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WWE: General Thoughts Heading into the Weekend

The WWE’s chance to remake Damien Sandow has just begun.

After a heartfelt testimonial by the newest face in the company, the once proclaimed “Intellectual Savior of the Masses” could be exactly what the WWE needs as a fan favorite that isn’t the over-the-top sensation of Dolph Ziggler or the rugged heavyweight like Roman Reigns. Being in the middle of the pack will actually help Sandow’s career. If the WWE bills him correctly.

Since WrestleMania, the WWE has traveled down several roads with some good programming.

  • John Cena versus Rusev has been as good as advertised.
  • The dissension in The Authority is just the right blend of calm and chaos.
  • Randy Orton’s involvement in the World Title picture has been successful.
  • The King of the Ring Tournament has come at the right time.
  • Neville himself is worth the price of admission to a WWE live event.
  • Dolph Ziggler is the company MVP and does not get the recognition he deserves.

Now comes the hard part of maintaining momentum with key role players such as Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and Ryback. The WWE has started this year, albeit five months in, on a great pace. Now comes the hard part of maintaining the speed without losing the focus. All too often, that has been the issue with management and the creative team.

Daniel Bryan News

Actually, there is no real news about Bryan. Since he was removed from the card at Extreme Rules, there has been very little say about the reigning Intercontinental Title holder. If Bryan remains out of action, does this mean the Intercontinental Title will be back up for grabs at Payback and if so, who will the contenders be?

I would love to see another show like the one at WrestleMania. It was just too sweet!

Lana’s Big Push

This one’s for all of us blond lovers. Lana is about to get a serious push to be the face of the WWE’s Diva’s Division.

That’s great news for her fans (most of them male) and some bad news for Rusev. All of this may come to a head at Payback, I would think. It seems the WWE has realized the potential of the heart-stopping blond and have planned the divorce of the big Russian and his beautiful sidekick. Only problem is we all know Lana is the lead of this twosome. How the company plans to promote Rusev following the split is anyone’s guess.

I hope a loss to John Cena in an “I Quit” match and a planned breakup will not stop the momentum of the WWE’s truest heel right now.

According to a story on Inquisitr.com http://www.inquisitr.com/2054835/wwe-news-wwe-pushing-lana-to-become-female-face-of-wwe-set-to-drop-russian-gimmick-soon/ that first appeared on The Wrestling Observer, “The WWE is planning to split Rusev and Lana and push Lana into a position where she can be the face of the WWE Diva Division. The split with Rusev will reveal that Lana is, in fact, American and not Russian. From here of course WWE will turn Lana into a babyface.”

I wonder how that plays into the company’s plans since Naomi and almost all of the current Divas on the roster appear to have gone rogue.

Happy Birthday to The Rock

A huge shout out to The Rock as he celebrates his birthday, tomorrow. Dwayne Johnson will be the big 42 years old.

He has had seventeen championship reigns in WWE, including ten as a world champion, winning the WWF/E Championship eight times and the WCW/World Championship twice. He won the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. He is the sixth WWF/E Triple Crown Champion, and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.

And most of all, he showed he can still “Bring It” when he and Ronda Rousey got in the ring at WrestleMania 31 to confront Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

Will we see The Great One back in the ring soon? I sure hope so.

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