Brock Must Win, Piper/Flair Special, Bourne's Road Back, No Ladder For Swagger, Jericho Giving Back

Who benefits more from a win in Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules?

As I stated on my Facebook account, Brock Lesnar has to go over at Extreme Rules. How could WWE book Lesnar going forward with three out of four of his matches being losses? I know wins and losses aren't everything and they seem to mean even less nowadays, however, WWE is absolutely killing a major opportunity with Lesnar. Rather than booking him as the dominant monster from UFC, he's racked up the losses. A loss here doesn't hurt Triple H but it greatly damages Lesnar going forward.

I remember you reporting in February that Roddy Piper and Ric Flair taped appearances on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap." When is it scheduled to air?

The episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" featuring Ric Flair and Roddy Piper is currently scheduled to air on June 23, 2013 at 8/7c on ABC. Click here for more on the show.

What was the word on Evan Bourne after he worked a NXT house show, is there any idea on when he'll be back on TV and does he still have any backstage heat from his suspensions shortly before his injury?

Evan Bourne wasn't ready to return after testing his foot out at an NXT live event in March (video here). The last I heard he is closer to returning today but he's not by any means in a "safe" position in WWE. In fact, he was one name specifically mentioned to us as someone that remains on the "endangered species" list due to his consecutive Wellness violations prior to suffering his career-threatening injury. It would be very disappointing to see Bourne get released after all his hard work and I'm rooting for his comeback, however, failing consecutive Wellness tests for the same thing (synthetic marijuana) is mind-boggling.

What are your thoughts on abandoning the Ladder Match at Extreme Rules for an "I Quit" match?

Jack Swagger, who Dolph Ziggler coined "Classic Swags," nearly took out Alberto Del Rio with a ladder on Raw last week and put the World Heavyweight Champion on the shelf  when going for one the next night. I'm not sure taking the ladder out of the equation is a bad move at this point. In all seriousness, Ziggler not being able to work hurts the Extreme Rules lineup. Swagger vs. Del Rio in an "I Quit" number one contenders bout isn't of the same quality but at least they aren't killing Ziggler's push and are leaving the title on him.

Where is WWE going with Fandango and Chris Jericho?

Let me start by giving Chris Jericho props. In a day where people sign on to work limited dates to put themselves over, no one has worked harder in trying to help Fandango than Chris Jericho. He's agreed to go under at live events, worked him at Wrestlemania and is doing all he can to help the young guy get heat. This business needs more guys like Chris Jericho. While one of the best and a true legend, he's willing to put the business first and help pass the torch. With that being said, they're trying to get Fandango over as a credible heel. This is why they did what they did on this week's Raw although aside from a good promo by Chris Jericho, I'm not sure it was effective unless the goal was to get people to change the channel.

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  • Dave L

    Didn’t Ric Flairs Wife file for divorce at the end of 2012? Did he get married again..

    • It’s with his girlfriend Wendy Barlow (f/k/a Fifi The Maid in WCW). No idea if they’re still together. Roddy and his wife have been married for years.

  • Had an extended conversation with Jericho a few years back, could not talk to a more down to earth personable guy. Told me no matter what other projects he gets into, wrestling is his first love and plans to always make room for it in his life no matter what. He has a great mind for the business. The fact that he gives back to the business, helps other guys look good, puts younger guys over, etc. does not surprise me at all. He just comes off to me as that kind of guy. I really admire Jericho as a worker and a person. In a time when workers get full of themselves and do dumb things, I hope that never happens with Jericho because as it stands now, I respect the guy.

  • Chris

    Triple H can’t put aside his ego to lose!! What a douchebag!!

  • 1molly23

    Brock “must win”, I think NOT – he’s a part-timer making big bucks for doing nothing. Lesnar vs. HHH for the zillionth time. Who really cares?

    • Its only their 3rd time, it actually tells a long-term story, and its their rubber match (which means it will hopefully be their last match). At least its not Kofi vs Ziggles again. And in all seriousness, the reason Brock “must win” is because WWE can’t expect him to continue drawing ppv buys if he’s known as “the former UFC champ who almost always loses in the WWE.”

      • Josh_rocker1

        Just like their match at wrestlemainia, I think this match is being under rated. Due to poor booking, the match was over looked at wrestlemainia. This one should be a brutal fight. I would have preferred a hell in a cell match so that they would have had a little more room too work but these 2 guys in a confined space should be viscous.

  • Aaron

    Why are matches at Extreme Rules not being contested under ‘extreme’ stipulations? Jericho/Fandango, US Title, Tag Titles?

    • Loren Goldstein

      Well the Tag Titles will be a Tornado Tag match. Haven’t seen one of those in a while. And if you’ll notice, it’s incredibly rare that every match in a themed PPV follows that theme ie: Hell in a Cell PPV. Sometime it doesn’t make sense for a match to be contested under those constraints.

  • Josh_rocker1

    I’m very disappointed that they didn’t replace the ladder match. It’s the match I was looking forward to the most. A combination of Ziggler with all of the “managers” would have produced endless combinations. An I quit match doesn’t have near the same excitement or the promise to be a good match that a ladder match has, not to mention no Ziggler.

    • David F.

      you can thank Thwagger for hurting Ziggey

  • I applaud and get why Jericho is putting people over. But doesn’t it seem less significant when he loses every match. I mean he’s like 5-20 in the past year

    • Josh_rocker1

      Completely agree. He seems to lose every big match. Which in my opinion dampen’s his credibility. It’s really to the point now when he comes out to the ring I fully expect him to lose.

      • Same here and that just sucks. I know he is very busy. But I want arm east one more good world title reign From him.

  • John

    How can you have a ladder match without something on the line to climb the ladder for? I hate the I Quit match though.. completely destroys the surprise element of the match as their is obviously no way in hell that Del Rio is saying i quit!