When Cody Rhodes returns do you think he will get a World Title push?
We heard this summer WWE planned to push both Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. They put Sandow over for the Money in the Bank briefcase but have stopped on him since. Cody Rhodes seems to be getting his but will now take approved time off for his wedding and honeymoon. There is no way I can predict a World Title push upon his return as there are too many things to factor. As I’ve stated previously, Rhodes was very impressive on Monday night and he should be in a good place going forward.
Do you see Fox Sports 1 adding pro wrestling programming?
I have not heard of their being interest in pro wrestling programming on Fox Sports 1. The pro wrestling connection I draw when I think of Fox Sports 1 is that WWE wanted to do what Fox did with the former Speed network with the WWE Network. At one point WWE tried to purchase the former G4 network and revamp it as their own. The thinking here was to take a network that already had wide clearance and revamp it. That’s how Fox Sports is hoping to compete with ESPN.
What would be your thoughts be if someone like a Mark Cuban or a Donald Trump were to invest in TNA?
I heard at one point that Jeff Jarrett was interested in bringing on Royal Capital Corporation as an investor in TNA Wrestling. Nothing ever materialized but right now, TNA doesn’t have a problem with their financial backer. The Carter family has plenty of money, the only question is how long will they remain committed to the TNA product? A good piece of news is Viacom is high up on the TNA brand and would entertain the thought of doing what they do with Bellator should Panda Energy back out. Now, keep in mind these are just some whispers we’ve heard and it may be a different situation if Viacom had to put their money where their mouth is. However, TNA has a good relationship with their network and that’s important to the company’s long-term viability.
Is CM Punk no longer considered a main event talent considering another pay-per-view loss last month?
I didn’t like CM Punk’s loss to Brock Lesnar and feel he’s done way too many jobs but the fact of the matter is it’s easier to rebuild a guy that’s on TV every week than it is to put Lesnar under and have it kill his long-term value. CM Punk is still a top-level guy in WWE but has clearly taken a backseat to Randy Orton with John Cena out.
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