With Brock Lesnar “staring down” the Royal Rumble promotional poster featuring The Rock in the WWE HQ segment on Raw, is that a sign that Brock vs. Rock is still on the table?
I can confirm WWE still wants to do Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania XXX next year and this was the reason for Lesnar’s subtle stare down in the segment taped at WWE HP. WWE wanted to plant the seed for the match the night after Wrestlemania 29 this year but it was scrapped when Rock couldn’t go. Rock hasn’t committed to work Wrestlemania next year but as of this writing, company officials are hopeful that when he gets healthy he’ll be more inclined to work again.
Who is to blame when Raw has lackluster shows like this past Monday?
There is no way to accurately and fairly say one person in particular is to blame for a weak show. This week’s WWE Raw wasn’t terrible but what I’ve seen in the Raw’s since Wrestlemania is just a feeling of desperation in trying to fill all three hours. The gap between Wrestlemania and Extreme Rules (6 weeks) is done so WWE is able to give consumers a break before spending more money on pay-per-views. With WWE not building to or following up on a pay-per-view, the shows are difficult to write let alone cause people to care enough to tune in.
Which NXT wrestlers do you think will get a push up to the main roster this year?
The workers on the short list to get called up were on the road with the main roster this past weekend. They include Adrian Neville, Emma, Paige, Corey Graves and Bray Wyatt. Kassius Ohno is another guy that is close to main roster ready.
What kept guys like Shawn Michaels and Undertaker from going to WCW during the Monday Night Wars?
I can confirm Shawn Michaels had offers to go to WCW but he was not interested in leaving WWE. Only Shawn can answer why but something obviously made him very loyal to Vince McMahon and company. I can’t speak for Undertaker but remember he had already had a run in WCW as Mean Mark Callous.
What are your thoughts on WWE possibly charging a subscription fee for its YouTube content? Would the WWE Network even be needed if they do this?
As we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, WWE is listed among the partners for YouTube’s new subscription service. I’ll have to see what the channel offers before I can make an assessment but I can’t imagine someone wanting to pay for their current slate of shows. There’s nothing wrong with the current shows but nothing happens on them that would make someone want to pay. The company could always offer their current TV shows on-demand but they already do that with Hulu Plus. We’ll see what the content is before we make an assessment but the WWE Network is still in the works.
MAY 8 2:12 PM EDT UPDATE: Report: WWE Not Among Paid Subscription YouTube Channels
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