With Dixie Carter saying on last week’s episode of Impact Wrestling that she didn’t need Vince, Bischoff, Stephanie or the Jarretts to help her run her company, what was the reaction, if any, in WWE?
If there was a reaction, I didn’t hear about it. WWE has been very focused on their own viewership problem and they don’t see TNA as viable competition. I doubt many people in WWE even saw it but again, no one mentioned it to me when I compiled my notes from this week’s TVs. I would like to take this opportunity to address the heel version of Dixie Carter. I always caution readers they should wait and see how something plays out before judging, however, I also stress that the most successful gimmicks are an extension of the worker’s real-life personality.
Dixie is known in real life for being warm, caring and compassionate. Even people deemed as bitter put her over for treating workers more like family than just another cog in the machine. Trying to make her an authoritative on-screen heel is like trying to make Steve Austin a choirboy, it’s a clear miscast. I’m not sure what made TNA try this direction but if they’re trying to turn Dixie into what WWE is currently doing with Stephanie McMahon, it’s the wrong path.
What things do you look for in a match when you deem wrestlers as green?
When we say someone is green we mean they are inexperienced. A worker that’s green makes more mistakes, isn’t comfortable in the ring and often suffers from “deer in the headlights” syndrome. I could sit here and write about proper ways to evaluate a match but the bottom line is – listen to the crowd. Are they reacting to the action that’s happening in the ring? If so, the workers have accomplished their goal. If not, there’s a problem. WWE tends to book green workers in successful situations. For example, while preparing for this question, I went back and watched a couple minutes of one of The Great Khali’s matches against Undertaker in 2006. At the time, WWE was heavily pushing Khali so they wanted to put him in a position to be successful. Khali’s push didn’t work out but Undertaker carried the match to the point where I’ve seen much worse. Just because a worker is green doesn’t mean their matches are always horrible but it’s imperative they try not to do too much before they are ready. One example I can give you of a worker making this error is Sin Cara. Heralded as one of the best workers in Mexico, he’s really struggled to adapt the WWE style. Alberto Del Rio on the hand is a guy that never tries to take it too far and often keeps the focus off of his limitations. As a result, Cara hasn’t found any traction and Del Rio has an established spot in the main event.
Where is Kane?
Kane has been off WWE television filming the sequel to “See No Evil,” which has now wrapped. He was at the New York Comic-Con last weekend where he talked about the movie. Expect to see him back on WWE television shortly even though he hasn’t been added to the official listings over on dot com. He is popping back up on local show information listings.
Is it safe to assume that the mention of Xavier Woods and his petition will lead to his call up to the main roster?
The mention of Xavier Woods in the petition to re-hire Big Show was absolutely intentional and indicative of his spot atop the list of prospective NXT call-ups. JBL made a noticeable gaffe on commentary as he claimed to not know who Woods was while playing his heel character on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. The problem is JBL was recently made the GM of WWE NXT. Oops!
From the Ask WNW vault…
Originally written in March 2008: As far as the most underrated in-ring worker I would say Shelton Benjamin. He is a career mid-card guy but has better in-ring work than most of the superstars that he is working with. As for someone on the mic I would say Santino Marella. I think that some fans appreciate him but I’m not sure that they understand just how great that he is. Marella is one of the best talkers that I have ever seen. He is such a good talker; he can lose clean and still not look weak. It beats anything that I have ever seen.
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