Scott Hall/Raw, Comparing Cena To Flair, WWE Network Needs Subscribers, Daniel Bryan As An “Adulterer”

What were your thoughts on seeing Scott Hall on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw?

I thought Scott Hall looked great on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. On Twitter, I noted how it was Hulk Hogan that made me a wrestling fan but Scott Hall and Kevin Nash that kept me one. There are many ups and downs for a recovering addict but Monday was a good day for this business. The closing segment of this week’s Raw was nostalgic but probably would have been better suited on an episode other than the go-home to SummerSlam. The problem is there were so many moving parts, it was hard to really hone in on Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena.

We explained on Tuesday how WWE is using Hogan in conjunction with the SummerSlam pay-per-view to encourage people to subscribe to the WWE Network. My other critique to the closing segment would have been to allow either Hogan or Flair to bump for Brock, as both of them pitched. That would have been a major statement from Lesnar heading into his title match against John Cena.

John Cena has earned 15 championship reigns — a great feat — but it was all with WWE. Ric Flair of course has 16 with various promotions. Should Cena be held in the same regard with Flair due to Flair earning his titles everywhere and not in one place.

Ric Flair’s label as a 16-time world champion is the way WWE recognizes it but Flair considers himself to be a 21-time world champion. Regardless, Flair is one of the greatest of all time and history will be much kinder to John Cena. Cena gets a lot of heat — just like Hulk Hogan got a lot of heat in his prime. However, as we’ve seen since Hogan’s return to WWE, he’s once again over like rover and beloved by marks and smarks alike. I believe this is how Cena will be viewed in 20 years and the fact he’ll surpass Flair’s benchmark of WWE-recognized world title reigns will only add to that.

It seems pretty clear to me that, from the announcers to the wrestlers, to even signs shown in the audience, that the company is really over-hyping the “$9.99″ price of the WWE Network. Do you feel that the WWE is going into panic mode over the lack of subscribers versus the numbers they had projected up to this point?

WWE has initiated a marketing campaign around the $9.99 WWE Network price tag. Yes, they are desperate for subscribers and that’s evident by this plan. The lack of Network growth has stalled plans of a proposed price increase and WWE even lowered their new monthly no commitment plan from $19.99 to $12.99. I can tell you $19.99/month is where they want to be but they’re not going to go there at this time as they continue to “build” the Network’s base.

Do you find it ridiculous that Daniel Bryan — WWE’s top babyface — is now a storyline adulterer?

I believe there is more to the story of Daniel Bryan’s “affair” on Brie Bella. This is WWE’s way of keeping Daniel Bryan involved in the Brie vs. Stephanie McMahon program. One can only hope it will lead to the reintroduction of Bryan into storylines but that hinges completely on his health. However, to answer your question, I do not think it’s ridiculous because it’s “Stephanie McMahon’s side of the story.” It’s amazing how much heat this is getting on social media, as I believe fans are failing to see the big picture. Stephanie, the heel in the program, introducing “Bryan’s mistress,” doesn’t make it true. Remember, heels aren’t known for their innate ability to tell the truth.  Rather than the IWC being so quick to criticize, they should be glad to see Bryan still being associated with the program.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: Is it just me or has the return of Brock Lesnar been somewhat of a bust? He came back with so much hype, had a couple OK matches and now he has been gone for so long in between dates that I totally forgot about him until the Slammys? I know WWE wants to get the most out of his few dates but I feel they did a better job with The Rock then with Brock. - Let’s look at the numbers. Brock Lesnar has headlined two WWE pay-per-views this year – Extreme Rules (vs. John Cena) and SummerSlam (vs. Triple H). Extreme Rules did 263,000 buys (up from 209,000 the year prior and 182,000 in 2010) and SummerSlam did 350,000 buys (up from 296,000 the year prior and even with the 350,000 in 2010). WWE views these numbers as a major success and would like to retain the services of Brock Lesnar after they use him at Wrestlemania 29 next year. There was talk of Lesnar working Survivor Series or another pay-per-view in 2012 but the company ultimately decided to keep him on the shelf to preserve the dates on his contract.

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  • Venom

    Not sure why anyone would take the whole Daniel Bryan thing one it’s obvious In storyline Stephanie bribed his physical therapist to say that. It would have been funny if they used TNAs Claire Lynch/Julia Reilly in that role. I know she quit TNA cause of the harassment of immature internet geeks but she really could have redeemed herself. Kinda similar to Michael Richards sort of redeeming himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Claire could have come in and have fun with it and fans would have laughed it off. Kinda how Hogan got criticized in TNA but is cheered in TNA.

  • Kevin

    One thing I noticed about this raw and the past month or so… hard to sell it as PG. Lesnar promo, even super-Cena swore, and some of the Fandango spots lately.

    • Adam

      you do realise you are allowed to swear and be a bit sexual on PG right?, that’s why its parental guidance.

  • The Spinebuster

    It was great seeing NWO back in WWE, great touch Vince

    • Unknown

      It was great, they just need to stick around til after wrestlemania

      • Bob’s Diner

        And do what, exactly?

        • Unknown

          And do what they do best cause destruction and chaos

          • Bob’s Diner

            Get the WWE network if you want to watch that. Both are old men, 20 years past their primes

          • Unknown

            I already have it and if you haven’t heard the three of them all want one last run in the wwe

          • Ben

            And I want to replace CM Punk as AJ Lee’s husband. Sometimes you just don’t get what you want.

          • Adam

            yeah a bunch of old men causing chaos, would love to see that.

  • Alex

    The Daniel Bryan affair angle was the funniest parts of this weeks RAW. I enjoyed it. NWO back together in the ring was so awesome! The other old timers involved though shouldve each had a chance to say something on the mic to Hogan. Everybody did seem kind of lost in that segment, which is why in part, I was glad Lesnar came out to break it up. And your right Richard, if Lesnar wouldve F5′d Flair or Hogan, it wouldve been a stronger ending to RAW. Nonetheless, Im partially excited about Summerslam.

  • Ben

    At least the adultery angle was better than the arrest garbage. I guess it wasn’t awful enough the first time, so they had to bring it back to see just how bad it could get. I admire their dedication… I guess…

  • BlazeKing

    I hate the term “IWC” so much… These people aren’t a community of “Internet Wrestling” fans; they’re fans that sit in those arenas communicating with other people that sit in those arenas when the show comes to their town. It’s derogatory in way to call them that. The whole notion makes it seem like the fans are clueless all of the time and they should be written off solely because they’re communicating on a medium (internet). It’s why lots of wrestlers that understand this don’t ever use that term. They just say “wrestling fans”.

  • Adam

    lol @ smarks liking Hulk Hogan

  • Padres4life

    i give up on this company……they slander Bryan’s name but they would never do something like thatt to Cena or Reigns…to the fans Bryan is on their level, even above them, and the WWE still doens’t get it. I don’t see how this ends well at all. Why even involve Bryan in a stupid storyline like this? its not like there is a ready made revenge angle for him unless he wrestles Stephanie..so where would they put him? this is so stupid..he wasn’t even allowed to defend himself. such a stupid company and dumb decision..he was their most popuular in years and they’re throwing it away.

    • tommypickles

      What are you talking about? Did you read any of the Ask or any of the other comments? Everyone knows the idea behind this is that Steph has paid off the physical therapist for goodness sake. ‘Slander his name’ is a complete overreaction to what they did in a storyline programme on a scripted television programme. Also it keeps Bryan at the forefront of a main event plot line whilst he’s on the bench, keeping him in the minds of the WWE fans until his probable Rumble return. Also not forgetting this is a bitter feud between Steph and Bri, Steph’s character is pretty much the biggest bitch on the planet and this is exactly the kind of thing the biggest bitch on the planet would do. Enjoy it for goodness sake it’s been the best thing about Raw for the past several weeks.

  • Lebron

    I don’t think I ever heard arenas boo Hogan in his prime, and even when his face run was coming to an end, he had the brilliance to turn heel and take over the wrestling world all over again. Cena is stale and is ok with it. I think in 20 years people will say “That Cena guy had some good matches once in a while, but overall was a giant disappointment.”

    • Jesse Sherwood

      1994-96, Hogan was booed quite a bit despite being a face. It’s part of why he turned heel and was part of the NWO, as he was in a career down spiral.