Punk Working With Heyman, Undertaker’s Legacy Redefined?, Why Shaq Didn’t Work Wrestlemania, Talent Not Getting On TV

What are the chances we see a stable of CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and The Dudley Boyz?

The Internet has been abuzz following CM Punk aligning with Paul Heyman on this week’s WWE Raw, however, I wouldn’t go creating a stable just yet. First of all, just go ahead and throw the Dudley Boys out of the equation, as neither Devon nor Bubba has a WWE contract as of this writing. As for Brock Lesnar aligning with Punk, keep in mind Lesnar is a part-time star that will do whatever WWE asks of him so it depends on the direction creative wants to go. I’m not surprised to see the company pair Punk with Heyman as it was Punk that pushed WWE to sign him and suggested he could be used to fill the gaps in Lesnar’s absence due to the limited nature of his agreement.  An outsider would assume Lesnar brought Heyman in but that’s not how it happened.

The Undertaker has delivered some o the best matches in his career at Wrestlemania over the last several years. Do you agree?

The Undertaker had a storied career but he took it to a new level beginning with his match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXV in 2009. Let me be clear. I’m not saying all of Undertaker’s [Wrestlemania] bouts before this weren’t good, in fact some were excellent, however, beginning at Wrestlemania XXV, Undertaker has gone on to have some of the best matches in WWE history (two against Michaels and two against Hunter). There are more than a couple things worth noting including the timing of the matches (during the latter part of his career) and the fact more than one was a “show saver.”

Why did Shaquille O’Neal vs. Big Show not take place at Wrestlemania 28 this year? Any chance the match takes place at the show next year?

WWE yanked the proposed celebrity match after Shaq leaked word about it in a public interview. Not only that but many in WWE didn’t want Big Show to go under to another outsider. We broke the story back in February here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium. As for celebrities at Wrestlemania XXIX next year, we currently have a story now online about a major celebrity angle at the show here.

With some of the talent backstage in WWE complaining about not getting any in-ring time, couldn’t the company pair some of these talents up as tag teams and push the tag team division a little more than they have been?

It’s easier said than done to provide more in-ring opportunities for talent on WWE television. In a business where outcomes are predetermined yet how one is booked has a direct correlation in how much money they make, there are always going to be people complaining about not getting on television. The best advice I can give is if an opportunity is given, it’s in the worker’s best interest to take full advantage of it.

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  • Ellen

    I beg to difffer with the comment about talent not being on tv – WWE offers us Tensai, ADR, McIntyre, Otunga, and others that WWE and TPTB consider up and coming talents! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Guy Landau

      Unfortunately, they aren't offering McIntyre, but regardless most of the talent you just mentioned is very good. Tensai is a good wrestler, he's just limited by his gimmick. ADR is good, if a bit stale now. McIntyre… well, anyone that knows me knows there is no need to go any further about that, and Otunga has really improved. He's no ring general by any means, but give him time and he'll be enjoyable to watch.

  • luke

    where is big show?

    • Ken

      "Which way did he go? Uh-huh, uh-huh. Which way did he go? Uh-huh, uh-huh."

      (Picture Shane-o Mac dancing around like an idiot)

      • Jane McIlysh

        I beg to differ with YOU. When was the last time ANYONE say Drew McIntyre on tv? You, madam are sorely mistaken, as for Tensai. he's a joke as is the "impressive" Ryback, he's worse than a joke, he's a total snooze-zone.

        • Ken

          I'm assuming this was a reply intended for Ellen above, as it makes precisely zero sense here.

          • Ellen

            Well thank you Ken, anyone that spends their time yelling, needs to take a deep breath first, so they know who they're "kvetching" at. As for "say McIntyre" I presume Ms. McIIysh meant "saw McIntyre". Mr. Landau may be correct, I don't know, what I do know is that a considerable amount of what TPTB at WWE see as "superstars" leave a lot to be desired.

  • IZ BLACK

    I think ince made a mistake by not pitting Shaq against Show, Shaq = ratings. And Shaq going over Big Show is 100x more believable then when Mayweather went over Show. I remember when Shaq was the celebrity guest host of RAW back on 09 and had that encounter with the Big Show, I thought that was great. Wish this match would have happened

    • Dzdx

      100x more believable? You're one of those simple minded size freaks aren't you?

      • Miles

        Common sense you mean

        • A2H

          Bullshit. Are u familiar with the jericho/goldberg backstage incident a couple of years back in the wwe? Really guys, size doesnt matter. And i wouldnt put my money on big show in a real fight against mayweather!

          • Gary

            lol I would.

    • XKonn247

      I’m sure Shaq would have hiked that 1.2m buys!

  • Lenny

    And a great example of a worker taking full advantage of the opportunity given to them is Daniel Bryan! The guy in my view has become the fastest rising star over the last serval years. When you think of fastest rising stars you think of names like Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and Sheamus. Granted Bryan had a rough start because he got fired only months after his official debut, but then what happened? He came back and the rest is history! Bryan is not only the best worker in the WWE right now but his quickly becoming one of the best entertainers too! YES! NO! YES! NO! YES! NOOOOOOOOO!!!

    • Lebron James

      In my opinion, Daniel Bryan is this era's Kurt Angle. Both have great in ring skills, great mic skills, can be used in comedy bits, can be used in serious gimmicks, can be total ass kickers, can be intimidating, and are capable of stealing the show at any give night. These two are probably the most versatile wrestlers in the world today. In fact, I'd throw in CM Punk in there too. Kurt is older now, so I'd lean more towards Bryan and Punk. Point is, the WWE has been worth watching and more entertaining thanks to Bryan and Punk.

      • Wwefan4ever

        Size doesn’t matter. But strength, and ability do and may weather is just a stick wearing shiny gloves

  • eddie27

    Triple H vs The Undertaker two years ago was boring. It was a move followed by lying on the ground for 5 mintues. Dont hand me the “it told a good story” BS.

    • doglick

      It told a good story imo

  • _JIM_

    There is no excuse at this point for a lack of ring time. Especially with RAW going 3-hours recently. They could definitely find the time to get everyone worth the time involved in some matches. I'm all for that as long as the person is deserving of the ring time. I don't want to see WWE going away from the longer match format that they seem to have been using since the change to 3-hours so just anybody can have a match on TV.

  • Tyler

    I like to think The Undertaker started “taking it to a new level” against Edge.

    • n1ck

      I think it started the year before that with batista

      • junior773

        I totally agree. Since Wrestlemania 23 Undertaker has been raising the stakes. The en of an era match will have to take the match of the year home. It was simply too great of a story, too rich of a history and too emotional of a roller coaster to take the backseat to anyone else. The only questionable match is Taker vs HHH 2. But if you watch the tape, it didn’t start with Taker lying on the ground. He took some nasty bumps in the beginning. But as the blogger pointed out, Taker has had good matches at WM. 14 against Kane, 17 against Hunter. The flair match was entertaining. Randy Orton even have a good match. Outside of WM, taker has given some of the most memorable moments ever. Some of the greatest matches. If you take his career and stack it against most other big names, taker is right there.

      • Anand

        I totally agree. Those classic matches for the heavyweight title were absolutely amazing… The whole feud was memorable.. Wish the WHC title picture was 10% as interesting as it was..

        No offense to Sheamus, he is doing his job as champ really well. He needs a credible heel who is a legit threat to his title and can cut a good promo to captivate audience interest in the title.. Throw in guys like Orton or Ziggler or Bryan and let them work their magic… Though even this new feud can never be compared to taker vs batista, it can atleast be entertaining…

  • hurrigame

    Guess Punk returned the favor to Heyman by pushing for WWE to hire him, especially since it was Heyman who pushed for Punk to be pushed following the closing of WWE's ECW 2.0. Of course, I could be wrong.

  • Mastermind

    Started with batista

  • Synyster

    I personally like Sheamus as champ. As for ADR he’s boring, and I miss the feuds of Taker vs Batista vs Mysterio.

    • Alex

      I agree. ADR is possibly one of the most boring heels I've seen in years. He's promo are unoriginal as he pretty much says the same thing each time. "Everyone is a peasant, and it's my destiny to become world champion". Snore. I think the biggest problem is that he shoved down everyone's throats. Think about it. With the exception of Rey Mysterio, which is probably his best (and only?) good fued, every single fued or storyline he's been in since he got to the WWE 2 years ago has been for a world title. He needs a more personal fued, like he had with mysterio and, to a lesser extent, Sin Cara.

  • BigMike

    Otunga has mic skills but is horrible in the ring he is so bad he is comparable to Robbie E on TNA