, SummerSlam was already the best wrestling pay-per-view of the year. Not only did CM Punk and Brock Lesnar deliver a match-of-the-year candidate, but Bryan and Cena followed that up with a match that was arguably even better.
Although the crowd didn't quite measure up to the Cena vs. Punk match from Money in the Bank 2011, the in-ring work was on a similar level. The finish was excellent as well, with Bryan shockingly defeating Cena cleanly with a knee to the face.
Many fans anticipated Orton cashing in on Bryan, but the WWE did a nice job of injecting some doubt into the situation. Bryan was allowed to celebrate with the title for a significant amount of time, and fireworks even went off to signify his victory. Orton came down the aisle and, when Bryan dared him to cash in, he started to walk away. The true swerve occurred when Triple H turned on Bryan, and it made for a shocking, yet satisfying end to the night.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
It seems as though there are two distinct schools of thought when it comes to the booking of SummerSlam's main event. Some fans believe that having Bryan lose was the wrong move, and they feel as though it ruined his considerable momentum. On the other side of the coin, some contend that it was the right move, as it will make Bryan a bigger star in the long run. The Ring Rust Radio panel falls firmly in the latter camp, as every member of the show believes that Bryan will benefit greatly from what happened at SummerSlam.
Quite honestly, it's silly to suggest that Bryan was somehow hurt by the developments at SummerSlam because he was the first wrestler to beat Cena cleanly in recent memory, aside from The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII. That, in and of itself, is an absolutely massive accomplishment.
Also, the cash-in allowed both Orton and Triple H to turn heel, and there is little doubt that they are both better in that role. The Bryan vs. Orton feud is going to mirror the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. The Rock feud in many ways, as The Rock was the corporate champion with the McMahon family backing him. Orton is in that role, while Bryan will play the role of Austin, so all the pieces are in place for Bryan to become one of the company's top stars.
Rumor Mill: Mixed Backstage Reaction Regarding Cena vs. Bryan Finish (PWInsider via WrestlingInc.com)
John Cena to Miss 4-6 Months Following Elbow Surgery
It was well known by WWE fans leading up to SummerSlam that Cena was dealing with an elbow injury, but the extent of that ailment was unclear. Cena had previously referred to the fluid built up in his elbow as a "football" and a "baseball," and the decision was made that he had to get it taken care of. According to WWE.com, Cena underwent surgery to repair a torn triceps, and the current timetable for his return to action is set at four to six months.
Question on Everybody's Mind: When Will Cena Actually Return?
While it's no secret that Cena has his fair share of detractors, it's never good to see a wrestler get hurt. Cena pours his heart and soul into the company, and he'll probably be itching to get back as soon as possible.
Cena had been held out of the ring for the most part leading up to his match with Bryan, and he had to wrestle with a large elbow pad. Despite Cena's injury, he gave it his all and put on a fantastic match. Bryan was obviously a huge reason for that, but it takes two to tango, and Cena deserves credit for battling through the injury and putting forth a great effort.
With that said, there is no point in Cena forcing himself to continue wrestling. Going through with the surgery was the right move because the company will need him at full strength down the line. As of right now, though, Cena truly isn't necessary. The company's main storyline revolves around Bryan, Orton and the McMahon family. Punk's rivalry with Paul Heyman is still red hot, so this is the best possible time for Cena to take some time off in order to recuperate.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Few wrestlers seem to heal quicker than Cena. When he tore his pectoral muscle in 2007, he was supposed to miss anywhere from seven months to a year of action. Despite that, Cena returned as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble less than four months later.
Because of that, a couple of the Ring Rust Radio panelists expect him to be back well before the estimated timetable. One suggestion is that he could return for Survivor Series in order to take part in a traditional Survivor Series match alongside a Daniel Bryan-led team against a Triple H and Randy Orton-led team.
While that is certainly a possibility, the fact that Cena isn't the focal point of the product right now may mean that the WWE won't rush him back.
Cena obviously has plenty of fans, but his crowd reaction has largely been negative over the past several months especially. Although Cena received plenty of boos during his WWE Championship reign in 2007, the fans went crazy when he was a surprise entrant in the 2008 Royal Rumble. Because of that, Cena would be wise to adhere to the timetable, as he can once again return as a surprise Rumble entrant, and perhaps the fans will have a different outlook when it comes to Cena as well.
Rumor Mill: Cena May Honor Full Recovery (PWInsider via WrestlingInc.com)
John Morrison Interview with Ring Rust Radio
It has been nearly two years since John Morrison last wrestled a WWE match, but he is still very much on the minds of wrestling fans everywhere. Morrison is one guy who most WWE fans seem to want back in the fold, so Ring Rust Radio was very excited to sit down with the "Prince of Parkour" on this week's show. In addition to his time with WWE, we discussed his budding movie career, his fitness regimen and his recent foray into independent wrestling.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will John Morrison Ever Return to WWE?
As great as it was to get an update on all aspects of Morrison's life, it's inevitable that the topic of a potential WWE return came up. When asked about it, Morrison was more than forthcoming, as he all but confirmed he will be back in the WWE at some point.
I'm shuffling through a bunch of things and I have a bunch of things that I want to accomplish in the movie biz before I go back to wrestling full time. Once you're on that full-time schedule, you don't really have control of your own time. But I am definitely coming back at some point.
It's great to see that Morrison and the WWE are seemingly still on great terms as some superstars tend to burn bridges once they leave the company. The big difference with Morrison, though, is that his contract ran out rather than him getting released. Morrison mentioned during the interview that he was extremely banged up by the time his contract expired, but he said that he is fully healthy now, so a WWE return figures to be in his future.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Whether you love Morrison or hate him, there is no doubt that he would be an intriguing addition to the current roster. Not only is there a nice veteran base currently, but plenty of new stars have come through the ranks since Morrison was last in the company, so there are a lot of fresh feuds for him to engage in. In fact, Morrison named a number of different WWE Superstars he would be interested in working with, including Damien Sandow, Seth Rollins, Antonio Cesaro and Fandango. The mid-card has been beefed up in recent months, and Morrison would be another great addition.
Also, while Morrison did receive some criticism for his promo ability during his WWE tenure, his acting work is only going to help him in that regard. Morrison has gotten some exposure to playing different types of roles, and that should allow him to transition from face to heel and vice versa whenever he does return to the WWE. Many fans believe that Morrison wasn't utilized as well as he could have been during his time in WWE, but all indications point toward Morrison getting another chance to ascend to the top of the sport when his return comes to fruition.
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