What are your thoughts on WWE bringing back The Nation of Domination with R-Truth, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E?
There has been some speculation about WWE re-forming The Nation of Domination faction but I cannot confirm that such plans will ever make it to television. While I do think it would help bring some attention to Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston, two very talented workers capable of more, and give Big E a storyline, I’m not high up on multiple factions. I hate to pick on TNA here but they provide a good example of “faction overkill.” Factions are great when done in moderation with a limited shelf life. However, constant factions forming/breaking up becomes confusing for the average fan and given the historic over-saturation of factions like the new World order, they can also become rather exhausting. WWE already has The Shield, Evolution, The Wyatt Family, 3MB, The Authority, is there really a need for another?
Speaking of Evolution, I thought some would enjoy the following posting in the June 2014 issue of WWE Magazine:
— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) May 26, 2014
I know this would never happen but what would be your thoughts on Raw being TV-14 and Smackdown being a TV-PG show?
I wouldn’t mind WWE producing shows geared towards separate audiences. In fact, I wouldn’t be opposed to the first two hours of Raw being TV-PG and the final hour being TV-14. In the company’s attempt to create programming suitable for the whole family, they’ve also somewhat alienated their older fans. The chances of WWE backing off their TV-PG commitment are slim, as you noted, but “edgier” programming for older/more mature viewers wouldn’t be a bad thing. However, I will also note that TV-PG can be entertaining as long as WWE doesn’t go too far with it. This is something even Vince McMahon himself admitted when the change was first made.
I love Paige. I think she’s one of the few Diva of her generation to have the entire package and I see a bright future for her. But I can’t shake the feeling that this title run has been misused since arriving to the main WWE roster. Do you think people can lose interest in her if she, as a champion, doesn’t come up strong enough?
I too am very high up on Paige. She has the look, the in-ring ability and the character to have a great career in WWE. Like Natalya, she grew up around the wrestling business, so that tells me she has the passion to be successful. However, her rocket pack push to the main roster as WWE Divas Champion has not worked well. I’ve heard and reported that the company has been disappointed with Paige’s push, citing a lack of reaction at live events. Rather than company officials souring on her, many feel it’s a case of her being nervous and that in time she will work out fine. As I mentioned in Ask WNW last week, I believe it’s a situation of too much too fast. Rarely do title runs right out of the gate work out and while some may point to Sheamus getting a title run out of the gate, I even felt that was underwhelming. There is a chance of fans losing interest and company officials souring on Paige but she’s talented enough where I believe she’ll come out of this funk.
Is Vince McMahon becoming Jerry Jones?
As a Dallas Cowboys fan (I know, save the jokes), I can unequivocally tell you that Vince McMahon and Jerry Jones are cut from the same cloth. Vince McMahon isn’t becoming Jerry Jones, he is Jerry Jones (and vice versa). They’re master promoters and that’s why they run two of the most successful organizations in the entire world. Now, if you’re talking about some of the questionable personnel decisions that Jones has made, alleging he’s “out of touch,” that’s a fair criticism. Vince has done some things that make people feel like he’s out of touch. I believe that Vince McMahon understands the pro wrestling business more than anyone else. He “gets it” and has the personality where he’s not going to let anyone or anything dictate what he does. The same can be said for Jerry Jones in terms of promotion and running a successful business (not so much about winning). Vince got in trouble with the new domestic TV deal by “being Vince McMahon.” He was doing what he always does, creating hype. No one means as much to WWE as Vince McMahon and even at the current stage, where Triple H is being groomed as his successor, the company needs him to be successful.
From the Ask WNW vault…
July 2012: When workers do media appearances are they supposed to be in-character or out of character? - It really depends on the worker and the appearance. Sometimes workers are 100% in-character, sometimes they are 100% out of character and other times, it’s a combination of the two. In the interviews I’ve done, I’ve experienced a little bit of everything and found it all depends on the worker’s objective. There are some workers, such as Sheamus, that are usually always in-character which is definitely the “old school” mentality. However, there isn’t one universal way to behave and it depends on the aforementioned factors.
Remember questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. Check out the Ask WNW archive at this link.
The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.