Blog: Did WWE tip its hand for Cena-Laurinaitis?
May 15, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
John Laurinaitis def. John Cena via interference from Big Show.
When you read recaps of the pay-per-view either Sunday night or Monday morning, that’s how you’ll read the result of their match at Over the Limit.
As soon as news came across of the added stipulations from the Board of Directors during the closing segments of last night’s Raw, that’s the first thing that came to mind. WWE isn’t about take the Laurinaitis character off television, at least not in my opinion, so him losing the match goes out the window almost immediately.
So, how do they get the 50-something-year-old executive to go over the 30-something-year-old face of the company?
Before the stipulations were revealed, I assumed it was a no-brainer that we’d see interference from Lord Tensai, but he’s not about to be taken of TV either, and if anyone interferes, they’re fired.
But something needs to happen. That’s where Big Show comes in. He’s already fired, Johnny canned him earlier in the show for making fun of his voice. Silly, I know (speaking of which, that segment was painful to watch, no fault to Big Show, but man, that was brutally long and not entertaining).
Big Show interferes — Laurinaitis wins — Laurinaitis re-hires the big man for helping him go over, and we ride another Big Show-Cena feud into the early summer months.
That’s where I see this going, and I don’t think I’m alone. My Twitter feed was crammed with the same idea in the moments following Raw. So, did WWE tip its hand? Maybe. They only tipped anything if that’s the finish, of course.
I also believe that there are times where they set things up, over-reference things for the purpose of tipping off fans, only to swerve them at the payoff. Not a bad strategy, sometimes. Remember, part of Cena’s promo to end the show was making fun of Laurinaitis’ voice, and then referencing Big Show’s firing, which took place just three segments earlier.
Where would you have the angle go? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or send me thoughts on Twitter for a guaranteed RT!