How do you feel about the release of Jesse Sorensen? If he hadn't been injured, would he have been top star for TNA?
Jesse Sorensen had a lot of talent but I had not seen enough to say he would (or wouldn't) be a top star. He suffered a horrible injury at TNA Against All Odds 2012, putting an immediate halt to his in-ring career. I had the opportunity to interview several TNA workers just weeks after it happened (backstage at a TNA live event) and they all told me the same thing. Everyone knows the risk when they step through the curtain. Yes, they felt horrible and yes it was unfortunate but they all understood the risk when they went through the curtain. I don't know what all "promises" were made or what TNA did (or didn't do) but I think the fact Dixie Carter found another job for Jesse and employed him 17 months after the injury is very respectable. People are absolutely destroying TNA and Dixie for cutting Sorensen loose and I'm not sure that's fair. Again, I don't know what all was said and done behind-the-scenes but this is a business and TNA did employee him for nearly a year and a half after injury.
Do you expect The Bella Twins and the real-life relationships of Brie and Daniel Bryan and Nikki and John Cena to play a part in the WWE title match at SummerSlam?
I fully expect WWE to tie-in the personal lives of The Bella Twins, Daniel Bryan and John Cena into the WWE title match at SummerSlam. The world is about to learn about their relationships in "Total Divas" and the best way for WWE to get the most out of the show is to tie-in the storylines with the pay-per-view next month. This ultimately ended up being the determining factor in going ahead with Bryan vs. Cena at SummerSlam. It's not that Bryan is "only getting pushed because of a reality show," as some have suggested. The feeling was Bryan's push was coming but SummerSlam became great timing because of "Total Divas." If WWE did not tie in the respective relationships to the match, they would be missing a huge opportunity.
Do you think the writers of Raw don't realize that their audience consists of intelligent people. How does The Shield come in and have no problems with Randy Orton, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan, but then they run into a stumbling block of The Usos and Mark Henry?
This is what happens when you "book backwards." WWE wanted to establish The Shield as a top level faction right away and they did so, not only booking them in the top of the card against main eventers but putting them over in the top of the card against main eventers. Now, as all things do, that has ended and WWE has to continue the momentum. The problem is there is nowhere to go but down after such prominent booking. The problem stems from how they were booked before and not how they are being booked now.
What are your thoughts on the booking of Damien Sandow?
Vince McMahon in particular is high up on the work of Damien Sandow and the fact he went over in the Money in the Bank ladder match tells me the company sees him as a World Heavyweight Champion in the course of the next year. They will be programming him with Cody Rhodes for now but it's seen as a way to elevate both. Sandow's time is coming.
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