With the stipulation in Sting's match on next week's Genesis episode of Impact Wrestling, does this mean he's on his way out? Do you see him jumping to WWE?
I briefly mentioned Sting's status at this link, however, allow me to elaborate. We reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium on December 19, 2013 that re-signing Sting had become a top priority in TNA Wrestling. Fresh off losing Hulk Hogan and AJ Styles, Sting is a talent seen as one of the biggest reasons why the company has been able to land so many desirable television contracts in overseas markets. Because of the aforementioned departures and the fact that Sting is still considered the face of TNA, they really do not want to lose him. While it's believed Sting is being asked to accept less money than he's been making, it's not considered to be a huge drop. Sting intentionally works on a year-to-year basis to keep his options open so it will ultimately hinge on what he wants to do. TNA is aware that Sting will command a lot of interest from WWE, especially around Wrestlemania season with the forthcoming WWE Network. He is one of the few guys that could leave TNA and walk directly into a prominent spot in WWE.
Will the WWE Network have every past episode of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown available when it launches?
No, all past episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown will not be available upon launch of the WWE Network. The company is going to launch the Network with 1500 hours of on-demand programming of material that has been digitized from their tape library. Material will routinely be added and episodes of Raw and Smackdown will be available for replay on the network after their initial airing.
You've stated before that you think that Undertaker should retire with the streak unless it would benefit a future superstar and elevate his career. What would your thoughts be on Roman Reigns challenging for and ultimately ending the streak?
The only time I've advocated ending the streak was last year's bout against CM Punk. Punk was already etched in WWE history with the 434-day WWE Championship reign and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take him to iconic status. After the match happened, I was glad WWE went ahead and put Undertaker over. The fact he can still go at such a high level has made me back off any notion of ending the streak. It's a record that deserves to remain intact and it would be the wrong move to end it. Roman Reigns has a tremendous amount of potential but the risk doesn't outweigh the reward in a prospective Wrestlemania match that has him going over Undertaker. Undertaker has suggested two opponents that I know of - Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan. I still expect the former to happen but I don't think anyone would mind if Bryan got the nod.
Aside from Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, who are the people backstage in WWE who have a lot of influence, not including top talent?
I always point to Kevin Dunn when people ask who the "next man up" is on the executive food chain backstage at WWE shows. Dunn is the executive producer of WWE programming, a member of the company's board of directors and an executive officer. He is Vince's "righthand man" at TVs and holds a tremendous amount of power and influence. Jane Geddes, who fans are familiar with through Total Divas, is also high up on the pecking order as is Sean Clearly, who is the new Senior Vice President of Talent Relations.
From the Ask WNW vault…
August 2012: I thought Kane’s part in the anger management class segment was funny but didn’t WWE put the mask back on him to portray him as an evil monster (and not comedic relief)? - One could argue no one has booked with more inconstancy in WWE history than Kane. The character goes from evil to comedy in one week with absolutely no reason. How about Kane the commentator? Kane fans get furious when I say this but he’s a reliable veteran the company puts in to “fill the gaps.”
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