Forcing Cesaro Heel, WWE Stars Finding Gyms, WWE Network Replays, Who Deserves A Push

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I believe Cesaro and Paul Heyman being paired together is a great idea but it looks like Cesaro is being overshadowed by Heyman constantly talking about Lesnar. No focus on Cesaro at all. With Cesaro getting more over with the crowd, why are they trying to force him as a heel?

Here's the quandary WWE is in. They've booked Cesaro as a babyface since the beginning of the year but now want to pair him with the manager drawing nuclear heat over Brock Lesnar ending the streak. Heyman was given the task of working his magic on Raw but it still felt forced. Making matters worse, WWE is trying to blow off the underlying feud between Cesaro/Swagger, with the thinking being there has to be a payoff. I agree the idea of Cesaro and Heyman is genius but will this be a short-term bump in the road or a long-term problem that forces WWE's hand? That's a question only time will tell.

How do WWE superstars go about training in gyms? Obviously since they are only in the same city for a couple days they don't have memberships for each gym so does WWE organize where the superstars workout?

The first task for WWE workers is finding a gym when they get to a particular city. I can't give you the details for each worker/city because it depends on the situation, however, most gyms are willing to accommodate their situation. When John Cena was on WWE's loop of West Virginia last year, I received photos of him at the local YMCA, Applebee's, etc. The boys are on their own when they travel but are required to be at the building at a certain time so they can go over plans for the show.

Can we expect to see replays sooner than 30 days on the WWE Network?

Shows that do not originate on WWE Network carry a 30-day window due to existing TV deals, something I do not see changing in the immediate future. However, now that Elimination Chamber has been added, all pay-per-views will be available immediately after their conclusion since they will be WWE Network original programming. Speaking of which, we're still awaiting WWE's new domestic TV agreement, with an announcement expected at the end of this month/beginning of next.

In your opinion, what superstar deserved a push that never got one?

We could spend the rest of the day going over WWE's talent roster, measuring talent against success. The bottom-line is it comes down to opportunity and the right situation. Sometimes things work, other times they just don't. There are a lot of guys that have been given opportunities that I don't think have deserved them, while there are others that been cast into oblivion. When a worker is given an opportunity, it's ultimately up to how they handle it to see where it goes from there. Most of the time, a worker will break through if talented enough.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2013: It seems that Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler have been fan-favorites for quite a long time now, even during their respective runs as a heel. With Ziggler’s recent face turn and Bryan’s main event push, how much of an influence does the WWE Universe have backstage in determining the role of the the characters? - While Vince McMahon has the final say backstage, the fans ultimately have the final say. How they react, or don’t react, determines how workers are booked. Let me me explain. WWE planned to push Steve Austin under the very successful Austin 3:16 gimmick as a heel yet it was so over-the-top and entertaining, the audience turned him babyface. That’s an example of a success. An example of a failure would be that of Lord Tensai. WWE tried to bring him back as a top heel. After making some tweaks, such as the Tensai name and losing the manager, it didn’t work. They ended up paring him with Brodus Clay and he’s found a gimmick that works. The “monster heel” didn’t work but the mid-card comedy babyface did. The fans ultimately have the final say. People will say well what about John Cena? I can see the comments now, most fans want to see him turn heel. No, most IWC fans want to see Cena turn heel. John is still a top merchandise seller and his segments are highly rated. WWE is aware of the IWC hatred, which is why they promote that “no one draws a reaction quite like John Cena,” but ultimately the audience has the final say.

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  • Evon Callaway Bitterweed Reese

    I like Heyman but the my client broke the streak over and over is starting to cheapen the streak being broken. It’s not even heel heat anymore just annoying with Cesaro standing there and I want it to be about him. Maybe down the road they are planning to feud Lesnar and Cesaro. I don’t know what the thinking is I just wish he would lay off because when Brock returns and he screams we broke the streak it will be like I know, I know now please shut up already.

  • Caucasian Guy

    Richard, I know at one time there were advertisements for Total Divas on the Network(I saw them at a house show). Can you give an update to this? Does it have a longer window than 30 days to go on the Network?

  • Brandon van Reenen

    Push Cena dammit! 😛

  • Venom

    It’s funny how WWE feels they have to give us a conclusion in the Swagger/Cesaro feud when a lot of storylines get dropped with no explaination.

    • Agreed. And this is the one feud I’d be okay with them just forgetting about it. Swagger is exciting as living room wallpaper and if this feud continues, I’ll have to hear him on the mic. That would be deadly.

      • Mysterion

        He’s the worst guy to use a mic since Scott Steiner.

  • BIG M

    I’ve said it before I’ll say it again Drew McIntyre is the most underrated talent in WWE Today.
    3 or4 years ago he was well on the way to a possible main event push with his chosen one heel gimmick.
    Then his wife caused a disturbance in a hotel lobby.
    Really is disgraceful that a worker of McIntyre’s talent and potential is reduced to a mid card comical role like 3MB.

    • Mike McCarthy

      Ever heard of a guy named John Morrison?

      • BIG M

        The subject was underrated stars currently on WWE’s roster.

        But you are right about John Morrison another great talent who never got his due.

        Although he did quit WWE a month or two after Main Eventing a PPV with John Cena.

        Even If it was in a triple threat against The Miz as Champ.

        The way I see it if he stuck around he might have gotten a main event push.

        So its hard to feel too sorry for him.

        • Ty

          The guy had no charisma. He could do some pretty amazing things, but he was very difficult to listen to.

          • BIG M

            “The guy had no charisma He could do some pretty amazing things, but he was very difficult to listen to”.

            True but the same thing has been said about Daniel Bryan and look where he is now.
            Bottom line is you can be excused for poor Mic skills if you have great ring skills.
            Cant be excused for poor ring skills even if you have great Mic skills.
            Even if you had The Rock’s Mic skills if you still sucked in the ring you would find it hard to ever get pushed.

  • Ty

    Is it a running gag that Richard never answers the last question of AskWNW?

  • Nate Mayhew

    The Superstars/Main Event replay block that usually leads into an NXT replay is a brilliant way around not being able to show Raw replays on the Network. Between the two shows, they replayed everything important from last week.

  • Mandy

    Pairing Cesaro with Heyman was a bad move, it is just not working.

    • Gues

      Its only been 2 weeks how can you possibly say it isnt working?

  • Ty

    Can we give the Heyman/Cesaro duo more than 2 weeks to get an accurate criticism from it?