Matches Of The Year, WWE Ignoring Their Own History, Backstage Opinion Of AJ Lee, How Much WWE Makes On TV

What’s your favorite match of 2013?

Daniel Bryan has had several matches that I believe are candidates for Match of the Year and it’s honestly too hard for me to pick one. However, Bryan’s body of work is absolutely worth going back and watching. CM Punk and John Cena had an outstanding match on the February 25th episode of Monday Night Raw. Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins stole the show at WWE Battleground and the four earned the term “the show stealers” in a lot of my work. CM Punk and Brock Lesnar tore the house down at SummerSlam and I feel Punk got more out of Lesnar than anyone has since his return to WWE a couple years ago. My favorite WWE match of the year was probably CM Punk vs. The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 but honestly, an argument could be made for any of bouts mentioned.

Outside of the main WWE roster, Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn in a 2 out of 3 falls match on the August 22nd episode of NXT was my favorite developmental match. My favorite bout in TNA was actually the Knockouts Ladder Match between Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim on the July 11, 2013 episode of Impact Wrestling.

Why does WWE not mention Chris Jericho as the first ever Undisputed Champion in light of the recent unification?

WWE referenced a Tweet by Chris Jericho where he mentioned being the first Undisputed Champion but the company has largely downplayed the unification that took place back in 2001. WWE ignoring their own history isn’t uncommon as the company wants to hype what they did at TLC with John Cena and Randy Orton as the “biggest moment ever.” There were multiple references about the match being the “biggest in history” with JBL even saying people will be talking about its outcome 100 years from now. All of this is part of WWE hyping the attraction and I feel they did a good job with this month’s pay-per-view. I will be very interested to see if TLC did a better buyrate as I am expecting an increase.

What’s the backstage opinion of AJ Lee?

Like anyone with favor of WWE management, AJ Lee has her fair share of backstage detractors. However, I’m told that Vince McMahon is an AJ Lee supporter and this is one of the reasons why there were no repercussions for the incident with Michelle Beadle at the 2013 Tribute to the Troops taping. While what exactly happened might never be known, Beadle was viewed as an outsider and WWE more or less wanted to sweep the incident under the rug.

With WWE currently in the process of renegotiating their television licensing fees, how much do they currently make for programming in the United States?

WWE’s current domestic television contracts account for $139.4 million of revenue each year. Shareholders have pressured WWE to get more for their programming as it’s a live event product and should command a higher premium. WWE is swinging for the fences and should be on the verge of a historic agreement. With have the latest at this link.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2012: As a fan in my 30′s I feel today’s mainstream wrestling features less and less pure wrestling. What I mean by this is less technical maneuvers and feel this “old school” philosophy is reserved only for talent such as that of the X Division in TNA. What are your thoughts? - Pure technical wrestling is something that has always been reserved to small parts of mainstream pro wrestling such as the cruiserweight division or in TNA’s case, the X Division. A lot of older and smarter fans are baffled by this because they don’t understand why everyone would not want to see lengthy matches involving multiple hip tosses, suplexes and arm drags. The reason why this isn’t the norm is because of the broad and diverse fan base that makes up mainstream pro wrestling. While it sounds bizarre, not everyone wants to see wrestling. Younger fans are captivated by the storylines and the look of certain performers. This is why I recommend promotions such as Ring of Honor to fans frustrated with the lack of wrestling in WWE and TNA because ROH is centered around satisfying fans hungry for wrestling.

I’ll be taking next week off in observation of Christmas. Have a great and safe holiday! The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Monday, December 30, 2013.

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  • Stephen Cash

    I would love for Y2Js return feud to be with the champion Orton, fighting over who is the first undisputed champion.

    • Nostaljack

      That’d be cool!

      • Stephen Cash

        Lionsault into an RKO!!!! Why has this not already happened!!!

    • Bob’s Diner

      People already complain about the lack of new main-event talent being created. Not sure how having the champion feud with a part-timer who is past his prime would help WWE build for the future.

  • peter

    So is the reason AJ Lee still champion because Vincent McMahon likes her?,I have found her incredible annoying and let’s be honest she is not the best in the ring,she also makes loads of mistakes in almost every match she has.She also isn’t as popular as you make out she is,listen to the fans reaction to her,most of them couldn’t care less about her,like me.

    • smark calloway

      when it comes to actual wrestling in the womens division , that comes secondary. she looks good, plays her character well , she can talk on the mic, knows her way around the ring a lot better than most divas, an she can tell a story out there . ( her match and feud with kaitlyn earlier in the year for example ) oh yeah and her ass looks great in those tight little shorts. why do you think shes always bending over or sticking it out all the time ? thats her moneymaker ! thats the ratings grabber ! thats the most important thing for keeping that male 18-34 demographic watching when shes on screen

    • Nostaljack

      I think AJ is a rock star out there. She has a well-defined personality, she gets reactions (especially when she did her very own pipebomb some time ago), she can work, and she can talk better than most of the guys. If she’s not your cup of tea, that’s cool but I think she’s fantastic.

      • peter

        AJ completely stinks,her fans must be blind if they think she is a good wrestler, she does absolutely nothing that any of the other divas do,we’ll except for being incredibly annoying. So she can speak on the mic,WOW give the lady a meddle.The only time she was a bit popular was when she was GM on Raw and that didn’t last long.Her fans should also listen out for the incredible loud groans everytime this so called wrestler comes to the ring.

    • Mysterion

      I’m not going to suggest why; but you are so, so wrong

    • GOR

      I am tired of watching AJ as the champion for so long. Her character is not going anywher new, her in-ring skills are also limited. Her antics have become annoying n distracting. It is time to let sm1 else be the champ n let AJ be the challenger. Natalya would be far better as a champ than AJ.

    • GOR

      I am tired of watching AJ as the champion for so long. Her character is not going anywher new, her in-ring skills are also limited. Her antics have become annoying n distracting. It is time to let sm1 else be the champ n let AJ be the challenger. Natalya would be far better as a champ than AJ.

      • Jason

        ever since total diva’s popped up on screen, giving Natalya that belt is to only promote the show. nothing more. in other words make that title into a joke and disgrace the past women in history who was ever been champion. AJ should be champion, it represents a woman who actually cares about bringing legitimacy back into a women’s/diva’s championship and not use it as a prop to promote a show that no one gives 2 shits about.

    • Ronnie wiley

      AJ is probably one of the most creative divas on the roster period

    • gta4801 .

      And what mistakes are you talking about I hate when people say so and so sucks at wrestling but won’t explain what their talking about

  • King A sshole

    Undertaker Vs. CM Punk and Brock Lesnar Vs. CM Punk, were the two best matches of the year for WWE, TNA, I haven’t watched since February, so I wouldn’t know. ROH, Jay Vs. Marc Briscoe at Best in the World, hell that was the best event I’ve been too all year.

  • Galactica

    Daniel Bryan has become complacent lately and barley does any moves except kicks and the fans say “yes” every time. He will sometimes do the diving headbutt and the surf board submission but that’s about it. In his last few matches all he does is get beat up the whole time and then kicks his opponent.

    • Xavier

      I agree with you here actually. I’ve noticed that a lot about Bryan’s matches to over the last couple of months with the kicks. None the less he’s still a great worker and the most over guy in the company right now

    • GOR

      I have always thought that for a famous technical wrestler, Bryan [n Punk too] use far less superplexes/drops etc compared to people like angle or benoit !

    • BrooksOglesby

      I don’t know if complacent is the right word. I know what you mean, he’s barely showing how gifted he is technically, but I don’t think that’s coming from complacency. If anything, he’s shown more fire than he had in the last few years. WWE or Bryan himself probably decided what will work best to get him over with mainstream audiences, since he’s already super-over with the “smart” crowd. WWE is looking to make good, accessible TV, and sometimes that comes at the expense of technical prowess. I imagine the casual fan is more interested in a hot crowd and big moves than pure grappling. I think it’s unfair to call him any more complacent than any other main event worker. It’s just the style that main eventers work on TV.

      • TheBigKing1

        Hmm

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    WWE had an article on the dot com asking if anyone could guess all 6 undisputed champions

  • Malboja

    Roh all the way

  • opie

    I don’t think they ignored history on this occasion. Cole actually talked about the Undisputed Championship on Raw a couple weeks ago and explained how this unification was (supposedly) different. They talked about Jericho beating Rock and Austin in the same night to unify the former WCW title with the WWE title, and this was different because it was the WWE Championship and the historic WHC (which I’m completely aware was the WCW title, before somebody starts on that). So yeah. There’s that.

  • opie

    I don’t think they ignored history on this occasion. Cole actually talked about the Undisputed Championship on Raw a couple weeks ago and explained how this unification was (supposedly) different. They talked about Jericho beating Rock and Austin in the same night to unify the former WCW title with the WWE title, and this was different because it was the WWE Championship and the historic WHC (which I’m completely aware was the WCW title, before somebody starts on that). So yeah. There’s that.

  • Jay El Bee

    Actually the WWE has mentioned Jericho’s Undisputed title victory quite a bit recently, just not that much on TV. A week or two ago on the WWE website and their Facebook page they were talking about it, and they even uploaded the Austin-Jericho match on their Youtube page about a week ago.

  • Scott Davies

    I can say why. Right now Randy Otron & John Cena are the long time 2 top guys in the company. In 2001 WWE gave it too Jericho to create a new star, as good as Jericho is & was at the time. Austin v The Rock. Both claimed to be the face of the company at that time. Jericho was never the face of WWE at any time, but very popular. John Cena & Randy Orton have claim in 2013, While Daniel Bryan maybe the most popular at the moment. He is not the face. Orton v Cena in the Unification match was & is a bigger deal.

    • Jbreed

      I don’t even know what being the face of the company means anymore. Is it the guy who is the most popular with the fans or is it the guy the WWE wants to shove down our throats? All I know is I never remember any other time when the faces of the WWE get “you suck” and “boring” chants.

    • Bob’s Diner

      It was only a bigger deal to anyone that wants to believe the revisionist history WWE have tried to offer. This was the unification of 2 belts from the same company – one of which only existed for 10 years. The first unification match involved the top 2 titles from the 2 top promotions in professional wrestling and the offical end of the WCW brand

  • Avalanchian

    Jericho is the better Undisputed champion. He had 2 matches in 1 night.

  • Batman

    Where is mention of Okada/Tanahashi 6? Possibly the greatest match in a decade or more, not just 2013? Ridiculous.

  • Venom

    I like this site but this is my only complaint. Other reputable sites do there q&a everyday even on weekends and holidays and answer 8-10 questions every installment. I wish this site would have a similar approach. Granted the other site has 2 people updating the q&a and it annoys me that he’ll answer a question on Saturday about a ppv the next day and the answer gets posted on a Monday which defeats the purpose of answering the question.

    All I’m saying it’s not that hard to answer 5 questions when obviously the site will be updated with minor news in the slowest 2 weeks of the year. Why not post an askWNW or 2 a day?