Please note: This was written before news broke of Randy Orton’s injury.
Was there any significance in showing The Undertaker cutting his hair in that vignette on Monday’s Raw Supershow?
The Undertaker cut his hair off last year. Apparently WWE was hoping by the time Wrestlemania came around that it would be long enough to fit the “deadman” persona. His hair wasn’t quite long enough so the decision was made for him to wear a wig. Now it looks like WWE is using the hair as part of the storyline leading to the third Wrestlemania encounter between Triple H and The Undertaker.
Was there any heat over Randy Orton’s botched RKO attempt on Monday’s Raw Supershow?
The spot was completely blown. It looked like Randy Orton lost his balance when executing the RKO, causing the weird/botchalicious landing from Big Show. I don’t know what the reaction was like backstage but given the fact it was two reliable veterans it will probably be water under the bridge. Had it been a younger worker or a mid-card talent, it would have been a much bigger deal. I will ask around and see what I find out about what was said backstage.
Now that he is on the same level as guys like John Cena & Randy Orton, how much stroke does CM Punk have backstage?
CM Punk has accumulated a large amount of stroke backstage in WWE after his run last summer. Not only was Punk able to negotiate a new WWE contract but he was able to convince WWE to buy the rights to “Cult of Personality” by Living Color to use as his theme song. While that may seem minimal to a lot of people, getting to pick your own entrance music in WWE is no small thing. Randy Orton did an interview several years ago complaining about workers not being able to pick their own entrance music.
Why do fans constantly scream for heel turns (Randy Orton, John Cena, etc.). What do you think is the psychology behind today’s preference for heels and where does that leave the faces?
I agree that most Internet fans tend to favor heels over babyfaces in today’s WWE. If I had to pinpoint a reason why I would have to blame it on what the PG initiative has done to babyface workers. It’s much more difficult to work as a babyface than a heel but when you throw in the fact workers have to abide by the PG guidelines, it can be very difficult to get over. Take The Rock for an example. In returning to WWE he’s been more over than any babyface we’ve seen since his heyday with Steve Austin in the Attitude Era. However, he hasn’t toned his character down to corny and toes the line by using profanity. It’s not impossible to get over as a babyface in today’s WWE, as we’ve seen with CM Punk, but it’s much more difficult. The babyfaces of today tend to cater to WWE’s younger audience while leaving the Internet/older male audience out to dry.
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