Friday, August 31, 2012

WWE Rumors: CM Punk, the Rock, Steve Austin and Friday's Top WWE Buzz

As we approach the end of a fairly memorable week in WWE, it is always fun to look back to see what will stick and what was just simple ratings bait. 

Triple H's pseudo-retirement falls into the latter category. No one believes he is walking away any more than they believe he will put Brock Lesnar over two times in a row. 

The CM Punk vs. John Cena match announced for Night of Champions was not a surprise, nor did it make much sense in the context it was made, but it was the right call to actually get Punk back in a main-event on pay-per-view for the first time since December. 

There was a lot more that happened, but those were the two biggest stories of the week. What struck you? Where do you want to see change? Whose direction are you happy with?



This is going to be a CM Punk-heavy news day, as he did an interview recently and discussed a few topics that are of interest to WWE fans. First, he mentioned that he has to hold on to the WWE championship so he can "shut Rock up" at the Royal Rumble. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Punk hold the title until the Rumble?

Our Take: I have gone on record as saying that would be the best thing for everyone involved in this little championship triangle between Punk, Rock and Cena. I do think that WWE will fall victim to its own impatience and put the title on Cena for at least one month before Punk wins it back before January. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Title Switches

I don't think people realize how significant Punk's current title reign is. We take advantage just how many times WWE loved to change the title simply for a one-night ratings chase, which is why a soon-to-be 10-month title reign in this era is really special. 

Deeper Dive

CM Punk Interview (Machinima)



The never-ending rumors about Steve Austin's potential return for one more match will likely pick up reading CM Punk's comments on him in that same interview mentioned before. He was clearly trying to work an angle saying that "we'll see...what's injured next year."

Question on Everybody's Mind: CM Punk and Austin are on a collision course, right?

Our Take: Who knows with Austin, but Punk will work any angle he can to get a match with Austin. It's quite obvious Punk holds Austin in high regard and wants to do everything he can to get one more match out of the Rattlesnake. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Dream Matches

WrestleMania 30 could easily be built around a CM Punk-Steve Austin match. Again, it all comes down to whether Austin wants to do it, or is even capable of doing it. That would certainly guarantee the kind of buy rate WWE needs to make the show a success. 

Deeper Dive

10 Highlights From WWE In 2002 (B/R)



Since Drew McIntyre's WWE career is going so well, it makes sense that he would take to Twitter in order to make sure the world knows he believes in what the current crop of young stars in wrestling can do. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is McIntyre right?

Our Take: McIntyre knows that the talent is there for the business to succeed even as people like John Cena and CM Punk get closer to 40 than 30. It is incumbent upon WWE to put them in a position to succeed, as well as the stars to make the fans believe in what they are doing. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Eternal Optimists

McIntyre is a guy who has always gotten a raw deal from WWE. He was really put into an awkward position when everyone knew Vince McMahon talked about him as the Chosen One. When he didn't look like the best performer in the history of the business, he was hung out to dry. 

Deeper Dive

Looking At Five Future World Champions (B/R)



In an interview with Slam! magazine, A.J. discussed her newfound power within WWE and the differences between being a wrestler and general manager of Raw. She also talks about possibly working a match at WrestleMania, though she doesn't get into specifics. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: How long will A.J. keep her power?

Our Take: Even though WWE likes to change general managers at the drop of a hat, it is clear that the company sees something in A.J. She might be starting to get over, at least to some degree. She could be in this for the long haul. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Surprise Successes

When A.J. was named general manager, it seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. She didn't have a great presence, or much charisma, but she has really taken to the role and turned out to be one of the better GMs in recent memory. 

Deeper Dive

A.J. Interview (Slam)


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