WWE Rumors: Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Triple H and Wednesday's Top WWE News

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2011

WWE is starting to look like it is catching momentum as we head to the end of the year. There are new people getting elevated and the quality of the wrestling on television has improved dramatically. 

A special live edition of SmackDown had its ups and downs, but it closed on a high note with a terrific steel cage match for the world heavyweight championship between Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan. 

We are just over two weeks from the TLC pay-per-view, and while the build for that show has yet to get started, everything else the company is doing is a vast improvement over where we were heading into Survivor Series.

We will have the latest news and information from the wrestling world. As always, if you have something to say, hit the comments section and tell us what you like and don't like or anything that might be on your mind. 



There seems to be an ambivalent attitude from the "WWE Universe" towards Daniel Bryan, but rest assured, he is the real deal and he proved it last night in a steel cage match with Mark Henry. He didn't win, but it wasn't about him winning or losing. It was about showing something to Vince McMahon. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What does all this mean for Bryan's future?

Our Take: I thought it was odd to give Bryan a title match while he carries the Money In the Bank briefcase, but this seemed to be WWE's way of testing him in a big match situation. He passed, unsurprisingly, and should see his exposure increase because he is that damn good. 

Best Tweet of the Night That Probably Won't Mean Anything....


Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 LeBell Locks

Watching Bryan from his Ring of Honor days, I am thrilled to see him get a chance to showcase his abilities in a WWE championship match. He has been criminally underutilized since signing with the company, but all that has to change now that they know what they have in him. 

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Orton has never been my favorite wrestler. I have always found him boring and far too slow to keep me interested, but damned if he isn't having a terrific run of matches lately. He was the best part of the fatal four way match on SmackDown last week, had a good match with Dolph Ziggler on Raw, and, most surprising of all, had a good match with David Otunga on Tuesday night. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Are we seeing the evolution of the "Apex Predator?"

Our Take: There is always a moment in every great wrestler's career when they start to see things clearly and all their knowledge clicks. Orton is doing better work now than he ever has, and he is more interesting as a result. Plus, he is putting other workers over, which is the biggest surprise of all. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 David Otunga Cookie Showers

Orton is the second-biggest star in the company and he needs to use that position to help make his fellow wrestlers even better. It has taken a few years, but he is finally starting to do that. Let's hope that this new and improved Orton keeps the momentum going. 

Deeper Dive

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By now most of you have seen the cryptic videos WWE is putting online, but there seems to be a great divide over who they are for. When January 2 rolls around all will be revealed, though the company is reportedly trying to keep them as generic as possible in case they can't sign the star they are supposed to be for. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: So who is the "force" that will be returning?

Our Take: It is down to two: The Undertaker and Chris Jericho. I don't like it being Undertaker simply because he can only work WrestleMania and January 2 is too soon. Jericho, on the other hand, is still damn good in the ring and would be around for much longer, making the videos more important. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Creepy Kids In An Empty Classroom

WWE has a lot of issues with booking its television shows, but it seems to nail all of the promo videos and these cryptic videos have been terrific. It would be nice to have more clues about who it is, but we will only have to wait another month to find out. 

Deeper Dive

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Conflicting reports over "It Begins" Superstar (NoDQ.com)




Remember all the way back in October when Kevin Nash attacked Triple H? And remember how this was supposed to start some epic feud between the two? Yeah, now they are pushing it back to the Royal Rumble because they don't know what to do with it.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Why don't they just do the match and get it over with?

Our Take: Because Triple H and Kevin Nash have power backstage and WWE must squeeze every last drop out of this feud that it can. The buy rate for TLC is going to be dreadful, which would reflect poorly on Triple H's drawing power. Delaying it a month to the second-biggest show of the year will allow Triple H to say that his match is the reason that the buys were so good. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Waffle House Cooks Beating Up Nash

At this point, I can't imagine that anyone cares if this match even happens. Nash has been a bust since returning and there is nothing that he can do to get people interested in anything that he does. Triple H can be a big deal in the right match, but this is definitely not it. 

Deeper Dive

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Backstage update on Nash/HHH (Wrestle Zone)



JBL left WWE in 2009 and has been able to stay away, save for a few television appearances, thanks to his gig at Fox News. But after nearly three years away, he could be eyeing a comeback for reason known only to him. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Why would WWE want to bring JBL back?

Our Take: He's not a good worker in any way, but he does have that great heel attitude to at least stay interesting. I wouldn't want to see him back in the ring, but if he is just an authority figure, so be it. 

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 JBL Business Books

Nothing is set in stone, and it is entirely possible that nothing will come of this, so it is best to temper any excitement that you may have. He can be a good personality, which WWE needs more of, but I never once thought that the company would be better with him.

Deeper Dive

JBL eyeing return to WWE? (B/R)


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