This Week In WWE Biz: John Cena Plans, Triple H Vs. Braun Strowman?, Brock Lesnar Opponent, More

November 25, 2017 - WWE

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WWE’s Plans For John Cena: Will He Appear At Clash Of Champions?

John Cena’s forgettable coming during Survivor Series could be a final time we see him on WWE TV this year.

According to a Nov 27th book of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter“The Champ” is not now set to seem on SmackDown’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view on Dec 17th even yet a uncover takes place in Boston in Cena’s home state. His subsequent scheduled WWE compare isn’t until Dec 26th during a Madison Square Garden live event, where he’s now penciled in to face Roman Reigns.

WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR WWE?

The engagement of Cena during Survivor Series was utterly bizarre as, for a initial time in new memory, he seemed like a finish afterthought in a 5-on-5 compare and could have usually as simply not been in a compare during all.

Now, it’s misleading how Cena will figure into skeleton for The Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season. Initial reports indicated that we might be removing Cena vs. Jinder Mahal during WrestleMania 34, though that was before Mahal forsaken a WWE title, that presumably altered skeleton for all parties involved. With many of WWE’s tip stars clearly carrying ‘Mania matches lined adult for them (Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, etc.), it will be engaging to see what purpose Cena has both before and during WrestleMania.

Cena was formerly booked for live eventuality matches opposite Samoa Joe (and there’s a lot of story there), so that’s a possibility. But after WWE already did Cena vs. Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura and Reigns over a past several months, there isn’t an apparent argument lined adult for him, during slightest in terms of one fans are clamoring to see. It does seem expected that he’ll be an entrant in a Royal Rumble, though he doesn’t utterly figure into a WWE or Universal Championship skeleton until subsequent summer during a earliest.

Still, Cena is a known draw and live eventuality attraction, so we can rest positive he’ll have a purpose on a highway to WrestleMania. Barring something crazy like a compare with The Undertaker happening, however, he competence be relegated to what will be deliberate a midcard match, many like he was during WrestleMania 33 when he took on The Miz and Maryse in churned tab group action.

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Triple H Set To Face Both Kurt Angle And Braun Strowman?

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Credit: WWE.com

WHAT’S THE DEAL?

Triple H could contest in dual blockbuster matches in early 2018.

According to a Wrestling Observer (h/t Cageside Seats), Triple H competence be set to face Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman during WWE’s dual biggest pay-per-views of a year:

In line with what we saw on Raw Monday, Wrestling Observer Radio discussed Kurt Angle vs. Triple H as a Royal Rumble compare with The Game confronting Braun Strowman during WrestleMania.

WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR WWE?

Although Strowman is well on his approach to apropos one of WWE’s biggest draws, he hasn’t had that career-defining win or impulse that has solidified him as a star that WWE will build a destiny around.

Now, he finds himself in a early stages of a babyface spin and is adjusting to a new purpose that will outcome in him being pushed differently. Thus, WWE has done a correct choice to engage Strowman in a ongoing conflict between Triple H and Kurt Angle, dual bona fide legends who, during this point, have some-more name value and are some-more tangible than Strowman is. Although Strowman is removing closer to those stars, he will advantage tremendously from operative with them during WWE’s many critical time of a year, WrestleMania season.

Since there are substantially no indications that WWE will wandering from a plans to do Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for a Universal pretension during WrestleMania 34, Strowman vs. Triple H is about as large of a compare as “The Monster Among Men” is going to get, and things could positively be worse for him. Triple H has spent a past dual WrestleManias putting over Reigns and Seth Rollins, respectively, that helped concrete both of them as dual of WWE’s many high form stars.

The same proof relates to Triple H vs. Strowman, a latter of that will get a outrageous “rub” (as they contend in pro wrestling) by operative with dual legends who have been known ratings draws in a past. And if Strowman defeats Triple H during WrestleMania like many assume he will, that could set him adult for a good post-WrestleMania run where he finally reaches a betrothed land and becomes universe champion.

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Finn Balor’s Royal Rumble Match With Brock Lesnar Reportedly Scrapped, But Why?

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WHAT’S THE DEAL?

It looks like we won’t be saying “The Demon King” vs. “The Beast” after all.

According to a Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (h/t SEScoops), Finn Balor is no longer scheduled to face Brock Lesnar during a 2018 Royal Rumble, and it’s since of Vince McMahon:

The long-rumored Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor argument won’t be happening. For months, there have been reports that Balor was lined adult to be Brock Lesnar’s subsequent large challenger. The compare was tentatively designed for January’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, though Dave Meltzer reports that Vince McMahon done a call on Monday morning to go in a opposite direction.

In a categorical eventuality of Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view, Balor was a initial member of Team RAW to be eliminated. Meltzer settled on Wrestling Observer Radio, ‘Vince McMahon felt that Finn Balor wasn’t over enough. we consider apparently he motionless even before, with how that compare was laid out. Finn Balor wasn’t put in that compare to shine.’

A news from Sports Illustrated adds that Balor was never deliberate as a intensity Lesnar competition and that McMahon finds him “bland:”

Also, discordant to reports that Finn Balor was pulled from a intensity Royal Rumble Universal pretension compare opposite Lesnar, Sports Illustrated has schooled that Balor was never even in a brew for a match…A source tighten to WWE artistic relayed that McMahon sees Balor as tasteless when he is not portraying ‘The Demon’ character. WWE desperately needs to give some life to Balor’s character.

WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR WWE?

Balor isn’t “over enough?” That’s positively debatable.

If we consistently watch WWE programming, you’ll substantially notice that Balor typically generates some of a best and loudest reactions in a company. That’s since he was probably one of WWE’s best sell sellers final year, competence now be No. 4 in that difficulty (based on WWEShop.com advertising) and was a second many renouned new star to entrance final year, behind usually AJ Styles.

If that doesn’t validate as being “over,” what is? It certain seems like McMahon simply isn’t a large fan of Balor, identical to what we saw a few years ago when a trainer labeled Cesaro as “boring” and afterwards derailed his singles pull since of it. That would explain since Balor vs. Lesnar didn’t occur during Survivor Series as was essentially planned, and it would also explain a up-and-down engagement of Balor, who degraded Styles during TLC final month usually to be squashed by Kane a subsequent night on Raw.

This is one of those situations where it’s tough to prognosticate what McMahon is meditative since everything, from throng reactions to sell sales, prove that Balor is substantially one of a many over stars in a company. The problem isn’t Balor, who was indeed leading WWE’s poll that asked fans who they wanted Lesnar’s subsequent challenger to be. It’s that Lesnar has been requisitioned to be so godlike that substantially no one is noticed to be on his level.

Now, that will leave WWE in a bit of a plight during Royal Rumble since there are really few picturesque options to take on “The Beast” during that pay-per-view, that could be though a marquee universe pretension compare since of it.

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Latest Update On Lesnar’s Potential Role At Royal Rumble

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WHAT’S THE DEAL?

With Balor apparently no longer in a running, WWE now has a tough charge of anticipating an competition for Lesnar during a Royal Rumble in January.

According to a latest book of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “The Beast” is still scheduled to combat during Royal Rumble, though it’s misleading who his competition will be or if he will even urge a Universal Championship. Although a reports lists Bray Wyatt, Jason Jordan and Samoa Joe as intensity opponents, there is no apparent competition lined adult for Lesnar.

WHAT’S IT MEAN FOR WWE?

Here’s a problem with engagement Lesnar to be so dominant: There aren’t any picturesque opponents left for him to face.

He’s already mowed by many of WWE’s tip stars, including Dean Ambrose, The Undertaker, Goldberg, Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, Cena and many others. As a result, stars who haven’t been pushed as good as those aforementioned names, such as Balor, simply aren’t challenging opponents for Lesnar, who needs to face associate behemoths or strongly pushed stars (like AJ Styles) to make his matches matter more. Thus, WWE finds itself in a plight since Lesnar has faced radically each probable competition (aside from Reigns, who he’ll expected face during WrestleMania 34) on Raw.

Unless WWE decides to have Lesnar take on a SmackDown star like Nakamura, there simply aren’t many dream matches left for Lesnar, and nonetheless he’s still deliberate to be one of WWE’s dual biggest draws, his sketch energy is singular when his intensity dream opponents are singular as well. That creates we consternation if WWE, that has recently been in cost-cutting mode, will even wish to move Lesnar behind when his agreement expires after WrestleMania 34, generally after he’s hinted during withdrawal anyway.

He is WWE’s top paid star, though a stagnant WWE Network subscriber count suggests he’s not carrying a impact he should be in sequence to clear his large salary. It looks like Lesnar’s beast pull is all about his contingent detriment to Reigns, though with such a tiny line-up of intensity opponents for “The Beast” remaining,  that competence be a usually genuine thing his pull is accomplishing as WWE’s muted engagement has unsuccessful to build adult other convincing opponents for him.

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

  • WWE is set to have usually 14 pay-per-views in 2018 (down from 16 this year) and has now done Money in a Bank a dual-branded show, both of that are correct decisions on their part. Check out a full report below, pleasantness of PWInsider.com:

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Blake Oestriecher is an facile propagandize clergyman by day and a sports author by night. He’s a writer to a Forbes @SportsMoneyBlog, where he essentially covers WWE. You can follow him on Twitter @BOestriecher.

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