Triple H’s Wrestlemania Opponent, Too Many PPVs Not The Problem, Bad News Barrett, Sin Cara’s Impending Departure

You are probably sick of all the Sting questions but my question is about him going to the WWE and not wrestling Undertaker or Hogan but what are your thoughts on him vs. Triple H?

There is really no point in talking scenarios for possible Sting matches in WWE because he’s currently with TNA Wrestling. Should that change, we can open it up. However, I do not see a fit in Triple H for an opponent. The match I would like would be Sting vs. The Undertaker but it’s a moot point for as long as Sting is working for another organization.  Click here to find out who is likely to face Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX.

Are there too many pay-per-views in WWE and would the company benefit from eliminating some of them?

This was the thinking in TNA Wrestling. They thought if they eliminated some of their pay-per-views it would make the ones they had more meaningful and would give them more time to build. While the company doesn’t release their buyrate data publicly, from everything I have heard, buys have remained virtually unchanged if not decreased. In short, it didn’t work. Pay-per-views are based on the attraction and as long as there is something to buy, people will buy. At one time I would have written that WWE had too many pay-per-views and eliminating some would be a good idea. However, TNA has shown that’s not the solution. The solution is to give fans something worth buying and they will buy.

Who do you label the biggest failure – Wade Barrett or Ryback? And what do you think of the “Bad News Barrett” gimmick?

I have to say Ryback because he’s been given more opportunities. The booking hasn’t been good but Ryback has been in situations where he should have been able to take the leap (e.g. going over clean against Chris Jericho at Money in the Bank) and hasn’t. Wade Barrett has had opportunities but not near at the same level. The “Bad News Barrett” gimmick came off as awkward on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. I want to give it some more time but if how it got over out of the gate is any indication, there’s no reason to be overly optimistic.

Does the original Sin Cara just not want to work for WWE anymore?

Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde is likely finished with WWE but remains under contract. I’ve speculated that WWE will simply allow for his contract to run out and choose not to re-sign him as part of Triple H’s “don’t fire anybody” edict. Just to note, the edict does not apply to developmental talent. Alvirde in WWE just didn’t work. While he had a tremendous amount of success in Mexico, he struggled to adjust to the WWE style (which is basically completely backwards) and battled injuries and even a Wellness suspension. If he does depart WWE as expected, I think he’ll resume a successful career in Mexico.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: I know it’s still very early on in their WWE careers and you don’t like answering questions like this, but if you could only pick one, who do you think has the brightest future? Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, The Shield, Big E Langston? - In my opinion I think they all have bright furthers, but there’s just something about Cesaro that reads face of the company to me. What I don’t like about this question is it’s impossible to give a satisfactory response. We haven’t seen enough of any of them (in WWE) to gauge their longevity. It’s also important to remember that looks can be deceiving as two years ago Wade Barrett seemed ready to break out and heading into 2013, he’s nothing more than a midcard talent. However, based on what we have seen, Antonio Cesaro is the “right now” prospect high on the WWE radar but even he has many hurdles to cross before entering the main event. Sandow is a guy Vince McMahon likes but he hasn’t come close to reaching his full potential. The Shield tore down the house at WWE TLC in a match of the year candidate although it’s still a very small body of work to make any sort of long-term judgment. I’m unable to judge Big E Langston at all until I at least see him work a match.

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  • Justin Lal

    Ryback’s failures are the fault of booking. They took their hottest rising star and had him lose 7 straight PPV matches.

    • Austin

      I completely agree. The bad booking is what screwed Ryback up. He was so over with the feed me more chants and had the whole arena chanting with him! I don’t blame Ryback for being pissed off backstage because of the booking but he should learn to control his attitude.

      • Xavier

        Agreed

    • Nostaljack

      I disagree. Rybread’s failures are a result of not being any good (mic or ring work), being hot-shotted, and whining about his spot when he’s not where he wants to be. Can you imagine how full of himself he’d be if he was actually booked properly? Yikes! He needs a good humbling but, because he has “the look”, he likely won’t get it.

      • Nick K

        This is correct, those guys are in denial about it.

    • Nick K

      I jusat love how you ignore all his attitude issues and various other backstage fails that have contributed to his downfall.

      • Austin

        Like I said, he should learn to control his attitude. I feel if he did, he could actually be a big star. Sure he isn’t that good at promos but he does have the look that WWE is looking for.

        • Nick K

          That was directed at lal, guy likes to pick and choose his facts. Even took the time to thumbs down my comment during his many times coming back to this to thumbs up himself.

    • Burr

      I feel it’s more of a case of both of these factors combined. I’m in no way a Ryback fan but to be booked the way he was gave him little to no chance to get/stay over. There have been plenty of stars with major attitude problems that were “just that damn good” to continue to be pushed in the top of the card anyways, ie Austin, HBK, Orton…I don’t see Ryback ever in the same talent bracket these 3 have, however it would be tough for even those guys to be taken seriously if they were buried on their first major push the way Ryback was.

    • Scott Davies

      You hit the nail on the head.

  • Patrick

    Just go with 2 sin caras and join them as tag team to establish maybe a likable tag team, i understand that there is a surplus of tag teams, imagine a Los matadores vs sin caras match!

  • Patrick

    Just go with 2 sin caras and join them as tag team to establish maybe a likable tag team, i understand that there is a surplus of tag teams, imagine a Los matadores vs sin caras match!

  • jdl

    He hasn’t “struggled” to adapt to the WWE style. The issue is that he was never given a chance to learn it, you cannot just toss him out into the ring and expect him to suddenly be awesome. WWE’s style, and the American pro-wrestling style in general, is the opposite of the standard Mexican style. You don’t just send someone out there and expect them to understand that his opponents will be focusing on opposite parts of his body than he’s used to, to target the opposite of what he’s used to, to move the opposite of what he’s used to. Sin Cara’s failure is an example of Triple H’s massive ego screwing a talented individual over.

    • Stephen Cash

      Sin Cara could have said “Let me train in OVW” anytime throughout his career… Never did.

    • Stephen Cash

      Sin Cara could have said “Let me train in OVW” anytime throughout his career… Never did.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        Maybe he did and WWE didn’t want him too?

      • Nick K

        How delusional is that? Were you there? How can you seriously state that without any way to back it up?

      • Nick K

        How delusional is that? Were you there? How can you seriously state that without any way to back it up?

    • Ricky

      My biggest gripe with Sin Cara was that he didn’t go to FCW before going to WWE. It was obvious he needed to adapt to the WWE style first.

  • Stephen Cash

    Wade Barrett has had just as many big level shots as Ryback… His feud with Orton, his feud with Cena… He had every opportunity and failed… I’m no proponent of Ryback, but he was a strong face and headed in the right direction until WWE turned him heel. Barrett and Ryback are both bad on the mic and in the ring… The ONLY difference is Ryback has a better look, but in my opinion neither belong in WWE, and there are a lot of others way more deserving of their spots.

    • Mysterion

      Why is everyone forgetting Ryback lobbied for the heel turn?

  • Venom

    Sin Cara: of they’re paying someone they should at least have him train in FCW under a different character. Maybe team with El Local or something. Have him job to other wrestlers until his contract is up and reevaluate him.

    Ryback: people like to give Ryback slack but he was in the wrong place at the wrong place at the wrong time. He made his debut around the summer if 2012 and things were going great. He was destroying jobbers and winning fans with the feed me more chants. Cena got injured and they needed someone to face Punk at HIAC. it was a no win situation cuz the plan was for Punk to face Rock at RR. That’s where everything went downhill.

    People want to see goldberg back. Why? He was a sloppy careless worker. If anything ryback might even be a better wrestler then Goldberg. But Goldberg didn’t stay too long. He was winning matches and when WCW closed he sat at home and collected his paycheck. Came to WWE and while he jobbed here and there after a year he left. Ryback unfortunately cares about being in WWE and being a pro wrestler and that’s his problem. Imagine if ryback was beating people left and right for a year and decided to leave like Goldberg or Brock Lesnar? Some fans would be pissed at him but years from now we’d want him back for a possible dream match.

    It’s all about leaving while you’re on top. But think about it. What is the difference between Ryback and Goldberg and to a far extent Brock Lesnar? I know Brock is an NCAA champ and won the UFC championship but in a worked match years ago he was lost in the ring and botched a wrestlemania main event finish.

  • Mike McCarthy

    Here’s the deal with Ryback and Wade Barrett. Both had jetpacks strapped to them, and they both succeeded. But once their giant pushes ended, creative failed them both. Ryback was actually doing a pretty good job when he got his main event push and kept up the good work for a while, but bad booking led to fans just not buying Ryback whatsoever. WWE failed Ryback, THEN Ryback failed Ryback. Over time he just became sloppy in the ring and bad on the mic. His mic work wasn’t great as a face, but it wasn’t bad either. Barrett ultimately succeeded with The Nexus gimmick which was great (despite the multiple changes to the stable) then WWE had to make sure they got everything they could out of The Nexus thus they made The Corre. The bottom line is, The Corre never should have worked. But thanks to great in-ring from all four and Barrett’s mic skills it succeeded. After The Corre disbanded was when it went downhill for him. Barrett ended up in a situation similar to Cody Rhodes. Creative kept changing their mind about whether to push him or not, when they did push him again he succeeded but he never received another opportunity like he did with the Nexus.

    Overall, whoever even sent in the question I think was way wrong. Yes, Bad News Barrett is bad. But you’re putting one segment of crap over years of great work. Go back and watch his triple threat Intercontinental Title match against Miz and Chris Jericho. That was only earlier this year and it was amazing. To me saying Wade Barrett was a failure is just crap (I’m sorry but I gotta say it) and this person is considering him as one of the biggest failures. Maybe I’m taking this to far but that really irks me.

  • Mike McCarthy

    Here’s the deal with Ryback and Wade Barrett. Both had jetpacks strapped to them, and they both succeeded. But once their giant pushes ended, creative failed them both. Ryback was actually doing a pretty good job when he got his main event push and kept up the good work for a while, but bad booking led to fans just not buying Ryback whatsoever. WWE failed Ryback, THEN Ryback failed Ryback. Over time he just became sloppy in the ring and bad on the mic. His mic work wasn’t great as a face, but it wasn’t bad either. Barrett ultimately succeeded with The Nexus gimmick which was great (despite the multiple changes to the stable) then WWE had to make sure they got everything they could out of The Nexus thus they made The Corre. The bottom line is, The Corre never should have worked. But thanks to great in-ring from all four and Barrett’s mic skills it succeeded. After The Corre disbanded was when it went downhill for him. Barrett ended up in a situation similar to Cody Rhodes. Creative kept changing their mind about whether to push him or not, when they did push him again he succeeded but he never received another opportunity like he did with the Nexus.

    Overall, whoever even sent in the question I think was way wrong. Yes, Bad News Barrett is bad. But you’re putting one segment of crap over years of great work. Go back and watch his triple threat Intercontinental Title match against Miz and Chris Jericho. That was only earlier this year and it was amazing. To me saying Wade Barrett was a failure is just crap (I’m sorry but I gotta say it) and this person is considering him as one of the biggest failures. Maybe I’m taking this to far but that really irks me.

    • Venom

      I agree with the first half of what you said but the last paragraph kind of contradicted what you were saying. And comparing him to Cody Rhodes is 100% true because it’s my theory on the intercontinental championship curse. I wrote in great detail on the IC title curse but it basically goes back from wade to Ezekiel to current holder. Every wrestler in the past few years their careers went downhill except Cody just started bouncing back.

      Bad News Barrett looks like a combination of The Genius/Bad News Brown. I think it’s meant to be a comedy. But Wade Barrett is a failure. And I like Wade Barrett I think he’s a good wrestler with a great marketable look. I was excited to see him return as a bare knuckled champion and I thought back when CM punk turned on him and kicked him out if Nexus he was going to turn face. Maybe join Cena or something and get his revenge on Punk. But no they kept him heel and moved him to Smackdown. Then it looked like they were gonna have a Corre vs Nexus feud at royal rumble that never happened.

  • Nick K

    As far as the ppv issue TNA’s audience is what it is and doesn’t fluctuate much especially compared to WWE’s audience so to say that it didn’t change anything for TNA so it wouldnt change anything for WWE is eyebrow raising to say the least. You deal in way too many absolutes which is why generally ask WNW tends to be the same answers to questions day in and day out.

  • David F.

    Another problem with the PPVS is the constant screwy finishes endings. If fans are buying over 50 bucks for ppv give them a clean ending. Screwy finishes are ok once in a while but not every PPV since SummerSlam. Also I think it would benefit WWE to eliminate May and June PPVs since that is down time and maybe replace one of the fall ppvs with King of the Ring. KOR could replace SS and you can use that PPV to elevate a young superstar

  • DW

    I think Barrett is a very “basic” wrestler. That’s not a bad thing, he is very much a classic style wrestler with some rough house. What I feel his issue is, is his character. He keeps changing and switching, give the guy multiple persinalities then maybe he would be interesting. He’s just isnt interesting.

    • DW

      Now that I think about it. Regal would be a great manager for him. Or just give his character to Regal to mold.

    • Scott Davies

      Barrett would of had a European Style teaching that is very much old school.

  • Bob’s Diner

    They aren’t going to do anything negative in regards to Sin Cara because he was HHH’s first major announcement when he got his new role. Like they are going to do anything that would impact poorly on his public perception – he is the heir to the throne and I’m sure they don’t want to say he made a huge mistake right after getting promoted.

    Also, TNA are hardly the right company to be using as a business model for pro-wrestling.

  • majo

    The Bad News Barrett gimmick was fun on The JBL and Cole show, but feel wrong on Raw

  • Lrgetrout

    Oh look, two answers with two links to two premium stories.

  • Scott Davies

    I love the Bad News Barrett gimmick. I think the role suits him well