What’s the latest on MVP making a possible return stateside to either WWE or TNA?
MVP said last week he hasn’t been contacted by WWE and was committed to his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling. We’ve heard of mutual interest in his services [in WWE] but nothing has progressed any further. MVP was adamant when he left WWE he wanted to work in Japan and wasn’t interested in working for TNA Wrestling. This is believed to be why WWE agreed to “turn their head” and allow him to use the MVP name in matches overseas. I don’t see him working in TNA and feel if he does return stateside it will be in WWE where he left on good terms.
Update: MVP responded to this saying he owns his own gimmick which is why he is able to use it. I’m not disputing that and what I was talking about was WWE owning the trademark to Montel Vontavious Porter.
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I’m not ashamed to say that while he was part of the WWE, I was a big fan of the Boogeyman. So with his return to Raw at the Slammys, including the ovation from the crowd he received in doing so, do you see the Boogeyman returning to the WWE full time?
Anything is possible but Marty Wright is 48-years-old and isn’t seen as a viable long-term option because of his age. WWE officials were always concerned about overexposing The Boogeyman and saw it as a gimmick that was over but with an extremely limited lifespan. The idea was to use him in special appearances and we saw that on Monday. Vince McMahon likes Wright and the gimmick so much it wouldn’t surprise me if more came out of the appearance but it was a per shot on Monday.
With WWE bringing Ric Flair back to Raw do you think it’s a message to TNA they will do what they want when they want?
I don’t think Ric Flair appearing on Raw was as much a shot at TNA as it was Triple H getting his buddy back where he wants to be. Flair and Hunter are very close and Flair made it clear he wanted to return to WWE. The reason he went to TNA in the first place was there was no interest in using him in WWE and Hulk Hogan talked Ric into doing it. With that being said one very important fact that we reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com is that Flair is not under WWE contract. The hiring freeze in regards to former TNA talent remains intact and because Flair hasn’t signed a new WWE contract, TNA cannot allege that WWE used information divulged by Brian Wittenstein to sign their talent. Flair hasn’t kept it a secret that he has enough pull in WWE to get them to “creatively” pay him without putting him under contract which is exactly what we saw on this week’s Raw.
How legitimate was the voting for the Slammy Awards on Monday night?
WWE used the Slammy Awards as their first big opportunity to promote their new App. From everything I’ve heard it worked great and the goal of widespread downloads was accomplished. I haven’t heard how legitimate the voting was but I can tell you in the past, when WWE has done polls, the voting has been fairly legitimate. The only time in recent memory where I can recall a poll being fixed was the Kane over Daniel Bryan Twitter poll from Raw a few weeks back.
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