Breaking Up The Shield, TNA Red Flags, Future Of Divas, Raw Burnout, From The Vault

There's always so much outcry for more tag teams and for those teams to have longevity. But it seems to me whenever a real good/great team comes around and is impressive, wrestling fans and journalists can't wait until their demise and eventual break up. Why can't Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins go on to become multiple time tag team champs? Why do we need to put an expiration date on their time together?

I haven't been clamoring for the breakup of The Shield; in fact I've pushed the opposite. While the faction is nearing their one year anniversary, they've handled a scaling back and are back again in the limelight. Let's also not forget they were show stealers at WWE Battleground and this week's Monday Night Raw. As for the outcry, there are a couple of things to consider. First, there is a segment of fans that are never going to be pleased. They push for one thing, it happens, and they push for the opposite. This is why sometimes readers perceive me as being "hypocritical" when I push back from the IWC. I am very much a member of the IWC but I am not part of the overly critical fan base. One of the reasons I started this website was I felt there wasn't a journalist out there that gave the business a fair shake. It was clear they were anti-McMahon and anti-big business. There's nothing wrong with being either of those things, it's when a writer loses objectivity that it becomes obnoxious. Second, we have to remember that every character - be it singles, tag team or faction - has a shelf life. It's very important not to overexpose a character or a tag team or a faction past this life because it leads to apathy and eventual outrage. There aren't many tag teams like The Dudley Boys that remained relevant for a decade but as we've seen, even they had a shelf life. If workers are around long enough, they'll eventually to do something different. Yes, I do think there are a group of fans that aren't going to be pleased no matter what but we also have to remember that nothing lasts forever.

Do you think fans will order Bound for Glory to see what happens or will they order because they're simply TNA fans?

TNA is just hoping people order Bound for Glory, regardless of their reasons. I've heard from readers that think the show is too predictable but the fact of the matter is, anything is possible and no plan is concrete until it happens. In my opinion TNA is fighting an uphill battle with the show as they've been dealing with a decline in viewership along with alleged financial issues that seem to have more attention than the pay-per-view itself. The fact TNA is canceling live events and TV tapings headed into their biggest show of the year is worrisome. I want TNA to succeed and am hoping for a turnaround but there are red flags everywhere.

Given the recent success of Total Divas and subsequent expanded attention on the Divas, do you see WWE hiring more experience and technically sound wrestlers to bolster the in-ring work?

I actually see the exact opposite. There is more attention on the Divas with the success of Total Divas but it's not because of the in-ring work. It's because of a show that focuses on drama and romance, things that have nothing to do with what happens once the bell rings. I'm not saying everyone on the show can't work because that's not true, however, as we've seen with women like Eva Marie, WWE's focus is outside of catering to you and I as pro wrestling fans. WWE wants women they can use to cater to E's audience, which is a case of demographic expansion.

What's the reason for all the filler content on WWE Monday Night Raw? I understand the myriad of injuries but when Raw went three hours, I thought we'd see more angles, not less?

WWE has too many hours of television each week. Yes, they're making more money with the extra hours but everyone else is burned out - from the writers to the wrestlers to the fans (watch how viewership plays out throughout the duration of Raw). Sometimes less is less but sometimes less is more and I honestly feel WWE has given their audience too much content. No one was excited about Raw going to a three-hour show; in fact writers were ready to quit when they found out. We've seen the heavy turnaround in terms of a creative head and I absolutely think it's due to the exhaustive workload each week.

From the Ask WNW Vault…

October 2009: CM Punk did not drop the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Hell in a Cell because of backstage heat. There were plans for The Undertaker to win the belt for the past several weeks. The rumors got started because of Punk's backstage detractors, which only gained steam when he started dating Amy "Lita" Dumas. Punk has his fair share of people that do not like him, but management still views him as one of the untouchables.

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  • Kyle

    Richard, I really love the new Ask WNW Vault but is it possible to also add the question that was asked as well as the answer so for some questions we know exactly what the person was asking? Thank you & love the website!!

    • The first time I read this comment I didn’t understand what you are requesting, however, there is a reason I’m only including my response. The feature is being done to highlight things I’ve written over the years to showcase the insight into the product. I’ll always make sure the response makes sense but one thing I’m doing (starting with today) is linking back to the original installment so if you didn’t get it, you can go back and read the original Q&A.

      • Malboja

        Also the links never work when I click on them 🙁
        I use my iphone most of the time and wether it be news articles or photos the links never work 🙁

        • They work, it must be on your end.

          • The great one

            Its not, it doesn’t work on my iPhone too ,whether the fact im from the UK affects it i don’t know but the links never work

          • I test everything on my iPhone 5 with the latest software update and it works fine. We have four ways outside of your computer that you can read Ask WNW. Option 1 is just dial in (you can use if you don’t want to type the long URL) on your mobile/tablet browser. I use Chrome but Safari is the default. Option 2 is the WNW App, which loads the full site. Option 3 is in the Dirt Sheet feed, which is a 100% free App available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. It’s also tablet friendly. Option 4, you can load WNW in Dirt Sheet and it operates within the App background. If you can’t get the links to work out of those 4 options, I apologize but would recommend you visit the website on your computer.

          • Malboja

            I think the links just don’t work the through the app in the uk

          • Super Crazy

            Links never works iphone and now on an s3. So yeah the question would be nice. Only app on my phone that won’t do this and the only app that constantly glitches. Can be very frustrating to navigate the app

          • Philip Thompson

            Works on my iPhone.

          • Malboja

            Well it’s been on two different iPhones the 4s and 5s I can only think it’s because of the location 🙁 it’s one of the things that prevents me from subbing to the premium stuff

          • Super Crazy

            I’m in New Zealand and have thought the same thing. By the way ppv’s cost us about $10 U.S. over here, you lot get severely ripped off in America

  • John

    I think Bound for Glory is going to be one of the worst buyrates in company history! Obviously TNA have always struggled to draw a good buyrate on PPV anyway, but the fact that Bound for Glory is basically going head to head with Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis, which is probably going to be one of the most watched games of the entire year, spells disaster for TNA.

  • Tim

    If every character has a shelf date then cena is that product. Your like eh it’s out of date but it’s still good.

  • Jay El Bee

    I really don’t see how the writers could be burned out unless they were already burned out before, I mean sure Raw is an extra hour but most of that time has been used to add more wrestling to the show.

  • Batman

    “WWE’s focus is outside of catering to you and I as pro wrestling fans.”

    You and me. Not you and I.

    • TheDiz

      Was that really worth righting?

      I think not