With The Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels walking out of Wrestlemania XXVIII together as a show of respect, how many matches do each of these stars have left in them?
By all accounts The Undertaker felt good after his match against Triple H at Wrestlemania XXVIII and he is in the preliminary plans for the pay-per-view next year. I don’t know if there are plans to use him in a role outside of Wrestlemania but he doesn’t appear to be retired. Triple H has a performer’s contract through March 30, 2016 so he’s going to be around in a limited role for the next several years as an in-ring performer. Obviously he is also heavily focused as an executive being groomed to take the reigns from Vince McMahon. Shawn Michaels is retired from the ring and has no plans of returning as of this writing.
How much is Brock Lesnar being paid for this year long run in WWE?
I do not have confirmation but I heard Brock Lesnar was being paid somewhere in the $5 million range to work a limited amount of dates over the next year. If that figure is accurate, it’s the largest part-time contract in the history of the business. As I mentioned in yesterday’s Ask WNW, given the fact Lesnar is getting to keep endorsements on his gear, he has a deal that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
With the record number of pay-per-view buys for Wrestlemania XXVIII, how will this affect the viability of the WWE Network?
Wrestlemania XXVIII doing 1.3 million buys is a very good thing for everything in WWE and I’m sure the company will tout the number in negotiations for clearance on cable and satellite systems. As for it changing anything in regards to the WWE Network, I don’t see it doing anything but helping.
Why do you think the WWE decided to have Brock Lesnar compete so early after his return?
Aside from the fact WWE is paying Brock Lesnar a lot of money, they wanted to utilize him while he’s hot. Lesnar hasn’t fought since the end of December and Vince McMahon wanted to make sure his first post-UFC gig was in a WWE ring. It was a top priority to get him in a match and WWE is expecting it to significantly help WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view buys.
It seems WWE just can’t win with John Cena. When he’s a babyface everyone hates him and if they turn him heel they’re going to hate him just as much. What should they do?
It all has to do with character profession. Ruling out the usual Cena-haters, the biggest thing I think most fans want is a refresh to the John Cena character. The gimmick is dated, bland and in need of something. I am hoping the current direction of losses is leading to a much bigger picture.
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