I was curious if you had heard any more about the response from WWE to Colt Cabana’s tryouts as a commentator?
We haven’t hard anything new regarding Colt Cabana’s tryout as a WWE commentator. The only thing I can tell you is he had two separate tryouts earlier this year and one of the things that intrigued the company was the work he does on the “Art of Wrestling” podcast. Obviously having CM Punk as a best friend doesn’t hurt but there was genuine interest in Cabana’s mic skills.
Is there any truth to Kharma and/or Sting returning to WWE?
Kharma has been teasing her “return to television” but I am not aware of anything with WWE. As for Sting, he recently put the word out that he was interested when his contract with TNA Wrestling comes up later this year but this isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Sting has thought about WWE for years now and purposely keeps his options open by working year-to-year in TNA. Negotiations cannot take place until Sting’s contract with TNA expires later this year.
Why has Taz not been announcing on Impact Wrestling the past two weeks? What happened to the 3-man booth?
Taz had last week’s Destination X/Impact Wrestling tapings off and is scheduled to return at next week’s tapings in Wichita Falls, Texas. TNA tested out a 3-man booth with Todd Keneley but ultimately decided against it. There was talk that Keneley was there as leverage in contract negotiations [between TNA and Taz] but Taz ended up re-signing with TNA Wrestling.
Is it fair to blame John Laurinaitis, who worked as Vice President of Talent Relations for 9 years, for WWE’s lack of new stars and main event talent?
I understand the criticism of John Laurinaitis but I’m not sure I agree with it. Sure, the signings under Jim Ross (when he was running Talent) saw more success but not every talent is going to turn out to be Steve Austin or The Rock. I remember Vince McMahon once laughed off an investor [on a conference call] that questioned whether or not the company had the next Rock in developmental. To use a sports analogy, it’s like trying to predict the next Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Sometimes there are periods of time that just see better talent. I’ll use one more sports analogy. Take a look at the 2000 NBA Draft and compare it to the draft three years later in 2003. People always want someone to blame. They blame who is running talent, they blame the trainers and a key favorite is to blame the writers. Sometimes it’s not so easy to pinpoint blame and if the problem were that easy it would be resolved quickly.
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