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John Cena Destroys Wyatt Family on Raw
John Cena appeared on WWE programming Monday night for the first time since losing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Brock Lesnar in decisive fashion at SummerSlam. Cena absorbed the biggest beating of his professional career, but his attitude was defiant on Raw. Rather than being deterred by Lesnar's dominance, the 15-time world champion was reinvigorated and proceeded to take his frustrations out on the Wyatt Family.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was Cena Booked Correctly on Raw?
Raw opened with a Hall of Fame panel comprised of Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair debating who would come out on top in Cena's rematch with Lesnar at Night of Champions. Cena interrupted and cut an impassioned promo before going on to face Bray Wyatt later in the night. His match against Wyatt closely resembled what happened at SummerSlam, except Cena was playing the role of Lesnar in this particular contest.
Cena dominated Wyatt from bell to bell and suplexed Wyatt several times throughout the match. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan eventually interfered, which allowed Cena to win by disqualification. Mark Henry and Big Show made the save, and a six-man tag team match commenced. Cena's dominance continued as he hit every Wyatt Family member with Attitude Adjustments and forced Harper to tap out to the STF in a matter of seconds.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
The idea of having Cena look dominant Monday was sound since Cena will have to be at his best to compete with Lesnar at Night of Champions. That said, feeding the entire Wyatt Family to Cena was absolutely the wrong move. Cena already hurt Wyatt's momentum by beating him in a feud for no apparent reason. Wyatt has been trying to bounce back from that, and he was starting to gain some traction after defeating Chris Jericho at SummerSlam.
Wyatt should be getting built up as effectively as possible, but he was made to look like a nobody against Cena. If that wasn't enough, Cena also tossed around perhaps the best tag team in WWE for emphasis. The Wyatts may have been placed in that position due to a lack of depth on the roster, but there were much better options to feed to Cena.
It would have made more sense to have Cena dominate someone who is physically imposing but at the bottom of the card. Titus O'Neil would have fit the bill, and WWE could have even thrown Heath Slater in the mix to give Cena an impressive handicap match win. Had that opened the show with the Hall of Fame forum ending Raw, it would have had the same impact without hurting a hot act like the Wyatts in the process.
Backstage talk regarding potential Cena injury (PWInsider Elite via WrestlingInc.com)
Roman Reigns Expands Feud With The Authority
On the heels of Roman Reigns' victory over Randy Orton at SummerSlam, it seemed as though the feud was poised to continue. Orton was absent from Raw, however, which led to Reigns interrupting Seth Rollins' "eulogy" for former Shield partner Dean Ambrose. Reigns attacked both Rollins and Kane, which has led many fans to wonder if Reigns will be moving on from The Viper in favor of a rivalry with the Architect of the Shield.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Will Reigns Face at Night of Champions?
While Orton is certainly a good stepping stone for Reigns as an accomplished veteran and skilled in-ring worker, Reigns vs. Rollins feels fresher and more exciting as a whole. Since the Shield broke up, Reigns has largely been kept away from Rollins, with Ambrose being the one in search of revenge. Now that Ambrose is taking some time off to film a WWE-backed movie, it makes plenty of sense for Reigns to take his place and go after Rollins.
Once Orton returns on the next edition of Raw, though, it would be odd for him to simply forget about Reigns. He still conceivably wants to get revenge on Reigns for "robbing" him of his title shot, so it wouldn't be particularly surprising to see Reigns placed in some type of multi-man match at Night of Champions. It could potentially be a handicap match against Rollins and Orton, or perhaps even a triple threat that would obviously feature Rollins and Orton working together.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
In addition to Rollins and Orton, Kane is also involved in this situation. Since he is the storyline director of operations, though, he doesn't necessarily need to wrestle in a match. Simply having him meddle as an authority figure would be good enough. The true wild card at this point, though, is Ambrose. If his filming schedule allows him to return prior to Night of Champions and compete at the pay-per-view, then this could easily turn into a tag team match.
If Reigns and Ambrose team up against Rollins and Orton, it could then result in Reigns vs. Rollins and Ambrose vs. Orton branching off as singles feuds thereafter. Regardless of how WWE decides to handle it, getting all three former Shield members involved in a feud or match is money. The hope is that this will eventually lead to a triple threat between the three former Shield members, but that probably won't happen as early as Night of Champions. Because of that, the smart money right now is a tag contest with Reigns and Ambrose battling Rollins and Orton.
Backstage talk regarding future plans for Reigns (Wrestling Observer Newsletter via WrestlingInc.com)
RRR Interview with TNA's Ethan Carter III
TNA has been a company in transition for the past several months, with much of the old guard moving on as the new guard take on more responsibility. Ethan Carter III has been a huge part of that latter group as TNA president Dixie Carter's storyline nephew. EC3 is currently enjoying the greatest success of his professional wrestling career, and he joined Ring Rust Radio to discuss that and his future in the business.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What's Next for EC3?
After being used sparingly in WWE and on NXT as Derrick Bateman, Carter was immediately thrust into an expanded role with Impact Wrestling. His credibility has slowly been built up through victories over legends such as Sting and Kurt Angle. EC3 seems to be on the fast track to the main event scene in TNA, and he isn't concerning himself with opportunities that didn't work out in the past, such as the one with WWE.
I'm an extremely motivated person, regardless of negative things that happened to me, but I wouldn't lie to you to say, 'look, see, told you, this is me.' But I can't worry about things that happened in the past or the negatives because I try to look at what's going to be positive and on what my focus is, which is making TNA the best I possibly can make it, and whatever that takes to do, I will do.
I work for my personal satisfaction and then for my bosses as well, and as long as I get the thumbs up and get paid by somebody, I feel like I'm doing my job, and I'm cool with that.
In terms of promo work, Carter has been among the best TNA has to offer in recent months, and he has also successfully generated heat for himself as a heel. With TNA continuing to trend in a younger direction, one can only assume that bodes well for EC3.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
There are certainly some question marks regarding TNA's future with its Spike TV deal in limbo, but that isn't something the wrestlers should concern themselves with. Carter doesn't seem particularly worried, and all signs point toward his focus relating to his own improvement, as well as that of Impact Wrestling as a whole.
Carter comes across as an individual who truly loves the business and wants to leave his mark on it. EC3 is still working to get to the point he desires to reach, but he is closer now than ever before. If he continues on his current path and remains successful in terms of generating a crowd reaction, then it won't belong before Carter finds himself in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship picture.
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Ring Rust Radio's Season 6 Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Donald Wood: 45
2. Mike Chiari: 40
3. Joe Arcidiacono: 22.5
4. Brandon Galvin: -25
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