We hear so much about the WWE Wellness Policy; what about drug testing in TNA? Do they have a counterpart comparable to what WWE does?
TNA Wrestling has no Wellness Policy in place. They do test from time-to-time but there is no set procedure as to what happens if a worker tests positive. TNA, as a private company, isn't subject to the same level of scrutiny [as WWE] due to the fact they are private as well as much smaller than WWE.
When do you expect to see The Rock back on WWE television?
The Rock said on Twitter last month he's coming back to WWE at the beginning of 2013. He noted how busy he is with three films to shoot. Obviously there is a chance he could return sooner but as things currently stand, it doesn't look like he'll be used at SummerSlam or any more events in 2012. However, I always like to remind readers anything is possible.
I've noticed what WWE has done with Heath Slater recently. He went from appearing only on NXT and Superstars to every Raw and Smackdown in the last few weeks. Do you feel that considering the amount of television time he's receiving that he may be in for a push?
There's good news and there's bad news for Heath Slater. The good news is he's getting on WWE television and live events, which is a position many people not being used would desire. However, the bad news is he's being used as an enhancement talent scripted in embarrassing segments. Carlito candidly spoke about how he was used on last week's Raw Supershow at this link. Could he be due a push? It's possible but he's currently an enhancement talent.
Chris Jericho's suspension is up so will he appear on tonight's Raw Supershow?
WWE announced last week that Chris Jericho will return to the company on tonight's Raw Supershow. It was also noted that Fozzy's new album is due out on August 14, 2012. We'll have full Raw coverage here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com beginning at 9 PM EDT tonight.
Will more participants be added to the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match?
My initial feeling was there would be more participants added but after looking at the wording today on dot com, it appears this year's WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match is going to have four participants. Here's the official wording: "It will consist of only former WWE Champions. This year’s participants are Big Show, Kane, Chris Jericho and John Cena!" We'll see if things change but it appears WWE wants it to be a main event level match with only four workers.
With Vader, Wendi Richter and now Sid, is WWE planning on signing older talent to the roster or were these one shot deals? If they are one shot deals, isn't having these old guys squashing the newer talent just undermining them going forward?
WWE is bringing back past names to work one shots to promote the 1000th episode of Raw on July 23, 2012. I don't know if the plan is to squash Heath Slater every week but he's an enhancement worker whose job is to put people over. Does it undermine him and make him look weak? Yes, but that's what an enhancement talent is supposed to do.
In Randy Orton's new DVD he and John Cena were seen being extremely friendly with Cena even being shown with Orton's daughter. Did their friendship fall apart recently?
Randy Orton upset everyone with his latest WWE Wellness Policy suspension and attitude afterwards. The feeling is Randy is unreliable and not someone WWE can invest in long-term with two official Wellness strikes. I posted a huge story here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium how John Cena and CM Punk have gone to Vince McMahon in attempt to try and nudge Orton out.
CM Punk calls Kofi Kingston his "road wife." What is the meaning of this term?
CM Punk and Kofi Kingston are friends that travel together. Given the fact WWE workers are on the road 300 days out of the year, most travel with friends for company and to share expenses. Someone like Punk probably doesn't have to worry about money (he has his own tour bus) but I'm sure he enjoys hanging with Kofi.
Despite Randy Orton being suspended, will WWE push him upon returning due to lack of depth on the roster?
As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Randy Orton is on the booking sheets in main event triple-threat matches against Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship when he is scheduled to return. While this is subject to change, it made it clear that Vince McMahon is planning to put Orton back in the main event upon his return to the company. The way I look at it is if Orton is working, he has to be in the main event given his hefty contract.
I've read where Vince is concerned about not having enough main event guys, however, I disagree. Christian, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger should all be in the heavyweight title picture. I can't understand how Christian and Miz and Swagger went from world champs to midcarders. Why doesn't Vince McMahon use these guys and a few others that have been there in the main events more instead of trying to bring back former talent?
All of the workers you mentioned are workers that have had opportunities in the main event but are still not looked at as top draws in WWE. I also want to clear up The Miz is currently away filming "The Marine: Homefront." There are specific reasons for why each of those you named haven't remained in the main event scene and I can't give you the "catch-all" explanation I'm afraid you are looking for. Specifically, I could make a strong argument for Christian being a top guy in WWE but Vince McMahon has always had a certain lack of confidence in him. As for WWE looking to someone such as Brock Lesnar or Batista (who still doesn't have a new deal), it's the company bringing in names they know draw big rather than trying to create a big draw with names they feel have already been given the opportunity.
What are your thoughts on the importance of the 1000th episode of Raw?
It's a huge accomplishment that is a significant milestone regardless of any negative stereotypes associated with the pro wrestling business. Television is cutthroat and given that WWE has been able to broadcast a show for 1000 episodes is monumental and something that no one else has done. For the sake of this website I'm hoping the show goes for another thousand, however, I have serious questions about the decision to go to three-hours.
I know Alex Shelly already is going to attempt a run with the WWE. But do you think this could be a reoccurring theme? I've always wanted to see what would happen if AJ Styles made the jump to WWE. Do you think TNA would release him from his contract anytime soon if he wants too much money?
Given the litigation TNA has filed against WWE, Alex Shelley's possible jump to WWE has been halted for the time being. As for a "reoccurring theme," this has already been happening. Workers have made the move from WWE to TNA or TNA to WWE and some have had success while others haven't. We get the question about how AJ Styles would fare in WWE all the time and I remind everyone that regardless of success outside of WWE, workers have to prove they can have success in WWE. Some, such as Daniel Bryan, are able to do it while others, such as Chris Harris, are not. It also comes down to the right opportunity and good booking but I will maintain that talented workers are able to overcome hurdles while others will fizzle out before making it.
Do you think Ezekiel Jackson will ever be able to work his way out of the WWE doghouse and get back into a storyline or TV or do you think he will just continue to lose until he is released?
Ezekiel Jackson has a tremendous look but had heat for a Wellness Policy violation that he cleared with a valid prescription. He resurfaced earlier in the week on WWE Inbox but it's anyone's guess if he'll be able to angle his way back in favorable light. I heard shortly after his positive Wellness test he was on the road with the company but wasn't used.
Was Chris Jericho's "what are you going to do, suspend me?" line to Vickie Guerrero on this week's Raw Supershow a dig to the people in the back?
The line was a creative line by Chris Jericho that was obviously making reference to his recent 30-day suspension for desecrating the Brazilian flag at a live event last month. I don't know how much of a "dig" it was considering Jericho didn't have heat for the suspension as it was seen as something that was done to "save face" more than anything else.
Is there still a backstage rule of "paying your dues" between all talent?
Many of the veterans will argue the business isn't what it once was and that younger workers come in today with a sense of entitlement where they are "above" paying their dues. We can point to many different factors as to why this is but it's still in a younger worker's best interest to come in humble, ready to "pay their dues." The pro wrestling business is unlike any other in that the outcomes are predetermined but how you are booked and pushed can determine whether you make very little or millions of dollars. Backstage politics can cost a very talented worker their chance at stardom so if someone is going to come in with an attitude, they better know who not to rub the wrong way.
With the WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank having only four participants and featuring two guys in Kane and Big Show that you wouldn't normally associate with this type of match, do you think this is a good opportunity for WWE to bring back Rey Mysterio from suspension and The Miz from filming to put workers in the match capable of hitting more high risk spots as right now the match on paper at least appears pretty lackluster.
I was told by a WWE source after the four participants were announced for the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match they would be surprised if someone else wasn't added, however, WWE's wording in their official preview seemed to indicate the plan was for the match to be limited to Cena, Kane, Big Show and Chris Jericho. As I stated earlier in the week, we'll see how it plays out.