Despite Randy Orton being suspended, will WWE push him upon returning due to lack of depth on the roster?
As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Randy Orton is on the booking sheets in main event triple-threat matches against Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship when he is scheduled to return. While this is subject to change, it made it clear that Vince McMahon is planning to put Orton back in the main event upon his return to the company. The way I look at it is if Orton is working, he has to be in the main event given his hefty contract.
I've read where Vince is concerned about not having enough main event guys, however, I disagree. Christian, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger should all be in the heavyweight title picture. I can't understand how Christian and Miz and Swagger went from world champs to midcarders. Why doesn't Vince McMahon use these guys and a few others that have been there in the main events more instead of trying to bring back former talent?
All of the workers you mentioned are workers that have had opportunities in the main event but are still not looked at as top draws in WWE. I also want to clear up The Miz is currently away filming "The Marine: Homefront." There are specific reasons for why each of those you named haven't remained in the main event scene and I can't give you the "catch-all" explanation I'm afraid you are looking for. Specifically, I could make a strong argument for Christian being a top guy in WWE but Vince McMahon has always had a certain lack of confidence in him. As for WWE looking to someone such as Brock Lesnar or Batista (who still doesn't have a new deal), it's the company bringing in names they know draw big rather than trying to create a big draw with names they feel have already been given the opportunity.
What are your thoughts on the importance of the 1000th episode of Raw?
It's a huge accomplishment that is a significant milestone regardless of any negative stereotypes associated with the pro wrestling business. Television is cutthroat and given that WWE has been able to broadcast a show for 1000 episodes is monumental and something that no one else has done. For the sake of this website I'm hoping the show goes for another thousand, however, I have serious questions about the decision to go to three-hours.
I know Alex Shelly already is going to attempt a run with the WWE. But do you think this could be a reoccurring theme? I've always wanted to see what would happen if AJ Styles made the jump to WWE. Do you think TNA would release him from his contract anytime soon if he wants too much money?
Given the litigation TNA has filed against WWE, Alex Shelley's possible jump to WWE has been halted for the time being. As for a "reoccurring theme," this has already been happening. Workers have made the move from WWE to TNA or TNA to WWE and some have had success while others haven't. We get the question about how AJ Styles would fare in WWE all the time and I remind everyone that regardless of success outside of WWE, workers have to prove they can have success in WWE. Some, such as Daniel Bryan, are able to do it while others, such as Chris Harris, are not. It also comes down to the right opportunity and good booking but I will maintain that talented workers are able to overcome hurdles while others will fizzle out before making it.
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