In the wrestling business there are a lot of things wrestlers do they’re probably not comfortable with. The risk is obvious as spots are limited enough and if they refuse to do something, they risk losing the opportunity. What do you think about people agreeing to go forward with stuff like Vince McMahon’s “kiss my ass” club?
For those that missed it, Jim Ross was on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” (video & recap) and discussed being a charter member of Vince McMahon’s “kiss my ass” club, joining in his home state of Oklahoma in front of friends and family. JR said the play was called and he didn’t audible but Vince is a “clean freak” and everything was clean when he joined. That’s good to know and the predicaments that performers are in when asked to do things they aren’t comfortable with are well documented. Just look at what happened the night Owen Hart died. By all accounts, he didn’t want to do the stunt and wasn’t comfortable but he got talked into it anyway. Thankfully I’ve never been in a situation where my job asked me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with doing. There are multiple ways to look at it, including asking the rhetorical question of, how bad do you want it? I would like to think I’d never kiss a grown man’s ass on live television, however, would I feel differently if I felt my career was on the line? I’d like to say no but I’m careful not to judge people in seemingly impossible situations.
How will Wade Barrett recover from the Bad News Barrett gimmick?
What do you mean? I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news! The Bad News Barrett gimmick is one of the more entertaining over the top heel characters they’ve had in a long time. He’ll eventually return to the ring but in the meantime, Barrett is getting on television. I don’t know how far the gimmick can go, it’s not exactly meant to be main event material, however, it has the capability of engaging the viewer. I implore everyone to realize there are very few spots for television and when a worker gets one of them, that’s a lot better than the alternative. When Barrett was the leader of The Nexus it looked like a matter of time before he was a solidified main event talent but he needed to work on his in-ring. It’s documented that he’s been frustrated but hopefully he’s turned the corner.
Is there any confirmation when the WWE Network will be offered outside of the United States?
The following is from the official WWE Network FAQ document:
Beginning Monday, February 24, WWE Network will only be available in the United States. WWE Network is scheduled to launch in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordics by the end of 2014/early 2015.
I just can’t understand what they are doing with Dolph Ziggler. This past Monday it looked like they were giving him a rub by pairing him with Aaron Paul, but usually all he does his job… Do you think he will ever get a push again?
From what I’m told, I’m not sure WWE knows what they want to do with Dolph Ziggler. Dolph has had some rough luck as it looked like the push was on and then the concussion and has been in a free fall since. There have been rumors about backstage heat and Vince McMahon not seeing money in him but his position on Raw did create some optimism. You can find out how he was booked on Smackdown at this link. As with Barrett, I’ll comment on the fact that he’s at least getting on television. I feel Dolph is capable of much more but it’s just going to come down to the right opportunity. I hope they restart on him in a big way but there’s no way I can guarantee anything.
What if WWE put Daniel Bryan and Triple H in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania XXX, making it a Fatal 4-Way?
That’s an interesting thought but not one I’m aware that’s been discussed. I’ve outlined potential audibles that have come up, however, I’m on record as to saying the only way WWE will be able to have a successful title match at Wrestlemania is by inserting Daniel Bryan. If they do not do that, it’s going to be an uphill battle. The company is going into overdrive by pushing Triple H/Daniel Bryan, as you can check out this week’s kayfabe Triple H interview with Michael Cole at this link.
From the Ask WNW vault…
September 2012: What is the policy for signs in the crowd at televised WWE events? - What signs get in and what signs do not start with the live event staff at each venue. Some venues have a reputation for being strict while others are more lenient. WWE has their producers and cameramen monitor the signs that are getting on television and will remove any that are even questionable. Signs that are certain to get taken are those that advertise something, include profanity or reference a worker in which WWE has recently fired or wants nothing to do with.
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