Do you think WWE should unify the WWE Intercontinental and United States titles respectively?
Yes, I’ve long been an advocate for unifying the two secondary titles in WWE. Consider the fact the WWE United States Championship hasn’t been defended by Dean Ambrose on television since October 28, 2013 and you’ll realize how little the title means. Apparently they’re considering doing a program between Ambrose and WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston before Wrestlemania XXX but plans are always subject to change.
Can you tell me a little more about the Legends’ House reality series on the WWE Network?
WWE Legends’ House was taped at the former house of Harpo Marx in Palm Spring, California in early 2012. The show is a comedic reality series. Roddy Piper actually Tweeted about the show nearing its debut in November 2013. You can watch the official trailer at this link or embedded in the video below. We’ve also included the official preview:
Coming in April: WWE Legends House — WWE’s greatest Legends reunite for a new title – only this time, they’re competing outside of the ring. Imagine a beautiful house in the suburbs – perfectly furnished, with gorgeous landscaping, a lovely pool and quiet, respectable neighbors. WWE Superstars from the past including “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will turn the neighborhood upside down as the house staff tries their best to keep these Legends on time, on speaking terms, and out of trouble in this new reality show.
I realize Randy Orton “attacking” John Cena’s father on Raw was scripted, what would happen if a Superstar ever really went after a fan at ringside?
The last incident I can remember between a WWE wrestler and a member of the audience happened at the October 8, 2012 episode of Monday Night Raw with CM Punk in Sacramento, CA. We covered it here, here, here, here and here. The gist of it was someone was pushing Punk in the audience, he reacted without thinking and knocked a guy’s glasses off. The guy Punk shoved wasn’t the guy that shoved him, he just ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. No disciplinary actions were taken against Punk as Vince McMahon blamed security for being out of position. While I don’t condone the wrestlers using violence against members of the audience, Punk was just defending himself. People need to be careful treating these guys like it’s some sort of video game because people like Punk aren’t going to to take it. However, the standard protocol for a fan getting physical is to let security and police handle it. It usually results in the fan getting thrown out and they are also subject to criminal charges.
Is it just me or is Big Show’s character ridiculous? A few months ago he was crying because he had to hit Dusty Rhodes. This week he tormented Zeb Colter before knocking him out. It’s bad enough he’s probably turned heel or face more than anyone in wrestling. How are the fans supposed to care about his character one way or the other?
WWE relies on their audience having a short memory so they can turn characters when storylines see fit, however, the booking of Big Show has been especially bad. Let’s not forget the storyline excuse of Big Show sitting out this summer (he was injured) was that he had an “ironclad contract” where he could choose his dates. However, he returned in a vulnerable role where he was facing “financial problems” and had to act as The Authority’s muscle against his will. I blame it on short-term booking and not looking at the full picture when writing storylines. However, I have to give Big Show credit, he has the ability to get both characters over.
If I miss Raw, Smackdown or a pay-per-view I can DVR it to watch it later. Will there be any kind of feature like that with the WWE Network?
You will not have the functionality to record programming like you would with a DVR, however, replays of shows will be available shortly after their initial airings. For example, Raw and Smackdown will be available in the archive after they air live as will any WWE Network original program. The same goes for pay-per-views. The USA Network isn’t worried about this hurting their ratings because the majority of the Raw audience watches live and WWE’s programming has a reputation for being “DVR proof.”
From the Ask WNW vault…
April 2010: What do you know about the supposed WWE cable network? –Vince McMahon wants to start his own basic-tier cable network. As far as I know they want to feature entertainment programming and not all wrestling. WWE wants to leave Raw on the USA Network and now Smackdown on SyFy. McMahon is good friends with NBC Universal Chairman Dick Ebersol and there’s been talk of Ebersol and the brass at NBC Universal teaming with WWE to launch the network. This is something McMahon has wanted to do for years but it is now getting much closer to becoming a reality.
The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Friday, January 17, 2014.
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