Do you believe that the CM Punk craze has worn off like the Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin craze in their respective sports?
This is an interesting prospective, as I’ve never thought about it like that before. CM Punk is not currently at the level he was this summer. Punk peaked at Money in the Bank in July and has leveled off to where he is now. He has clearly established himself as a main event talent and he’s not going back to the mid-card like he did after previous title reigns. Punk was the Tim Tebow or Jeremy Lin of the summer but it’s “breakout moments” like this that demand the attention of the public. The key is getting the public’s attention and being able to keep it for as long as possible. He made everyone take notice and advanced his career because of it. Being WWE Champion at Wrestlemania is a very desirable position but the show is being centered around two main events – John Cena vs. The Rock and The Undertaker vs. Triple H with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee. WWE is giving these matches priority which is why you may notice a lack of hype for Punk vs. Chris Jericho.
Do you think that Jim Ross should indeed commentate at Wrestlemania XXVIII like he did last year?
If it were up to me, Jim Ross would still be the “voice of WWE” and would still be the play-by-play man of Raw Supershow alongside his long-time broadcast colleague Jerry Lawler. It wasn’t JR’s decision to leave broadcasting and it’s Vince McMahon that has implemented the new direction. I think just about everyone would rather see Jim Ross than Michael Cole but unfortunately it’s not our decision to make. So to answer your question, yes I think JR should work Wrestlemania.
I saw you reported that Brodus Clay was pulled from WWE television because of behavioral issues backstage. Do you see him getting a match at Wrestlemania XXVIII?
“Take two” on the push of Brodus Clay began last night on Raw Supershow. Clay was pulled from WWE television due to behavioral problems backstage. You can read my exclusive report about the heat here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium. I haven’t heard of any Wrestlemania XXVIII plans involving Clay but keep in mind he has yet to have a feud and is just squashing enhancement workers for recognition to get the gimmick over.
Should WWE bring back single brand pay-per-views? It would build up feuds and underutilized talent on each brand would get a bit of exposure.
From the moment WWE tried the single-branded pay-per-views for their B-level pay-per-views I knew they wouldn’t work (remember the big four were still combined). The pay-per-view landscape has gotten even more competitive now with the growth of UFC and WWE is struggling with buys with the brands combined. If it didn’t work before, why would it work now? There’s just not enough talent to make people spend big money on only half the stars of the company. WWE’s attempt to make the B-level pay-per-views more relevant was started a couple years ago when they started running the gimmick shows.
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