Jeff Hardy’s Contract Status, Prediction For Shield vs. Wyatts, Ads On WWE Network, Breaking Down Favorites To Win Elimination Chamber

Do you think Willow the Whisp will have success in TNA?

My opinion on Jeff Hardy bringing Willow the Whisp to TNA Wrestling hasn’t changed since last week. I think the gimmick creates a renewed interest in Hardy and the fact it’s been well-received online makes me optimistic. Jeff is already a top guy in TNA so he’s going to be a top guy no matter what but this should help add to the intrigue of his talent. I am able to confirm that Hardy is under TNA contract through February 2015.

What’s your prediction for The Shield vs The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber on Sunday?

Based on the fact WWE is teasing dissension in The Shield, I have to think The Wyatt Family is the favorite going into the pay-per-view on Sunday. I see the dissension with Roman Reigns costing The Shield the match but everything hinges on where they want to go for Wrestlemania. Given the fact Bray Wyatt is penciled in to work John Cena, he must be protected. With that being understood, WWE will have to make a decision whether to break Roman Reigns away from The Shield at Elimination Chamber or extend the inevitable breakup to Wrestlemania. I would be surprised if The Shield go over based on those factors.

Does anyone know if there will be commercials on the WWE Network? Either before, after, or during any show. If there are, that’s the game changer for me.

WWE gave the following answer to that question in their Network Q&A - “Most WWE programming on WWE Network is commercial-free. However, there will be limited promotional content and advertising within and between select programs.” Limited commercials do not bother me in the slightest given the price tag of the WWE Network. There are commercials on the pay-per-views that carry a much heftier price now, so what’s limited commercials for $9.99/month?

Do you see any chance in Christian winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber?

Based on what I know about the direction of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for Wrestlemania XXX, I think there is little to no chance of Christian going over in the Elimination Chamber. However, I’ll caution that a swerve, no matter how unlikely, is always possible. Just when you say something is impossible, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels hugging in a WWE ring goes through my mind. My favorites to go over in the Chamber match on Sunday are as follows in this order – Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, John Cena, Christian and Sheamus.

From the Ask WNW vault…

February 2013: Does this “I am God” angle by CM Punk mean that talks with The Undertaker are improving? It seems this angle would lead to a program with Taker. Best in the World vs. Best of the Underworld. - The plan for CM Punk’s “I am god” storyline is to lead to a Wrestlemania 29 program with Undertaker. You picked up on the hints this Monday, as they were planted to do just that. I expect Undertaker back on television on next Monday’s “Old School” Raw to kickoff the month long build. Some are saying Undertaker is confirmed but I don’t feel comfortable using that type of language giving the rate things change. We can pencil in Punk vs. Undertaker for Wrestlemania but let’s also remember pencil can be erased. We pulled an interesting clip from September where Punk said challenging for “the streak” doesn’t interest him. Some accused this was out of context and pointed to the fact that things change and while they do, this wasn’t out of context. Punk was asked what was next for his career and whether or not challenging “the streak” was something he would like to add to his resume. He wasn’t asked specifically about Wrestlemania 29 this year. Click here for more.

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  • David Jr.

    If commercials are whats keeping the price down at $9.99 a month, than I have no problem with it. I’m curious why RG has Sheamus as the lowest.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      It won’t be commercials keeping the price down, it’s the fact WWE went around the cable/satellite providers that has the price down. As for Sheamus having the lowest odds, there’s no real story for him. Orton the favorite, Bryan the ultimate underdog, Cesaro the dark horse, Cena the face, Christian’s last chance. The only story for Sheamus is he likes the physicality, which I don’t buy as enough to justify a scenario stronger than the others.

      • Simon Veitch

        I honestly thouht the same thing as David Jr. did, I would have initially swapped Christian and Sheamus based on the fact that Sheamus seems more likely to have a top push and heel turn than Christian, but at the same time Richard, you’re very much correct with those booking stories, Sheamus has nothing at all storyline wise going on with him except possibly a feud with Christian coming up, which would also pretty much rule them both out for winning. I’d be happy with either of those top 3 winning the match, Orton (expected, but not thrilled) Bryan (long time coming, hope he wins/defends at mania) or Cesaro (since this guy can work!)

        Personally, based on this, I’d love to see Bryan and Cesaro start the chamber together and have those opening minutes 1v1 to really get the crowd going wild.

        • Scott Davies

          I would book Bryan to start & Orton to be the last & have Bryan face Orton to close out the match. Booking Bryan to start & jobbed out first will kill WM as you would have a lot of fans crap on the rest of the match. I feel these Raw mainevents were WWE testing Orton’s drawing ability so. I see a Title change happening. Plus a Title change could help build more excitement for the launch of The WWE network. Cause then we would have a Title rematch on Raw.

    • BMGabe

      Netflix, tons of content, 8.99

      no ads whatsoever

      • Luke Fisher

        netflix probably wont have wwe content

        • Frankieeebaby

          Netflix does have wwe content

          • NetflixMogul

            Although it’s very limited WWE content.

        • BMGabe

          tons of CONTENT, doesn’t matter if its WWE content or not it has TOOOOONS of content with no ads

  • cory zepperi

    I think only Orton and Bryan Have a real chance of winning.

    • BigMike

      would be great if Cesaro won …. I have watched him for years and he is awesome

  • Jaryd

    I’m slightly confused with the talk of commercials and show premiere time slots as i thought that the network is a fully on demand service? Or do the premiere dates just mean that will be the first time you can stream them and commercials will be placed in like you would get on a youtube video now?

    • Snap

      No, the network has a 24/7 broadcast schedule, which includes PPVs, NXT, Superstars, pre and post shows, etc. in addition to the on demand service. Furthermore, “on demand” does not necessarily mean “commercial free” as most network on demand programming contains at least some ads.