Do you think that Daniel Bryan is established as a permanent main eventer like John Cena or CM Punk?
As we’ve seen with Randy Orton, WWE has the ability to downgrade a main event talent regardless of who it is. Orton, a main event talent with a main event contract, spent a year in the mid-card due to disciplinary reasons. So I think it’s important to remember that regardless of how established that a name is, WWE has the ability to pull the plug if they so choose. However, I don’t see how Bryan regresses back to the mid-card unless WWE just doesn’t see him as a viable main event talent. We talk a lot about bad booking and creative inhibiting guys from getting over but have you looked at what Daniel Bryan has overcome? The Miz as his NXT pro, a firing, an 18-second Wrestlemania loss and a gimmick that was expected to go no further than comedic relief. WWE has tried to hold Bryan back but every time he’s risen right back to the top. It’s going to be difficult to hold him down now.
We only ask questions about wrestling. But we’d like to know more about you. What is your wrestling knowledge background and what are your information sources and connections?
I began covering professional wrestling as a 14-year-old while in the 9th grade. I wanted to start a sports website but I figured that I would have a difficult time competing with the mainstream outlets. One of my friends owned and operated a professional wrestling website, located at WrestleNation.com, so I decided to give it a shot. My first pro wrestling website started as 4cw.hypermart.net and eventually went to 4CornersWrestling.com. My first major traffic break through was when my brother Ryan and I launched WCWWWF.com in January 2000. This is when we saw a major influx of traffic and continued to own and operate the site through the Fall of 2001. In 2001, Ryan and I sold the website and took a year off to be normal high school kids (we are identical twins, by the way). The following year, we got bit by the bug to start a new pro wrestling website and launched WrestlingUnlimited.com. In February 2003, we had a button exchange with WrestlingNewsWorld.com. I noticed the button was a dead image so I went to the site to find out it was for sale. Our company placed a bid and acquired the domain name. From February 2003 to April 2007, Ryan and I operated WNW as a side project after eventually merging it with WrestlingUnlimited.com. We penned occasional blogs and participated in the forums but we were college students and not full-time wrestling journalists. In May 2007 after graduating from college, Ryan and I decided to take the website on as a career. We implemented some major changes that have grown to what you see today, which includes 100% exclusive content and the backstage insider information that so many of you enjoy. Ryan left the website in July 2011 to pursue another career. As for my connections, I have been very fortunate to establish a team of researchers and contacts that work hours upon hours each week to provide us with insider information. These contacts go unnamed but their information is used through me all over the website. I will also mention that it’s because of your support that I am able to do what I do and there will never be words to express how thankful I am for that.
One of the misconceptions that I think a lot of workers or people in the business have about me or this website is that I just kind of “fell into this.” Yes, I have never bumped in the ring but what I do for a living was not accomplished by accident. I have worked very hard to establish my career and earn my reputation. Those who know me know that I get very defensive when my integrity or reputation is challenged as I have worked countless hours to get where I am today. The only way to be successful in this business is if you eat, sleep and breathe it. It’s the case for the Superstars and Divas, just as it is for people like me that cover it.
With John Cena coming back to face Alberto Del Rio, is that sign that WWE wants the restore the credibility to the World Heavyweight Championship?
John Cena challenging for and possibly winning the World Heavyweight Championship is good for the prestige of the title, make no mistake about it. However, the fact of the matter is WWE needed a program for Alberto Del Rio and a place to highlight the return of Cena. With the ongoing program between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, that couldn’t be for the WWE title. Given the fact that CM Punk is working as a babyface in a program with Paul Heyman, they couldn’t use him either. The company decided a Cena vs. Del Rio was the best program for all parties involved. Yes, it helps the World title but this was a case of finding the best situation for John Cena right now.
Antonio Cesaro is becoming more and more impressive each time he wrestles and what he did to The Great Khali at Battleground (and on Raw the next night) was a tremendous feet of strength, with that in mind I feel he should have been pushed to the World Heavyweight Championship by now. Is there any reason why he hasn’t been given that opportunity?
I wish I could explain why very talented workers are held in the mid-card, while there are other workers that get opportunity after opportunity. It all comes down to who Vince McMahon thinks will draw money and at least right now, Antonio Cesaro one of those guys. I feel Cesaro has all of the tools to be as successful as Daniel Bryan or CM Punk and many of us said this for years prior to the emergence of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. This has to do with Vince McMahon and whether or not he believes in a talent.
Do you think its time for Christian to retire since he has sustained so many injuries this past year?
Christian has been plagued by injuries but injuries are part of this business. Christian should retire on his own terms and as long as he still wants to work and has the medical clearance to do so, he should continue. He is still capable of working at a very high level but has hit a rough patch. He’s too talented of a worker for WWE (or anyone else for that matter) just to give up on when the going gets tough.
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