Brock Lesnar As WWE Champ, How To Get Signed, TNA Leaving Orlando, Jack Swagger’s Return

With Brock Lesnar signing a new WWE contract is it possible we may see him as either WWE or World Heavyweight Champion?

We actually heard (and reported here) that Brock Lesnar’s new WWE contract included a title reign. Check out that article for all of the perks in his new contract as the dollar amount was reported to be “in the millions.” Vince McMahon has clearly changed his mind in strapping part-time talent but The Rock as WWE Champion is a great example. Rock is doing all kinds of media right now with the WWE title belt. It’s free promotion that only increases what he’s worth to the company. Whoever takes the title off Rock, even if it’s John Cena, gets a burning torch.

What is the best way to get in to TNA or WWE?

Making it to TNA or WWE is not easy. In fact, your chances are actually better at playing professional sports than they are in making it in mainstream pro wrestling. However, if you have the talent and the training, TNA and WWE are always looking for new workers. In fact, just this weekend WWE held tryouts at their development facility while TNA ran a Gut Check tryout camp in Fayetteville, NC. I penned a long article on this very subject here: How Do You Get In The WWE

With TNA Wrestling leaving Universal Studios and touring on the road weekly, does this make it less of an alternative for former WWE wrestlers looking for a lighter schedule?

TNA Wrestling moving their television out of Orlando and touring on the road absolutely changes the dynamics of the company, however, the schedule will not be as stringent as that of WWE… at least not yet. Sure, it won’t be as fun for the top workers that were able to fly out to Orlando twice a month, check in at the Doubletree and fly home but they aren’t running near as many dates as WWE. This could obviously change but for now TNA still provides a lighter schedule, even by moving out of Orlando. The plan since the beginning has been to grow large enough to tour their television as taping from Orlando provided them a state-of-the-art facility with lower costs and a guaranteed audience.

Are you as happy as me to see Jack Swagger return?

Jack Swagger is a tremendous in-ring talent with a great look. His problems have always been with his mic work and backstage attitude. Mic work is something that can be improved and if Jack is able to remain humble and work hard he has a tremendous upside. I was actually told Swagger was ready to quit and Vince McMahon promised to put him back on television. Swagger’s wife disputed the claim but things have played out exactly how I was told.

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  • http://twitter.com/GardenOfStone10 Matt

    I see with TNA touring a lot, more people will now come back to WWE as they may feel that if they’re still going to have a busy schedule, might as well be where people pay attention. Also, good to see Swagger back but I still feel that he’ll be future endeavored before too long

  • Cheddar

    Punk also carried the title everywhere he went. Where is Rock carrying it to, Disney studios? A street race with Lucas Black? To let Larry The Cable Guy touch it? OMG LOLZ this exposure is so good for the title. They strapped a guy who became irrelevant 10 years ago. I wouldn’t say Doom, Fast whatever, or whatever else he is in are huge movies. On the other hand, had he starred in say maybe movies like There Will Be Blood, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, or anything like that, then yeah he might be relevant, but it takes acting talent to be picked for a role that has something other to do than just fighting or being the lame “tough guy athlete, but with a soft heart” role. A D- List movie star who makes nothing but shit-ay action and comedy movies is not a cross-over star. If they wanted mainstream attention, sign Brad Pitt, strap him, case closed.

    • Cfmsu93

      The Fast Five movie The Rock was in made twice as much money as The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button made. The fact is that Rock is extremely profitable, and ratings increase proves that.

      • cheddar

        Creed has sold more albums than Jimi Hendrix. Led Zeppelin has never had a number 1 single, but Rihanna has 10. Flo-Rida’s single “Low” has sold more than The Beatles “Hey Jude”. Just because something sells more, doesn’t mean its better. I would actually say that means its worse, especially if its appealing to the mindless masses. These guys are just obsessed with money, they do not care about the product. Rock is like OMG I’ve got 100 Million I need 100 Milliion more. GRRRR! Rock Hungry! GRRR! And this isn’t about him beating Punk. They could have strapped JTG with the belt and it make more sense. This just sucks, its corny and contrived. It’s too staged, and Rocky is not in ring shape. He gassed about 2 minutes into that match last weekend.

        Also, I never look at Ratings for a myriad of reasons: #1) They only take into account people with Nielsen Rating boxes #2) You don’t know who is watching the show online, or DVR’d, or TIVO, #3) You don’t know who is simply just reading about the show online because they love wrestling, but can’t stand to watch it right now. But I’m sure the WWE doesn’t take any of that into account. Shit is still shit even if you paint it blue and put a pretty little red ribbon on it. It’s just like Punk said, Vince McMahon is a millionaire who should be a billionaire, but he makes horrible decisions and listens to people with horrible ideas (like bringing The Crock back).

        Its cool though, people thought I was crazy because I said they were going to ruin Ryback’s push. What exactly is he doing now?

        • http://twitter.com/JR_Texx JR Texx (Michael)

          Wow, talk about hating on The Rock just because he loves to entertain. He has 6 or movies coming out this year, let alone ones that hes supposed to be doing next year.

        • Cfmsu93

          I agree, but I was explaining it from Mcmahon’s point of view which is who can make me more money, which seems is all he cares about at this point.

          • cheddar

            I agree with you too about Vince McMahon, but what I was trying to say is that while this may make him money for the time being, what’s he going to do when The Rock leaves again? Try to start building every thing else he has and is going to have for the next few years after he tore it down for a 3 month return? Sometimes when you run a business you have to think long term instead of “OMG, we need to do this now”, but I think we can all agree that they (WWE) haven’t had thought long term in a long time. Its not that I don’t like Rock either. I was a huge fan, and that doesn’t change either. He’s just a different person now and I do not find him a smidge bit entertaining or able to wrestler or perform at the intensity that he used to. He’s used to being able to “mess up” on film, they can just re tape it. When you’re live, you’re live, and its been a long time for Rocky and you can just tell.

            Basically instead of typing all of this today I could of just said, “what’s good for business today may not be good for business next week” and that is what is going down in pro wrestling right now, and its hurting all companies.

    • http://twitter.com/BollyMexCPhT Carlos Nunez

      Wow!! I was going to reply with something but I think you managed to embarrass yourself with your crazy statement.

    • Dillion

      To Cheddar:

      The Rock will always be a very profitable wrestler FIRST then actor. He made his name in pro wrestling. It’s like Hulk Hogan in a way. When people think of Hulk, they automatically think wrestler just like the Rock. But there is one major difference between those guys. The Rock was actually a decent actor. The Rock is like 6’5 and 300lbs(give or take). I was shocked to see a man of that size in a tutu in that one movie. He should be an action star not a sideshow freak.

      You want WWE to sign Brad Pitt and strap him? HAHAHAHA! Hey it worked for WCW and David Arquette! LMAO!

      • Cheddar

        The Rock and David Arquette are about the same caliber of movie star. I just mentioned Brad because he has higher star power than most.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.olley.7 Robert Olley

      You realise you actually implied brad pitt can act right? Btw watch wcw back in the early 2000s and youll see why actors who cant wrestle shouldnt be champs.

      • Cheddar

        Yes. I’m a fan. See: True Romance, Interview with the Vampire, Fight Club, etc.

    • Monty

      Get over it punk in last 4-6 months was a boring champion. People said they are tired of cena winning well I was fed up with punk. Glad someone took the ttle off him. Punk is a wrestling figure while rock is a entertainment figure.

      Some of you core wrestling fans need to understand that. It’s a business whoever makes the company money moves up whoever can get better ratings or bring better exposure will be out on TV

      Deal with it. Seriously I miss the days when cena was champion, punk proved he couldn’t carry the company or get the ratings as much as cena does. But cena is also no where close to where Austin or rock were back in the day

      Why y’all think wwe looks for part time worker because they still have bigger fan bases than these curt stars. Orton IMO is bigger star than punk

    • namine

      The fact of the matter i your original statement was that the rocks movies weren’t huge movies and then you went on to list movies that weren’t as financially successful as fast five except tdk. The rock appeals to the masses that is why He’s paid huge dollars. He’s a bigger wrestling star than anyone else who is still active and a decent actor who is definitely relevant. Strapping him is clearly an attempt to boost short tern ratings by giving the wwe fans a champion the majority want (not the iwc) while leeching off rocks outside success by having him parade around in the media with the title in hopes that it will bring back old fans and entice new people to try the product out. If you can’t see the long term possibilities that cone from doing this then you are the moron not the week. I am not a fan of the rocks recent work and would personally have loved cm punk to continue his reign but I understand why he won the title and have no issue with it

  • http://twitter.com/JR_Texx JR Texx (Michael)

    Richard, could you answer my question about Randy Orton? I asked what they are doing with him and could he have a title at some point in his future? please. :) thanks.

  • Rayner Chee-bai

    Punk also carried the title everywhere he went. Where is Rock carrying
    it to, Disney studios? A street race with Lucas Black? To let Larry The
    Cable Guy touch it? OMG LOLZ this exposure is so good for the title.
    They strapped a guy who became irrelevant 10 years ago. I wouldn’t say
    Doom, Fast whatever, or whatever else he is in are huge movies. On the
    other hand, had he starred in say maybe movies like There Will Be Blood,
    Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, or anything like
    that, then yeah he might be relevant, but it takes acting talent to be
    picked for a role that has something other to do than just fighting or
    being the lame “tough guy athlete, but with a soft heart” role. A D-
    List movie star who makes nothing but shit-ay action and comedy movies
    is not a cross-over star. If they wanted mainstream attention, sign Brad
    Pitt, strap him, case closed.