Is there any real chance even with the stipulation that Triple H beats Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX?
There is absolutely a chance that Triple H goes over Daniel Bryan and is inserted into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania XXX. Critics will say this is Hunter’s way of burying Bryan (both in a kayfabe sense and a legitimate sense), however, I still think Bryan is the favorite to go on to the title match later in the night. I like the added stipulation because it creates doubt, which increases intrigue. The big knock on the stipulation when it was announced last week was that it created an obvious situation. With the updated stipulation, it’s no longer as obvious.
Do you think that AJ Lee might be getting punished because of her relationship with CM Punk? She seems to be losing a lot lately.
No, AJ Lee, the real-life girlfriend of CM Punk, is not being punished due to the situation with CM Punk. AJ has the protection of Vince McMahon, which is why there ended up being no repercussions over the infamous Michelle Beadle incident last year. The losses are storyline related and if there were real heat on her, she would have dropped the Divas Championship before she broke the “longest reign” record.
Why does wrestling pay-per-views end around 20 minutes early?
WWE and TNA pay-per-views aren’t booked right up until 11 PM ET because if they would accidentally go over, they’d lose the feed and have to refund all customers. This actually happened to WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 when the show ran long and the PPV cut off. WCW had to show Goldberg vs. DDP, the main event, for free on Monday Nitro. This is also something I don’t foresee changing with pay-per-views moving to the WWE Network as the company will still have traditional providers in place. However, it’s worth noting the WWE Network does give the company much more flexibility.
Do you see the Ultimate Warrior as the headliner of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class?
Yes, I consider the Ultimate Warrior to be the headliner of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class. It’s the 30th Anniversary of Wrestlemania, Hogan is back and Warrior taking his rightful place is only fitting. I think we’re all highly anticipating what is likely to be a bizarre induction speech, with Linda McMahon formally inducting him. We have details on another induction being delayed that you can read about here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
From the Ask WNW vault…
March 2012: How does The Rock vs. John Cena compare to Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania X8 a decade ago? – I actually think The Rock vs. John Cena is a bigger match and has more hype surrounding it than Rock vs. Hogan. Hogan was already out of his prime by the time the Wrestlemania X8 match happened and this isn’t the case with Rock and Cena. Rock is not even 40 yet (Hogan was 48) and can still compete at a very high level. The Rock vs. Cena is unique in that you have one of the biggest stars of the Attitude Era versus the biggest star of today yet the former is still young enough to work at a top level. I’m not saying it’ll be the best Wrestlemania match ever, it might not even be the best match of the night, but I do not recall another bout having as much build and hype as Rock vs. Cena.
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