Big Show Banned From Title Matches, Workers That Put Over Ryback, Cody Rhodes' Failed Wellness Test, Randy Orton To TNA?

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Big Show has mentioned in promos being "banned" from title fights and Vince McMahon himself said he hasn't been relevant since 1999. Is there some kind of bad blood that has kept Show a mid carder all these years?

I found the lines you mentioned to be particularly interesting as Big Show was able to voice some frustration and Vince McMahon admitted his lackluster position in storyline. While that made for good television, Show's position in WWE is nothing more than the right opportunity being available. Show has been a consistent upper mid-card talent but WWE hasn't seen him as a "face of the company" they can build around as a long-term and credible champion. This latest storyline is the best he's been booked in years and actually went to him when Tensai couldn't get over to the level WWE officials wanted. I'm not aware of any bad blood that has caused Show's mediocre to poor booking.

Are the workers that job to Ryback paid on a per show basis? What if they get injured?

WWE uses call-ins to put over Ryback so they don't have to worry about burying one of their own stars in quick squashes to an unestablished talent. The call-ins are paid a fee for appearing and sign a waver, waving WWE of all responsibility if they are injured. While doing a job isn't a desirable position, it is an opportunity for these indy guys to get on TV and get the attention of WWE officials.

Did Cody Rhodes really fail a Wellness Test? Is he suspended?

As I reported exclusively here on Premium, Cody Rhodes failed a WWE Wellness Test but was able to provide valid documentation from a physician that nullified the suspension and strike. The reason he wasn't on WWE TV this week is because he's been in Turkey doing promo work for the company.

If WWE released Randy Orton, would he be able to help TNA?

Randy Orton to TNA would be a major acquisition for them, however, I'm not sure how much it would help. Given the fact TNA has pulled off some very impressive acquisitions with a strong roster, it's clear talent isn't the reason the company has been unable to compete with WWE. Consider the fact TNA has brought in legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair to join Sting and have been able to sign some other top names such as Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam to accompany homegrown names like Bobby Roode and AJ Styles, ratings haven't improved all that much. Growth has happened but the company still hasn't been competitive. Should Orton be released from WWE, I certainly look for TNA to make an offer but obviously this is completely hypothetical.

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  • Daniel Lim'ass

    Randy Orton, the one who signed a monster deal with WWE got fired and went to TNA. Wonder if TNA can afford to pay Orton?

  • Lenny

    If Orton went to TNA, moral level would be at an all time low. The guy is an egostical, self-center, manipulative prick who at a moments notice can kill your push and get you fired (just ask Ken Anderson and Kofi Kingston). Speaking of Anderson, him and Kurt Angle would be just “THRILLED” to have him there…I honestly hope Orton doesn’t go to TNA ever because the talent they have in that company is more than enough! But knowing Bishoff and Hogan, they dont care about people’s opinions or emotions. I seem to recall an interview Bishoff had a while ago about how if he could sign one talent from wwe it would be Orton.

    • anon

      oh, you know Randy personally? Cool.

    • XKonn247

      If the talent there was enough ratings would suggest so. Say that you want but Orton is a star. TNA have none of them. Just washed up has beens and people with immense talent who mainstream fans couldn’t name for shit.

      • ryder

        Yup AJ Styles is washed up, Bobby Roode is to, Kurt Angel as well he;s washed up to XD. Next time you try to bash TNA make sure you at least watch it then bash it I can tell you dont watch TNA

  • Bishop

    I liked the way Big Show was booked during his feud with Brock Lesnar. Not exactly much input, but he was very relevant at that time

  • Steve l

    I agree talent is not the problem in TNA and Orton isnt well known outside of wrestling like Cena Hogan or even Angle. I would say based on,in ring talent TNA is just as good as WWE. Its marketing tjat hokds rhwm back.

    • Alex P

      Marketing and booking…don't forget about the awful booking of their talent. One thing I would say about TNA getting Randy Orton that is interesting to me is that he would really be the first superstar wrestler TNA would sign, that's in the prime of his career (you could include Christian too but he was WWE mid-card talent when he left). Think about all of the guys TNA gets that are considered major talents, Angle, Sting, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Hogan, Flair, RVD. While guys like Angle and RVD can still perform at a very high level these and all of the other guys definitely weren't in their prime when they came to TNA.

    • British bulldog

      Like grammar holds you back

    • MonsterMike42

      "Its marketing tjat hokds rhwm back." Dude, did your keyboard just have a seizure?

  • Louis

    Well it would work if Randy went to TNA of course would have to publicly address the drug issue and give him a storyline that the world is against him to make him look good and from that TNA gets its first sale out at a ppv.

  • Jessie Skys

    Big Show & Orton Should retire! Forever!

    • Bault16

      Dynamite input!

  • Ivan

    TNA bringing Randy Orton in would solve none of their problems. He would just be stealing spotlight from others who have been in TNA for a long time like Roode, AJ Styles, James Storm, Samoa Joe, etc.

  • havoc525

    Big Show not being a “face of the company” makes sense, businesswise. If he’s booked to wipe out everyone, it’s going to hurt others, and when he starts losing it hurts those who he squashed.

  • Lacellen McIlysh

    There is NOTHING! And I repeat, NOTHING "impressive" about Ryback beating up 105 lb college boys who work at Wal-Mart. Put that @$$hole against Brodus Clay, Big Show, Great Khali, Mark Henry, someone of his OWN calibur, THEN let him call himself impressive if he can beat them especially Big Show.

    • James

      Totally agree! I could understand doing the squashes at the start of his run, but now its the same old stuff every week. Big powerful clothes lines and then picks both guys up on his shoulders for the powrful finish. Give him some decent guys to compete against.

      • chopper

        did anyone else feel during smackdown when brodus asked for someone from the back to come out think please let it be ryback? don't get me wrong i do like brodus but just thot that would of been great booking.

    • just a fan

      i agree, every episode me and my dad see ryback and sit there and hope "please please please let him have an actual match… come on come on come…. awww, these two idiots"

  • Tone

    if he went to TNA as a heel and did a shoot during his debut…. ill tune in

  • Jovan

    I doubt he can march around the ring doing his finisher on Big Show

  • Kevin

    If TNA managed to get Randy Orton, it would be a HUGE acquisition. It might actually help their ratings, IF they booked him properly. If they have him come in and work his way up, and not push him straight to the top ahead of guys they already have on the roster, I think it just might work in TNA's favor. But if they do with him what they did with Jeff Hardy and push him to the top right from the start, it will not only be exactly what the fans expect, and therefore cause us to not bother tuning in, but it would be a moral crusher to the guys already on the roster, and might cause too much heat in he back. He needs to be brought in, put into a feud with an already existing talent, and worked mid-card for a few weeks, perhaps months. Then slowly let him work his way up. Perhaps a real world opening might come along, and if he plays his cards right in the back (i.e., does what he's told and doesn't buck the system), he could be the one to catch the break.

  • Pat

    Believe me this would be a good matchup but it won’t ever hapepn. See all the pther Legends he beat the crapola out of were still contracted and The Rock isn’t therefore this match can never hapepn unless The Rock signs a new contract.