Are there plans for WWE to air studio shows on the WWE Network?
There are plans for a daily studio show to begin airing on WWE Network this summer. It is not included on the initial launch. We've extensively covered the historic launch of WWE Network with a look at what's available, latest Raw and Smackdown replays, a recap of the 9:01 AM EST launch, reported problems and the disclaimer on programming that includes Chris Benoit. I've also been actively Tweeting details and answering questions at Twitter.com/wnwdotcom.
With Batista getting such a poor crowd reaction at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, is it not a huge risk having him face Randy Orton in the main event of Wrestlemania XXX?
WWE has officially announced Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX following Batista's Royal Rumble victory and Orton going over at Elimination Chamber. I do not see how the company will be able to do it. They tried extremely hard at Elimination Chamber to get Batista over as a babyface but the crowd didn't buy it. Even after the cheap heel beatdown by Alberto Del Rio, the crowd was booing Batista and made Del Rio the babyface. It's time that Vince McMahon and Triple H wave the white flag and realize they're going to have to turn Batista. As for the title match at Wrestlemania, all can be well if they insert Daniel Bryan as a triple threat but I'll have more on that below.
I love the idea of John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania XXX. Cena is nearing the twilight of his career, where he needs to take it a lot easier on his body. John Cena is at a place where he can help to elevate newer talent and he’s been doing that with certain people on the mic. Is that what WWE is trying to accomplish that with this bout?
John Cena is 36-years-old and is still very much in the prime of his carer as the face of WWE. As he stated in a scripted promo on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, the future of the business runs through him. John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt seemed underwhelming to me as a Wrestlemania match until Bray's singles bout against Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble. It was there Bray's full potential was realized because we were able to see the in-ring work that so many have raved about. Putting Bray in a match with Cena at Wrestlemania, which is the direction they plan on going, is big for him and should raise his profile, however, they have to be careful. While some will claim a loss "wouldn't hurt Cena," I could make an argument why neither should lose. As for Cena working with younger talent, this is WWE utilizing him to help an up and coming name but he's not in a situation where his only job is to "help" younger talent. Cena is still very much "the guy" and the future of business literally runs through him.
Why does WWE give their new talent such dead-end gimmicks? The most recent example of this would be Fandango. I think that Fandango could have a really good run as a mid-card talent, but I cannot really get past this gimmick. It seems like they give these wrestlers these gimmicks and hype them up just to lose them in the shuffle. What is your opinion on this?
I disagree with your premise that Fandango is a dead-end gimmick and actually feel his gimmick has resulted in his success as a mid card performer in WWE. Some gimmicks work and others do not but I feel Fandango has absolutely worked. His theme song alone skyrocketed his popularity after Wrestlemania 29 last year and has resulted in a consistent role on television for him. Furthermore the success of Fandango has trickled over to Summer Rae, who is dominating the female exposure on both Raw and Smackdown. I'm not sure WWE could have expected more out of this gimmick as it's more than accomplished its goal.
Since Monday Night Raw is taking place in Chicago this Monday, could we see CM Punk?
We can't rule anything out because literally anything is possible, however, I would classify a possible CM Punk return at Raw in Chicago on Monday as doubtful. If Vince McMahon could work some magic, this would be the time to do it. Could you imagine the pop Punk would get at the Allstate Arena and the momentum they would have leading up to Wrestlemania XXX in April? It would make for a historic night and a historic moment, however, I have heard of no such plans. WWE continues to move away from Punk, with the overwhelming assumption being that he's gone and not coming back. My one hope about Raw in Chicago is that the crowd doesn't behave like they did in Green Bay this week. That crowd didn't send a message, they seemed out of touch and irrelevant.
What are your thoughts on Undertaker's look on Monday Night Raw? I thought it was a mixture of old and new school with the beard.
I believe it's humanly impossible to get tired of the gong hitting and The Undertaker returning. Even though most expected him to come back on Monday night, his entrance was epic. The goatee and shaved mohawk looked great and got me ready for Wrestlemania season. After last year, the conversation needs to shift. We need to stop debating whether or not "the streak" should end and start debating whether or not Undertaker is the greatest Wrestlemania superstar of all-time. I also implore readers to realize that every Undertaker appearance and match from this point forward is historic. Don't miss them and don't get overly critical. Realize you are watching something that's coming to an end and it's a privilege to be a part of it.
What's the latest on Steve Austin? Will he work at match at Wrestlemania 30?
Steve Austin is not in the plans to work a match at Wrestlemania 30. I believe it was John Cena that teased a bout against Austin at Wrestlemania 31 in Santa Clara, however, we're still over a year away from that. Austin is on good terms with WWE but there are multiple layers to him ever working another match. First, Austin has to have the desire to get back into in-ring shape. Second, he will have to agree to a sufficient payout to put his body on the line and offer up his services. I honestly don't know if we'll ever see Austin compete again. He made a good point recently when he said, say I train for one more match and work it, then what?
Why is Brock Lesnar getting the "golden ticket" to challenge The Undertaker at Wrestlemania? What has he done to earn the opportunity?
Undertaker requested a match against Brock Lesnar for Wrestlemania 30 before he faced CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 last year. Undertaker felt it was one of the biggest matches they could do so he threw it out there. One of our correspondents from Wrestlemania 29 Fan Axxess met Undertaker and asked him if the bout against Punk would be his last. He pointed to Lesnar's picture and said he wanted a bout against this one. I've noted on numerous occasions that Undertaker vs. Lesnar for Wrestlemania 30 only hit one significant speed bump and that speed bump is obviously gone as the match has been announced.
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