I’m curious as to how you felt about the emotional segment between CM Punk and Paul Heyman on this week’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw?
I thought the segment with CM Punk and Paul Heyman on this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw was excellent. The goal with any segment, be it on the mic or in the ring, is to tell a story. The story told in the Punk/Heyman story was compelling and sucked the viewer in. The fact that you called the segment “emotional,” shows how it connected with you. Really good stuff, here’s what I wrote about it after it aired on Twitter:
— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) June 25, 2013
What are your thoughts on the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match announced for the pay-per-view?
The Money in the Bank ladder match can either be used to elevate a mid-card talent or used to help restart on a previous top guy. The latter proves true in this year’s WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match. To recap, the match features CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian, Kane and Rob Van Dam. Some have asked about there being seven participants but there have been seven participants in multiple MITB ladder matches in the past. The in-ring work should be outstanding as the match caters to several of the talents featured. In case you missed it, we broke the news about RVD and Christian being included in the bout in our backstage notes last week.
Has CM Punk changed the wrestling business forever and paved the way for guys like Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose to be big stars in the future?
CM Punk shattered the glass ceiling. When I say this, some interpret it to mean he flourished as a “smaller guy” and point to Shawn Michaels and that’s not what I’m saying. Punk was an independent standout, something that used to mean nothing to Vince McMahon. McMahon’s mentality was until you’ve made it in WWE, you really haven’t made it. Now we see WWE not only going out and signing workers like the aforementioned Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose but bringing them to TV and pushing them. The new “Triple H philosophy” is to bring in very talented indy workers that don’t require as much seasoning, which will only help when they are ready to bring them to TV.
Who do you think is the favorite to win the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match?
Given the fact the full list of participants was just announced on this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw, I haven’t had enough time to fully process it but here are some things to consider. CM Punk appears slated to work Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam so unless WWE plans to have an extended briefcase holder, like that of Dolph Ziggler, I wouldn’t consider him as likely to go over. Let’s also not forget this strategy caters more towards a guy they are trying to elevate and not someone that’s already a top guy. Kane is rumored to be pairing with Undertaker to oppose The Shield [at SummerSlam] so that takes away from his chances. Rob Van Dam and Christian will both add to the match but I don’t see an immediate path to book them at the top of the card. RVD is on a limited schedule and is coming from TNA, while I’ve never felt confident in the way Vince McMahon perceives Christian. I know he’s a former MITB winner and World Heavyweight Champion but he doesn’t have the rocket pack going. That leaves Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Sheamus. These are the top three guys in the match and everyone wants to see Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena. WWE could clearly capitalize on the “weak link” stuff as well. Orton is a guy WWE seems to be thinking about restarting on and will hinge on whether or not Vince feels he can trust him as a top guy. Sheamus is a dark horse and someone that will not drop below the upper mid card, so there are certainly several scenarios in which I could see him going over. All seven participants are babyfaces so I’m sure there will be plenty of commentary of “who should turn.”
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