WNW Premium Newsletter – WWE Getting Out Of The PPV Business?, Kane Returns, X-Pac Getting More Stroke In WWE, Trish Turns Down Raw Appearance, Latest Chris Jericho To WWE Update, Another TNA Departure, Ask WNW Archive & All The Big News From This Past Week

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This week’s edition covers news from Saturday, December 10, 2011 to Friday, December 16, 2011 as well as all five Ask WNW segments from the week. Use this newsletter as your own personal tool to catch up on any of the news that you may have missed during the week. Below is a table of contents:

Note From Richard: For those that have asked, the Newsletter is organized with the news posted on Saturday at the top with the most recent stories at the bottom. We have it organized this way so you can read the news in the order in which it happened. Thanks for your support!

Table Of Contents
- WWE News
- TNA Impact Wrestling News
- Ask WNW

WWE News

- John Morrison has posted the following video on his YouTube channel, in which he discusses his future plans in the professional wrestling business. He mentions the possibility of going to TNA, Japan, or back to WWE to wrestle, but reveals that his current plans are to take a break and heal in order to give him a longer future in the business. The video is embedded below:

- Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Beth Phoenix, John Cena and Alicia Fox were all visiting with troops in Fort Bragg yesterday. The Fort Bragg Patch has a new article online on stars visiting the Tolson Youth Center to talk to students. You can read the article at this link.

- Former WWE Diva Amy “Lita” Dumas was arrested Friday in Columbia County, Georgia. Dumas was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Bond has been set at $2,200. I have obtained a snippet of the arrest report that is listed at 12:40 AM on Friday. It appears she has made bail and is no longer incarcerated.

- Two workers that trained in Taka Michinoku’s “Kaientai Dojo” in Japan are now working in Florida Championship Wrestling. The workers are Jiro (real name Taishi Takizawa) and Sakamoto (formerly known as KAZMA).

- John Cena took to Twitter this weekend to express how thankful he is for his fans, including the ones that “hate” him. Cena said it’s been a very difficult month for him personally and during times like these it helps him see how much he loves wrestling.

- Batista appeared on The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show on 106.7 The Fan on Friday night and had some interesting comments regarding John Cena.

The end of his WWE run: I think, you know, they did the whole PG direction thing, I think that works for Cena; the little kids love him, cause he’s a great character, he’s someone they can look up to. The girls love him, good looking guy, says all the right things, does all the right things, but the hardcore fans can’t stand him. He is Mr. Hokey, Mr. PG… to me; he killed hardcore, edgy wrestling.

His final feud with John Cena: I was playing the part of the heel, but they were still booing the hell out of Cena. I really had to go that extra step to be a heel against this guy.

He also said he’s not in a rush to go back and work with The Miz and The Miz doesn’t do it for him.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

- Jerry Lawler is on the booking sheets to wrestle Michel McGillicutty at the 12/27 WWE Raw holiday house show from Madison Square Garden in New York City. From what I understand this will be a one-shot thing where their past feud is re-visited for the holiday show and not something new. Lawler’s inclusion in the match is being billed as “A Special Appearance by the WWE Hall of Famer” The full advertised lineup is available at this link.

- Jimmy Uso’s court date for charges of Driving Under the Influence has been postponed until January 2012. Uso was arrested in the early morning hours of September 29, 2011 in Tampa, Florida after a police officer observed Uso traveling the wrong way in his silver Ford Mustang. His BAC was reported at .180, more than double the .08 legal limit.

- Jim Ross took offense to Michael Cole making the following comment on last week’s Smackdown:

“I have nothing wrong with my mouth…unlike JR”

For those that do not know, JR suffers from Bell’s Palsey, a disorder of the nerve that controls movement of the muscles in the face.

Ross wrote on his Twitter account it was “sad commentary” and he hopes Cole “never gets ill.” He said with Vince McMahon not at the show, a writer can’t be blamed and it was Cole’s “poor attempt” at being a villain.

- Reports are beginning to surface that WWE is getting out of the pay-per-view business. I’m told by a source close to the company that nothing has been decided 100% and nothing will be “any time soon.” The current plan is to move most of the B-level shows to the WWE Network while still carrying some, if not all, of the “big four” shows on pay-per-view. According to my source with knowledge of the situation, Wrestlemania XXVIII will the last pay-per-view until SummerSlam 2012 under the current direction (remember there was talk about airing Wrestlemania on the WWE Network to launch it). Royal Rumble 2013 would also be on pay-per-view in theory and right now company officials are undecided on Survivor Series 2012. I’m told the deciding factor that will determine WWE’s decision will be how many buys SummerSlam does after months of B-level pay-per-views being aired on the WWE Network. This will ultimately decide how many shows will be on pay-per-view rather than the WWE Network. Everything will be under the “wait and see” approach once the WWE Network launches the new format. My source expects “four or five” shows to remain on pay-per-view each year. However, as much as plans have changed and continue to change, SummerSlam 2012 will be a pivotal show in the decision making process.

- Triple H was at Metallica’s 30th Anniversary show on Saturday night at The Fillmore in San Fransico, California. He cut a promo and drew a reaction from the crowd.

- Chris Jericho was at the show as a spectator and wrote about it on Twitter.

- With the forthcoming debut of the WWE Network, WWE is pulling the plug on WWE Classics on Demand. Providers were notified the service would cease to exist the first of next year.

- WWE ’12 has moved more than 810,000 units.

- Embedded in the video below is the premiere trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis (Thanks to WNW reader Mathew Lisett for sending this in.):

- Embedded in the video below is the cryptic video that appeared on tonight’s Raw Supershow. The cryptic video is still promoting the January 2, 2012 edition of the show:

- Amy “Lita” Dumas presented the Slammy for the Divalicious Moment of 2011 at tonight’s Raw Supershow featuring the 2011 WWE Slammy Awards.

- Also returning to TV, Road Dogg Jesse James presented the Slammy for Pipe Bomb of the Year. He also taped an appearance on the Tribute to the Troops special that will air tomorrow and Saturday. James recently received a tryout as a producer, however, I am unable to confirm if he got the job on a full-time basis as of this writing.

- WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas co-presented with David Otunga for Trending Superstar of the Year.

- Triple H returned to WWE television on tonight’s Raw Supershow to promote his match this Sunday against Kevin Nash at WWE TLC: Tables Ladders & Chairs. Hunter has been off TV since October with a storyline “fractured vertebrae” injury.

- Jim Ross legitimately forgot his lines on tonight’s Raw Supershow and said it was the worst segment of TV he’s ever killed. JR apologized to Jerry Lawler on Twitter and posted the words of his rap against Michael Cole:

Michael Cole ur d— fool. King beat u like Gov Mule. I should call Raw ur not in my class. U kissed kings feet now u can kiss my a–! Whew.

Cole mentioned JR’s Tweet on the air as JR wrote he had a “brain fart.” He’s also apologized to fans that Tweeted him about the segment.

- CM Punk won the Slammy Award for “2011 Superstar of the Year” tonight, beating out Alberto Del Rio, John Cena, Mark Henry, The Miz and Mark Henry. The award was presented by a returning Rey Mysterio who is currently out with a knee injury.

- Kane returned to WWE on tonight’s edition of Raw Supershow during the main event of John Cena vs. Mark Henry, wearing a mask. Kane came to the ring and took out Cena before removing a welder’s-type mask and exposing the one pictured to your right. The former World Heavyweight Champion has been off WWE television since July on requested time off. In storyline, Mark Henry “fractured” his tibia, leaving him out at least “three months.” I was told this weekend the company planned on bringing him back and programming him with Henry to avenge his storyline injury once Henry completed his program with Big Show. Kane’s return comes as somewhat of a surprise as The Big Red Machine was expected to be held out until next month. Plans for his return began to be pitched at the beginning of November. The first idea was for him to return at Survivor Series then for Royal Rumble. However, as I stated in Sunday’s WNW Premium Mailbag, I expected Kane’s return to take place on weekly television rather than a pay-per-view because the company had already been airing vignettes promoting his return.

- WWE will release a DVD/Blu-ray set on Triple H on March 13, 2012. Below is a synopsis for the project:

“Triple H continues to build upon his enduring legacy.

The 13-time world champion upped his game in 2011 first taking on Undertaker in a brutal No Holds Barred Match at WrestleMania XXVII and then shocking the world when he relieved his father-in-law, Vince McMahon of power to take control of Raw as the new COO. Triple H continued on even with a superstar walkout forcing him out of his position, followed by memorable bouts with CM Punk and former friend Kevin Nash.

Now the Game looks back at his storied career, as this DVD collects more than two dozen of his greatest matches, along with all-new interviews where Triple H reflects on these touchstone moments throughout the years.”

- ComicBookMovie.com reported that Sgt. Slaughter is rumored to have a cameo in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis. (Thanks to WNW reader Patrick Peralta for the link.)

- The following is from my Twitter account:

I am re-posting this here to stop the influx of readers asking about Wrestlemania XXVIII matches. There are going to be a lot of rumors regarding Wrestlemania matches but the above are the only two things the company has announced. Some are reporting the card, including talent that isn’t even signed and leaving out 50% of what has already been announced (by excluding Daniel Bryan).

- I’m told Sean “X-Pac” Waltman has been getting more involved with WWE lately. One observer tells me it’s mainly Hunter throwing his buddy a bone to help him out. While it’s believed Waltman has been seeking some type of job in WWE’s developmental system, I’m told the company has been reluctant to offer him a full-time position. Sean is a guy that’s well-liked and respected and has been rewarded with temporary work such as heading up WWE-affiliated training sessions. He recently filmed material for the upcoming WWE Network. However, Waltman’s downside has been dependability as I was told there was a specific incident where he failed to show up for a prior commitment with the company. Furthermore, there is a certain image associated with Waltman’s behavior/personality that worries some that hiring him could result in negative publicity. One person with knowledge of the office’s thinking told me there are some higher-ups that think employing him might not end well. This has been why Waltman has been kept around but at a distance where there is no formal affiliation. Triple H wants to help out his friend but the company wants to be protected at the same time.

- The Newnan Times-Herald has a new article online looking at the family of Fit Finlay. It also reveals Finlay’s son, David, plans on going to wrestling school in Japan when he graduates high school. Click here to read the full article.

- WWE will return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California for a house show on Friday, February 24, 2012.

- John Cena wrote the following on Twitter about Kane’s return to WWE on last night’s Raw Supershow:

- The rate to book John Morrison is $5000 per appearance. While widely expected to end up in TNA Impact Wrestling, Morrison is staying in shape and rehabbing his neck and ankle.

- Time Magazine has a write-up on “Macho Man” Randy Savage, listing him in their “Fond Farewells” of 2011 section. You can read their article at this link.

- WWE has announced a house show from the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, February 26, 2012.

- I’m glad to see Chris Jericho agrees with me regarding the ridiculous NEWZ sites and publications that are booking him for a Wrestlemania XXVIII match. Here’s what Jericho had to say:

- WWE contacted Trish Stratus to appear on Monday’s Raw Supershow, however, she declined the invitation. While only Trish can answer the question why, there do not appear to be any problems between the two parties. If WWE does another season of Tough Enough, which Steve Austin said was to be 95%, she is expected to be a trainer.

- Sources close to Chris Jericho’s negotiations with WWE have confirmed to me that negotiations are taking place and are going well. I’m told the two sides are “close” but as of Monday, he had not signed a new contract.

- The plan prior to this week’s Raw Supershow was for Kane to return to WWE next month and feud with Mark Henry after Henry’s program with Big Show concluded.

- WWE released a new Public Service Announcement against bullying of gay and transgender youth. The PSA was posted on the official YouTube channel of GLAAD. You can view it embedded in the video below:

- We get a lot of emails from readers that are curious about ring attire in WWE. Newsarama.com has a new article online featuring a Q&A with Jilly Thompson who designed Daniel Bryan’s new ring gear. Click here to read it. (Thanks to WNW reader Patrick Peralta for sending the link.)

- Part three of Arda Ocal’s interview with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is embedded in the video below:

- Wrestling News World reader Carl Dantes sent this in… Shawn Michaels and Under Armour have agreed to an endorsement agreement for the upcoming year. Speaking of Shawn, he & his co-host Keith of “Shawn Michaels’ MacMillan River Adventures” will be on the air on http://www.mrahunting.com on December 16th, Friday at 8:30pm EST. They will be having their 2nd LIVE VIDEO CHAT/Q&A interactive discussion w/ their fans. Those who want to participate may log on to http://www.mrahunting.com now and HAVE to register to submit questions and they will answer and discuss it on air live.

- Lilian Garcia is not putting her music career on hold with her return to WWE. Lilian is scheduled to film a new music video next week.

- I can now confirm that BG James, also known as Road Dogg Jesse James, is now working as a producer full-time in WWE. James made two appearances on WWE television this week, on Monday’s Raw Supershow and again on Tuesday’s Tribute to the Troops.

- BG James, who is now a producer backstage in WWE wrote the following on Twitter:

James later wrote to a Twitter follower it was to “check up on his ankle.”

- The New York Daily News has a new article online today featuring quotes from WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. In the piece, Rhodes explained the importance of WWE Tribute to the Troops. Below is an excerpt:

“I won’t lie to you; I choked up,” he said, when he saw the WWE performers and other stars mingling with troops after the show.

“You try to give your best show every night,” said Wallace, “but for this you want to give your better-than-best show. I have about five hours of material and I tried to do my best seven minutes.”

Rhodes said the troop salute, which WWE has been doing for nine years, is one of the most important things the organization does.

“You work all year to be on Wrestlemania,” he said. “This kind of sneaks up on you. But when you get there, you realize this is even more important, because it’s for the troops. It’s real.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

- It appears there are plans for a John Cena vs. Kane feud on Raw Supershow. The match is officially advertised for the December 30th Raw house show from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. While house show matches are not firm in terms of their reliability, they show the direction the WWE creative team is leaning. Given the amount of times things change, there is no way to say the program is 100% until it actually kicks off although the framework was laid with Kane attacking Cena on Monday. As of this writing, Cena is advertised for WWE TLC on Sunday and Kane is not.

- Kane‘s roster profile on the official WWE website has been moved to Raw. It appears that Kane will now be touring with Raw and appearing on the flagship show. Click here to view the WWE roster page.

- The Carroll County Times out of Maryland has a new article online featuring quotes from Zack Ryder. In it, he discusses the success of his online TV show and how he used to get on television. Below is an excerpt:

“I had nothing to lose; I was on a path to get released. What were they going to do? Fire me? Not put me on TV? I wasn’t on TV anyway,” Ryder said. “My life was going to change one way or the other.

“I knew I was either going to get fired or get noticed. I got noticed.”

Click here to read the full article.

- If Chris Jericho plans on returning to WWE, he’s doing everything he can to throw fans off. Below is from Jericho’s Twitter:

I posted the latest on Jericho and WWE earlier this week at this link.

- Embedded in the video below is a new Bret Hart interview. In it, he puts over today’s talent but criticizes the “cookie cutter” look and the office that’s directing the product. He alleges the office doesn’t understand the talent they have and he’s so sick of all the names they’re pushing.


TNA Impact Wrestling News

Diva-Dirt.com has a new interview online with Karen Jarrett. Below are some teaser excerpts the publication sent us:

Growing up a wrestling fan: “My entire life I’ve been a wrestling fan. From the age of 10 years old, I started watching wrestling with my grandfather and have just been a huge fan. I was a fan of Miss Elizabeth, Sherri [Martel] and I just loved the business.”

“Even when Kurt and I got married, he had never watched professional wrestling and when he started talking about getting into it, we were watching it and I would instruct him because I knew who everybody was. I was just very into it and love it.”

Thoughts on Vickie Guerrero: “To be honest, I think Vickie is an incredible woman. She was a great wife and she’s a great mother. As for the fans and the marks out there, or the people who get behind their little computer, you throw out some bait and they jump on it and I think people ran with it. It is what it is. But I have great respect for Vickie and her raising her daughters and everything that she has done.”

You can listen to the full interview embedded in the player below:

- James Storm has been medically cleared to compete against Kurt Angle at tonight’s TNA Final Resolution pay-per-view.

Storm spoke with The Miami Herald about the concussion he suffered and of course promoted Final Resolution. Below are some quotes from the piece:

“TNA is taking a stand on this, which they should,” Storm said. “They’re not letting me have any kind of contact, until they get the letter that says I’m cleared.”

“I didn’t really know the knowledge of it [the concussion], until I suffered a pretty severe one,” Storm said. “It’s one of those things that definitely should be taken seriously.

“A lot of wrestlers think they’re superhuman, and it would just go away, but the problem is it might go away for a day, but in the long run, it’s going to affect you. So you need to take care of the problem as soon as you can. It’s a good thing the NFL has cracked down on it. With NFL cracking down on it big time, that it kind of trickled down to all different sports. So it’s really been good for everyone.”

You can read their full interview with him at this link.

- TNA Impact Wrestling is set to begin taping for their new India project later this week. In addition to management names mentioned here, the following workers are connected with the project:

* Chris Masters
* Chavo Guerrero
* Cheerleader Melissa (formerly Raisha Saeed )
* Cliff Compton (formerly Domino)
* Nick Dinsmore (formerly Eugene)
* Sonjay Dutt
* Shawn Daivari
* Arya Daivari (Shawn’s younger brother)

The project is being backed by the Netherlands-based production company Endemol (who is known for producing Fear Factor, Deal or No Deal and other hit shows) and is set to air on the Colors network in India.

- Neither Hulk Hogan nor Eric Bischoff were at last night’s TNA Final Resolution pay-per-view from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Bischoff spent his evening on Twitter, hurling insults at Hogan’s ex-wife Linda. This is the first pay-per-view since Hogan and Bischoff joined TNA in January 2010 that neither one was at the show.

- A fan Tweeted Chris Jericho last night that James Storm used his “Code Breaker” finisher in his match against Kurt Angle at TNA Final Resolution. Below is Jericho’s response:

Whos James Storm?

- As expected, TNA Genesis will be headlined by Bobby Roode defending the TNA Championship against Jeff Hardy. TNA has already officially announced the match. I reported early last month here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff see Jeff Hardy as the babyface that should be carrying the company and the title should ultimately end up on him. TNA Genesis will take place Sunday, January 8, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We’ll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.

- Michael Tarver is sitting front row ringside at tonight’s TNA Impact Wrestling taping from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

- Below is the latest list of talent for TNA Impact Wrestling’s upcoming project in India set to begin filming in the country on Thursday:

* Chris Masters
* Chavo Guerrero
* Cheerleader Melissa (formerly Raisha Saeed )
* Cliff Compton (formerly Domino)
* Harry Smith
* Nick Dinsmore (formerly Eugene)
* Luke Gallows
* Jimmy Rave
* Joey Ryan
* Sonjay Dutt
* Shawn Daivari
* Arya Daivari (Shawn’s younger brother)
* Zema Ion

- The UK Sun has a new article online featuring quotes from Winter. In it, she echos a tone similar to Gail Kim in terms of her opinion of the Divas division in WWE. Below is an excerpt:

“I’d never go back to the WWE. I’m in a good place now and TNA allow me to continue my acting interests in LA. WWE don’t let talent do that, TNA on the other hand let us pursue outside work and they see the benefit it brings to both of us.”

Click here to read the full article.

- The inevitable parting between Jesse Neal and TNA Impact Wrestling has happened. Neal finished up with the company on Monday night as an injury angle was taped in a match with Gunner that will air on tomorrow night’s edition of Impact Wrestling. Neal is already booked on the indy’s as the folks at I Believe In Wrestling sent word he’s on their 12/17 show in Orlando, Florida.

- The following are from the official Twitter account of Shannon Moore:

- For those that missed the airing of last night’s Impact Wrestling, both Jeff and Karen Jarrett were “fired” by Sting in a backstage vignette. The angle was actually done to write Jeff off TV as he heads to India to work on the company’s project there. The segment was not taped in front of the live audience at this week’s television tapings.

- Melina says she isn’t the masked Knockout in TNA Impact Wrestling. The following is from her Twitter:

- Kim Neilson, formerly known as Desire in TNA, is a contestant on the next season of “The Biggest Loser” on NBC.


Ask WNW

If a superstar is injured when they are released from WWE, does it count on their 90-day non-compete clause?

Yes, a 90-day non-compete clause is an agreement added to many WWE contracts to prevent a worker from leaving WWE and showing up the next week in TNA (or another mainstream promotion). It doesn’t matter if they are injured, ill or anything else. The objective of the clause is to keep someone from carrying their momentum they gained from WWE programming to another organization the following week. Vince McMahon got burned far too many times in the 1990′s with WCW taking workers and putting them on live TV.

Am I the only one who thinks TNA is making a mistake with their project in India? I’m from India and people don’t even know what TNA is and I am actually training to become a pro wrestler. WWE seems to have the market over here.

Vince McMahon made further WWE expansion into India a priority a couple of months ago, however, has since backed off it. Meanwhile, TNA, who some will say is a couple steps behind WWE in just about everything, recently decided to try their hand at the market that many see as untapped. While my easy answer to this question is TNA should worry about their product domestically before expanding globally, they really don’t have much to lose. Domestic revenue streams are either struggling or just barely getting by while this latest project presents them an opportunity to expand into a hungry fan base. They have a significant production company backing them and a TV deal to boot so I guess it’s worth a shot.

My favorite WWE pay-per-view is Royal Rumble. Can you give us some insight as to how the 30-man Royal Rumble match is booked, how the workers are selected by number and what happens right before they come out to join the match?

The 30-man Royal Rumble match is booked just like any other match. The WWE creative team decides on how they want it booked in terms of a winner, order of entrants and order of eliminations. They give the plans to the producers who give it to the talent. Everything is laid out from who enters to when and how they are eliminated. WWE is not going to allow someone green or inexperienced to work a risky spot where they could be accidentally eliminated, however, the more a worker is trusted, the more they’ll be allowed to do. As for what happens backstage, the workers stand in the gorilla position when they are set to enter just like always and go out when they are given the word from production. Everything in WWE is organized in terms of the booking of matches.

What will happen with Tony Chimel now that Lilian Garcia is back?

I heard Tony Chimel has been reassigned and will remain with WWE despite the return of Lilian Garcia. WWE officials searched to find another successful female ring announcer to replace Lilian but much like their search to find a replacement for Jim Ross, they never found one.

Am I the only one that notices a relationship between the current cryptic videos and the 2000 Judgment Day trailers that brought The Undertaker back under the biker gimmick?

I will admit I had not given this any thought; however, I want to include both videos to give everyone an idea of what you’re talking about:

Cryptic video from last night’s Raw Supershow:

Return promo for The Undertaker back in 2000:

I see similarities and can tell you I have only heard two names associated with the current cryptic videos – The Undertaker and Chris Jericho. The word I got was that they could use the videos for Undertaker unless Jericho was signed, then they could use them for him. However, the above video that aired last night has everyone thinking the videos are now talking about a female. I’ve had people ask me every name from Kharma to Michelle McCool. I have not been made aware of a third name and can tell you Jericho claims to have no knowledge of the videos.

If The Undertaker retires next year at Wrestlemania XXVII how do you think WWE should handle the situation in terms of breaking the streak?

The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania XXVIII should not be ended. I understand it would be a huge rub for anyone that broke it; however, I don’t see anyone capable of such a tremendous accomplishment. Based on the wording of Triple H’s promo last night, some are speculating a rematch next year. While I won’t get into my thoughts on an Undertaker/Triple H rematch, it would be pointless for someone like Hunter to end the streak. He’s also nearing the end of his in-ring career and would not benefit (aside from maybe his own ego) what-so-ever.

I’ve heard it said on WWE commentary that the more matches a Superstar or Diva wins, the more money they make. Is this true?

There is no bonus for going over like there is in a legitimate fight like in an MMA bout or boxing match. However, the statement is true in theory as anyone accumulating wins is being pushed thus they are more likely to sell merchandise. The more merchandise a worker moves, the more money they make (based on revenue sharing through bonuses paid to the independent contractor).

Is it harder for the worker playing the role of the heel to work with John Cena considering how much heat he’s getting?

It’s much more difficult and Batista recently spoke out about it. Batista said he had to “really go that extra step” to draw heat because of how much heat Cena was generating. I can’t imagine what it’s like now as Cena’s heat has gotten much louder since then.

What do you think is keeping Goldberg from signing with WWE for at least one last match at Wrestlemania?

Goldberg would gladly come to WWE and work a final match at Wrestlemania. The problem is he wants a lot of money for just that – one match. From what I’ve been told, Vince McMahon would like him to sign a contract where he’d be around for awhile so the company could build him. While I’ve always like Goldberg’s work, he’s a guy that overvalues his services because he can. He doesn’t need the money and feels like if WWE wants him bad enough, they’ll give him the deal he wants.

What should main event Wrestlemania XXVIII? The Rock vs. John Cena or The Undertaker defending the streak – which would likely be his final match ever?

First of all you’re getting ahead of yourself. While expected to return, The Undertaker is still on hiatus from WWE and is not booked for Wrestlemania. There have been two matches announced, none of which involve Undertaker. If he is announced for the show, which he is expected to be, we do not have an official word about him retiring. There have been rumblings it could be his last, however, I at least want to see him return and get booked before we start planning his retirement. With that being said, The Rock vs. John Cena has to go last because it is the focal point of the show.

What does WWE gain from putting the mask back on Kane?

WWE gains a refreshing new character portrayed by an experienced veteran that gives them another main event talent people want to see. Many would argue WWE hurt the Kane character when they originally took the mask off, however, that argument was damaged when he was given the biggest push of his career (as World Heavyweight Champion) without it. Kane is the only thing that left people buzzing after this week’s TVs and I’m looking forward to the progression.

What is the reason for the Raw rating going down while the Smackdown rating is going up?

This is the million dollar question that can only be answered with theories fueled by personal opinion. The trend that concerns me with the Raw rating is the show is constantly losing audience in the second (or in this week’s case, third) hour. WWE is getting the audience but they aren’t keeping them and that is something that must be fixed.

Is it true that when Kane first debuted, it wasn’t really Glenn Jacobs?

There have been fake Kane gimmicks used in WWE which has caused a lot of people to create conspiracy theories about the original Kane gimmick. Kane is portrayed by Glenn Jacobs, who had other gimmicks in WWE including a fake Diesel gimmick. However, Kane is portrayed by Glenn Jacobs.

Will this be the year Vince McMahon finally inducts Sting into the WWE Hall of Fame?

Vince McMahon is not going to induct a worker under contract with TNA Impact Wrestling into the WWE Hall of Fame. The WWE Hall of Fame is more of a promotional tool for Wrestlemania than it is an actual wrestler Hall of Fame. Even with the celebrity wing thrown out, several arguments can be made for workers that are in and workers that are not in. This can be expected because inductees are ultimately chosen by Vince McMahon after names are pitched to him from his inner circle.

Is there a reason John Cena has been left off the WWE TLC card or will a match be added at the last minute?

It appears as though John Cena is not going to have a match on the card; however, I look for him to be involved in the WWE Championship match in some fashion. I would be surprised if he did not appear on the pay-per-view at all.

What can we make of rumors WWE wants to do The Undertaker vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania XXVIII again next year?

WWE had Triple H name drop The Undertaker in a promo on Monday’s Raw Supershow which has caused speculation to run rampant the two will face each other again next year. I have not heard anything concrete in terms of an opponent for Undertaker at Wrestlemania. There have been two matches announced for next year’s show – The Rock vs. John Cena and Daniel Bryan vs. the World Heavyweight Champion. Outside of that, plans can and will change several times and the only match I see as “untouchable” is Rock vs. Cena.

Is Kane scheduled to work as a heel or babyface?

Given the fact WWE has started a Kane vs. John Cena program it appears Kane is the heel (despite what I consider a mixed reaction on Monday). The original plan was for Kane to return next month in a program with Mark Henry although Henry was rumored to go babyface. Plans have changed a lot but right now, Kane is a heel.

Why is there no confidence in Alberto Del Rio as WWE Champion?

I can’t explain the booking of Alberto Del Rio. The company has enough confidence in him to give him the WWE Championship but when they strap him, it’s like everyone gets cold feet. Del Rio isn’t the first worker to go over as champion only to be booked in this manner. CM Punk was booked almost identically for years; however, he became firmly established as a top guy this summer. My thought process is if you don’t have enough confidence to give your champion clean title defenses, you have no business putting the title on them. It ends up devaluing the title and makes for very frustrating match outcomes.

Do you have any word on appearances by The Rock on WWE television before Wrestlemania XXVIII?

Vince McMahon said there were plans for The Rock to appear on pay-per-views (plural) prior to Wrestlemania. I expect The Rock to appear at either Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber and make appearances on WWE television prior to Wrestlemania XXVIII in April. However, I am against The Rock working in any shape, way or fashion before the main event bout.

Do you think The Miz would be a good babyface under his current gimmick?

The Miz would flop as a babyface with his current gimmick. His arrogant Hollywood personality fits perfectly as a heel on WWE television and has helped elevate him to the level he is currently working.

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