A Place For Veterans In WWE, Montreal Screwjob, CM Punk A WWE HoFer?, Gimmick Of Roman Reigns

Why does WWE keep wrestlers like Mark Henry, Kane & the Big Show around when they've pretty much faced everyone in the business. I know that all three are very popular but it gets a bit boring to watch the same matches over & over.

There is always a spot for savvy veterans in this business and all three of the workers you mentioned are valuable assets to WWE in and out of the ring. Mark Henry, Kane and Big Show have proven they are able to portray multiple gimmicks successfully and provide WWE with a recognizable name to help others. In the locker room, they serve as great mentors to younger workers that are just getting their start. Someone Tweeted me a couple weeks ago that having veterans such as this still in prominent storylines on TV was a sign WWE wasn't creating new stars. Nothing could be further from the truth as WWE has done a good job in developing the next wave of talent, while blending in aforementioned veterans. Speaking of which, Mark Henry, who hasn't been healthy, was on the road with the company over the weekend.

I was just reading an article about Bret Hart and he was talking about the infamous "Montreal Screwjob." I wasn't very old at that time or watching wrestling. Now that I am an avid fan, what did that all entail and was it scripted or not?

Bret Hart was about to leave the WWF for WCW in 1997 and he was the WWF Champion. Hart had worked out a deal with Vince McMahon where he would go into Survivor Series 1997 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada against Shawn Michaels and defeat him and vacate the title the following night on Monday Night Raw. McMahon went behind Hart's back and altered the finish of the match without Bret knowing. McMahon told Shawn Michaels and referee Earl Hebner what to do and they executed it. This is extremely abbreviated but is the overall gist of what happened.

Do you think the way CM Punk left WWE will keep him out of the company's Hall of Fame?

History will be kinder to CM Punk but I have no idea what his departure means for a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction. From what I've been told, Vince McMahon hopes Punk will get the itch to come back, while Triple H is ready to move on. Punk's WWE contract is up this week and by all accounts, he's retired. To be quite honest, I wish him the absolute best and we'll try to keep tabs on what he does but I'm tired of talking about it. Punk had a great career but left on his own terms. While I understand this is a tough business and Punk can be stubborn, I believe he left a lot of money on the table by walking away. That's commendable but if he ever chooses to come back, I don't think he'll be as hot as he was when he had the chance. However, that may not even matter to him.

Why has Roman Reigns kept The Shield gimmick, while Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have moved on?

WWE is in the process of differentiating The Shield members as singles participants, even keeping Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns away from one another last week (although they'll tag with John Cena on this week's Raw). The Shield had already been converted into a babyface faction and with the time and resources spent on the gimmick; the decision was made for Reigns to keep it. He's seen as the top Shield member, even though it was Seth Rollins picked to turn heel and align with The Authority. Out of the three, I'm more worried about the gimmick of Dean Ambrose. The "wife beater" and jeans is too similar to Luke Harper.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2013: After watching Daniel Bryan over the last several weeks I’m convinced he’s on an entire different level. I’m convinced he can realistically challenge John Cena for WWE’s top spot. What are your thoughts? - Daniel Bryan is a star but this is nothing new to many of us in the IWC. Many (including me) have been saying Bryan could be a main eventer in WWE for the last decade. Vince McMahon continuously pushed back on the notion but after all these years, he’s changed his mind. Daniel Bryan is not only proving to be the best worker in the world (surpassing my #1 ranking of Kurt Angle) but he’s showing to be the best worker of a generation. Did you hear the audience at WWE Raw this week? Bryan is as over as anyone in the company and he absolutely has a realistic shot at surpassing John Cena as “the guy.” Daniel Bryan is a “LeBron James type talent” and is finally getting to prove what so many have known all along.

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  • Brandon van Reenen

    Another Punk question.

    • Jbreed

      And another Montreal screwjob question. Must be slow in the WWE universe these days.

  • Dave Barton

    Honestly, I didn’t even notice that Ambrose and Harper were dressed the same.

  • Dave Barton

    Can’t believe the Montreal Screwjob was a question that was answered today. Not to sound like a d-bag, but Wikipedia is your friend!


    • Venom

      Lol, was gonna say a simple google search and you’ll get all the anger. In a nutshell I think the days of asking questions about any historical wrestling event or incident is outdated. I certainly wouldn’t wait for a question like that to get answered I’d look it up.

      I think the ask/q&a sections should be more about asking behind the scene rumors woth an insiders opinion.

      • Frank Rizzo

        You gotta pay for that

      • Guest


    • CJ Blaze

      Or you could get a correct answer from a legitimate source…

    • Bob’s Diner

      The wikipedia isn’t all that accurate, though. Someone has written in there that Hart didn’t sign his WCW contract until the week before Survivor Series – that is completely bogus. WWE leaked he was leaving about a month before then, because he was getting ‘You sold out!’ chants at events weeks before that.

      Can’t always trust what is written on wikipedia

  • jdl

    You’re worried about two performers dressing in a similar fashion? Ignoring their completely different in ring style, size, appearance and promo cutting capabilities, you’re worried about the fact that they both wear jeans and a tank? That makes absolutely no sense.

    • Hardy

      Exactly, or the fact that loads of the wrestlers wear tights that look similar lol?!

  • ohyoudidntknow

    Luke harpers “wife beater” has spaghetti sauce on it. Dean ambrose has his clean.

  • Eric Renier

    I always thought Dean Ambrose new look reminded me of Deuce and Domino

  • K!NG

    The new talent wouldn’t be credible if it wasn’t for the Veteran stars putting them over.

  • Roger

    CM Punk might or might not possibly make it into the HoFer, but in hearts of people he can always be a BoFer forever!

  • Cef Fracker

    I feal ambrose is in no danger. He reminds me if a modern day bryan pilman

  • Malboja

    I think that ambrose is going for a sort of James dean – rebel without a cause /marlon Brando – the wild one , a street car named desire look about him and I like it they may dress alike but one is 40’s /50’s rocker and one is west Texas hillbilly

  • David F

    dean ambrose ring attire is mid card look like jimmy wang yang but his superb mic skills make you overlook it. However I dont like Ambrose and Rollins theme songs its just too generic. Also maybe at some point WWE can add lyrics to Reigns Shield theme to make him more unique

    • Glen S

      I’m going to disagree with you on this one with all due respect. Ambrose attire makes me think of Brian Pillman or even SCSA( not saying he is on his level ) Rollins attire however is very off putting to me. It looks like they took his SHIELD attire and shrunk it, its waaaaay to tight.

  • Snap

    I don’t think Punk’s departure, or the way he handled it, will affect whether or not he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Keep in mind that Bret Hart left WWF under MUCH more difficult circumstances (he trashed the announce table and gave McMahon a black eye for his troubles) and he was eventually inducted. The fact that McMahon has actively tried to get Punk to return should be something of a clear indicator that his potential for the Hall of Fame isn’t in jeopardy.

    Sometimes people just need to use a bit of logic (which, admittedly, is of little use when dealing with WWE) and look at the history of the Hall of Fame to answer their own questions.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Hart was a different situation; people say deep down Vince knows what he did was wrong and he even approached Hart about returning in 1999. Not to mention the whole Owen Hart situation…

      Warrior is the better example; a guy they basically spent 20 years burying in every possible way was given one the most honourable receptions ever during the last week of his life. Given Vince obviously still has no personal problem with CM Punk, I think we could very well see him get a Hall of Fame induction one day. Depending on whether or not CM Punk would accept it.

  • Lance UpperCutt

    Kendra has her intro to Raw is blogged now – the fashion of Dean and Luke.

  • John

    CM Punk may have left a lot of money on the table, but he also walked away a multi-millionaire with his health intact. Good for him, he should be respected for getting out when it was right for him.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Not to mention all sorts of info is coming out about the bonuses for video games and PPVs being lower than expected. He may not have missed out on as much as people think.

  • King James

    Ambrose is in awful shape for a wrestler which is why he’s wearing the clothes. Maybe they’re giving him time to get into “wwe shape”. Reigns has the typical samoan upper body, not very toned, which is why he got to keep the Vest. He also looks really badass in the riot gear.