At 11/22/15 11:02 PM, Radaketor wrote:
At 11/22/15 10:56 PM, PsychoGoldfish wrote:
They did a damn good job sneaking the mitb cash in this year. I didn't expect it tonight.How would they've played the cash-in if Seth hadn't injured himself?
I get the impression plan A was to go from a simple Rollins/Reigns feud to a full Authority/Reigns feud, culminating in HHH vs Roman.
The whole point of the MITB contract is to act as an emergency script flip if a top card storyline gets stale too fast, or in this case, the champion or #1 contender get hurt. Booking the cash in for a night the title scene was guaranteed to be fresh anyway could be considered a waste of that card in the sleeve if they pulled the trigger on an Ambrose heel turn.
I think a LOT of fans were expecting that turn, which helped make the cash in a surprise.
In retrospect, it was wise to keep Ambrose as a babyface given the thin roster right now. They are going to need him.
I think they are still planning on having Reigns go through HHH because that's really the guy you have to beat right now to be the top babyface. Shaemus is definitely going to be a temporary/transitional champ, but I think he may come out on top at TLC just because of the no-DQ environment. They need time to try out the new all-euro authority stable and maybe even get Wade Barret over as a long-overdue top heel.
One thing we know is Vince's mission is to outsell last year's mania.
He knows people will pay to see Lesnar fight just about anyone, even if it's not for a title.
Undertaker is also a decent draw for his 25th anniversary year, and obviously has many more dates in his current contract.
And Cena is going to be back before Mania.
Cena has the a US title rematch due, so there's a good chance he'll be defending that belt at mania... maybe even against Taker.
Again, Lesnar can fight damn near anyone and draw money.
So from a booking standpoint, they need to keep pushing Roman as the top babyface. But they have to keep the brass ring JUST out of reach until mania. People will pay to see if he can FINALLY grab it. And that means he has to be #1 contender by then.
So my prediction is he wins the rumble again. Then they use that to compare him to other guys who have won multiple rumbles. He'll be feuding with the authority this whole time, so the parallels to Austin will be easy to make, and WWE Creative LOVES recycling the same stories over and over.
Fastlane is the perfect point for Reigns to finally go one-on-one with HHH. Some conditional match that sets the tone for the mania match. But someone would come out and help Roman win.... whoever that is gets HHH at Mania adding another big draw match.