How do you feel WWE handled the situation with Jerry Lawler? I heard Vince McMahon wasn’t by his side, is that true?
I am just returning from vacation but from everything I have heard WWE handled the Jerry Lawler situation the best they could have. Obviously there will be those that will argue they should have stopped the show but no one complains when a football game isn’t stopped after a serious injury. The EMTs acted quickly and ultimately saved his life. As for Vince McMahon not being by Jerry’s side, that is false. Triple H and Vince rotated from gorilla to checking in on Lawler until he was taken to the hospital. Hunter was said to be a little more compassionate than McMahon but he checked in on him periodically.
With TNA continuously cutting roster expenses, do you see people like Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Rob Van Dam getting cut and replaced with workers that aren’t as expensive?
While I’m not sure about Rob Van Dam, both Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have taken pay cuts since their original TNA contracts signed in 2010. A lot has been said/written about Hogan and Bischoff but as long as Dixie Carter is in power, they are probably safe. There was a monumental power struggle between Jeff Jarrett/Vince Russo and Hogan/Bischoff and we all know who won that battle. TNA is cutting costs, restructuring many contracts coming up at lower rates.
What’s the latest on the WWE Network in terms of which satellite and cable providers are going to carry it?
WWE is still struggling to gain clearances and everyone is getting frustrated, especially investors that see money being spent with no plan for a return on investment. I have a detailed article that I’ve been working on that I will be running today (Thursday) here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
Is it true that younger or undercard talent are told to hold back and not “steal the show” during their matches in preparation for a show’s main event?
No this isn’t true and no one is going to hold back to help the anticipation to the main event. It’s up to the writers and producers to book a show where the undercard isn’t going to take the focus off the main event, however, this business is all about individual performance. While the outcomes are contrived, how a worker is booked has a direct correlation with how much money they earn. Everyone wants a top spot and the undercard workers have to work hard to get over and get noticed.
What is Howard Finkel’s job in WWE?
Howard Finkel, WWE’s longest tenured employee, is retired as a ring announcer and now an ambassador for the company. I assume he has some type of contract but it’s not to work on a regular basis like Lilian Garcia and Justin Roberts. Finkel has been employed by WWE since 1977, he’s now 62-years-old.
Is there any particular reason WWE had Daniel Bryan stop with the “Yes, Yes, Yes” chants? After all, it’s the main reason he got over.
No, no, no! WWE tinkered with turning Daniel Bryan babyface but ultimately wanted him to remain heel. The logic behind “no, no, no” is simple. Chant the opposite of what the fans are chanting to get heat on him. Because Bryan plays his character so well, it worked to perfection. I disagree the “yes, yes, yes” chants were the main reason he got over, he got over because of how well he plays his character not any particular chant.
With Vince McMahon in love with bigger guys, how did someone like Shawn Michaels become “the guy.”?
To assume there is not a bias towards more muscular “giants” as top guys in WWE would be incorrect but it ultimately comes down to who can get over. Shawn Michaels was able to captivate the WWE audience and get over in a way few have ever been able to do. While Vince wants his stars to “look like stars,” the main reason someone is going to get elevated as a top guy has to do with whether or not they get over. In this business it’s all about drawing and once given the opportunity, how far a worker takes it will determine the booking of their character.
How do the wrestlers come up with their finishing moves and what happens if another wrestler uses or has used that move in the past?
Workers come up with their own finisher and obviously if they are in WWE or TNA, the respective company has the right to modify anything they want to fit their character. Green workers, or rookies, are not supposed to use a popular worker’s finisher as a sign of respect. This can still be done but the proper way to do it is to get that particular worker’s blessing before just going out and using it. Failure to do so rubs people the wrong way and is certainly not how a newer worker would want to start out in the business. If someone showed up in developmental and just started using CM Punk’s GTS, I’m sure they would be told not to use it.