Commentators On The Road, Sting's WWE Testimonial, Swagger In The Main Event, Misused Talent

Do WWE commentators such as JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler travel to live events?

No, the commentators do not travel to live events unless they are being used. WWE only flies talent to shows that are being used for that particular show and most of the time, there is no need for commentators at live events.

My question is around the opposition to Sting vs. Undertaker. I'm a big football (a/k/a soccer) fan and we get the chance to see a testimonial game to certain players as a tribute who have been with a certain club a long time. The quality is normally poor but fans cheer anyway as they know it's a tribute. As an Undertaker fan, I see Sting as the perfect testimonial opponent. A way to say thank you while still keeping the interest. Could WWE do it this way and would you be interested?

I'm familiar with the testimonial concept in football (not all Americans call it soccer) as my favorite club -- Manchester United -- held one for Rio Ferdinand last year. I think this is a great way to look at Undertaker vs. Sting, without placing unreachable expectations on it. I'm on record as to writing I want to see Sting wrestle in a WWE ring and he's on record as to saying he wants too. I'll actually be more surprised if he doesn't wrestle for WWE at this point. I believe WWE will look to include him on an upcoming pay-per-view and that pay-per-view is most-likely Wrestlemania 31. His opponent is a different story. While Undertaker is an obvious choice, that hinges on Undertaker's health and desire for such a match. He was banged up pretty good this year and may opt to call it a career now that he no longer has the pressure of the streak weighing on him. However, I learned my lesson long ago about trying to predict Undertaker's final match. We'll see how things play out but do not be overly concerned about, "is Sting under contract?" because the fact of the matter is this. He'll never be under a full-time WWE Performer's Contract at this stage in his career. If WWE gets a plan together for him to work, it will be on a part-time basis.

Given his new babyface momentum with Zeb Colter, do you think Jack Swagger could return one day to the main event?

It's possible. Original plans were for Rusev to make short work of Jack Swagger at Battleground on Sunday but the response at Raw has caused some people to re-think that. One observer pointed out how Swagger at one time had the full support of Vince McMahon before he screwed up and got arrested for DWI while under the influence of marijuana. It's hard to feel bad for Swagger though considering his push was derailed based on his own careless actions.

Which WWE superstar do you think is given the least credit for their talent?

Wouldn't many of you like me to say Dolph Ziggler and wrap this up? It's not that easy. Just to get signed to a WWE developmental contract a worker must possess something extraordinary. Whether that's talent, a look, etc, it's no small feat to get signed to a WWE developmental deal. Once in developmental, a worker has to prove why they are worth a limited spot on the main roster. Once to the main roster, a worker must prove they are capable of an even more limited spot on television and then to an even more limited spot in the main event. It isn't easy and not everyone can work in the top of the card. It's a hard concept to grasp because the business is not objective. In sports, the best players get the most playing time. But that's not always how it works in WWE and depends largely how the crowd reacts. Sometimes -- someone extremely talented -- is given a lame gimmick and there's nothing they can do to salvage it. Think about Bray Wyatt before he was Bray Wyatt. I give you Husky Harris. The gimmick was lame, the look did nothing for him and he was lost in the shuffle. Now, Wyatt is being seen as a future top star.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2013: Who is your favorite worker and why? - Picking a favorite worker is not a desirable thing for me to do because readers will accuse me of having an unfair bias towards a particular individual. The truth is, I just want to be entertained. I don’t care who it is or what they do, I want to watch matches and segments on television and pay-per-view that are entertaining. My favorite style of wrestling is workers that can tell a story with their work and don’t have to rely on 100% high-risk insane spots. Some interpret this as me backing a slow and methodical style of wrestling, which isn’t true either. I love watching smaller guys go all out and really “wowing” with their high spots, however, the business is more than that. There’s something to be said about John Cena, who can move the needle on his own, despite the fact that 9 out 10 of you will claim to hate him. I know it sounds cliche but I want what’s best for business and that is anyone that makes me want to watch.

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  • Venom

    To be fair Husky Harris wasn’t really a gimmick. It was just a fat kid with crappy tattoos and unusual name.

    It doesn’t matter at the end of the day in the name of a wrestler it’s what you do with it. I think Michael McGillicutty was a cool catchy name it was just given to the wrong person who was also jobbing and is currently using another crappy name.

    Look at Dolph Ziggler. That’s a crappy name and started with a crappy gimmick where he kept introducing himself after every move. His talents overcame that the introducing himself was dropped. Daniel Bryan is a jobber name that was joked about yesterday woth the Borden Steven but again he main evented wrestlemania. What the hell is The Miz yet 2009-2011 was my favorite to watch.

    It’s not necessarily the name or gimmick it’s the talent behind it. Fandango and Funkasaurus could have been too stars and they’ve made It work but creative was being uncreative.

    Different topic…. I’m really surprised that Zeb Colter is fine working with Jack Swagger after what happened last year. I read a few years ago his granddaughter was killed by a drunk driver or a driver while impaired. Really sad to hear but the fact that my co-worker is guilty of something like that I wouldn’t want to hve anything to do with him. Shows how professional and forgiving the man is.

  • Rachel Miller

    About misused WWE talent, is it true that some guys like John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Bray Wyatt are very over with the crowd and guys like Big E, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, and Xavier Woods don’t? Thanks!

    • ryan2506


    • Chris

      What in the blue hell did I just read?

    • Scott

      Stay away from Molly!!! Shes bad news!!!

  • ldb

    I know swags has been a screw up, but Dutch has been incredible. I would love to see these guys trade off matches as long as the wrestlers are quite and the managers do the talking. They are red hot getting the crowd into it. WE THE PEOPLE!

  • John

    The only match that makes sense for Undertaker is a rematch with Brock Lesnar… That is a major money match and gaining revenge on the man who conquered The steak is a perfect end to his career. Anything else is just lame! What’s the attraction if his matches are not based around The Streak? I would hate for The Undertaker to hang around so long that he ends up becoming a joke.

    • opie

      “What’s the attraction if his matches are not based around The Streak?”

      What’s the attraction for any other wrestler’s matches? If there’s a good story to be told between two of the greatest characters in wrestling history, is that not worth it?

      • John

        Undertaker is not “any other wrestler”. He is 50 years old and he wrestles once per year, based entirely around The Streak at WrestleMania.

  • Fishcakes

    “I’m familiar with the testimonial concept in football (not all Americans call it soccer) ”

    …but it’s called soccer in America. Football is football and soccer is soccer. Seems kind of pretentious and snobby to call it football when you’re American in America. But then given your attitude of saying people “don’t get it” because they don’t like it, that makes sense. That you call it football when everyone else calls it soccer, and you seem to suggest they are too stupid to understand it, says a lot.

    We don’t call baseball “rounders”. We also don’t called rounders “baseball”. Because those aren’t the right words.