With WWE re-acquiring Brock Lesnar with a big money offer do you see other MMA stars possible making the jump to WWE?
I don’t know if you’ve seen but Tito Ortiz is the latest MMA fighter to tease a possible WWE run. The concept of a UFC fighter coming to WWE isn’t a new one at all as Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn did it way before Brock Lesnar. The interest in Lesnar had to do with how he drew for WWE, went to UFC and had success and drew big for them as well. Vince McMahon was determined to have Brock Lesnar’s first post-UFC appearance in a WWE ring. The interest level won’t be as high for many others but the door from MMA to WWE was opened years ago.
I was wondering if you knew what was going on with Dean Ambrose and Mick Foley. Is their little twitter feud legit, or is it part of a storyline?
The social media storyline between Dean Ambrose and Mick Foley is just that… a storyline. Mick Foley has made things look very believable but the ultimate goal is to use the angle to bring Ambrose to television. It’s a great opportunity for one of WWE’s top developmental prospects.
Alberto Del Rio was the last guy to be introduced with needless vignettes and was pushed from day one to the top. Is Damien Sandow in line for the same push?
Alberto Del Rio wasn’t the last as the debuts of Brodus Clay and Lord Tensai were both hyped in the same manner. Damien Sandow is formerly known as Idol Stevens where he had a brief run on Smackdown. With that being said there are plans to push Sandow but it all depends on how the crowd reacts to his gimmick as to how far the push will go. Alberto Del Rio is a guy that lived up to the hype and has impressed company officials with the way he’s gotten over.
What are your thoughts on Ryback’s gimmick?
WWE is trying to get Ryback over by having him squash enhancement workers. To prevent him from crushing the momentum of any regular roster member, they are using “extras” or “call-ins” that are local independent workers that do not have WWE contracts to put him over. This is often done for a newer gimmick where the company can gauge his work and crowd reactions before determining a storyline for him. WWE officials like Ryback’s look and feel it gives him great potential.
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