Mark Henry's Return, Curtis Axel Being Pulled From PPV, Worst Injuries I've Seen, Getting To Know Summer Rae

Do you know when Mark Henry is coming back?

WWE ran an App exclusive feature on Mark Henry prior to this week's Monday Night Raw. In the piece, Henry showed off his new look where he's shaved his head and dropped weight. You can watch that feature at this link. Henry said the WWE Universe will see him when the time is right. I could speculate we'll see him soon but that's all it is at this point.

Do you think that Curtis Axel faked the extent of his injury prior to WWE Hell in a Cell so he wouldn't have to drop the Intercontinental Championship to Big E Langston at Hell in a Cell?

No, Curtis Axel didn't fake an injury so he didn't have to drop the Intercontinental Championship. Axel suffered a hip injury in the tag team watch with Ryback against CM Punk & Big E Langston on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw. He was at TVs this week although I haven't heard his long-term prognosis. One thing people need to keep in mind is if workers don't work, they don't get paid. Yes, they collect their downside but they miss out on their show bonus. If WWE wanted the title off Axel, they'd take the title off Axel. Curtis, the real life Joe Hennig, is well-liked backstage and is seen as a guy with tremendous potential. The Axel character hasn't worked out as I had hoped but he's still a talented worker.

What is the worst injury you have ever seen in the wrestling business?

Unfortunately, this is a relatively long list. Jesse Sorensen's injury against Zema Ion at TNA Against All Odds last year was absolutely terrifying. Droz's injury against D-Lo Brown was horrible, Steve Austin's neck injury against Owen Hart was unforgettable. I think everyone remembers Sid Vicious' compound leg fracture in WCW against Scott Steiner. We could go on and on but I think you get my point. There are far too many to just pick one and I wish I didn't have to pick any. I don't want to see anyone get injured under any circumstance. When they do, it's my hope they are able to recover and get back in the ring. Everyone that steps through the curtain knows the risks and accepts it but it doesn't make it any easier. People that celebrate injuries, based on what they think of a worker, are deplorable and highlight the lowest part of humanity.

What's the story on Summer Rae? I thought she didn't look too bad in the ring and was a lot better than Eva Marie!

Summer Rae was in the Lingerie Football League and signed a WWE developmental contract in November 2011. She got the role with Fandango because unlike Eva Marie, she can actually dance. I wasn't high up on her work at the pay-per-view and felt she still looked really green but I guess compared to Eva Marie, she's better. When Divas look bad in the ring it's not all their fault as they are given so little TV time that it's difficult to shake the ring rust or get into a rhythm.

From the Ask WNW vault…

March 2009: Is there a chance of Rob Van Dam returning to WWE or is he done for good? - There is always a chance Rob Van Dam could return to WWE. He is in good standing with the company and would be welcomed back if he chose to come back. This is how he was able to get booked for the Royal Rumble back in January. I have not heard anything about a full-time return but it is always a possibility. Right now RVD is enjoying time at home with his family.

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  • James

    I think Owen Hart’s fall was the worst. So sad.

    • Yeah, by far but that wasn’t an injury… That was a horrific fatal accident. I don’t even wanna think about it. RIP Owen. Terrible, awful.

      • Draven

        I wish WWE could put owen in the hall of fame where he belongs.

        • Ricky

          I think it’s Martha Hart (his widow) who is keeping him from getting into the HoF as she would be the they would have to talk to and she’s refused.

    • opie

      But nobody saw it except the people actually attending the ppv…

  • Stephen

    Joey Mercury’s injury was nasty and makes me sick to my stomach whenever I see it..


      The 2007 armaggendon

  • Brandon van Reenen

    Summer Rae’s character on NXT was great and she was quite a decent wrestler too. I thought at least.

    • Nostaljack

      She’s not decent anymore. She looked awful on Monday night and I don’t know why they insist on putting her in the ring. It almost looks like it’s a rib.

      • Guy Landau

        She was nervous, as is to be expected. So was Big E in his debut match. Summer is a great worker, just watch her on NXT.

  • Jbreed

    Hardcore Holly’s injury when Brock Lesnar botched the powerbomb was nasty.

    • Charles

      He also had his arm snapped from Kurt Angle’s very inaccurate moonsault.
      Hard luck for Hardcore Holly.

  • David F.

    I am sorry Richard but I disagree with you on Axel. He doesnt stand out in the ring and shows zero personality. WWE gave him an opportunity and he dropped the ball. I am fine with him in mid card role but nothing more than that. Summer Rae may be green bit it looks like she can actually wrestle as opposed to some of the other divas. She has tremendous upside and I am looking forward to watching her career progress in the WWE

    • Danny_Boy

      Axel didn’t drop the ball, he got buried by CM Punk. Nobody on here wants too admit that though because Punk is God to the Internet fans and he can do no wrong.

      • Gary Robert

        He’s a mid-card guy. Why SHOULD he be booked to go over Punk? Exactly, he shouldn’t. Losing to a main eventer who is in the Cena/Orton stratosphere of WWE doesn’t bury anyone, either. Its like an AHL team losing to an NHL team. Doesn’t hurt you. You learn from it, get great ring experience with a top guy, garner a ton of television time etc etc

        • Danny-Boy

          Because if Punk would of put him over at least once Axel would of got a huge rub out of it and future star could of been born out of it. Axel didn’t learn from crap from getting squashed by Punk

      • Bob’s Diner

        We get it – you hate CM Punk and think he buries everyone. Next you’ll be claiming he buried Brodus Clay because he beat him on Raw a while ago.

        Funny how you complain about everyone hating on Cena when you have some weird view that CM Punk is terrible and has some sort of backstage power to hold people back

        • Danny_Boy

          Lol Funny, because you seem to think that Cena is terrible who has this backstage power to hold people back as well. You’ve been on here crying about how much Cena is burying people the past day and a half.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Not once have I said Cena buries anyone. I’ve said that he doesn’t sell anything or make anything seem important, but that is what I’ve been saying for the last few years.
            Besides, Cena is the face of the company who DOES have the power to hold people back if he wants. Look at Ken Anderson – he and Orton said he was dangerous to work with so he was fired. I have no opinion on it, but kind of shows how stupid your argument is

          • Xavier

            To be fair though guys like Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero, Matt Hardy, Triple H, Finlay & The Undertaker have also made the same claims about Kennedy. And on top of that Kennedy is known for having a bad attitude backstage. Can’t blame that on Cena or Orton.

          • Bob’s Diner

            As I said, I have no real opinion on Ken Anderson. But the fact is, Cena is the face of the company and has a LOT of stroke backstage. To act like he doesn’t is just plain naive

          • Xavier

            No one said he doesn’t, but to say that he holds people down or gets people fired is pretty naive as well. The Miz, Big E Langston, Zack Ryder, Cody Rhodes & Sheamus have all gone on record and said that Cena has been nothing but a tremendous help to them backstage. I have yet to to see Richard or any other dirt sheet break a story about Cena or Punk going out of their way to use their backstage influence to hold people down backstage, the reason why that is is because they don’t.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I actually never said he buries anyone, other than the whole Kennedy/Anderson thing which is probably the only thing that was ever reported about him using his stroke. I merely pointed out how naive this guy is to think that Cena doesn’t have backstage power when he has been their number one guy for many years and could probably ask for a boat to do one match and they would say yes.

            How did this all become about John Cena? He’s not even mentioned in this Q & A, yet he has become the focus of the comments. Maybe he really IS the greatest of all time!!!

          • Bob’s Diner

            In fact, I’m going to listen to John Cena & Tha Trademarc now – that album be straight up dope

          • Cubed56

            Actually my man they did, they both wanted Orton fired after he failed his last wellness test, and that in the archives here. No body could figure out why he wasn’t, but after his contract details got released earlier this year, it’s easy to see why they didn’t fire him.

          • Guest

            Never heard anything about that. Only thing I ever heard was that Cena & Orton voiced their concerns to Management about Kennedy’s in ring style. So Kennedy has been blaming them for his release. But if it’s true then I stand corrected.

          • Xavier

            I remember now I stand corrected, at first I thought you were referring to Cena & Orton trying to get Kennedy canned. I misread what you said at first. But yeah, McMahon will never fire Orton. If it was gonna happen it would of happned back in 06/07

      • David

        It is true to an extent that h. Was buried by Punk, but not because it was just Punk being a douche but it was the result of BAD booking.

        Punk and Lesnar had a tense fight that looked like either could win and there was no way that it would look right for Axel, who is not ready as of just yet, to go over punk.

        Creative wanted to continue the Heyman / Punk feud and it was their desire to produce this programme that got in the way of any logical progression for Axel. It would have been the same if it was Cena, Taker, HHH, Big Show, Mark Henry or any superstar that is established enough to pose a threat to Lesnar.

      • Xavier

        Axel just doesn’t have the “IT” factor to get over. He has ZERO charisma and is really generic i general, I’d even go as far as to say that his picture is next to the word generic in the dictionary. Him going over Punk wouldn’t change any of that because Axel never showed any potential to be more then a midcarder. Punk & Cena haters need to quick with the “buried” crap if they don’t know what the term really means.

        • Danny_Boy

          Well what the hell do you call it when CM Punk makes Axel look like a joke inside the ring. He gets squashed everytime he faces Punk. Same with Ryback, he hasn’t beating Punk once since he came back in 2012. That’s called getting buried my friend. Read a book.

      • SarcasticSam

        So true, ever since Punk took over all booking/creative decisions for wwe he burys everyone. Troll harder son

        • Danny_Boy

          Your the only troll here. Punk has a tom of creative control. How do you think he got a nice new contract in 2011? Quit being in denial.

      • Avalanchian

        Who could Axel face that would get him over? He’s boooooooooring on top of booooooring.

        • Danny_Boy

          They could of put Axel with Kane or Jericho. They have no problem putting younger talent over.

      • Cubed56

        You are a joke dude, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you make an intelligent comment on this website, all you do is bash anyone who doesn’t like you man crush cena. As far as axel, he was long gone before he and punk came anywhere near each other.

        • Danny_Boy

          Your crazy. Axel was fine before he faced Punk. As soon as they put him in that Punk-Heymen feud Punk has made that guy look less and less credible of a ic champion.

          • Cubed56

            Really? When did he defend the title against anyone credible after he won it? He looked less credible because he never defended it to the point of making it feel important. On top of that, he got little to no reaction whatsoever from the crowd, and they brought in another heyman guy cause of this. To say punk buried him is crazy, it was bad booking and to be honest a bad gimmick. He would’ve been better off being able to use his real name from the beginning of his return.

  • K!NG

    I just don’t buy that having a manager is suppose to get you over even if it is Paul Heyman.

    • David

      I agree completely.

      I understand why the creative assign certain superstars a manager, but it is a pointless endeavour when the wrestler cannot interact in a manor that compliments the manager.

      Ryback for example has had better chemistry with Heyman through this than Axel has had, but to me this is thanks to the booking and Heyman delivering memorable hammy performances alongside Ryback.

  • TheBigKing1

    I knew I wasn’t the only 1 wondering if Axel faked his injury, just so he wouldn’t drop the title to Big E. That thought came into my head especially when he was on Raw this week…and I just heard he was at the Smackdown tapings too. Usually workers that are injured usually stay home and recuperate. That send flags going up in my mind. Hmm. But glad he’s recovering…if he’s in fact injured right now.

    • Avalanchian

      Let’s be honest if WWE wants the belt removed from Axel they will do it regardless if injured or not.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Guys miss one show from an injury all the time – it could very well be that it wasn’t as serious as he thought. The big question you should ask yourself is why would a guy like Axel – who is pretty low on the totem pole, just starting his in-ring career and struggling to gain traction – fake an injury and refuse to put another up-and-coming talent over, thus causing himself massive backstage heat and no doubt stopping any chance he has of progressing in the only major wrestling company in the USA. Not to mention missing out on a PPV bonus. Makes no sense whatsoever

      • TheBigKing1

        I guess because somebody said they heard that he blew out both hips and would be out of action for a long long time…so that’s why I ‘THOUGHT” about that for a second. I don’t know why people are taking my comments that serious. Geez!

  • Bearman Cartoons

    Summer Rae is NOT a good dancer. True better than Eva Marie but….

    Saw her wrestle on NXT and was impressed….on RAW not so much.

  • JJ

    What ever delusional fan thought Summer Rae looked good in the match, talking exclusively on her “work”, needs their eyes checked that was horrendous. As for the injuries the ones I will always remember are the giant fall, the droz one made me cry because he was one of my favorites, and of course when Shawn broke his back.