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I have read the accounts of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart in regards to the infamous Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997. Both place the blame on one another. Who do you think is telling the truth?

I’ve always heard there are two sides to every story and when you combine both sides, the truth is somewhere in between. The Montreal Screwjob was a bad situation because I can understand how it was no-win on both sides. On one hand if Vince McMahon put Bret Hart over Shawn only for his champion to go to WCW, how does that make WWE look? WCW was really putting the pressure on WWE and it would have been a disaster for their champion to leave for the competition. On the other hand, Vince had told Bret he was going over and Bret felt that his hard work and dedication had earned him the right to leave as champion. Bret was blindsided by the screwjob and he took it very personal. In the end I’m glad Bret and Shawn were able to reconcile their differences and while they’ll probably never be best friends, it was awesome for the business when the beef was squashed a couple years ago.

With The Rock and John Cena’s rivalry officially over, and with Rock stating he wants the WWE Championship one more time, do you think it would be possible for him to return at the Royal Rumble next year and go on to WrestleMania 29?

The Rock is rumored to have a contract similar to that of Brock Lesnar’s that will include more dates than just the build to Wrestlemania 29 and the pay-per-view itself. The Rock is expected to be involved in a match for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania although I do not have details on how the company plans on setting it up or who it will be against. Rock’s rivalry with John Cena is over and tonight his program with Brock Lesnar continues.

Are there any part-time superstars such as Triple H or Brock Lesnar scheduled for the Raw Supershow set for London next week?

Neither Triple H nor Brock Lesnar are scheduled for next week’s Raw Supershow from London. Given the way his match at Wrestlemania 28 ended, it looks like Hunter will be on an extended hiatus from TV. As for Lesnar, his next scheduled date after tonight is Raw Supershow on April 23rd.

Do WWE enhancement workers, or jobbers, get paid after a match. If so, how much?

All WWE workers under performer’s contracts get $500 when they appear on show as it’s called a “show bonus.” A WWE performer’s contract is structured so workers are paid downside guarantees (money they get no matter what), show bonuses, merchandise bonuses, pay-per-view bonuses and other structured payments throughout the year.

What does it say about the lack of main event talent that WWE has had to reach out Brock Lesnar & The Rock to feud with John Cena?

There is no question that WWE has struggled to find stars as big as Brock Lesnar and The Rock but what a lot of people don’t understand is you just can’t “create” a megastar. Workers like Lesnar, The Rock, John Cena, etc. are once in a decade talents with God-given talent that make them huge draws. WWE has created other main event stars, just look at the current titleholders in CM Punk and Sheamus. With that being said I think it’s great WWE has been able to bring in megastars such as The Rock and Lensar to put on entertaining programs. They are expensive but have proven to be huge draws.

I think David Otunga is a top heel with a legit lawyer gimmick and in-ring work the harkens back to “Ravishing” Rick Rude. Di you think he could be a real threat for main event status?

WWE officials are high up on David Otunga which is why he has had an increased role on television as the legal council for John Laurinaitis. I agree Otunga has a great physique and is a hard enough worker to get elevated but he still needs to work on his in-ring. Otunga certainly fits the mold McMahon has been known to push to the moon.

How was WWE able to use the Hulk Hogan character and likeness on last night’s Raw Supershow?

Everything WWE did with the Hulk Hogan character with the Three Stooges on last night’s Raw Supershow was done with property owned by WWE. They own the rights to the original “Real American” theme, titantron video and merchandise that was worn. Hogan is still compensated for merchandise moved off his name but nothing illegal was done last night. What I took away from the segment was how little McMahon cares about TNA. If he saw them as any threat at all he wouldn’t be featuring their talent but heck, look at what they did with Ric Flair. It’s great TNA has a national TV deal but other than that they pose no threat to WWE.

Was Brock Lesnar’s punch to John Cena’s face an accident or is their legitimate heat between the two?

Brock Lesnar and John Cena had personal issues during Lesnar’s first run with the company but I don’t think Brock was trying to hurt John last night. I seriously doubt they planned for Cena to take a stiff shot to the face but it could have been a case where Brock was trying hard to sell the beating and landed a clean blow to his face. While I’m sure Cena is sore this morning, the opening segment to last night’s Raw Supershow was epic.

Why didn’t WWE use the old Smackdown set for last night’s “blast from the past” episode?

Last night’s “blast from the past” Smackdown live left a lot to be desired. Sure, it was neat seeing some of the Legends but other than that, the show was pretty mundane. WWE went all-out with their “old school” Raw a couple of years ago and it went over quite well but last night just seemed like a throwaway show with the Legends filling the gaps for the Raw performers unable to appear because of the upcoming overseas tour. I don’t know why more effort wasn’t put forth but it was a show you can afford to miss if you haven’t seen it yet.

What is the latest on Brock Lesnar’s gimmick? Do you see him re-signing with WWE after Wrestlemania XXIX next year?

Brock Lesnar was brought in to work as a main event heel, which explains the pairing with John Laurinaitis. Vince McMahon wanted to do a Lesnar/John Cena program out of the gate so he knew he’d have to put him with one of the most-hated characters on TV to get him over (especially given the heat on Cena). As for Brock re-signing, it all depends on how it goes. WWE dropped a lot of money to get Lesnar for limited dates (rumored to be in the $5 million range) so it will also depend on if he helps business.

Why does Randy Orton seem like he’s getting bored with boring programming? Isn’t his stock the same as John Cena?

Randy Orton is WWE’s number two guy behind John Cena and remember Cena had a program with Kane prior to Orton’s program with him. A lot of readers have gotten restless with the booking of Orton and it might be time for a change but losing to Kane at Wrestlemania XXVIII I felt was a bad move. I expect Orton to “snap” and take out Kane at Extreme Rules based on the booking from last night.

In light of veteran superstars coming into the WWE and working limited schedules such as with The Rock and Brock Lesnar, why wouldn’t Sting now have the opportunity to finish his career with the WWE?

Sting is under contract with TNA until the end of the year and has remained loyal to Dixie Carter and company. He was very close to agreeing to a deal with WWE for Wrestlemania XXVII last year but ultimately decided to return to TNA. TNA provides him with a great opportunity to make money on limited dates but should his mind change, I’m sure WWE would be willing to listen, especially given Vince McMahon’s current mindset.

Do you think Scott Hall will ever get better or will he just keep getting drunk until he eventually drinks himself to death?

My hope is that Scott Hall gets better and is able to overcome his very serious addiction to alcohol. I really agree with Kevin Nash when he said the only person that can help Scott is Scott. Hall has had some of the best treatment available, completely covered by WWE, but continues to relapse. At this point it’s up to him and there is nothing anyone can really do.

What’s the deal with the Twitter drama between Mick Foley and Dean Ambrose?

The stuff between Mick Foley and Dean Ambrose is an angle that started with this video over Wrestlemania XXVIII weekend. It’s all a work that will result in the main roster call-up for Ambrose (formerly known as Jon Moxley). If you need to catch-up, check out the Dean Ambrose news page.

Why does Christy Hemme no longer wrestle?

Christy Hemme retired from the ring due to a neck injury sustained in 2009 while training with AJ Styles for a match against Awesome Kong at TNA Genesis. She tried to return after undergoing surgery and rehab but ultimately it ended her in-ring career.

Are Scott Steiner’s Tweets just him whining or is there some truth to his words?

Scott Steiner can be very opinionated to the point where he comes off as arrogant and annoying, however, his frustration with things in TNA aren’t limited to just him. There is a clear divide in TNA from the bottom to the top, with much of the undercard upset at the main event direction of the company. Not everyone in that company is riding the Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff bandwagon and I could name names… but I won’t;).

How is the injury list looking in WWE? Is Sin Cara still out for a few months?

Sin Cara isn’t due back until next month at the absolute earliest. Rey Mysterio is targeting next month for his return. Layla is said to be close to returning while Ted DiBiase began getting back in in-ring shape this week. Justin Gabriel is scheduled to be back towards the latter part of May while Wade Barrett isn’t expected back until SummerSlam.

Do you think Vince McMahon has lost his magic touch?

We get this question from time-to-time with readers wanting to know if I think Vince McMahon has “lost it.” Is Vince older and crazier? Yes, however, I still think he’s the best pro wrestling promoter of all-time. McMahon is a risk-taker but he knows what he is doing. There was a lot of criticism about the plans for this year’s Wrestlemania (such as announcing The Rock vs. John Cena one year in advance) but by all indications the company exceeded buy expectations over 1.1 million buys. McMahon’s next big test is the WWE Network which many feel could be a disaster but we’ll see what happens.

How does WWE accommodate their lower card workers in terms of hotels, transportation, weight lighting, etc?

WWE doesn’t accommodate any of their workers domestically as it’s up to them to get from show to show, pay for a hotel, find a gym, etc. Things are a little different when the company is overseas (as the roster travels together) but here in the States, it’s up to the workers. The company will assist in booking transportation and hotels for their workers but they do not cover these expenses.

I’m going to the April 23rd Raw Supershow in which the start time was changed from 8:15 to 7:15. While it’s not confirmed, is this the Raw that will host the 2012 draft?

WWE has not confirmed the date for the 2012 WWE Draft, however, April 23, 2012 is the rumored date. This is also the go-home for Extreme Rules which would make sense in that remaining Wrestlemania feuds will be blown off at the pay-per-view and the company can start fresh on April 30th. When/if a confirmation is made, we will pass the information along.

With WWE paying for the rehab of many former stars, you’d think the cost would add up. Do you have any idea, as to what WWE has spent on the rehab program since it began?

One would think the expense would add up but the only ballpark number I have heard for sure is what the company has spent on Scott Hall. Stephanie McMahon said in a piece that aired on ESPN last year the company has spent 6-figures on Hall which is the most they’ve spent on any former star.

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