Daniel Bryan At Wrestlemania, Issues With WM30 Live, Sting’s Legacy, Main Event

Has WWE backed themselves in a corner with the Daniel Bryan stipulation at Wrestlemania? If he doesn’t go over Triple H, the crowd is going to turn. If he does, isn’t the outcome obvious?

I would be surprised if Daniel Bryan didn’t go over Triple H at Wrestlemania 30 because as you mentioned, the crowd would turn hard if he didn’t. Could you imagine the negative reaction Batista vs. Randy Orton would garner after Bryan did a job to Triple H? The only way to get out of that would be some type of elaborate swerve. The obvious outcome has Bryan going over Hunter and being inserted into the title match later in the night. After that, all bets are off. If I was booking, I’d put Daniel Bryan over for the title and give him his payoff and Wrestlemania moment, however, that’s far from a guarantee. WWE booked themselves in a corner the moment they denied Bryan entry in the Royal Rumble match and remained intent on giving Batista a spot in the Wrestlemania main event. I feel a lot better about Wrestlemania now that Bryan is getting his opportunity. This has been right in front of WWE for over a year now, so it’s nice to see the company finally listen to their fan base.

One of the biggest problems the WWE Network had trouble with at launch was streaming issues related to an overwhelming amount of traffic. Do you fear that with Wrestlemania being not only the biggest event of the year, but also the first PPV to air on the network that these issues could reemerge and cause problems for subscribers trying to stream the event?

Throughout all of the early issues with the WWE Network, there haven’t been widespread issues with the live stream. There were login issues and issues streaming the video-on-demand library but we actually heard very little about problems with the actual live stream. WWE has been preparing for Wrestlemania by testing as much live programming as possible. In fact, NXT ArRIVAL was actually the first *live pay-per-view* and a show that gave WWE the opportunity to test their capabilities. That show was not without error as my stream went out for just under five minutes. My biggest concern with WWE Network is issues regarding buffering/streaming so it would be a major problem if they had issues during Wrestlemania. However, WWE has to be aware their Network will be at max capacity [for Wrestlemania] and will need to make preparations for such. I know here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com we make special arrangements for Wrestlemania because we know our servers are going to be at max capacity during the show. I would expect WWE to do the same and am not overly worried about it.

I believe a lot of Sting’s legacy in pro wrestling is rooted in the fact that he is one of the few wrestling greats to have never worked for the WWE. Do you see Sting’s legacy being significantly tarnished if he does sign a deal with WWE?

I do not see how Sting working for the largest and most successful professional wrestling promotion in the world could be a bad thing. I guess there could be concerns about the way WWE books him but TNA booked Jay Lethal over Ric Flair after he came out of retirement and I don’t think his legacy has been tarnished. Sting could be completely finished with pro wrestling and retire as one of the all-time greats, however, I don’t see anything hurting that legacy either. His place in history is etched in stone regardless of what happens next. Everyone wants an update on his status but we do not have one as of this writing.

With WWE putting so much effort into the WWE Network and the network pushing Main Event as live programming, do you see Main Event eventually eclipsing Smackdown as WWE’s second biggest show?

No, Smackdown is still and will continue to be WWE’s “second” show. Ion Television does not have exclusive rights to carry the first run airing of WWE Main Event, thus the company is able to show it first to WWE Network subscribers. It didn’t hurt last week’s viewership as the numbers actually went up. WWE wants to have as much live programming as possible, if anything else to use to test their service before Wrestlemania XXX in April.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: With WWE bringing Ric Flair back to Raw do you think it’s a message to TNA they will do what they want when they want? - I don’t think Ric Flair appearing on Raw was as much a shot at TNA as it was Triple H getting his buddy back where he wants to be. Flair and Hunter are very close and Flair made it clear he wanted to return to WWE. The reason he went to TNA in the first place was there was no interest in using him in WWE and Hulk Hogan talked Ric into doing it. With that being said one very important fact that we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com is that Flair is not under WWE contract. The hiring freeze in regards to former TNA talent remains intact and because Flair hasn’t signed a new WWE contract, TNA cannot allege that WWE used information divulged by Brian Wittenstein to sign their talent. Flair hasn’t kept it a secret that he has enough pull in WWE to get them to “creatively” pay him without putting him under contract which is exactly what we saw on this week’s Raw.

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  • david

    I had several major issues during NXT Arrival (and I have read others did as well) making a large portion of in unwatchable – including parts of the preshow as well. It was not entirely unexpected but still disappointing. I’m glad they are doing the live Main Event since it will give them opportunities to continue to test. Streaming issues during Wrestlemania will be a big problem for WWE if they occur and I hope they are ready. I haven’t had issues during the Raw pre show. I kind of wish they were testing with more live content prior to Wrestlemania though.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      How has it been recently? Is your Internet connection reliable? I’m genuinely interested.

      • david

        Recently I’ve had a few minor issues with the live stream here and there. I have noticed it “reloading” a few times but for the most part it’s been pretty solid recently. I guess my concern is that something similar will happen when there are more users on the network (which I’m assuming there probably was for the live NXT special although of course I don’t have any way of knowing that).

        I have Verizon Fios Quantum with 50/25 speeds so it’s a solid connection (using Roku box for viewing). I’m glad they were able to get all of the on demand issues solved within the first week and the only time that week I had any kind of major issues with the live stream was during NXT Arrival.

  • Kleck

    What’s the difference if the outcome is obvious? I’m expecting a great match out of Daniel Bryan and Trip. The story has been told before our eyes since SummerSlam and a chapter will end at WrestleMania.

    • Jbreed

      So I guess he thinks The Undertaker shouldn’t be booked for WM because the outcome is so obvious since we know the streak isn’t gonna end.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Or the vast majority of WrestleMania main events because we knew such and such was winning the title

      • Tim

        It’s only us that come to these sites. That understand the backstage ways. For those who don’t use the internet. See it different.

        • Bob’s Diner

          For those who don’t use the internet?
          So who’s that – poor starving kids in Africa?

          • Xavier

            A large portion of wrestling fans aren’t apart of the IWC. And by large I mean 80-85%

          • Cubed56

            IMO, in this day and age, I believe there are a lot more people who are part of the IWC then we are aware of. With the internet accessible to almost everyone, more people are educated to spoilers and backstage news. It’s also becoming more obvious by the fans attending live events.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Exactly. All of WWE’s marketing is directed towards the internet now. Their entire future hinges on the internet. Look at the Daniel Bryan storyline – they expect the fans to have some level of understanding of how things work backstage

          • Xavier

            You’d be surprised. You also have too look at the fan base that Vince is now targeting, his main demographic that he’s after are kids & families now. Most of those in that category aren’t concerned about dirt sheets. People like me & you will always watch no matter what so Vince isn’t concerned about losing our dollar. We’re not the ones buying the merch, toys and the PPVs, people in our demographic were more likely to stream shows.

          • Cubed56

            See its unique for me, I have a 4 year old son, and he loves wwe, So I see both sides. I don’t buy every PPV, but I did the major ones this year for my son(otherwise I stream like you) and he has more action figures then I can count. So from my perspective I really do believe there are more IWC members then we know, they are just in circumstances like mine. I mean I’m not gonna tell my son what the outcome will be nor am I going to tell him who to like. Believe me a lot of parents don’t like buying every new bit of cena gear or Sheamus gear, or any of the other kid friendly characters, but like you said it’s how Vince markets it, so it’s natural those guys sell more. It’s just my opinion, I feel there are more of us and it’s showing with the audiences recently, I mean they don’t just boo everything for no reason, they are educated and they are finally letting it show(albeit sometimes foolishly and annoyingly). I’m by no means saying we outnumber the casual fans, cause we don’t, but I do believe there are a lot more then 10-15% of us.

          • Xavier

            The reason why I still believe that the IWC is a far less fan base then people think is because when I look at promotions like ROH which cater specifically to the IWC haven’t grown in business at all. They draw shows of 500 people on a great day, if the IWC made up the majority of wrestling fans ROH would be competing with the WWE on some level. Hell, Punk & Bryan eventually left because they knew the only way to make a good living off of what they love doing was to go mainstream (WWE). I’m not denying the face that the IWC has grown stronger in numbers over the years but I still don’t feel it’s as big as some may think.

          • Cubed56

            We are both right. It’s not as big as some think no doubt, but at the same time, it’s not as small as some may think. Your right about ROH, but imagine if they had the TV opportunities WWE has or the finances wwe had, you’d better believe they’d compete with wwe, and guys like DB, Punk, Cesaro and more probably would’ve never left ROH for WWE.

          • Cubed56

            Hey on an unrelated topic, head over to whatculture.com and look up the article, the top 10 reasons the streak should end. I know we both like taker and u think the streak should stay, and I think it should end. If the article on there doesn’t change your mind, I guarantee it at least makes you think about it.

          • Xavier

            I’m actually not opposed to Taker losing at Mania but it has to be too the right gut at the right time. Right now Daniel Bryan is the only guy I’d consider Taker dropping the streak to at this point but I’m starting to second guess that now because of some of our convos regarding Bryan’s long term overness which I tend to agree with you on. Bray Wyatt could possibly be that guy down the road but I don’t think now would be the time for him to end it then on the flipside I gotta wonder how much longer Taker can/will do this. I’ll check out your link here in a bit

          • Cubed56

            I agree, i dont think DB is the guy. I think the guy is on the roster though, perhaps bray or reigns, hell if they allow ambroses character to really relish the loose cannon mentality, i could even buy him ending it. Cena obviously, but it wont really help him. However for bray too be in the convo for WM XXXI or XXXII Cena has to put him over this year. FYI, that link wont go directly to the article, search wwe or top 10 reasons the streak should end.

          • Bob’s Diner

            The streak should have ended years ago – Giant Gonzalez was robbed!!!

            I think at WrestleMania XXX right after the Undertaker/Brock Lesnar match, Michael Cole should turn heel and challenge Undertaker to a Streak vs Streak match then and there.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Well, by your idea I am part of the ‘IWC’… but I can’t stand Ring of Honor. I would say their lack of popularity more lies that they have no media coverage or anything like that. Heck, this site barely mentions them in any way. That or they are just boring to the average fan

            i guess I’m more against the idea of saying people are ‘typical IWC’ or using the usual arguments like that, because sites like this prove we all have different opinions and wrestlers we like.

          • Xavier

            Very true

          • Bob’s Diner

            Good point. I just know that if this information had been available to me at 8 years-old, I probably would have been hooked. Or really disappointed.

            Actually, most likely the latter. I wouldn’t have understood why everyone hated Brutus Beefcake and thought he was a terrible wrestler. Clowns. Get him in the Hall of Fame, pronto!

          • Xavier

            Had dirt sheets been around in the 80s just imagine how much people would of hated Hogan, you think people hate Cena now but the hate for Hogan would of been even worse, especially when you consider a lot of the shady stuff he was doing backstage lol

          • Bob’s Diner

            That’s pretty much how Dave Meltzer made a living, isn’t it? Putting out his newsletter saying Hogan was terrible and Flair was the greatest…

            Were you a Hogan fan as a child, X?
            Funny thing is, I wasn’t a Hulkamaniac. At least, not as a kid. Totally supported Macho Man when the Megapowers split up. Then as I got older, I found so much appreciation for Hogan and how darn awesome he was

          • Bob’s Diner

            He didn’t say IWC – he said “For those who don’t use the internet”
            I know I keep saying it, but I don’t believe in the IWC anymore. We all have very differing opinions on things and it is a large part of the WWE fanbase now. That term had relevance in the early 2000′s but not anymore

          • Xavier

            It still has plenty of relevance. I have a few friends a married couple and the other a married couple with 3 kids (who is largely the demograph of fans Vince targets now) that love the WWE and order all the PPVs but could care less about dirt sheets and all that stuff (that’s if they know about then to begin with). Believe it or not their are still more fans like that that still exist compared to people like me or you.

          • Tim

            Perhaps my comment required you to have a little sense. What I meant by using the internet. Was using the internet for wrestling. Which if your lucky maybe half of the wrestling fan base. Actually uses it for that. And in the entire world maybe half of the people even use the internet.

      • Kleck

        I’m not saying don’t book them because of whatever the outcome might be, I’m saying book the match because it will be a wrestling clinic and the storyline playing out on TV right now is entertaining.

        • Jbreed

          You misunderstood. I was actually agreeing with you. My comment was directed sarcastically to the person who asked the question.

          • Kleck

            No, I know you were in agreement. I was just expanding my point.

  • Bob’s Diner

    Richard, are you still upset Jay Lethal beat Ric Flair? ;)
    I don’t think coming to WWE is what will hurt Sting, it will be that he has left it so late in his career. I’m hoping if he does he will be in better shape than he was during his last couple of runs with TNA

  • Tim

    On the xbox 360. I have no wcw ppvs except the great American bash. That’s only because wwe used that for themselvesAlso on all big four ppvs I can only view the latest event for that ppv. But for the other b level ppvs. I can watch them all. Anyone else having this problem.

    • Ashley

      Yes! I didn’t know if I was just having this problem or not with Xbox.

  • Cubed56

    I’m gonna say DB will beat HHH at WM, that’s pretty obvious. However, he will NOT win the title at WM. The only reason he is in it, is so the match isn’t hijacked. With him in it, the fans will be into the match, then when he doesn’t win, o well the show is over. IMO DB shouldn’t win the title anyways. Where does he go from there? Him being the underdog is what has the fans behind him, but once he wins the title, I’m afraid his star will slowly fade. I’m a DB fan, but to me he’s always gonna be better chasing the title then holding the title.

    • Xavier

      I think he’ll end up winning the title at Extreme Rules or something like that and have a 4 or 5 month title reign. I’m also starting to agree with you that he won’t be the guy to replace Cena, he’ll remain over similar to how Eddie & Chris stayed over after their title reigns and be top tier guy but you’re right, Bryan chasing is more intriguing then Bryan beating guys twice his size. You can only do the David vs Goliath storyline so much before it runs its course unfortunately

      • Cubed56

        I agree if he doesn’t win at WM, which I don’t think he will, he will for sure win at ER in Seattle. After that though where does his story go? Sure the authority will try to get it off him and he may hold the title for a bit, 4-5 months like u said, but it won’t be the same. I hate to say it, but like I’ve said before, I believe DB’s star will slowly fade as soon as he wins the title.

        • John

          Extreme Rules is not in Seattle.

          • Cubed56

            Where is it, I’m pretty sure it’s in Seattle.

          • Bob’s Diner

            New Jersey
            They changed it soon after announcing it

          • Cubed56

            I found that out, for some reason I thought I heard it was in Seattle, maybe it’s a different PPV.

          • Cubed56

            That would make sense, like i said I could’ve sworn it was announced as being in Seattle.

          • Cubed56

            You are correct I apologize.

        • Guest

          It definitely will…but if they do it right, it can work. They can stretch this out a little more…at least til next Wrestlemania…when he drops the title to the Royal Rumble winner that year…or not. Idk. Lol

    • Guest

      Hes best as an underdog. I thought he should win a number 1 contenders match at WM30, then make it a triple threat match at Extreme Rules, then 1 on 1 with Batista at Payback…with him getting screwed 1 more time. Then win the MITB at the next PPV…and finally cash in later on in the year.

      Thats how it should be.

  • The Breaker

    I guess going under to Lethal didn’t hurt Flair’s legacy, but one could argue that his time in TNA helped to tarnish it. Him being there certainly didn’t make the impact (excuse the pun) that TNA hoped.

    • david

      Nobody can make an Impact at TNA. Cena and CM Punk could walk in there tomorrow and they would figure out a way to ruin it.

      • The Breaker

        Their biggest problems lie within managment and creative. All the biggest stars in the business won’t help. They had Flair, Hogan, Sting, and Angle. And they’ve always had a talented roster when it comes to the younger set. If they just knew how to work with what they’ve got, things would be so much better.

      • John

        Christian? TNA did more with him in 3 years than WWE have in like 10.

        • david

          Yet he still left first chance he got to go back to WWE.

          • Bob’s Diner

            And his endless feud with Sheamus is really setting the world on fire…

          • John

            Christian went back to WWE for the paycheck. Just like Gail Kim went back to WWE for the money but quickly realised that only terrible wrestlers get pushed in WWE’s women’s division so she went back to TNA.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Flair hurts his legacy himself by continuing to come across as a washed up old man that can’t let go and still wants to party like he’s in his 20′s

      • The Breaker

        Yep. But Flair will always be Flair.

  • Ron

    Whenever I’m watching a live stream sometimes the video stops for several minutes then restarts from the beginning with SD video quality but then into several seconds of playing it goes back into HD.