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Roman Reigns and John Cena Interact
With John Cena set to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns, Kane and Randy Orton in a Fatal 4-Way match at Battleground, the quartet interacted throughout Monday's edition of Raw. The most intriguing segments featured Cena and Reigns, who challenged each other verbally but also showed mutual signs of respect.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Does Reigns Have a Shot at Battleground?
With Cena having just won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank, the prevailing thought is that he is a virtual lock to retain the title at the pay-per-view. Orton and Kane certainly don't come off as legitimate threats since Orton just had a lackluster run with the straps and Kane isn't championship material currently. With that said, an argument can be made in favor of Reigns taking the belts.
Reigns gets massive reactions on a nightly basis and has all the makings of a future world champion. Based on how popular he is, perhaps WWE will decide that the future is now. Even though he has been on his own for barely a month in the wake of The Shield disbanding, Reigns has a ton of momentum. Making him champion would definitely be a risk since he is somewhat inexperienced compared to most of the Superstars currently on the main roster, but it could ultimately prove to be the right decision.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As impressive as Reigns is, there are obvious drawbacks to making him champ. He comes off as the coolest guy in the room on the mic and has a certain swagger, but he hasn't been tested in terms of cutting a marathon promo. The same can be said for his in-ring work. Reigns has one of the most explosive move sets in wrestling, but it is somewhat limited. That may be simply due to the fact that he hasn't been asked to compete in lengthy singles matches—just because he hasn't done those things doesn't mean he is incapable.
The best argument to make against Reigns winning at Battleground is the notion that he should be built slowly and properly. Give him big wins over the likes of Orton and Triple H. Have him win the Royal Rumble after his record-breaking performance in the 2014 edition this past January. He needs to look as credible as possible before winning the title, and that will take time.
Also, if Reigns was going to win the championship, then why not give him the victory at Money in the Bank? Perhaps it's because he would be required to drop it when Seth Rollins cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase or against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Neither of those scenarios aid in Reigns' build toward the top. As played out and stale as it may be, keeping the titles on Cena is the best option for now, especially since Reigns doesn't have to take the fall to lose at Battleground.
Backstage News on Reigns' Push (Wrestling Observer Newsletter via WrestlingInc)
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose Take Losses
Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will almost certainly lock horns in a match at Battleground, but both Superstars may enter the event lacking momentum. Rollins and Ambrose lost their respective singles matches on Raw, which irked many fans and prompted them to question why two rising stars would be booked in such a manner.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This Acceptable Ahead of Battleground?
Generally speaking, rising stars are booked carefully and protected as much as possible. Rollins is the handpicked next face of the company by The Authority as the Money in the Bank winner. Ambrose has garnered a ton of attention and popularity in recent weeks as well and has all the makings of a future main eventer. Even so, Rollins suffered a disqualification loss to Cena on Raw, and Ambrose dropped a clean pinfall decision to Orton.
Having Cena and Orton win matches made sense due to the fact that they will both be in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Battleground, but perhaps it shouldn't have come at the expense of Rollins and Ambrose. One of them will unfortunately have to lose at Battleground, so it can be argued that there is no reason to pile up losses before that. WWE can still rectify the situation by giving them wins during the week leading up to Battleground, but the booking was somewhat bizarre to begin with.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Rollins and Ambrose losing wasn't ideal, but WWE did gloss over the losses in a way and effectively lessened their impact. Rollins lost by disqualification due to interference, which isn't a particularly big deal. Heels are rarely damaged by losing in that manner, and Rollins looked like Cena's equal for much of the match. Ambrose's loss was more significant, although he sold a shoulder injury throughout the contest, which can be used as an explanation.
WWE further buried Ambrose's loss by having him thwart Rollins' cash-in attempt at the end of the show. It was essentially a case of Ambrose losing the battle by dropping a match to Orton but winning the war by screwing things up for Rollins yet again. If nothing else, both guys are on equal footing since they suffered the same fate. It might have been wiser for the writers to find other Superstars for Cena and Orton to beat on Raw, but Rollins and Ambrose are so talented and over with the fans that they'll be able to get past it with relative ease.
Backstage News on Ambrose's Loss (F4WOnline via WrestlingInc)
Sting Teases Something for July 14
One of the biggest storylines related to WWE outside the ring in recent months has been the status of Sting. There have been constant inaccurate and unconfirmed reports regarding Sting potentially joining WWE. A recent tweet by Sting only serves to further the speculation:
July 14 is a Monday, which of course means that Raw will take place. Sting's tweet could mean any number of things. There is a chance that he will make an appearance for WWE, but he could just as easily be referring to something else. Whatever the case, it will keep wrestling fans on their toes.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What Is Sting Referencing?
As if the wild theories regarding Sting haven't been unbearable enough, there is little doubt that there will be even more leading up to Raw. Sting appearing on live WWE programming would be a landmark moment since he is essentially the biggest legend of the modern era to never be linked to the company. As much as any wrestling fan would love to see that, it is important for people to refrain from getting their hopes up.
Sting has seemingly been on the verge of joining WWE so many times in the past, but nothing has come to fruition. Things could be different this time around since Sting is a free agent, but there are no guarantees. Sting obviously knew that this particular tweet would garner plenty of attention, so it is quite possible that he is simply promoting something that has nothing to do with WWE.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
As great as Sting is, some type of involvement with WWE is the only thing missing from his resume. It may happen eventually in the form of television appearances, but perhaps the first step toward that is Sting being featured in WWE 2K15. The cover was revealed a couple weeks ago and it stands to reason that more information will be released in the coming weeks.
WWE has utilized themes for its video games in recent years such as the Attitude Era and an ode to WrestleMania. With Monday Night War set to start airing regularly on WWE Network, a Monday Night War theme makes all the sense in the world. Sting was an absolutely huge part of that era, so he is an absolute must if WWE wants to do it right.
Some fans might be bummed if Sting doesn't actually show up Monday, but putting him in the game would be a huge deal and would almost certainly mean that a televised appearance at some point is a foregone conclusion.
Possible Reasoning Behind Sting's Tweet (WrestlingInc.com)
RRR Season 5 Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Mike Chiari: 505
2. Donald Wood: 285
3. Brandon Galvin: 97.5
4. Tom Kinslow: 12.5
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