What’s Wrong With Curtis Axel?, Sandow Upgraded, HBK Returning To The Ring, Why We Don’t Cover ROH, WM30 Tickets

What is it about Curtis Axel’s promos that are off? I cant put my finger on it. I mean, they’re not BAD promos. Just fall flat somehow…

I know exactly what you’re saying and it’s part of the reason why I gave Curtis Axel a little more time than I normally would when judging a gimmick because I thought it was just nerves. I can’t put my finger on it either but I honestly feel if he relaxed a little bit that he would be just fine. One thing I’ve noticed with a lot of younger workers is they are more concerned with following a script then they are playing their characters. Just to draw a comparison, watch the way Axel looks when he comes through the curtain and watch the way Goldust looks when he comes through the curtain.

A lot of people thought Damien Sandow being unsuccessful in his Money in the Bank “cash in” was a downgrade, however, it’s looking more and more like an upgrade. What are your thoughts?

Damien Sandow was booked under so many times prior to “cashing in” last week, pretty much anything other than losing was going to be an upgrade. I know many people backstage saw Sandow’s loss to John Cena last week as an upgrade and he’s working in a desirable spot right now but only time will tell how he’s booked going forward. We could argue that Sandow’s loss takes away from the “guarantee” of the Money in the Bank contract, which could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing. Sandow is a guy primed for a breakout and I would like to see it happen.

Do you think there’s any chance Shawn Michaels gets in the ring to square off with Daniel Bryan, possibly at Wrestlemania XXX?

Anything is possible and WWE can clearly re-visit Shawn Michaels vs. Daniel Bryan after the framework that was laid at Hell in a Cell and Raw last week, however, I continue to operate on what we know and that is Shawn is retired from the ring. When a retired worker gets back on television the whispers start almost immediately about an in-ring return. The whispers are fair as many guys, such as The Rock (or even Ric Flair), love the business and have a difficult time walking away. Michaels is still healthy enough to work and could get “bit by the bug” again but it’s also worth noting that he’s under WWE contract and appears when they need him. Workers that do not wrestle have a limited shelf life and run the risk of being overexposed if they do not wrestle.

Why do you not cover Ring of Honor?

We’ve significantly scaled back our coverage of Ring of Honor for a couple of reasons. The biggest has to do with public interest. Our readers are primarily interested in WWE followed by TNA Wrestling. I find that my time is better suited covering these because that’s where there is the most interest. Also, Ring of Honor doesn’t reach out to us at all. When Gabe Sapolsky was there or when Dave Lagana was there, they emailed us several times a week and made sure their product was getting out to our readers. We hear more from our WWE and TNA public relations reps than we hear from anyone in Ring of Honor. In fact, I couldn’t tell you the last time we had communication with what some consider the “third company.” If our readers aren’t showing an interest and they aren’t reaching out, there’s really no incentive to provide coverage.  It’s basic supply and demand.

With Wrestlemania XXX going on sale Saturday, November 16, 2013, will there be a presale?

I haven’t heard details on an Internet presale but I’m assuming there will be one. Tickets will be sold the Friday before at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Wrestlemania 30 On Sale Party. You can get more details at this link.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2011: Why does TNA try and sign all names that leave WWE instead of building up their own names? – TNA pursues WWE talent because of name recognition and the fact that WWE wrestlers are the best in the world at what they do. If you are a top wrestler in the world in 2011, you are going to work for WWE. There are exceptions like Kurt Angle but the fact of the matter is WWE is the top wrestling company in the world and offers their performers the best chance to make a lot of money. People that can’t make it in WWE or choose to leave due to certain circumstances, look for work in TNA because it gives them an opportunity to make money on a mainstream platform. I agree TNA should focus on home-growing talent; however, it’s also important they keep some of the names that have been around to make people care. So far, TNA hasn’t been able to make that work despite some of the biggest names in the business such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Sting. Vince McMahon’s mentality is if these workers can’t make TNA competitive than why should he worry about mid-card workers like John Morrison jumping ship?

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  • If you’re a fan, you’re a mark

    Do you remember Dolph Ziggler’s program with Cena? He looked good there too and has basically disappeared now…same thing is going to happen with Sandow…

    • Avalanchian

      Dolph opened his mouth about people publicly he probably shouldn’t have. Think the last was on Orton. Guess the WWE sees that as he still needs to mature.

    • Ricky

      Dolph ran his mouth and gained heat for what he did. I hope Sandow doesn’t wind up in the “I got buried by Cena.” club like so many others.

    • Jbreed

      What happened to Dolph Ziggler has happened to so many guys over the past few years. I don’t think it will be any different with Damien Sandow. Sandow will probably be relevant for the next 2 months and then he’ll disappear as well. It’s obvious because the road to WM starts in 2 months, which means the WWE will put all their time and effort into making big time matches for The Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, John Cena and whoever else. So basically Sandow will find himself nowhere near the main event scene for a long time, if ever, when his current program with Cena is over.

  • Tom

    Thing is I like Curtis Axel but let’s face it, he’s not his father or even his grandfather. Not to say he’s not a bad wrestler or even on the mic, but I think some people may have expected him to be like his father which is a tall order in itself. I could go on about it, but back in the 80′s and early 90′s, Mr Perfect was one of the best wrestlers in the business. Solid in the ring, great on the mic, and just had a look. Really hope it turns around for his son, cause I like the guy, either way. His father was absolutely perfect *does pencil flip in hand*

    • smark calloway

      now i know i’ll probably get a lot of heat for this and thumbs downs , but in my opinion i wouldnt say mr perfect was ” great ” on the mic. he did stumble his words a lot , and sometimes wouldnt know what to say , and thats why he had bobby heenan as a manager ( to talk for him ) . he did get better though during his announcing days on superstars and some of the ppv’s in 1996 ..but perfect was not perfect when it came to his mic skills

      • Jesse Sherwood

        I can agree on Perfect’s early mic work. He wasn’t always the most secure man on the stick, but by 93-94 he was quite steady and quickly becoming one of the best in professional wrestling. But the one thing I can say about him, no matter if he stumbled or lost his place, was that he had the conviction behind his words that you knew he believed in them and his character. That’s where Axel fails in my eyes. He just doesn’t have that conviction of character. Sadly, most of the locker room seems to be lacking in that department these days.

        • smark calloway

          no in 93-94 he was sans manager and i could still find you a few interviews he did in those days where he stumbled or would seem a bit lost sometimes ( no way could agree with you as one of the best on the mic of that era ..in 93-94 we had flair, arn , cactus, the hollywood blondes ( austin &pillman ) and hbk were developing nicely mic wise , jim cornette, shane douglas, paul heyman, scott ” johnny polo ” levy )..perfect always did his best work promo wise when he had a heenan or flair to play off of ..but his late 95-96 run as an announcer was his zenith when it came to his talking ability i think ( he wasnt a great announcer but he was pretty good and showed he had improved a lot ) ..but yeah, even if he did slip up you always did believe what he said in his promos though( and thats the most important thing )

    • Ricky

      Curtis Axel just doesn’t look comfortable out there at all. His father was like that in his AWA days but by the time he hit WWF he was one of the best. Yes Curt wasn’t always gold on the mic that’s why he had a mouthpiece in Heenan. Mister Perfect had that look to him of a star. Curtis Axel just looks lost and it really is a shame and I really hope he finds his way before they give up on him again and he’s released.

    • Jbreed

      Curtis Axel needs some kind of gimmick. He’s basically Michael McGuillicutty with a different name.

    • Lebron James

      Give the man time to develop! Wrestling fans are the only group of idiots who don’t realize it takes time for athletes of any sort to find their niche. Not everyone is Jordan. He’s only been on t.v consistently for less than a year, he needs time. Curtis isn’t bad, he just needs stop being so robotic in my opinion. But he’s a very believable champ. If he was booked with confidence it would help his character out alot.

      • Tom

        I want him to be good, I’m pulling for him. I agree with you 100% he’s been pushed under the bus hard and he’s still young I really hope he gets it and becomes a boss in the ring

  • The Breaker

    I have to say, I am loving Big E Langston right now. He’s really been showing that he has the ability to eventually be the main event player that they tried to make out of Ryback.

    • Ricky

      My biggest problem with Big E is he reminds me a lot of Bobby Lashley. He’s got the power moves for sure, but seems to lack any personality. With that we just have a big guy who is ok in the ring but that’s about it.
      As for Ryback the biggest mistake they did was push him to the main event last year, the 2nd biggest mistake they did was turn him heel and destroy all fan interest in him.

      • The Breaker

        I totally agree on Ryback, but not with Big E. He’s had moments where he’s shown his more animated side. His time down in NXT is a good example of that. One instance that stuck out to me on RAW was when he “proposed” to Kaitlyn. And he’s amazing on Twitter.

        • Xavier

          His stuff on twitter is hilarious

      • Jbreed

        The difference between Bobby Lashley and Big E Langston is Big E is a lot more intimidating. Lashley just seemed like one of those big, friendly monsters who was hardly intimidating at all especially when he spoke.

      • Jbreed

        The difference between Bobby Lashley and Big E Langston is Big E is a lot more intimidating. Lashley just seemed like one of those big, friendly monsters who was hardly intimidating at all especially when he spoke.

        • Ricky

          Lashley’s biggest weakness was he couldn’t shoot a promo. He was dull, monotone and uninteresting to listen to.

  • http://Johnaguilera.prosite.com/ John Aguilera

    I can’t wait to get WrestleMania tickets! Hopefully I get to cross this off my bucket list.

  • Scott Davies

    I have interest in Ring of Honor. Another show I would recommend is TCW. Looks really good. A show I watched featured The Rock n Roll Express. If there are any true pro wrestling fans here. It is something to check out.

  • BIG M

    I could care less about ROH but New japan PW Noah and CMLL and AAA I’m very interested in why can’t WNW do an article or 2 on Pururesu and Lucha.

  • Connor

    I’d happily cover ROH and NJPW, it’s kind of a pain to view them in the UK though

  • Connor

    I’d happily cover ROH and NJPW, it’s kind of a pain to view them in the UK though