No Training For Heyman, Daniel Bryan A Wrestlemania Snub?, 6-Sided Ring, Lesnar & The Streak, Nash’s Role In WWE

Has Paul Heyman ever had training to work as a professional wrestler?

No, Paul Heyman has never been trained to work as an actual professional wrestler yet he’s advertised to do just that on WWE’s current overseas tour. As I stated in Thursday’s Ask WNW, Heyman is someone that just gets it.

With the way Daniel Bryan has been booked lately do you think Daniel Bryan will be in main event role come Wrestlemania or will he be in lower
card feud?

I am hopeful that Daniel Bryan will be in a main level program at Wrestlemania XXX, however, I don’t think any of us would be surprised if he wasn’t. The one good thing to come out of Bryan’s program with Randy Orton is that he’s as over as any babyface in the company. I did find it interesting that Bryan wasn’t featured on the first Wrestlemania XXX promotional information as that features Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, John Cena, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar and Kofi Kingston but we can never put too much into promotional materials done far in advance.

With Hulk Hogan gone from TNA and Eric Bischoff likely to follow, do you see a return of TNA’s six-sided ring?

I haven’t heard any plans for TNA to bring back their six-sided ring. The decision to scrap it was a decision made by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff so with them gone a return is certainly a possibility but that’s nothing more than speculation at this point. Some major decisions influenced by Hogan and Bischoff include moving Impact from Thursdays to Mondays, taking the product on the road and the Gut Check concept.

Do you see WWE incorporating the confrontation between the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar a few years ago at the conclusion of Lesnar’s UFC loss in a storyline between the two should they go forward with a match between the two at Wrestlemania?

At the time that was believed to be the framework for a possible Wrestlemania match between Undertaker and Brock Lesnar and now that match is in the preliminary plans for next year’s show. I could see WWE re-visiting that if they have their own photos/footage from it. We are able to confirm Undertaker has been pushing for a Wrestlemania match against Lesnar since before Wrestlemania 29 this year.

Kevin Nash hasn’t been seen for two years. Is he still with WWE? If so, what’s his role within the company?

Kevin Nash is under a WWE Legends contract through January 2016. His deal allows him to work independent dates while still making him available for WWE licensing and merchandise opportunities.

From the Ask WNW vault…

October 2011: Do you like seeing Vince McMahon as an on-screen character or do you feel he should just stay behind-the-scenes? – The Mr. McMahon character is entertaining in moderation. I find it compelling when McMahon involves himself in storylines, however, his character is like any other character in that it has a limited shelf life. With that being said the Mr. McMahon character is a prime example of taking someone’s real-life personality and turning it all the way up.

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  • The Breaker

    “Some major decisions influenced by Hogan and Bischoff include moving Impact from Thursdays to Mondays, taking the product on the road and the Gut Check concept.”

    Three strikes, and they’re both out!

    • Venom

      I don’t think the gut check concept was the worst idea in the world. It had some potential just not to be done every week.

      • The Breaker

        True. It had the potential to work really well, but poor execution is definitely a huge part of why Gut Check was impossible to buy into.

  • JJ

    6 sides was one of the few things that separated tna, it was one of the first things that made me interested. They used it well with their king of the mountain match (something else they definitely should bring back). Lots of people dislike the 6 side and prefer a more traditional, I’ve never understood this innovation is nice sometimes.

    • Nostaljack

      I disagree. The 6-sided ring was nothing more than a gimmick and a poor attempt to make TNA appear different from WWE. What already makes TNA different is the far-superior overall work rate. There roster *on the whole* is far superior to WWE’s in that regard, though WWE is definitely catching up in that department. They hinted that that with the whole “wrestling matters” tag line but it didn’t stick because we saw very little actual wrestling and far too many WWE-biting story lines. Of course, they can’t *just* focus on ring work. Do that and they become ROH. There’s a balance that can be struck and they haven’t done it.

  • Matt

    Most of the workers would probably like to stay with the traditional ring as its not as stiff when bumping. Whereas the 6 sided ring was and is very stiff as there is not much give in the framing and structure. I think the traditional ring reduces the chance for in ring injury.

    • smark calloway

      have you ever worked or bumped in a normal ring or 6 sided ring yourself ? i have worked in both many times, and i can tell you they are basically the same for working in . the shape of the ring makes no difference to the “stiffness ” of it…how many layers of padding or carpet underneath the canvas matters to if it hurts more or hurts less ( obviously the more padding under the canvas , the softer it is to bump…in any shape ring ) ..the only difference to me was obviously the getting used to the additional ropes and turnbuckles in the six sider

  • Venom

    One thing I’m glad was gone (and I didn’t watch impact last night so I could be wrong is they got rid of the stupid ramp that is all the away to the ring. Worst idea in the world. ECW did a few times. WCW had it near the end of their run. It always bothered me. I read Lance Storm joked it was for Hogan and his old buddies to make it easier for them to get into the ring since they don’t have to climb the steps.

    • kingkanyon

      Yeah, the Ramp was a buzz kill. Thankfully they got rid of it. (by the way, Impact was great this week). LOL lance is right.

    • smark calloway

      i always liked the ramp in wrestling..like mick foley said in his first book ( about the ramp in wcw ) ” the ramp added some legitimacy ” -because people knew it was hard , so they knew that when i wrestler bumped on it , it had to hurt ..i always liked the bump takers who would use to ramp in a match ..like foley who would fall off of it or be slammed onto it, or even allow the 400 pound plus vader to fall ontop of him on the ramp . in ecw taz and bam bam bigelow both crashed through the ramp in a gimmicked ( but still impressive) ramp spot which is still included in ecw video montages to this day .. or even modern day tna workers like jeff hardy who fell off of a ladder onto the ramp or taryn who did her finish off the ramp in her much talked about match with gail kim ……so i have to disagree with you and say , that i dont mind seeing the ramp, and some wrestler ramp usage is always a good thing in my book

      • Venom

        You said in a different post about the 4 sided and 6 sided ring isn’t a difference in taking bumps which I agree but if your someone who’s taken bumps before (according to your post) you understand bumps really do hurt even in a ring so y would u like watching wrestlers bump on a ramp and off a ladder when it can causes serious injuries? I have trained in a ring years ago and taking unnecessary risks like that I don’t agree with. I understand the foley statement because even before I trained I thought the ring was fully padded and the bumps wouldn’t hurt but they do your body gets used to it. And no I don’t train anymore cause if it was easy we’d all be doing it.

        • smark calloway

          yeah bumps do hurt in any ring , no doubt about it . thats why you learn how to fall and thats why injuries occur sometimes ( if wrestlers were falling onto a bouncy castle there would be a whole lot less injuries in wrestling and a lot more people would be willing to wrestle ) ..ive always been attracted to and been a fan of the bump takers in wrestling . the dynamite kids,the foleys , the jeff hardys , the mr perfects , the shawn michaels.. and ive modelled myself after that style. all those athletes paid the price for their bumps yes, but you have to admire their dedication and respect them for going the extra mile just to entertain the fans and to make them go “wow that guy is good ” ..as ive got older im more attracted to the story telling aspect of the matches and thats what i like to see and do ..and yes ive toned down my bumps, much like all those i just mentioned toned it down too ..but will still pull out an impressive bump now and again just to wow the fans

  • Rus

    Ok so let me get this straight the WWE Legends contract means they work independent dates but he has not been on tv for 2 years and WWE sell shirts and toys of him, so in other words they have a job were they don’t have to work

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Well basically but you also have to get your indy dates approved by the office. You aren’t as “free” as someone without a deal, however, it is a good way for some of the older guys to get a guaranteed income

  • D-Bag

    TNA has a TBA date for Topeka KS and the seating chart shows a six sided ring. It might be an old image, but it’s worth mentioning. http://www.ticketmaster.com/tna-wrestling-topeka-kansas-09-17-2015/event/06004B0FD233CC7C?artistid=1008830&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=27

  • eskymi

    I hope Bryan gets back in the main event scene.

    I am reading reports that WWE “allegedly” believes the PPV buyrate dropped cause Daniel Bryan is too small and fans want bigger people carrying the belts. So that is why he is being depushed.

    I for one can tell you that I did not get Summer Slam because I knew that Randy Orton would cash in and win. Why would I spend 45 bucks to see a great guy like Bryan get screwed out of his title by a total d-bag like Orton.

    The ratings drop in my house is directly related to Randy Orton….I dislike him immensely. And I hope Bryan gets a chance back on top cause ORton being champ is what is ruining WWE…I hope and pray that the buyrates are down for the next several PPVS cause who will WWE blame then…Main event would HHH, Big Show, CENA, Orton…who do you blame then.

    Oh wait, we’ll say it’s because no one wanted to see Bryan and Punk team up because they are too small…

  • Vaneyscopaz

    Kingston is getting a World title match at WM, Trust me