Wrestlers Working Injured, Hogan vs. Steiner, The Role Referees Play, Ric Flair Returning To WWE

Is it a frequent occurrence for performers to work injured?

There is a difference between working hurt and working injured because almost everyone in both WWE and TNA is working through some kind of pain. However, it’s more common than not for workers to “tough it out” and continue to perform despite being injured. Antonio Cesaro has recently been working through a broken bone in his hand while John Cena needed his elbow cleaned out for months before finally taking some time off to have the surgery done. It’s a tough business but the reason why workers continue to work despite being injured is because they don’t want to lose their spot. In Cena’s case, he’s a self-proclaimed workaholic and Vince McMahon wants him out there as much as possible because he’s seen as the face of the company. Whenever WWE is struggling in a particular area Cena is highlighted more to compensate for it. Low show attendance? Book Cena. Low ratings? Book Cena. Need pay-per-view buys? Book Cena. Do you get the idea?

Is it possible the stuff between Hulk Hogan and Scott Steiner is an elaborate work to fool the IWC?

When Scott Steiner first started his Twitter rant against Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff I felt like it was a work. It turns out Steiner was serious, so serious litigation has been filed on both sides. I’ve been working on a story that should be online soon regarding Steiner’s legal maneuvers in response to the suit TNA filed against him.

I have always been interested in the role that referees play during matches. Because outcomes are predetermined, I know they’re not there to actually referee the matches. What is their role?

The referees in WWE and TNA play a very important role in matches. Given the fact the referees wear earpieces, they serve as a direct line of communication from the back into the ring. Their job is to help workers in the ring remember certain sequences, notify them of time as well as make sure things go down as planned. The best referees are invisible to the audience, never getting in the way and hardly being noticed (unless of course they are used in an angle like Brad Maddox). There is a reason why there are senior officials (such as Mike Chioda, Charles Robinson and Earl Hebner) as they are the best at what they do. Proper organization of a match is crucial for it to get over as planned and the referees play a big part in making sure things are executed properly.

Do you see Ric Flair coming in as a GM or manager to Dolph Ziggler to finally help him get over and “cash in” his Money in the Bank briefcase?

I can confirm ideas have been pitched to use Ric Flair to help Dolph Ziggler, however, Flair returning to WWE has been stopped due to TNA’s ongoing litigation against them. There has been talk of WWE back paying a deal to get around legal matters but I’m not sure it’s a headache WWE is willing to deal with. It seems like every pay-per-view there is talk of Ziggler “cashing in” but it’s almost like he’s become the wildcard where they are waiting for the time to be right. My personal hope is it is well worth the wait and it doesn’t come down to creative hot-shotting an angle that will damage Ziggler’s future.

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  • Loren G.

    Thank you for answering my question about the referees.

  • http://www.twitter.com/RKWilliams93 Richard Williams

    If you strip wrestling in WWE and TNA down to their core, you'll find that they're are 4 key elements to any wrestling match. These are:- The two wrestlers, the crowd and the referee. All 4 need to work or fit together smoothly for the match to be as good as possible. Take HBK Vs Undertaker 1, they both worked together brilliantly, they used the crowd to anticipate their next move and the referee was virtually invisible (minus the bump he took).

    • Guy Landau

      I'm sorry, but that is NOT what made that match great. 'Taker and HBK led the crowd, not followed them. If you rewatch the match (I have several times for my Pro Wrestling Aesthetics Philosophy dissertation), the story or the match is clear from the get-go, and they build to it in a way that gets the crowd interested. However, you don't change your story mid-match if the crowd isn't into it. You can try to lure them back in (happened to me once), but you can't change the whole structure of the match on the fly. They anticipated their next move not through the crowd, but strictly through each other, in a way that would entice the crowd regardless. What made the match great isn't the integration of these 4 elements – it was the epic story that fit the epic stage, and in part JR's commentary (after HBK kicked out of the 1st of 2 Tombstones, he said "I just had an out of body experience" in a way that sold you on the grandeur of the situation). The crowd was great BECAUSE of how good the match was, it's one of those matches that can work through crowd silence (if it has proper commentary), but obviously they didn't let that happen. In HHH/Taker II the referee was hardly invisible, but it worked perfectly because of the story of the match. The crowd was dead silent for some of it as well, and that also helped because you could feel the intensity.

      • Lloyd clarke

        Really?

  • Ken

    "Whenever WWE is struggling in a particular area Cena is highlighted more to compensate for it. Low show attendance? Book Cena. Low ratings? Book Cena. Need pay-per-view buys? Book Cena. Do you get the idea?"

    The idea is that the WWE really, really, REALLY, needs to build more legitimate top-tier talent so that they don't need to rely on Cena all the time. Not only does that put him at greater risk of injury, considering half their audience despises his character with a passion it only serves to diminish his drawing power in the long run.

  • BigMike

    funny thign about Refs is that out of the 3 in particular that were mentioned 2 of them have been in storylines (( Hebner for a couple storylines as well as his brother)) and Robinson back in his "Lil' Naitch " days in WCW. Like "Dangerous" Danny Davis in the 80's Teddy Long, nick Patrick(( of course he trained to be a wrestler like his dad)) among others

  • Leo Devlin

    Charles Robinson is the last surviving ref from WCW that still works with WWE. All the others like Mickey Jay (Hanson), Nick Patrick, Billy Silverman, and Scott Dickinson are all gone. When the Invasion angle was going on these guys were all there. Even during the brand extension days when the Smackdown refs would wear blue shirts. Those were the days’ I miss wwe from 2002-2006 it was awesome!

  • Jeff Ono

    Wait! The matches are predetermined? You mean Santino Marella isn't as good of a wrestler as NCAA All-American wrestler Jack Swagger? Where's Vince? I want my money back!!!

    • Andrew

      Websites like this try to fool you into thinking its all Pre determined but we all know it’s real.

      • Joe

        But everything on the internet is true though

  • Thumpa

    Guy you always mention being a wrestler but I’ve never heard of you and you look like a bit of a fairy.

    • Robert olley

      I doubt you’ve heard of most wrestlers bet you’d never heard of PAC before wnw mentioned him. I have I used to hangout with him years ago cause we both from Newcastle

    • William Shatner

      Guy Landau, performing in a back yard near YOU!

      • http://www.12ozprophet.com Dangerous Lee

        Yeah, because every wrestler starts at the top of the business…..

      • PhilT81

        Now William Shatner, that’s someone everyone has heard of and would like to see wrestle. He has the youth of Naitch, abs like Rey Mysterio, agility like The Great Khali and the move-set of John Cena – he really is ‘The Total Package’, why they’ve never used that as a wrestling name/gimmick is beyond me. Would have been good for that ex-WWF wrestler called ‘The Narcissist’. Whatever happened to him, he was a good solid all-American American. He clearly loved the business and was in it for nothing more than his pure love of wrestling.’

    • Robert

      so you gotta hear of a wrestler for a wrestler to be a wrestler, i went to wrestling school and tried being a wrestler and was actually pretty good until injuries , guess you gotta be one of the 20 top wrestlers to be a wrestler or my names no cena so you don't know me.

  • neweramaze

    Richard what if Flair was hired on as an actual WWE employee and not on a performers contract or a legends contact then could he be used in any capacity?

  • Ricky Valdez

    Oh please no not dolph Ziegler as champion, just because he cashes in his money in the bank doesn’t mean he actually has to become champion.