When Bad News Barrett first won the Intercontinental Championship, I thought that this was just to placate the European crowd for their tour, but he has actually been booked as a strong, fighting mid card champion. Do you think that he is really getting a push or that this is just remnants of the European tour that WWE ran with due to his character's popularity?
Bad News Barrett has been booked decently since winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship and it's certainly more than what he's done in recent years. However, everything could have come to a screeching halt on Tuesday night as Barrett suffered a shoulder injury. Dot com reported his participation in the Money in the Bank ladder match is unknown but crowd members claim he was pulled. We'll follow the story as it progresses but if Barrett is pulled from the pay-per-view, it will be very unfortunate.
We all know that John Cena probably will not turn heel anytime soon, however, that doesn't mean WWE won't repackage him. Wouldn't that make everyone happy?
I don't think it's a heel turn that people want to see from John Cena but some kind, any kind, of gimmick tweak. My problem -- and most people's problem -- with the Cena character is that it has changed very little since the hip hop gimmick was dropped. The yearning for character progression is what has resulted in Cena burnout from many and not the fact he hasn't turned heel.
If WWE knew they were going to break up The Shield ahead of time why is taking long to decide on theme songs and ring gear? Shouldn't this have been planned out ahead of time?
The WWE creative team went back and forth on breaking up The Shield for months. Remember intense dissension was teased before they turned babyface and beat Evolution on consecutive shows. Seth Rollins breaking out in a swerve was something that had come up but there was a lot of surprise when it was executed. As for theme songs and ring gear, a lot of this is determined after the fact for a number of reasons. WWE doesn't micromanage ring gear and theme songs at the level that some believe they should. Workers also have a lot more say and control over what they wear to the ring than you would think.
What are your thoughts on the Adam Rose character?
Adam Rose is a fun midcard character. I don't think it's something that will ever reach the level of WWE World Heavyweight Champion but it breaks up the programming and provides a "lighter moment" for the audience. WWE has put a tremendous effort into Rose as here's a fact you probably didn't know. Adam Rose has never lost. Check out his win/loss record at this link.
From the Ask WNW vault…
September 2012: Why does WWE change John Cena’s ring gear so often? - The short answer is it sells. Every time WWE introduces a new John Cena t-shirt design or color, take a moment to scan the audience. You’ll see it all over the arena and this is the reason WWE refuses to touch his character.
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