How Wellness Strikes Work, Punk’s Theme Music, Plans For Orton, Wrestlemania Weather, Hall Doing Well

How long does a Wellness strike last on someone’s record? Is it like MLB where you do it multiple times and you are out or if you are clean for 1-2 years and you get a clean slate?

WWE Wellness strikes do not go away. One strike and the worker is suspended for 30 days without pay, two strikes and the worker is suspended for 60 days without pay, three strikes and the worker is terminated. If the worker leaves WWE with one or two Wellness strikes, they’ll return with those strikes. If a worker is terminated for three strikes (which has never happened), they cannot come back for at least one year. When/if they return, they would be subject to more stringent testing and would carry two Wellness strikes. WWE has an FAQ attached with their Wellness Policy that you can read at this link.

I know in the past, WWE has paid to use music (FUEL ‘Leave The Memories Alone’, Johnny Cash ‘Ain’t No Grave, etc.) on TV….my question is about CM Punk’s current entrance music, Living Colour’s ‘Cult of Personality’. The original version is owned by Sony/Legacy which the WWE would have to pay big $ for….however, Living Colour re-recorded the song a couple of years back, which would be much cheaper to use. Do you know which version they are using?

I don’t know which version of “Cult of Personality” that WWE is using, however, I can tell you it wasn’t cheap to get the rights to use the song for CM Punk’s entrance music. The request came from Punk when he was negotiating a new WWE contract a couple years ago. A worker getting to pick their own entrance music in WWE is extremely rare.

Does WWE have any major plans for Randy Orton?

Randy Orton has clearly been replaced by CM Punk as the “1b” to John Cena and is further down the card than he’s been since becoming a main event talent. Some blame his Wellness issues while others blame the booking of his character. The word from backstage at this week’s WWE Raw was that the company missed an opportunity with Orton. Find out what it was and the future of his character at this link.

Does WWE have a backup plan in case of bad weather at Wrestlemania 29?

WWE is prepared for inclement weather as they provide covering for the ring canvas. The concern I have is the weather for the fans in MetLife Stadium in early April. Rain is one thing but the cold sounds miserable. I’m not attending this year but I suggest all readers buy some of this warm Wrestlemania merch. It’s really sharp and will keep you warm.

How is Scott Hall after moving in with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake Roberts?

Jake Roberts wrote on Twitter that Scott has “done really well” since his arrival. He says hip surgery is Hall’s next hurdle. This couldn’t have happened at a better time for Scott as the rehabilitation facility WWE was trying to get him in was full and they were looking at an alternative place to put him. Given the fact rehab has never worked for Hall before, this couldn’t be better. I have a whole lot of respect for Diamond Dallas Page for what he’s doing.

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  • Xavier

    This is why WM needs to be in LA or San Diego. Weather is perfect, perfect place for Mania if you ask me. Huge Market, and wouldn’t have to worry about rain/cold

    • Chris

      Not…going…to…happen.

    • Michael

      They should do a mania in Hawaii that would be awesome for the wrestlers and fans. I can’t wait until next years mania in my home town of New Orleans.

  • Mark

    Just a side note.. I think the only way for Taker to lose his streak “in style” is if Punk beat Taker at WM 29.. beat Austin at WM 30… beat Rock at WM 31.. and beat Triple H at WM 32… to “kill the attitude era” and usher in whatever this new ‘era’ is called if anything. This can be the rise of the Shield, Bryan, etc. Then Punk can lose and hand over what he did to the next guy.

    • Michael

      That will never happen and it should never happen. No offense to Punk but I don’t think that anybody deserves to beat the streak let alone kill an era. And anyway Punk doesn’t need the rub a wrestler such as Ziggler, Antonio,Ryback, Bryan, or somebody that’s an up and coming main event wrestler needs a rub like this more then Punk. Punk is a great wrestler but the guy has been intercontinental, tag, ecw, world, and wwe champion he has done everything but hold the united states title and holding after bring the 1b would be a step down. Taker is going to either retire undefeated or lose to a guy that wwe can build the company around past both Cena, Punk, and Orton. I think the future is bright with the guys I named and if Vince can sign Styles and Joe that would bring in more main event stars.

      • Yung

        I agree, no one man is bigger than the Attitude Era nor the Streak.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.olley.7 Robert Olley

      That made me laugh taker is in bad shape and well be lucky to see him next year although im guessing your being sarcastic

  • Michael

    I agree that Hall made the right decision and Page has a lot of respect for what he’s doing. If I were Vince or Hunter I’d consider talking to Page about putting him on payroll for when other wrestlers get hurt and send them to him to rehab faster.

  • Guest

    Richard, why are so adamant about this whole “1b” thing with CM Punk/Randy Orton? Right now it’s CM Punk’s time, just like it was Randy Orton’s time from late 2008-2009. Randy Orton’s time will come again once he goes heel and he will solidify himself as the #1 heel in the WWE once again. As for CM Punk this is the highest he will get and it’s something to be proud of if you are a CM Punk. One year from CM Punk will not be as high as he is right now, or maybe even 6 months from now. Years from now when we look back at this era of wrestling it will be overwhelmingly obvious that John Cena was #1 and Randy Orton was #2. While CM Punk was behind both of them, but not far behind. I think you are passionately trying to push CM Punk to be the #1 guy in WWE but that will never happen. I just don’t feel Punk has the connection to the younger demographics like John Cena has, Randy Orton (heel/face) has, or even what Miz had as a heel. Face or Heel, Punk appeals more to the adult demo a lot better than the younger demographic. And for that reason I don’t see him ever being the #1 guy in WWE.

    Also I don’t buy this argument that fans don’t care anymore for Randy Orton. This was in your report a few days ago. He gets one of the loudest pops out of anyone and you can clearly see when he comes out the audience jumps out of their seats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justinneerajlal Justin Lal

    Richard, why are so adamant about this whole “1b” thing with CM Punk/Randy Orton? Right now it’s CM Punk’s time, just like it was Randy Orton’s time from late 2008-2009. Randy Orton’s time will come again once he goes heel and he will solidify himself as the #1 heel in the WWE once again. As for CM Punk this is the highest he will get and it’s something to be proud of if you are a CM Punk fan. One year from CM Punk will not be as high as he is right now, or maybe even 6 months from now. Years from now when we look back at this era of wrestling it will be overwhelmingly obvious that John Cena was #1 and Randy Orton was #2. While CM Punk was behind both of them, but not far behind. I think you are passionately trying to push CM Punk to be the #1 guy in WWE but that will never happen. I just don’t feel Punk has the connection to the younger demographics like John Cena has, Randy Orton (heel/face) has, or even what Miz had as a heel. Face or Heel, Punk appeals more to the adult demo a lot better than the younger demographic. And for that reason I don’t see him ever being the #1 guy in WWE.

    Also I don’t buy this argument that fans don’t care anymore for Randy Orton. This was in your report a few days ago. He gets one of the loudest pops out of anyone and you can clearly see when he comes out the audience jumps out of their seats. If fans didn’t care about Orton he wouldn’t have almost 2 Million Twitter followers — the third most behind Rock and Cena.

    • Batman

      What a mark.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonmgill2493 Jon Gill

        Thank you, Batman.

      • http://www.facebook.com/justinneerajlal Justin Lal

        That’s all you got? Why don’t you argue the point instead of posting a pointless comment. The subject is: the idea of using “1b” in regards to Randy Orton/CM Punk.

        • Batman

          You’re a total mark. There is no sense in “arguing the point” because you are a deluded fanboy.

  • Nostaljack

    Punks theme is the original recording of “Cult of Personality” – the more expensive of two records. There’s an edit in the intro but, beyond that, it’s the original version.

  • shwo

    people go to.metlife stadium in January and february for football…I think were gonna be alright lol can’t wait to go

  • Yung

    I really do people Orton can be back on top, he gets the pop and has the fans on his side so all he needs if a title or main event level feud. Really enjoyed seeing Orton come behind Rollins to hit the RKO and sneak into the crowd 2 weeks ago, reminded me of the old Randy. I’m young and only started watching WWE around 2005 i would say but i have educated myself on the WWF/WCW history. The first episode of RAW i watched, Randy Orton came out and hit the RKO on Triple H and snuck into the crowd. From that first episode of RAW that i watched, Orton was instantly my favorite wrestler.