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Foley Burning A Bridge?, TNA/Marketing, Raw vs. MNF

Written by Richard Gray on Oct 2, 2008 - 11:36:36 AM

I see that Mick Foley keeps taking shots at WWE, and my question is do you feel that Mick is doing this on his own or is he scripted to do so?

Mick Foley hasn't really taken that many shots at WWE, he's just expressed how he was not enjoying working as a color commentator on SmackDown. As you may have read, Foley felt insulted when Vince McMahon would tell him to say certain things. Could he be burning a bridge by not only taking his frustrations public but to the competition? I think that he could be although I do not know if that really bothers Foley at this point in his career. From everything that I have heard, Foley is already pretty well off financially, and I think that he just wants to help TNA because he wants to see someone be able to give McMahon some competition. It should also be noted that Foley is well liked by several people in WWE although some of the higher-ups were less than pleased to learn of his deal with TNA Wrestling. As for Foley's comments being scripted, everything is scripted, but he approves everything before he says it.

I regularly read your site and take notice of what you say in your Ask WNW section. I constantly hear you talk about TNA's marketing being poor. So, that being said, if you were put in charge of marketing TNA's product, what would you do?

Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter need to convince Spike TV to spend more money on them. TNA Wrestling can only go as far as their network can take them and I think that it is up to the higher-ups in TNA to convince the network that they are really going to have to open up their wallets if they want to give McMahon some competition. I also think that TNA should do a better job of branding their own workers (Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Robert Roode, etc.) rather than limiting main event pushes to already established workers (Sting, Kurt Angle, Booker T, etc.). Obviously I do not have all of the answers but more could be done and I know that is the feeling amongst several of the company's workers.

I know that WWE is blaming the current dip in Raw ratings on the return of Monday Night Football, I was just wondering if Raw has ever beaten MNF in the ratings perhaps in the height of the Attitude Era?

To be perfectly honest, aside from the 9/15 edition of Raw which was up against the Dallas/Philly game and only did a 2.6 cable rating, the ratings haven't really been in as much of a slump as you may think. While WWE would obviously like them to be higher, the ratings have remained fairly consistent. To answer your question, I do not have all of the ratings data in front of me (that would take hours to compile) but I cannot recall a time when wrestling beat out Monday Night Football. Remember before MNF moved to ESPN back in 2006, it was on broadcast television which means that it had more clearance than any cable network carrying wrestling. The highest rating that Raw has ever done was an 8.1 cable rating back in May 1999.

What does the 305 represent that MVP shows on his entrance and on the necklace that he wears to the ring?

MVP has the nickname Mr. 305 because it is the area code of Miami, Florida where he is from. It is kind of like saying that he is Mr. Miami.

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