Undertaker’s Future, CM Punk Is Really Gone, Paige’s Big Win, WWE Network Ratings, Summer Rae/Fandango Split

When the Undertaker recovers from his concussion, will he make one final appearance to say goodbye?

To the best of my knowledge Undertaker is not in any WWE plans for the immediate future. If you missed it on Wednesday, Steve Austin stated that Undertaker has agreed to do an interview with him. This is when I would expect a lot of questions to be answered. I honestly do not see Undertaker competing again and feel he should be a “first ballot” WWE Hall of Famer and should headline the Class of 2015.

Do you think the whole CM Punk issue is a work? The fact that WWE haven’t moved his profile to the alumni section of dot com makes me hopeful that he may return at any moment.

The situation with CM Punk is not a work. I know there are conspiracy theorists that are going to dispute that no matter what anyone says but I can tell you it’s 100% a shoot. As for CM Punk’s profile on dot com, he’s still under a WWE Performer’s Contract and will be until July. The plan with Punk since Vince McMahon was unable to get him back for Raw in Chicago in March was to leave him alone and hope he gets the itch to come back on his own.

Why did WWE let new Diva Paige from NXT take the title away from AJ Lee? Is Vince McMahon trying to stick it to her because of the CM Punk situation?

Vince McMahon has done the exact opposite. He’s high up on AJ Lee and wants her as happy as possible because of her connection to CM Punk. This is why she was put over at Wrestlemania XXX after already securing the longest Divas Championship reign in company history. As for Paige coming in and going over, WWE “turned the page” on Monday night and gave a big rub to a top-level prospect. In my opinion it couldn’t have been booked better and I expect big things from Paige.

Does WWE have any way of monitoring the ratings of live or even pre-recorded events that air on the WWE Network? Or are they in the dark on who’s watching what when?

I am not familiar with the administrative capabilities of the WWE Network, however, I imagine the company can target everything from who is watching what when to when is the last time a subscriber logged in. The technology is so good they have complete control what works and what doesn’t work.

Is this whole thing with Summer Rae and Fandango a work or a shoot?

The split between Summer Rae and Fandango is a work, playing out on Twitter like it’s a shoot. It’s good for the ratings of both Total Divas and WWE programming. Here’s the latest:

From the Ask WNW vault…

October 2013: What is the worst injury you have ever seen in the wrestling business? - Unfortunately, this is a relatively long list. Jesse Sorensen’s injury against Zema Ion at TNA Against All Odds last year was absolutely terrifying. Droz’s injury against D-Lo Brown was horrible, Steve Austin’s neck injury against Owen Hart was unforgettable. I think everyone remembers Sid Vicious’ compound leg fracture in WCW against Scott Steiner. We could go on and on but I think you get my point. There are far too many to just pick one and I wish I didn’t have to pick any. I don’t want to see anyone get injured under any circumstance. When they do, it’s my hope they are able to recover and get back in the ring. Everyone that steps through the curtain knows the risks and accepts it but it doesn’t make it any easier. People that celebrate injuries, based on what they think of a worker, are deplorable and highlight the lowest part of humanity.

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  • MadDawg

    I have to disagree with you Richard (and that doesn’t happen often). I’m not a fan of wrestlers being inducted into the HOF immediately after they retire. I understand why Vince wants to do it so soon, it just seems to take away from the prestige of the HOF in my opinion.

    • Matt

      Disagree. Undertaker more than deserves the honor as soon as it’s available to him, which is next year. He’s one of the greatest performers to ever lace up boots and having a name like him on a ballot would more than drive everything WWE wants from the event: prestige and money.

      • MadDawg

        I think if they wanted to truly capitalize on it, they could have inducted him this year. Ric Flair was inducted before he retired. That also raises the question, Who inducts him? Please don’t say Kane

        • Jack ‘Tristeza’ Hughes

          If they had inducted him this year it would have driven speculation towards him losing the streak way too obvious, not to a certainty but obvious it was his last mania. It makes more than perfect sense to induct him next year.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          HBK, HHH, Vince himself.

        • Matt

          It’s all too obvious as Jack said below. They let the streak catch everyone off guard and will be banking on that for a bit.

          • Clint

            I think you’re right. What will most likely happen is him have a career threatening match. Not sure against Brock or not but I see it happening. Fans wouldn’t be able to handle both the streak and his career ending at the same time. Also they need someone to headline the hall of fame for 2016 that makes sense in texas. Shawn and Austin are already in. I would look for the rock to be the headliner next year.

      • John

        Undertaker should be inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2016 when WrestleMania is in Texas. I thought for sure that he would have his retirement match at WrestleMania 32 in his home state. Obviously that’s not going to happen now so they should at least keep his induction for that weekend.

      • jason witten 82

        does he want it, i always heard he didnt want the ric flair send off….based of what i read on the net, no inside source lol

  • Matt

    Paige becoming champion has not only renewed my interest in the Divas division, it makes me excited to see it!! For next week’s Raw, I’m not looking forward to seeing Daniel Bryan or anything evolving with that; I wanna see Paige!! (Of course, I do wanna see Bryan just not as much)

    • Padres4life

      he won’t be there, he’ll be on his honeymoon. He gets married tomorrow and then he said they get five days off, so he’ll miss the weekend live events, Raw and Smackdown, but will be back for the live events next weekend and then only have two weeks of his build up match for Extreme Rules which strangely, doesn’t look like he’ll be defending his title, he might be paired with the Shield….Raw next week is all about the Shield and the Authority…..

      • Matt

        Good call, I forgot about him getting married.

  • Xavier

    How come you’re still answering CM Punk questions. People should be smart enough too figure out after almost 3 months of him not being on TV, no showing Chicago & Mania that its not a work

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      If he’s not showing up in Chicago or ‘mania, he’s not showing up at all.

    • Gary Robert

      b/c he’d rather answer that a few more dozen times than my Ultimate Warrior question which was pretty relevant and not talked about prior to the HOF :)

      • Guest

        You still on it about that. You didnt really have a legitmate important question(whether its relevant or not). Youre asking about what type of guy he really was because you seen 2 sides of him. Why would Richard answer that in the Ask WNW section? Think about that for a moment.

        • Gary Robert

          You don’t even know what I had asked him so I’m curious why you even have an opinion here…Guest.

          • Gary Robert

            and that being said, I look forward to the next installment of AskWNW where he answers yet another similar CM Punk question.

          • Howard Stern

            Bababooey

  • EvilMenace666

    Who In THeee Hell Is This Paige? I don’t watch INDIES crap wrestlers!!!!

    • Jack ‘Tristeza’ Hughes

      I know right?! Who wants a diva from NXT with a match of the year candidate under her belt, a huge wrestling history and from a background of pure wrestling with the skills to show for it?!

    • Mysterion

      I bet this dude loves Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Danial Bryan, Cesaro and CM Punk.

      • Howard Stern

        Not to mention Khali

  • Bob’s Diner

    CM Punk probably still moves a stack of merch on WWE’s online store – if they removed his profile it would cost them money

  • Gary Robert

    In your opinion the Paige/AJLee match could not have been booked any better? In my opinion, it could not have been booked any more poor. She holds the title for a record length of time then loses in a match where Paige’s only offensive maneuver is a leg sweep (and I hope to Hell that’s not her finisher, fyi) for a win!? If anything this was just another example of putting no effort into a Diva story line and match.

    • Bob’s Diner

      This. Also, I keep harping on about it and having hardcore fans argue with me, but seriously – neither AJ nor Paige ever said her name or who she was. I think NXT got mentioned once but that’s about it. Reminded me of Awesome Kong losing to Taylor Wilde in TNA… except TNA actually told people who Taylor Wilde was. The whole thing showed how much WWE care about the Divas

      • Craig

        They says her name a few times !!!

        • Bob’s Diner

          Go watch again – neither AJ Lee nor Paige ever said her who she was. Not once. AJ said something about her going back to NXT but that was about as much backstory as people got. Michael Cole said something about Paige being the NXT women’s champion, true. But again, if I don’t watch NXT why should that brief mention mean anything to me, if the girls in the ring can’t even express characters properly? Not to mention the WWE Divas are mostly void of talent, so simply having someone as ‘knowledgeable’ as Michael Cole saying that meant absolutely nothing to anyone.

          I get it – the hardcore fans that love NXT thought it was awesome. That’s cool. Still doesn’t make it a well-executed segment.

          That’s like saying Kevin Nash was great at promos; unless you followed the news sites like this, you never had any idea what he was actually talking about.

          • Gary Robert

            I think her name was only mentioned by Michael Cole, but I could be wrong.

          • Kid

            20 thousand people were chanting Paige in case you missed that. And it’s just a divas segment. Don’t get so worked up. It’s not going to be the main event of wrestlemania 31 where we need to know the 2 too names facing each other. And it’s also not about the hardcore NXT fans. It has to do with the wwe network where they are displaying NXT to the public. Real fans who are subscribers have access to all of that. If your not interested in any of that then it’s irrelevant for you to care so much about a little divas segment where they didn’t mention somebody’s name.

    • Jay El Bee

      That is her finisher, they just botched it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpe3RZIdO34

      • Gary Robert

        Ok, I suppose thats better.

  • Guest

    There is an article that surfaced last week about the WWE monitoring their audiences viewing pleasure and the top programs that we watch on the Network.

  • GOR

    Every1 seems to be so happy for Paige that it makes me feel like the odd man out. So be it !
    I don’t have any problem with Paige. But how can a girl from NXT just walk out, get a championship shot & win the title with a sloppy move ?
    For all this time, rest of the divas have fought & failed to win the title. Even capable contenders like Natalya &

    katlyn failed to defeat AJ & win the championship. & then WWE desides to just hand it over to Paige undermining AJ crazyness, Tamina’s outside influence & the submission move.
    There would have been definitely a better way of handelling this.

    • weebob

      They’ll probably say aj was worn out from the big divas match and wasn’t prepared for paige. Then again this is wwe so logic isn’t required.

  • monty

    Punk will be back just taking time off to recover and heal himself. Whether its shoot or work doesn’t matter. WWE is still sending Punk his check and sales of his Merchandise which i may add was selling well at Mania

    when he comes back this will all turn into work so IWC needs to chill. The man deserves his rest