Shield Evaluations, Undertaker's Future, HHH's Dual Roles, Swagger Perseveres

With Dean Ambrose getting a singles match against The Undertaker on this week's Smackdown, is this a sign that Vince McMahon and Triple H see him as the breakout star in the group?

All three members of The Shield are held in high regard. While the feeling before they debuted was that Roman Reigns had the most to prove, even he has drawn high marks from those within WWE and all are highly touted young workers. The fact Undertaker worked a singles match against Dean Ambrose goes to show how much he thinks of them as we heard he put the trio over in front of everyone after the match on this week's WWE Raw. I don't mind the classification of Ambrose as #1, Seth Rollins as #2 and Roman Reigns as #3 but I think all three are held in equal high regard and are looked at as future superstars as singles performers.

Normally after Wrestlemania The Undertaker just disappears out of thin air, but now he's worked two matches on free television. Will he work another PPV other than Wrestlemania or is he finished?

I'm under the impression Undertaker will be written off television following this week's Smackdown but you never know. He clearly has more left in the tank and the fact he worked two matches on free TV after Wrestlemania tells me he has another Wrestlemania bout left in him. I've heard some complain about Undertaker "wasting" matches on television and couldn't disagree more. He's in great shape and any situation that sees him work is a special treat. Undertaker knows what he is doing and I hope if you live in London you were at this week's tapings.

Does Triple H pickup dual paychecks for his multiple roles in WWE?

Yes, Triple H's Performer's Contract is different from his role as an executive officer and he is paid for both roles.

I was sure Jack Swagger would've been pulled back right after Wrestlemania because of the DUI. But it doesn't seem like WWE are going to change courses with him at all as he's still in the spotlight. What type of message does this send?

It's important to remember that Jack Swagger has not been convicted on the charge of Driving Under the Influence stemming from his arrest in February just days after winning the WWE Elimination Chamber. Swagger is set to take the charge to trial on June 25, 2013 (story here). WWE has been eerily quiet regarding the arrest as they only issued a very brief statement and have continued to book him in the top of the card. We were told it was just a situation of "innocent until proven guilty," however, while he's still booked in the top of the card he didn't get the nod as World Heavyweight Champion either.

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  • Loren Goldstein

    Anyone else picking up on the fact that Undertaker is willing to work “free” matches as a “regular” superstar while the Rock couldn’t work unless it was at a PPV even though he was the Champ?

    • Xavier

      Have you noticed that The Rock also has another career as a A’-List hollywood actor while the Undertaker doesn’t?

      • Hey Xavier he said “have you noticed that Undertaker is willing to work FREE matches while the Rock only worked ppv matches” what he meant was Undertaker showed up and instead of talk and talk and talk he
        Wrestled! Why couldn’t The Crock wrestle ONE lousy match on raw or Smackdown?????

        • Xavier

          Who cares really, even if he had wrestled on free TV people would still find some reason to hate on it. I can just hear now, why is The Rock taking away television time from younger talent. The Rock is in a lose/lose with the IWC. Oh and here is a fun fact, The Rock has wreslted 5 as many matches as The Undertaker and as appeared more times on WWE programming then The Undertaker has since WM27. It’s funny though because you some how overlooked that.

          • IWC overlooks logic.

          • Matt

            You’re on the Internet. Discussingwrestling. In an online communit.YOU’RE PART OF THE IWc. IDIOT!

          • Dude get this through your thick head, HE WAS THE FEEAKIN WWE CHAMPION! He should have wrestled at least once on free tv!

          • Xavier

            Quit crying over split milk.

          • I’m not crying anything! All I’ve done was point out facts! If anybody is crying around here it’s you.

          • Xavier


          • Xavier

            Oh and you never answered my question, how long will it take until you guys turn on Austin if/when he returns like you guys have against The Rock?

          • Loren Goldstein

            I guess it depends on how long it will take Austin to get back in the ring

          • opie

            Not if he was prohibited from doing so (as Xavier has already mentioned). Besides, Rock’s ring work was never his strong suit anyway. It was always his mic work. The opposite is true for Taker. So Rock talks and Taker kicks ass. Live with it.

          • Loren Goldstein

            First, let me put it out there that I have never been a huge Rock fan, even when he was a full-time performer and I wasn’t part of the “IWC”. That being said I can still look at someone objectively and decide if I agree or disagree with what they’re doing. I had no problem with the Rock coming back. It brought positive mainstream attention to the WWE and those that are Rock fans get to see something special. I would feel the same way if Austin came back. The difference as I see it is that Rock came back here and there, spouted off the same old schtick he had 10 years ago, and only wrestled three times in as many years. I feel that if someone like Austin came back at least he would get physical at more than just a PPV. Again though, I’m not a huge Austin fan so for me, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal and if he came back and cut a few promos, then disappeared for weeks at a time, I’d be saying the same things.

            As far as the complaint that anyone is stealing the spotlight, You can’t have something stolen from you if you do your job to keep/earn it.

          • Xavier

            Rock has actually wrestled 5 times since WM27. And about The Rock spouting out the same schtick from 10 years that may be true but what do you think Austin wil be doing when he returns? He’ll be spouting the same schtick from 10-15 years ago just like The Rock did.

            And I really doubt that Austin is going to get that physical involved on free TV because of his neck.

            And I agree that you can’t have something stolen from you if you do your job to keep/earn it but your telling that to the wrong guy. I’m not the one who’s complained about Rock stealing the spotlight.

          • Loren Goldstein

            You’re right about the 5 times, somehow I was forgetting about his matches with Punk lol. oops.

            The problem I have with schtick, was that supposedly the Rock is one of the best on the mic of all time, so why couldn’t he come up with new stuff?

            Yes, in the three years that we’ve had Rock back he’s wrestled 5 times, so that averages out to what, one match every 6 months? I feel that if Austin were to come back he wouldn’t be around that long and wrestle that few. But the fact is that we don’t know. I don’t like making comparisons to a situation that may or may not happen. The only point I have is that if you’re gonna come back, come back. Don’t phone it in.

            I know you weren’t complaining about Rock stealing the spotlight, that comment was for everyone who is.

          • Loren Goldstein

            Also, I’d like to add that I appreciate the fact that we’ve gone back and forth a couple of times now, and have managed not to call each other names or be disrespectful. I’ve seen how some people talk to each other on here and it’s a disgrace. Thank you.

          • Xavier

            No problem bro. I have no problem with disagreements as long as I don’t get disrespected.

          • Adam “SwipeManMcNasty”

            Rock was still taking time away from young talent by coming out and yapping away. He couldve wrestled a match or two, at least, instead of all the crappy promos.

          • Exactly! Thank you!

          • Xavier

            Rather he wrestled or cut a promo you still could cry & complain

          • Adam “SwipeManMcNasty”

            Ill admit, I didnt want him around from the beginning. And everyone was against me. Now that hes gone, a lot of people see what I was talking about.
            But, I feel as long as he was there, he shouldve been putting on more matches. Just my opinion.
            No crying here.

      • Winnipeg

        What’s that gotta do with Rock doing at least one match on raw or smackdown before he was scheduled for a ppv?

        • Xavier

          Maybe just maybe he was prohibited from his agents to not work so many matches because of his Hollywood obligations. If The Rock takes to any bad bumps /injuries like the one he took at WM29 it could potentially jeopardize his acting career.

          • Loren Goldstein

            Well we see how well that worked out. 🙂

          • JohnnyC

            Then maybe he shouldn’t be wrestling at all then?

          • Xavier

            That’s up too him to decide, not us.

          • JohnnyC

            If your not on a full time schedule you shouldn’t be top champ. Simple as that. Rock has more than enough pull backstage to turn down being champ.

          • Xavier

            Well, McMahon disagreed with you, and he runs the company. Simple as that.

          • Snap

            When it comes to The Rock, the value of having him be WWE champion is, on the surface, quite obvious. What better publicity could WWE hope for if their champion provided mainstream publicity for WWE while he made appearances to promote his movies?

            I honestly don’t know if that actually happened or not, but it’s the only reason I can see for Rock being the one to end Punk’s title reign.

      • NoPlease


      • Loren Goldstein

        What’s your point? If he could show up to a Raw and talk, why not fight? If everyone was worried about an injury, put him in a multi-person match with others to carry the match, ala Monday night.

      • Pathetically stupid comment. We are not talking Hollywood here but wrestling. It is not even relevant. If the Rock has movie commitments, he has no business being a WWE champion who doesn’t attend weekly shows, and it is good riddance that he is off television for good as he never had much to contribute anything to this industry and push younger stars anyways.

        • Xavier

          It is relevant seeing how his hollywood exposure brought more fans to wrestling which lead to the highest grossing Wrestlemania of all-time.

          So what your telling is that Rock as never contributed too pushing younger stars, funny because I remember Rock putting over Angle, Jericho, Foley & Lesnar for their 1st world titles. You have anything else stupid to say or should I humiliate you some more and point out why your argument is flawed?

    • The Breaker

      It could have just been that Vince didn’t want to give away a match featuring The Rock on free TV. It can already be said that his ‘Mania match with Cena was less special because of the other times he wrestled over the last year. And you don’t know if The Rock would have done it or not. There’s a lot more that goes into it than just the wrestler’s decision. I mean really, in pretty much every case the worker has no say at all. I’d imagine only top guys like Taker, Cena, Punk, or Rock have any input.

      • Noelz

        Exactly…vince wants you to pay to see the rock throw fist…that combined with somehow keeping studio execs from pulling their hair out every time he steps in the ring…whatever his contract was had to please two exec boards…all of that=the odds of him working a non ppv match slim to none…guys like taker and trips are alot more free to do stuff like that…and Jericho…and Austin whenever he returns

    • Anyone else picking up on the fact that Vince McMahon books the matches and has the final say? If Vince wanted The Rock to wrestle on free TV he would have, but obviously Vince wanted to save him for pay per view, because in his mind some people wouldn’t pay to see The Rock wrestle if they’ve just seen it for free.

  • Mark J.

    Vince and Triple H probably love the unpredictable vibe that The Shield has created in the storyline. But until they are directly drawing gate receipts and selling merchandise, they’re still just part of the rotation (albeit on the higher end of it). Vince and Triple H want a superstar who can entertain in the ring and on the mic for sure. But they also want a headliner who can handle the pressure of being a top guy. Randy Orton failed miserably. CM Punk will always be billed highly (and seems loyal), but he doesn’t really see himself as a “company guy.” Ryback has some potential with his work ethic, but he clearly has poor judgment (as evident from his dumb tweets about Cena’s ex-wife and other comments). Sheamus is the only one in good standing (credible with management and among fans), but I question whether he can take over for Cena. So, when you talk about Vince and Triple H being “high” on someone, take it with a grain of salt. Sure they want talented performers. But they’re deeply concerned about finding a quality Company Man whom they can trust to grow their brand. So far, Cena’s heir remains a HUGE question mark for the company.

  • Winnipeg

    When Taker decides to do one last run I hope he gives the brothers of destruction 1 more run.

    • NoPlease

      No Please

      • AK-1138

        Go back to Toronto!

        • Toronto.

          I like what you did there…but let’s let him go back to where he’s from. Don’t know if we want to see a BoD run as Taker’s last run…

  • 1molly23

    Vince McMahon and HHH can be high on someone one minute, and as low as low can be the next. It’s great that the Shield’s coworkers feel they bring talent, and it’s even better that people like the Undertaker are willing to work with them and help them get over. But, in the end run – Jack Thwagger still thucks – it’s a good thing all he has to say is “we the people”.

  • sujay

    its such a shame to see that 90% of the IWC are such pathetic cry babies…. get some life and stop complaining…

    • Matt

      Again, Internet, you, wrestling, discussing. YOU’RE A PART OF THE IWC!

    • Xavier

      Greatest post ever