WWE Rumors: CM Punk, SmackDown Spoilers and Wednesday's Top WWE News

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk wrestles Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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WWE is giving all of its fans a nice Christmas present right now. Instead of the usual counterproductive booking that goes on, we are seeing a nice shift in the way that certain stars are being pushed. How long that actually lasts remains to be seen. 

We can't complain too much right now because Raw was good and the SmackDown spoilers sound intriguing enough to pique our interest. 

We will bring you all the latest news, notes and rumors from the wide world of professional wrestling, including spoilers from last night's SmackDown tapings. 


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TNA star Samoa Joe did an interview in which he was asked if he would ever go to WWE. He did not say yes, but he did not exactly say no. All that he really said is that he is under contract to TNA and feels great as long as he gets to work with good people. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Should WWE sign Joe when his TNA contract expires?

Our Take: Samoa Joe in 2011 doesn't mean anything. He clearly has stopped caring in TNA and he is out of shape, so if he did go to WWE, he would get destroyed because he doesn't have a look that the people in power like. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Wrestlers That Used To Be Great

Joe was one of the best wrestlers in the world from 2003-2006. His feud with CM Punk in Ring of Honor was fantastic, and Kurt Angle worked with him for this first match in TNA five years ago. He has the ability, but his passion is clearly waning. 

Deeper Dive

CM Punk Has Cleared Path For Samoa Joe To Make The WWE Jump (B/R)

Samoa Joe Interview (All Wrestling)



While we all love to see CM Punk make fun of Johnny Ace, the executive vice president of talent relations and interim general manager of Raw, I can't help but feel that this is a feud destined to disappoint. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Are Punk and Laurinaitis going to wrestle?

Our Take: Based on where we have seen this feud go over the last few months, it seems hard to imagine WWE resisting the urge to have them get in the ring. It's an obvious re-creation of the Austin-McMahon feud. The problem with that is Punk isn't Austin and Laurinaitis is not even close to McMahon as a character. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Corporate Feuds That Won't Go Away

The anti-establishment wrestler going up against the suit and tie executive has been beaten to death over the last 13 years that I don't think it means anything to anyone right now. Of course, that could also be a product of no one caring about Laurinaitis as a character because he is terrible. 

Deeper Dive

Is WWE Building Toward A CM Punk-John Laurinaitis Feud? (B/R)



GREEN BAY, WI - JUNE 22:   Vince McMahon attends a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images)
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I know that no one likes to talk about the business side of WWE, but it's something you have to deal with. And the ratings for Raw are not going in a positive direction. In fact, they have been very troublesome for the last few months. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: How does this affect the IWC?

Our Take: The first hour of the show is doing better in the ratings than the second hour, which never used to happen. What it means is that stars we have begged WWE to push--Punk, Bryan, Ziggler, et al.--are not moving the needle the way that the company likes, and we could see panic moves soon.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Hasty Moves Made Based On Ratings

WWE makes drastic decisions based on what happens with the ratings. If Punk as champion is "only" doing a 2.9 rating, then Vince McMahon is going to freak out and do a title change just for the sake of doing one to get a cheap ratings boost. It's a situations worth monitoring closely. 

John Cena could be getting another title run very soon if these ratings keep skewing down. 

Deeper Dive

Raw Ratings Flaw Is A Case of "Be Careful What You Wish For" (B/R)


We are going to talk about SmackDown Spoilers next, so if you don't want to know skip the next section. 

For those of you that want information on the biggest story coming out of last night's taping, keep reading on. 



While we don't know how long the match goes on for, Daniel Bryan does wrestle Dolph Ziggler on this week's show in a non-title match. Unfortunately, Jack Swagger (?) comes out and then it turns into a tag match with Ziggler and Swagger against Bryan and Big Show. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Couldn't WWE just let Bryan and Ziggler have their own great match?

Our Take: I guarantee you that if those two were given a 15-minute television match, it would be one of the best of the year. Having not seen the show, I anticipate that there might be some teases of a Big Show heel turn because it's obvious that he is going to get the next feud with Bryan. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Long Overdue Pushes

Oh by the way, Bryan goes over in the tag match by submitting Swagger. I like that there seems to be a mandate to pushing Bryan as a top star, though I do wish they would put him over wrestlers that the company wasn't down on (Alberto Del Rio, Swagger), but beggars can't be choosers and at least he is winning. 

Deeper Dive

Will WWE Book Daniel Bryan As A Strong World Champion? (B/R)

Complete SmackDown Spoilers (Wrestling Observer)


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Topics discussed on this week's episode include Daniel Bryan's Title Win, Kevin Nash's Retirement, An "Indy" Movement In WWE, John Cena's Feud With Kane

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