Why is it that Jeff Jarrett has so much influence in the wrestling community?
Pro wrestling is in Jeff Jarrett's blood. His father, Jerry, promoted shows for 50 years and one could say he's a chip off the old block. Jeff has been around the business his entire life and has forged many relationships that have allowed him to be successful. His ability to attract talent and investors to the business has been unlike very few and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to see what he can accomplish with Global Force Wrestling. However, I will caution that it's imperative Jeff look to create an alternative rather than trying to become WWE-light. As we discussed earlier in the week, TNA stopped growing their audience when they lost their core focus and attempted to recreate what was already being done in WWE. What made TNA different? High quality wrestling matches, the X Division, an impressive Knockouts division and subtle things such as alternative entrances for babyfaces and heels and the 6-sided ring. GFW must look to find their own subtleties that will cause people to take notice. The market is there as long as there is a realization that they are not going to compete with WWE anytime soon.
As for TNA Wrestling, I am very worried about the promotion's future. We haven't talked a lot about it but they're TV deal with Spike TV is coming up in October and their largest shareholder is Jeff Jarrett. What does it say to people after TNA has let all of their top talent go and their largest shareholder is starting another company?
Earlier this week, I read a feature dot com did on D-Von Dudley. Is this an indication he's returning to the company?
Anything is possible but I do not see WWE bringing Devon back at 41 (going on 42) for a main roster spot. I heard at one point there was talk of hiring him down at WWE NXT and perhaps that's still a possibility. One of the main things that has kept The Dudley Boyz out of WWE is issues between Triple H and Bully Ray. Bully, even at 42 (going on 43), is one guy I would like to see get "one last run" in singles in WWE. I don't think it's likely but it'd be great.
Where are the New Age Outlaws? We haven't seen them since Wrestlemania 30.
The New Age Outlaws wrapped up their return to the main roster at Wrestlemania 30. Both Billy Gunn and Road Dogg work backstage as producers and continue to fulfill those roles. Their job when they came back was to help the tag team division and they did an admirable job. While their run went longer than first intended, I do not believe there were ever plans for them to return as permanent additions to the main roster.
Adam Rose started as Leo Kruger. Right as it was catching on at NXT, he was changed to Adam Rose. The Adam Rose character caught on quick down there but I'm willing to bet with him being called to the main roster, in no more than two years, he will be repackaged as Leo Kruger. I'm taking bets rights now, what's your take?
I essentially had this same question in a recent installment of the WNW Premium Mailbag. WWE officials fell in love with the Adam Rose character based on the way it was received in NXT and have hot-shotted it to the main roster. The gimmick has found its critics as one observer told me it could be doomed from the get-go. This person pointed towards the concern of it being too similar to 3MB and in need to a "tall tale" to make it work. I'm willing to give it a chance as it is premature to judge something before it debuts.
From the Ask WNW vault…
April 2012: Did Edge and WWE come to terms on a new contract? - For those that missed it over the weekend, Edge is letting his WWE contract expire and his deal is complete after today. From what I understand they couldn’t agree on financial terms and Edge wanted to explore life outside of WWE. The departure wasn’t nasty and no bridges were burned so it’s likely the two parties could work together again in the future.
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