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This week's edition covers news from Saturday, November 17, 2012 to Friday, November 23, 2012 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!
- The WWE developmental releases continue as the profiles of Chase Donovan and Nick Rogers have been removed from the official NXT Wrestling website. The word coming out of this week's TVs was that releases were expected as there was hesitation about making cuts during Linda McMahon's run for United States Senate. Branding her as a "proven jobs creator," WWE didn't want to announce any high profile cuts that could provide her opponent with ammunition. With the campaign over, it's believed cutbacks are inevitable.
- The Miz was at Friday night's NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miz spent the day doing promotional work for Survivor Series in the Indianapolis area.
- Speaking of Miz, he along with AJ Lee and Alicia Fox visited Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis on Friday. They brought gifts and visited with children.
- Below is a recap of this week's WWE Vintage Collection circulated by Devin Cutting:
Guts & Glory vs. The Million Dollar Team
Survivor Series 1994
Kane vs. Shane McMahon
Survivor Series 2003
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series 1997
- Cody Rhodes says an MRI conducted on Thursday revealed a torn trapezius, torn deltoid and separated shoulder. He won't need surgery and says it won't "stop us." Based on his Tweets, it appears he isn't ruling himself out for Survivor Series on Sunday.
Below is the latest from Rhodes:
MRI results...Torn trapezius grade 2. Torn deltoid grade 1. Separated shoulder. No surgery needed. Won't stop us. #boyhooddream
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodesWWE) November 17, 2012
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodesWWE) November 17, 2012
Rhodes was injured Tuesday night at the WWE Main Event taping.
- TMZ has coverage of David Otunga going on a massive snack spree, buying up as many Hostess snacks as he could when the company announced Friday they will be going out of business. You can view their coverage at this link.
- David Otunga along with AJ Lee and Alicia Fox volunteered this weekend at Gleanor's Food Bank in Indiana.
- John Cena announced on Twitter he'll be debuting a new "uni" at Survivor Series.
- WWE has announced a live event from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on January 19, 2013 at 7 PM.
- Cody Rhodes and Brandi Reed are now engaged to be married. Reed, who worked for WWE as Eden Stiles, posted the following photo of her engagement ring on Twitter. You can view it below:
Brandi Reed (@OnlyBrandiReed) November 17, 2012
- The WWE developmental releases continue as Lincoln Broderick's profile has been removed from the official NXT Wrestling website. You can still access his profile at this link.
- Former WWE Diva Ashley Valence has posed for some very risqué photos. They are not work appropriate so do not click in PG environments. You can view them at this link.
- Cody Rhodes has been pulled from Team Ziggler in the Traditional Survivor Series match due to the injuries he suffered at the WWE Main Event taping last Tuesday night. Rhodes will be replaced by David Otunga.
- Renee Paquette co-hosted the Survivor Series hype show with Scott Stanford. Paquette is a new hire from The Score in Canada.
- For those that missed the YouTube pre-show, the match was in fact Jinder Mahal & Heath Slater over Zack Ryder & Santino Marella. Drew McIntyre was at ringside with 3MB.
- No attendance was announced to open Survivor Series, usually indicating the show was not sold out.
- Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Jerry Lawler were the announce team for Survivor Series. This is Lawler's first pay-per-view since suffering a heart attack in September and the first time WWE has ever used this trio.
- The three men that hit the ring during the main event of Survivor Series and "attacked" Ryback were Seth Rollins (developmental profile), Dean Ambrose (developmental profile) and Roman Reigns (developmental profile). All three are WWE developmental workers.
- Trish Stratus wrote the following on Twitter:
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) November 19, 2012
- Wade Barrett's finisher is now being called the Bullhammer. It was previously known as the Souvenir.
- CM Punk said in a dot com exclusive Sunday night unless he dropped dead from a heart attack in the next hour he would be WWE Champion for a full 365 days. You can watch the interview at this link.
- Setting the stage for a possible Chairs Match at WWE TLC next month, Sheamus says he got retribution on Big Show after their match at Survivor Series. Click here for dot com's interview with him.
- Mick Foley said after Survivor Series "the jury is still out" on The Miz after his team "lost" to Team Ziggler. You can watch his comments here.
- Dolph Ziggler said Mick Foley is a joke in an interview here on dot com after Survivor Series.
- Antonio Cesaro says everyone across the world is jealous of him. You can watch a kayfabe post-Survivor Series promo he cut to dot com at this link.
- Tyson Kidd said after Survivor Series that he and Justin Gabriel idolized Rey Mysterio growing up. You can watch comments from Team Mysterio at this link. The video interview also features comments from Sin Cara.
- Vickie Guerrero downplayed Tamina's "attack" on AJ Lee in comments to dot com.
- 3MB show off their new t-shirt at this link.
- Dot com has an article looking at the invasion of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Survivor Series. You can read it at this link.
- The final script for Survivor Series wasn't finalized until 3 PM on Sunday. I'm told they kept going back and fourth with matches being added and taken away because they had to adjust for timing. This became more than obvious when WWE reverted back to the original pre-show match the day of the show.
- The decision to have Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns run-in on the main event wasn't made until Saturday afternoon. The company was very secretive about bringing them in as they didn't want word to leak.
- Speaking of the developmental studs, I'm told there was no plan on what to do with them following Survivor Series. One plan was to pair them with CM Punk and Paul Heyman while the other was to have them operate alone. The premise of the angle is they are jealous of Ryback getting a shot over them.
- Vince McMahon is high up on Reigns' wrestling heritage as a member of the Anoa'i family but I'm he is "by far" the greenest of the trio.
- Dolph Ziggler going over Randy Orton as the sole survivor in the Traditional Survivor Series match wasn't the original plan but it looks like the company is playing Orton's ego towards his heel turn. This was heavily discussed over the final 24 hours leading into the pay-per-view.
- If there was ever any question, I'm assured the plan barring anything shocking is to do CM Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE title at Royal Rumble.
- The new-looked Jack Swagger was backstage at Survivor Series on Sunday night.
- WWE Raw will air on a 15-minute delay on The Score in Canada starting on Monday, December 10th. There is a countdown show that will air at 8 PM.
- WWE and FremantleMedia Enterprises announced a new distribution agreement for the exclusive home entertainment rights to WWE’s catalogue of programming across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Click here for more.
- Renee Paquette is working under the WWE name of Renee Young. We noted earlier she worked the Survivor Series hype show alongside Scott Stanford.
- CM Punk wrote the following on Twitter:
Dwayne says it doesn't matter who his opponent is for the rumble.Funny, I say it doesn't matter who is in the new G.I. Joe, it'll still suck
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 19, 2012
- Jim Ross purchased Survivor Series and blogged his thoughts at this link.
- Devin Cutting is circulating some WWE event notes. First, WWE has announced a 2/1 live event from the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, TN. The planned NXT live event scheduled for 11/28 in Orlando was moved to 2/13.
- Last week's Smackdown, the go-home to Survivor Series, did a 1.92 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,810,000 viewers on SyFy.
- Lilian Garcia continues to rehab her neck and back after being struck by a car in Los Angeles on Friday, October 26, 2012. She has not been cleared to fly but did participate in a live chat on dot com during Survivor Series on Sunday night.
- WWE Champion CM Punk is scheduled to appear on AMC's "Talking Dead" on Sunday. The show proceeds "The Walking Dead" with actors and fans discussing the series. Click here for more information.
- Jerry Lawler's heart attack on the September 10th episode of WWE Raw will be covered on Wednesday's episode of "Inside Edition." Dr. Michael Sampson was interviewed for the piece.
- As we noted in the WWE Superstars spoilers, the attendance at this week's WWE Raw taping in Dayton, Ohio is very sparse with large portions of the building tarped off.
- John Cena was shaken up leaving the ring in pursuit of Dolph Ziggler on this week's WWE Raw. After exiting the ring, Cena landed badly, appearing to tweak his knee or ankle.
Update: WWE acknowledged the injury in a backstage segment on the air, with a trainer saying he thinks Cena "might have a torn meniscus" as he wrapped it. While they could be turning this into an angle, the bad landing was legitimate.
- Speaking of Cena, we heard local advertisements in the New York area were promoting Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk vs. Ryback for WWE TLC. Given how uncertain things have been lately, I wouldn't read too much into these until they are officially announced.
- There was a planned injury angle scripted into this week's WWE Raw for John Cena. I'm told they wanted to make Cena appear vulnerable against Dolph Ziggler thus the angle was planned. The kicker is Cena's spill to the outside. Some believe it was a shoot while others are telling us it was a work. Cena wrote on Twitter he was undergoing an MRI on Tuesday. From everything we've heard he is scheduled to undergo an MRI but we're still sorting through what's legitimate and what's not.
- To update on the planned matches for WWE TLC we wrote about here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, the stipulations are as follows:
- WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Ryback in a Tables Match
- John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler in a TLC Match
Additionally, World Heavyweight Champion Big Show vs. Sheamus in a Chairs Match is in the preliminary plans.
- There was no dark match main event following Monday's WWE Raw taping in Dayton, Ohio. Wrestling News World reader Jason tells us the crowd was not only weak in numbers but not much into the event other than large heel reactions for Vickie Guerrero and CM Punk.
- JTG was backstage at Survivor Series but obviously not used.
- The widow of Freddie Blassie fell outside a supermarket and has filed a $1 million lawsuit. You can read more by the New York Post at this link.
- Bruno Sammartino was contacted about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year but said no after a meeting with Triple H. His name being dropped by CM Punk on Raw was of interest but meant nothing as they also mentioned Hulk Hogan.
- Colt Cabana underwent emergency surgery this week for an infection in his finger. He Tweeted a photo of it that you can view at this link. (Thanks to WNW reader Fernando for sending this in.)
- We noted here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com that WWE Raw was getting a new start time on The Score in Canada of 8:15 PM. The show has actually been airing at 9 PM since it went to three hours in July so the delay will actually be less than it is currently. (Thanks to WNW reader Alyssa.)
- As previously reported, this week's WWE Main Event will be headlined by Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz. This week's WWE Main Event will be taped Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- John Cena wrote the following on Twitter:
MRI was typical good news bad news scenario. I've dealt with knees issues for the past few yrs, ill add one more to that list.....
— John Cena (@JohnCena) November 20, 2012
I know the risks of what can happen to me and I'm willing to play the odds. #nevergiveup c u 2nite grand rapids
— John Cena (@JohnCena) November 20, 2012
Obviously there are still a lot of questions about what's a work and what's a shoot but you can read our latest update at this link.
- Chris Jericho has been tapped to host SyFy's new reality show focused on robot combat. The show, called Robot Combat, was unveiled by the network on Tuesday. Entertainment Weekly broke the story and have more details available at this link.
- The current plan is to align Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns with CM Punk and Paul Heyman in some fashion. We noted there was no plan for the developmental studs after Survivor Series and there was talk about them operating alone. The plan of them operating alone hasn't been completely scrapped but from what we were told, the feeling out of Raw is they'll get over quicker as Heyman guys.
- In fact, there was a plan for all three to wear the "I'm A Paul Heyman Guy." t-shirt that Punk wore [on Raw] although that obviously wasn't executed.
- The 2-out-of-3 falls match between Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio was scheduled to be the program's blowoff. It appears WWE will continue with a slow heel turn for Orton although there is currently no news on where he goes from here.
- Everyone is waiting for Brodus Clay to be repackaged but we're told "Vince loves him some Funkasaurus" so that's why it has been delayed. Vince likes the PG appeal but almost everyone feels the gimmick has ran its course.
- WWE Champion CM Punk, presumably in-character, posted the following on Twitter:
Yes, I will be on @amctalkingdead on Sunday. Shocking how WWE didn't promote it or get AMC the proper materials in time to announce it.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 20, 2012
I will also be the Grand Marshall in the Chicago turkey day parade. Also not announced or promoted by "my" company. Shocking.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 20, 2012
This is what happens when you go over everyone's head to hustle and acquire your own outside appearances. #DIY
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 20, 2012
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 20, 2012
Was promoted on Monday. Wasn't Sunday night when it was supposed to be. Ball dropped. S'okay. I'll pick it up and score like I always do.
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 20, 2012
— CM Punk (@CMPunk) November 20, 2012
- The post Survivor Series show of WWE Raw scored a 2.72 cable rating. The hour viewership breakdown is as follows:
- 1st hour: 3.873,000 viewers
- 2nd hour: 3,923,000 viewers
- 3rd hour: 3,719,000 viewers
- Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Shawn Michaels, both WWE Hall of Famers, will appear in an autograph signing as well as a Q&A session on April 4, 2013. The Thursday event will be at Dave and Busters in New York City. These two are part of one of the most controversial moments in wrestling history. To find more information and to get tickets, click here.
- John Cena is fine as he worked Tuesday night's WWE Saturday Morning Slam taping in a match that will air on Saturday on the CW Network. The injury angle was a planned angle part of Raw and whatever happened to him when he jumped out of the ring to pursue Dolph Ziggler, didn't seriously injure him.
- It was announced during this week's Smackdown taping that The Big Show will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Sheamus in a Chairs match at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
- Kaitlyn was arrested at Tuesday's WWE television tapings in Grand Rapids, Michigan for not paying a past traffic violation. The Kent County Sheriff's Department took her into custody when she arrived at the Van Andel Arena. She was released on $315 bond.
Kaitlyn released the following statement to TMZ:
“During a previous visit to Michigan, I was cited for a traffic violation. I am fully cooperating with authorities to resolve the matter.”
- WWE has an article over on dot com highlighting Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns "interrupting" this week's Main Event taping during a match between Tyson Kidd and Santino Marella. Click here to read it and watch footage. (Thanks to WNW reader Mohammad Abulawi.)
- Speaking of the the NXT upstarts, it was announced at this week's Smackdown taping that Michael Cole will interview the trio on next week's WWE Raw.
- Big Show vs. Sheamus in a Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship was officially announced for WWE TLC next month. The show will take place Sunday, December 16, 2012 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
- Sheamus beat World Heavyweight Champion Big Show via disqualification in the dark match main event of this week's Smackdown tapings. Show was disqualified when he used a steel chair. Sheamus ended up hitting the Brogue Kick to end the taping and send the crowd home happy.
- Paul Heyman wrote the following on Twitter:
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) November 21, 2012
- WWE sent out their annual letter to former talent earlier this week to inform them they will pay for any type of rehab they need. The letter was sent from Triple H when it has had Vince McMahon's name on it in the past.
- The following NXT taping dates have been announced for the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida:
- December 6, 2012
- January 10, 2013
- January 31, 2013
- February 21, 2013
- March 14, 2013
- April 11, 2013
- The old scratched WWF logo is not blurred out on the new Attitude Era DVD. This is the result of a legal battle in which was settled that with the World Wide Fund for Nature that will allow WWE to use their former name and logo on products. They are not allowed to use it on new products going forward.
- Triple H was on "The Morning Buzz" on 100.3 WHEB to promote Wrestlemania 29. In the interview, he discussed the decision to cut his hair. You can listen at this link.
- Chris Jericho revealed in an interview that it was Vince McMahon that came up with the idea to have him not speak after returning to the company earlier this year. He said it was the best way to dull the babyface reactions from him not being on television for so long.
- This week John Cena taped a match for WWE Saturday Morning Slam against Heath Slater, next week he'll headline WWE Main Event against Damien Sandow. The match will be taped next Tuesday in Bossier City, Louisiana.
- WWE Hell in a Cell is projected to have done 200,000 buys, which is up 10,000 buys from the 190,000 the show did last year. We reported earlier this month here on Richard's Backstage Blog the number beat internal projections and Vince McMahon was attributing it to Ryback, who headlined the show against WWE Champion CM Punk.
- WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres did an interview to promote this week's WWE-themed episode of "The Soup" on E. In it, she said she would never pose for Plaboy.
- Chris Van Vliet of WOIO in Cleveland recently conducted an interview with Dolph Ziggler. In the interview, he discusses his character moving away from Vickie Guerrero, his philosophy behind his infamous selling ability, how he feels about his pushes, or lack thereof, and more. In addition, he mentions that if he were taller, he'd be a "multiple-time world champion by now."
- WWE Champion CM Punk is the Grand Marshal for the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday in Chicago. You can watch the parade on WGN America at 9 PM EST. Click here for more.
-Wrestling News World reader Sara sent word that Rosa Mendes called out Brad Maddox on Twitter for allegedly posting a video of her changing in the Divas locker room. The video, however, was made by a notorious scam artist who has previously impersonated CM Punk. The video that was posted by the fake Maddox is spliced with real clips from his previous online show, and the woman in the video is not Rosa. Rosa's tweets are compiled below:
@bradmaddoxiswwe nice move to get more followers.You are a nobody and you will always be a nobody!If ur going make a fake video find
— Rosa Mendes (@LaRosaMendes) November 21, 2012
@bradmaddoxiswwe someone hotter!!I look nothing like that!! You are such loser! You burned bridges with the wrong Diva!
— Rosa Mendes (@LaRosaMendes) November 21, 2012
- Word is beginning to get around that workers for the Linda McMahon for Senate campaign didn't get paid for their work. Once paid, the checks bounced. Campaign spokesperson Kate Duffy told WTNH News 8 in Connecticut the mixup came when replacement checks were issued for those that did not want to wait for the mail. This voided the original checks. This is a claim campaign workers have disputed, saying they were only sent one check and it was bad. Click here for coverage on WTNH.com.
- Mark Henry was spotted at Best Buy in Austin, Texas on Friday. We heard from Wrestling News World reader Ranfery that took a picture with him.
- AJ Lee talked video games with Forbes to promote WWE '13. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
- Brooks Oglesby solved the Rosa Mendes/Brad Maddox controversy as the video was made by a scam artist. Rosa didn't realize it and went after Maddox but the video was well done. We pulled the video on Wednesday when we discovered it was fake so if you're wondering why, catchup at this link.
- Vince McMahon along with The Miz, R-Truth, Eve Torres and Layla are headed overseas on Friday to visit with the troops. This is being done in preparation for the WWE's annual Tribute to the Troops show.
- Cody Rhodes wrote on Twitter on Thursday he's a quick healer and will be back before "most of the big talkers" on the list. Whatever that means.
- Bret Hart has a new interview online to promote WWE '13 at this link.
- Jeff Hardy was nursing a back injury at Thursday's TNA live event in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was icing it before he even got to the back as he signed autographs for fans that bought tickets to get into the ring with him. Below are some other notes from this show:
- Independent standouts Chase Owens and Jason Kincaid worked the opening match. Both are known for their work on local NWA circuits.
- Speaking of Thursday's TNA live event, the crowd was very sparse. Only a few hundred were estimated to be in attendance.
- Kurt Angle answered questions to his many Twitter followers Saturday night on his official Twitter account. Someone asked him how long he has left in TNA Wrestling. Kurt's response is embedded below:
@andyarmstrong88: 2 Years. But After that Is Questionable. I Want to Stay in TNA but U never Know. Keeping My Options Open.
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) November 17, 2012
Kurt's contract has been discussed many times during the past couple of months. We know Kurt signed a 3 year deal with TNA in 2011. We found out that two of the three years are TNA options. TNA is trying to cut expenses anywhere they can, and one way they are doing it is through performer contracts. They have been negotiating with Kurt to receive a pay cut. That only furthered the problem, which we reported here. I had a conversation with Kurt less than a month ago about a possible injury as he worked a house show with his legged taped up. He told me it was just a precaution.
It seems that there is a possibility that Kurt and TNA agreed to a new contract type for at least this year.
- Following this week's Impact Wrestling, below is the updated lineup for TNA Final Resolution
TNA Championship Match
- Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Bobby Roode
TNA Knockout Women's Championship Match
- Tara (c) vs. Mickie James
- Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles
TNA Final Resolution 2012 will take place Sunday, December 9, 2012 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
What's the latest on Matt Hardy?
Matt Hardy put the word out on Sunday that he was going to be fine. He was significantly injured at the Extreme Rising show on Saturday in Pennsylvania. Hardy was seen throwing up at ringside and initially showed no sign of movement. He was able to get up and is believed to have suffered a concussion.
Was Brock Lesnar really hated when he was a top guy in WWE back in the early 2000s?
Brock Lesnar hated the WWE way of life, didn't like being on the road all the time and was known for being a prima donna backstage. This business isn't for everyone and Lesnar didn't care how much money he was making, he didn't have the passion that is required to work as a pro wrestler. As with anyone, some liked him and others didn't but the bottom-line is he didn't like always being on the road. Things are much different with Brock in WWE today as he is very disconnected to the business as he does what he is told and collects his paycheck.
Given all the Divas that have left WWE over the past few months, what's the latest on the division?
Eve Torres is the new face of the WWE Divas division with Kaitlyn and Aksana also having significant roles. AJ Lee is basically where Eve was several months ago when she was the "executive assistant" of John Laurinaitis, as she is in a prominent role but not currently a viable challenger for the Divas Championship. There are clearly big plans to push Tamina Snuka as a heel in a role where she is friendly with Vickie Guerrero. While WWE could give programs for the Divas Championship more build, I don't completely agree with Edge that there are no opportunities. AJ Lee has a huge opportunity right now in a very prominent angle on Raw with Vickie and John Cena.
With Ryback basically losing again where does WWE go from here?
WWE is in a world of trouble with Ryback following what was essentially a loss at Survivor Series. Let me be clear. I'm excited to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins get called up to the main WWE roster but I hate how Ryback was booked at both Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series. The premise for Ryback's character is that he is the "unstoppable monster" that needs to be "fed more." As soon as he's "fed," he can't handle it. Some people are taking this as me being high up on Ryback over the IWC darlings, which is unfounded. I'd be fine with guys like Punk, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, etc. running the company without guys like Ryback being in the main event picture. However, now that Ryback has been chosen for a push they have to push him. The blatant lack of confidence in putting him over compounded with the holding pattern they are in with Punk for Royal Rumble is making for intolerable booking. Either push him or don't book him in the main event. At this point Ryback means nothing more than a mid-card talent and he's lost a significant amount of steam.
What is the backstage opinion of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose?
It's a little early to gauge the internal reaction to the developmental studs, however, almost everyone is aware of Rollins and Ambrose and what they are capable of. Both have been on the road with the main roster at different points throughout the past year and given the fact they've already had success out of WWE , they aren't seen as green rookies. Roman Reigns hasn't had the same success and is by far the greenest.
Why were several WWE wrestlers suspended through the Wellness program for smoking Spice (a synthetic form of marijuana), when a positive test for real marijuana is just a fine, not a violation?
The medical personnel that oversee the WWE Wellness policy determined that synthetic forms of marijuana were much more dangerous than the real thing. This is why WWE took a strong stance against workers smoking it to end its use. We saw this one coming as we were aware of several cases of WWE workers smoking synthetic pot to get around Wellness fines but didn't expect it to last long. It didn't as WWE was quick to react by adding synthetic forms of marijuana to their banned substances list.
If John Cena was injured why did WWE have him do the locker room brawl with Dolph Ziggler?
The John Cena "injury" angle was scripted into this week's Raw, the sticking point was the spill to the outside. It clearly looked like Cena turned his ankle but everything done after that was all part of the show. We'll find out soon enough how badly he was really hurt but I can confirm the "injury" angle was scripted into the final write of the show.
A lot of reports these days are saying that show's and even pay-per-view's are being changed or completely written just hours before the show starts. Was it ever like this back in Attitude Era days of, in my opinion, the best programming wrestling has seen? If it wasn't, why is it the case now where it is clearly producing rushed storylines and shoddy shows on numerous occasions?
It's always been chaotic backstage at live television tapings and pay-per-views. The process is complex and given the fact Vince McMahon likes to change his mind and leave people in the dark, things have always been complicated. With that being said, it hasn't always been as bad as it is currently as many of the writers and producers are burned out due to the increased workload. Further, Vince has been under increased pressure (with injuries, declining ratings and burning $100 million) that has caused him to change his mind more often than usual. Things usually get worse before they get better but right now they're expecting too much out of their writers.
We have all been waiting for the debut of Dean Ambrose, so my question is do you like how his debut it set up? Or do you want him involved in something different or without Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns?
It's far too early for me to judge the faction of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. I can tell you the preliminary plan is for them to be a big deal to get immediately recognition from the WWE audience. The company promoted their run-in attack at Tuesday's TVs on dot com and are advertising them in an interview segment on next week's Raw. As with any newcomer, it's a challenging situation because no one knows how the audience is going to react until plans are executed. With that being said I wasn't a huge fan of the Nexus-type run-in at Survivor Series and felt ripped off over the finish to the main event.
Seeing as Kaitlyn's arrest wasn't something serious, do you see this having an impact on her TV time?
I would be surprised if Kaitlyn's arrest has any repercussions to her WWE career. Cameron was only suspended for 15 days for DUI and bribery and there are countless situations of nothing happening to workers that are popped for a DUI. If anything, the arrest was embarrassing on Kaitlyn's behalf as there is now a mugshot of her all because she didn't pay a traffic violation.
What is the main purpose of TNA's lawsuit against WWE?
The reason TNA Wrestling filed a contract tampering lawsuit against WWE is because they felt WWE used information on expiring talents to poach their roster. It started with Ric Flair and was beginning to trickle down to others. Knowing they can't match WWE financially, TNA locked it up in court to send the message their roster just can't be poached by WWE at their leisure. I was told it's to show potential new investors the roster is safe. With that being said I don't know where things stand with Royal Capital Corporation as they were exploring a possible investment stake in the company.
Everyone knows the outcomes to matches are pre-planned, however who at ringside knows the outcome? Obviously the workers and referees do, but do the commentators, camera crew, etc?
We get this question all the time and my answer is the people that need to know are aware of the match outcomes. One thing everyone should realize is there is a giant dry erase board backstage at all WWE shows referred to as the Big Board. This board includes the lineup and outcome for every match on the card. Other details such as the producer, time and referee are also included. This information is also available on the match script. Outcomes are top secret until the night of the show then word will begin to get around.
You've mentioned that you don't agree with Triple H on Sheamus as the next "face" of WWE. Who do you see as the next face? Is that person even on the roster now, or is he yet to be discovered?
It's impossible for me to predict the future as to who will be the next "face of WWE" but I don't think they're currently working in the top of the card. Many people would point to CM Punk, who has probably gotten the closest to John Cena, but at the end of the day Cena is still the guy. WWE's developmental system is stocked with talent and their main roster has several names that could make a push. It's all going to come down to the right person, time and opportunity.
When is The Undertaker scheduled to return to WWE and who will he face?
The last we heard (and reported on WNW Premium) there was a very real possibly of The Undertaker missing Wrestlemania for the first time since 2000. He only has a couple matches left in him and he wants to make them count. We were told Undertaker is upset and feels neglected with next year's show focusing on The Rock, John Cena and Brock Lesnar.