Paul Bearer Coverage, Unveiling D-Lo, WWE Studios Changes, Main Event Highlights Pet Peeve

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What do you think of the mainstream press regarding the death of Paul Bearer? From trending, to TMZ to main news reports; do you think FINALLY the USA media is taking wrestling as a serious form of entertainment?

I don't think we're seeing a change in the perception of pro wrestling in the mainstream media. What we saw with the death of Paul Bearer (and subsequent coverage) was a character people cared about and when enough people care, the media gives it attention. The Associated Press picked up on Bearer's passing and they were responsible for mainstream media outlets carrying the story. Earlier Friday morning I posted an article on how I feel WWE should honor the legendary manager on next week's WWE Raw here on

I was disappointed to learn that D-Lo Brown was in Aces and Eights? Based on Kurt Angle's reaction, I was hoping for a bigger name. Your thoughts?

D-Lo Brown being revealed as the VP of Aces and Eights isn't surprising although TNA did a good job of making people wonder "who is it." TNA has strung out the "revealing" of the Aces and Eights members longer than I thought they could but have done a good job at making viewers care about the gimmick. D-Lo, a TNA producer, has worked with the faction almost since its inception. As for the segment itself, kudos to Kurt Angle and for the writing team for the way it was hyped.

If the WWE wants their WWE Studios films to succeed why don't they put more popular stars in them? Ken Kennedy, Ted DiBiase, The Miz and Wade Barrett don't draw money. Some of the Cena movies were good though.

The WWE Studios strategy has changed. WWE Films was started as a division of WWE that would try and take a contracted worker, give them a starring role in a film, release it in theaters with a distributor and profit from DVD rentals and sales. It didn't work out as the majority of the films failed at the box office but there was some hope with DVD rentals and sales. "Condemned" starring Steve Austin in 2007 bombed in the box office but did well on DVD. The company then shifted to a straight-to-DVD model. When that ended up killing quarterly earnings and disgruntling investors, they decided to pivot again with the new strategy that will receive its first test this weekend. The new strategy is to partner with independent studios with films that boast large budgets with top name actors. As part of the strategy, a contracted worker gets a supporting role in the film and the company hopes to profit on down the line. The film this weekend is "Dead Man Down" and we have more details at this link.

When WWE puts a titleholder in a match on television only to put them under I feel it does nothing but hurt the prestige and clout of the title. The latest example is Ryback over United States Champion Antonio Cesaro on Raw. What are your thoughts on non-title matches where the champion goes under?

The latest example is actually this week's episode of WWE Main Event. Both the Intercontinental Champion (Wade Barrett to Randy Orton) and the United States Champion (Antonio Cesaro to Sin Cara) went under clean in non-title bouts. This is a huge pet peeve of mine and I'm completely against putting a titleholder under clean in a non-title bout. I understand why it's done, to make the challenger look better, but it makes the titles useless.

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  • simze

    Well the champ can’t go over every match

    • PainOfDemise

      But they should at least lose to someone worthy. It’s like Cesaro lost to Yoshi. It just doesn’t make any sense.

      • simze

        I get that part to lose like that is stupid I ment like winning every match then all the sudden lose the title

    • But they could still switch the title?

      • Sayagain


    • Kris Mystery

      Actually the champ should go over in damn near every match. Lately you see many of them losing more than they win.

      • simze

        I get that they should win more then they lose and that if they lose it be to a contender for the title I just don’t get if they win every match

  • PainOfDemise

    I have to say it’s been a long time since I was shocked while watching wrestling, but that Main Event match with Sin Cara and Cesaro shocked me. I had no doubt in my mind that Cesaro would win it, and I was flabbergasted when Cara won. I just couldn’t believe it. There was no reason for him to go under like that.

    • coolkdd1

      Maybe they have something planned for cara and the u.s title. At wm it could be a us title invitational with cesaro,miz,cara,truth,kofi,rhodes,sandow,ryder. Like the. One at wm 20 for crusierweight title.

      • David

        That would be good way to get bunch of mid carders to appear on the show and get their WM bonus

  • Carlis

    It’ll be super predictable if you had the champ defend and week after week win the match the only surprises would be at the ppv? I think that what they’re is good

    • Kris Mystery

      I would have no problem with the champs losing on occasion…but some of them are losing way too often. The champ is supposed to be the guy to beat..not the guy that everyone beats.

    • soulfool

      Like Most of Hogan’s or Triple H’s matches…Must be something about guy’s w/ H’s in their names that is synonymous in PW Egocentricity !!! HAHAHA

  • lee

    I wouldn’t surprised to see a backstage segment with Kane and Daniel Bryan with him asking Kane about how him and Undertaker are feeling with there dad passing away

  • jdl

    I will be surprised if Dead Man Down is successful. The only promotion I’ve seen for it is that back and forth between Barret and Sheamus last week on Raw.

  • dragonicbeast

    i hope they give sin cara a push

  • Stoney

    And the president of aces and eights will be hornswoggle.
    Nah just kidding my picks are Jarrett, sleazy e, and AJ styles

    • soulfool

      Point !!! D’Blo said “When He joined A&E” , not that He “created” them…case in point , He is only VP !!! Motorcycle clubs hierarchy rank as President of the organization as it’s highest official !!! Anyway’s , It is disappointing to think that the “Surprise” unveiling” of their leader was him and I just hope that there is a final “Surprise” @ LD this sunday !!!

  • simze

    Richard i love your work and this site and everytime i see someone post something bad about you or this site I quick to defend you I stated a simple thing that I was a bit confused about and you were a jerk about it I would just like to know what your problem is

    • soulfool

      The guy acts the same way w/ My comments…so relax !!!

      • [email protected]

        Why is he such a douche I like his work but his personality sucks

        • -|AZ|-

          Oh come on guys, stop whining. Richard posted that comment while being in his “gimmick” 😛

          Maybe Richard’s gimmick needs a tweak 😛

  • In tradition, if you pin the champion you get a title shot. Now they job them & nothing is said of it.