Why do you think Kofi Kingston cannot seem to get a main event push?
Kofi Kingston was close a couple years ago to getting elevated and Randy Orton felt he wasn’t ready (and from what I heard, vocalized his opinion to company officials). Since then, Kofi has had respectable runs including his current run as one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions. Main event pushes all come down to the right opportunity and truthfully, there has been a lot of talent in front of Kingston. A worker must command the attention of the audience (with reactions and merchandise sales) to get taken to that next level. Once they get there, they have to prove they are capable of such a push. While Kingston is not challenging in the top of the card, he’s not in a bad spot either.
What the change in this year’s 30-man Royal Rumble match after last year’s 40-man match?
While the 40-man Royal Rumble offered a new promotional opportunity as the “biggest Royal Rumble ever,” not everyone was a fan. The most vocal critic was the original architect of the match, Pat Patterson. Patterson felt the extra ten men in the match watered it down and WWE tinkering with “his baby” was a huge slap in the face. I don’t know if Patterson’s feelings got the match back to its roots but I know he was very disappointed with the move last year.
Who would you like The Undertaker to face at Wrestlemania XXVIII – an established work such a Triple H, a rising talent such as Wade Barrett or a surprise like Brock Lesnar?
If The Undertaker is able to work Wrestlemania XXVIII, which he is expected but not confirmed, WWE has to be very careful with who they book as his opponent. Ending the streak would be a mistake, especially with no clear-cut rising talent capable of such a rub. Having an established veteran like Triple H end the streak would be a waste because Hunter is limited in what he can do as well. A surprise, such as Brock Lesnar, ending the streak wouldn’t make any sense unless someone like Lesnar agreed to a lengthy run in WWE. The best outcome is for The Undertaker to extend the streak to 20-0 so the question becomes – who does the job? If I’m booking, I’m not feeding a rising star to someone that is clearly towards the end of their career, working a very limited schedule. I’m also not feeding him a newly-established main event worker by running the risk of devaluing their future. My feeling is Undertaker needs to go over an established veteran where a loss would not hurt them. While I was initially against it, Triple H looks more and more suitable because he could provide Undertaker with a great match and a loss wouldn’t hurt. The field is clearly limited and much consideration must be given before “jumping the gun” on a decision that could haunt the company moving forward.
Why is WWE continuing with WWE NXT?
WWE is continuing with both WWE NXT and WWE Superstars to fulfill international television commitments. Honestly, no one cares about the programming and they are in contracts that cannot be broken. Vince McMahon recently described the way they are treating the secondary programming as “sitting on them.”
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