When will Randy Orton cash in to become WWE Champion?
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When it comes to professional wrestling, everyone has an opinion. That's the best thing about the industry. It's also the worst.
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@ChuckTaylor516 #TribWrestling mail bag question. Would Wade Barret's bare knuckle brawler work more if it was APA like?
The APA worked because people believed Bradshaw and Ron Simmons were tough, because, well, they are. The APA worked because it was done with comical presentation and skits. Wade Barrett's not associated with anything tough or funny.
He might be able to go 12 rounds with Brock Lesnar, and he might be able to host a roast on Comedy Central. However, we have no idea if he's capable of either of those because WWE hasn't shown us. The most I can tell you about him is he's from England and has had a lot of entrance music.
I can't recall someone who has had more detours and teases of main event status than Barrett. The moment WWE didn't follow up and capitalize on him being the leader of Nexus, red flags went up for me. This guy battled John Cena for months and then nothing. Oh wait, how can I forget The Corre?
When Barrett returned in the fall of 2012 with the “Fight Club”-like promos and gimmick, I was intrigued. It's a great character for movies and for books, but how do you pull it off correctly in a genre of fake fighting and pre-determined outcomes?
For the sake of his character, Barrett can't do anything traditional in wrestling. He can't be getting Irish-whipped to the ropes or anything that pulls the curtain back from being a guy fighting in basements to survive in life.
The reality is Wade Barrett might truly be lost forever in the WWE shuffle. I thought if he won Money in the Bank last weekend, it would force WWE to figure out something for him. But he didn't win, thus increasing the likelihood he'll continue to lose importance in the company.
@Dschwa11 #TribWrestling Who do you think Randy Orton will face at Summer Slam? And when do you think he will make his full heel turn?
I don't know who Randy Orton will face at SummerSlam, if he faces anyone, but it won't matter.
I think by the end of the pay-per-view, Orton will walk out as WWE Champion. We know Daniel Bryan will challenge WWE Champion John Cena. It makes a lot of sense for Bryan to win the title and then Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract to take the title from Bryan.
This serves a lot of purposes. Bryan finally reaching the top of the mountain after more than 10 years of struggle in the business, then immediately having his title taken from him will ensure his spot as a top babyface. The sympathy will be so great that if there are any Bryan doubters still out there, this will get them to hop on his bandwagon.
Orton will then get the heat he needs to launch the long-awaited heel turn. A heel turn with him holding the title is even better.
It was an accident earlier in the summer, but Orton found himself in a great series of matches with Bryan on RAW. The matches were for nothing more than pride. Well, now a rivalry will be in full swing between Orton and Bryan with the title on the line. And don't forget about Cena still hanging around.
With Orton as the heel champion who stole the title from the babyface Bryan and the always polarizing Cena wanting a rematch, there is some money to be made in this for WWE.
@Richbello What's the end game with The Shield and when will we see it? #TribWrestling
Sometimes I worry about fans who ask about the end of The Shield or the end of any great story or character. I understand wrestling is all about the payoff in stories, but be sure you sit back and enjoy what comes before it.
It's hard to say what the end is for The Shield. So many factors can come into play: crowd interest, injury, suspension and more. I'm not suggesting the crowd is going to get tired of them or any of the members will get hurt or fail a drug test, but all are realistic factors to take into consideration for long-term future.
I think before The Shield gimmick is done, we need more of a purpose from them. The motive of injustices in WWE was strong when they first debuted. There was also exciting suspicion of them working for CM Punk because they helped him win so many matches. Nothing was ever really explained or fully developed. It kind of felt like WWE was ready for Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to be on the main roster in this gimmick, but tossed darts on a wall to determine what their purpose would be.
So, we need a purpose. The vagueness of their reason for being around can only look attractive for so long. Eventually, it becomes an issue. We need a defining moment. I think it's a good bet they will work with The Undertaker again in the future, specifically Ambrose.
The Undertaker spontaneously worked with them briefly right after WrestleMania 29. The chemistry between the two was noticeable on camera. You don't get to work with The Undertaker unless he WANTS to work with you.
I think working with The Undertaker could provide some true definition to The Shield's run. I also think an alliance with Vince McMahon would be an angle for The Shield to have before any talk of disbanding them takes place. The McMahon family seems to be building to something big with their arguing on-camera for power and position.
There is a lot of potential in The Shield being for hire to help McMahon. The Shield did this with CM Punk, and there was intrigue. McMahon did this with the nWo in 2002. Nothing is original in wrestling. Borrow from the best.
Trib Total Media staffer Justin LaBar has a wrestling column every Monday and Friday. He also hosts Wrestling Reality at sportstalk.triblive.com every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m.
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