Part-Timers Taking Over WWE’s Main Event, Paul Heyman Returning To WWE?, Why Stars Leave WWE For TNA, The Show I Watched During The Monday Night Wars

I have read and heard your opinions on current superstars learning from “part-time” wrestlers for when they comeback but don’t you think it’s unfair for them to take a backseat to part-timers?

There are a lot of full-time workers that feel it’s an injustice for people like The Rock and Brock Lesnar to be able to return for a guaranteed main event spot and big payday when they are the ones on the road 300 days out of the year, working very hard for their spot. I will be the first to admit it isn’t fair, however, this is a business and it’s all about money. Word began to make rounds yesterday that Wrestlemania 28 did 1.9 million buys. If that’s true, the results don’t lie and WWE will be very, very pleased with the number. This has become somewhat of a paradoxical point of view for me as I am for WWE bringing in part-timers as long as they draw while criticizing TNA for doing essentially the same thing. However, my argument is that if TNA did it and it grew their audience then I would have no problem with it. What bothers me about TNA is they were growing with their own talent and brought in people like Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and they haven’t made much of an impact.

With Brock Lesnar returning to WWE do you expect Paul Heyman to return in some way?

Paul Heyman was not part of Brock Lesnar’s deal to return to WWE, however, he has worked very closely with WWE in the past when it came to Lesnar. I don’t know if he ends up coming in or not as there are some probably pushing for it. I would be for Heyman coming in as an on-screen character but him and Vince McMahon seem to butt heads too hard when trying to work together.

I will be the first to admit I’ve never really liked TNA but I’m curious why WWE stars leave for TNA. Take Ric Flair for example, wouldn’t he be better off in WWE?

There are two types of situations where workers leave WWE for TNA. The first are workers that are released from WWE or in their eyes are underutilized. These workers want to remain relevant so they go to TNA where they are still able to be seen on national television. The second situation are workers that are not interested in working the hectic WWE travel schedule and enjoy being able to work a select number of dates in beautiful Orlando, Florida while still getting paid. Ric Flair’s situation was different because he had retired as an in-ring performer in WWE but was retained as an ambassador for the company. When he began to get the itch to return to the ring, WWE wasn’t interested. Not only that but I don’t believe he liked having to book all his outside appearances through WWE so they ended up parting ways.

What show were you watching in the Monday night wars – WWF Monday Night Raw or WCW Monday Nitro?

During the inception of the new World order and heel turn of Hulk Hogan I was glued to WCW Monday Nitro, flipping over the USA Network during the commercial breaks. When the WWF turned things up with DeGeneration X, Steve Austin and The Rock, I found myself watching Raw and flipping to Nitro during the commercial breaks. I never recorded either show so it was always a remote game, however, my viewing pattern followed the pattern of many that of course ultimately saw the WWF win the war.

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  • Ice Cold The Fake Austin

    the first inductee of TNA hall of fame class of 2012 should be Ric Flair.

  • John

    I totally agree with you Richard, as Vince McMahon would say, “it’s all about the MOONNNNAAAAAY”! While it isn’t fair for full time wrestlers that part timers can get a main event spot, it’s not any part timer that can come in and has that luxury. I am sure that if a guy like Bobby Lashely or even Dave Batista came back wanting a part time role, they wouldn’t be granted because they can’t draw like Rock and Brock can. And hey maybe one day if UNICEF gets in the pro wrestling business, these guys that complain might
    Have their chance but until then, “it’s all about the MOOONNNNAAAAYY”! lol

    • Tiago

      What is monay?

      • Common Sense

        In filipino – it's a type of Bread – more like a burger bun

      • kevin

        Wow really? MONEY!!!

  • Double reversing…

    I believe your either born with the talent or you learn what it takes or you will be left behind. Great mic stkills (Flair, Rock, Austin) along with the ability to find that niche that keeps the audience wanting more (American Dream, Hogan, Shawn Michaels)and the testicular fortitude to sell what you are selling (Daniel Brian, Bret Heart, CM Punk) will keep you tenured in this business…..you can always opt to be Kendall Windham…..who is that…exactly.

  • Ice Cold The Fake Austin

    seriously dont blame WWE. Imagine a Wrestlemania main event headlined by Darren Young VS Yoshi Tatsu who will buy that?

    • bruno

      nice example

  • Fordracinggt02

    WWE hasn’t been worth watching for about 6 years..now it’s interesting because they bring in rock and lesnar and everybody complains..these wrestlers today are just not entertaining

    • H.M.

      Aside from Punk and Bryan there's no modern day wrestler that WWE has brought up in recent years that really keeps anyone glued to their TV screens. Sure, Miz and Rhodes are great but they still aren't on that 'superstar' level to name a few.

      • Evil Kevyn

        Wow, not only did we have a bunch of CM Bunk bandwagoners, but now we have them for the nerd Daniel Bryan. I'm sorry but Punk and Bryan being the champs were the reason I changed channels during SmackRaw.

        • Matt Scott

          The two best workers in the company? You must be a Cena fan! These two guys are indie stars, effectively this generations version of territorial wrestling, so they’re seasoned veterans without WWE even needing to establish them. Most people haven’t “jumped on the bandwagon” they’ve been fans since they were in ROH.

  • Ricky

    I would love to see Heyman back in the WWE in some shape or form. Even if it's just as Lesnar's agent, he's always good on the stick and has always been honest when it came to the WWE product.

  • search4theyeti

    Make raw pg-13 keep smackdown PG sense everyone parties on friday anyway.

  • stoney

    Monday Night Wars was a law in my house

  • alex

    Is Kevin Nash still part of WWE’s future plans?

    • Matt Scott

      After his interview about his medication recently one would think not.

  • fletch

    If a full timer could draw than the part timer would not be needed. Ppl like rock and brock made ikt possible 4 these guys to compete.
    We want cena vs rock @wm. Not cena vs ziggler. Brock got my casual wrestlin friends talkin wwe. Not cody rhodes

    • Matt Scott

      People like you make reading English difficult.

  • Ricky Valdez

    The good old days WCW vs WWE, in my opionion WCW was better, but when it came to the best it was ECW, the good old days, memories.

  • Tomas

    Hey Richard,
    You forgot to mention that WWE cost Ric Flair his multi-million dollar Diet Coke commercial. That was when he quit his ambassador contract.

    • WWE over TNA

      You mean it was Vince McMahon, who cost him that.

  • Kevin

    I loved the Monday Night Wars. I had a daytime job, so I would record WCW (mainly because Bischoff had a habit of ruining Raw by giving away results) while I watched Raw. Then I'd watch WCW. 4 hours straight of wrestling. I was in heaven. I was excited when TNA went to Mondays. I dreamed of the return of the Monday Night Wars. It's too bad that didn't work for them.