I don’t want to beat a dead horse but wouldn’t it make sense to split the world titles up for Brock Lesnar to win one at SummerSlam? We all know Lesnar won’t be around to defend it. This way he’ll still look like a beast and WWE will still be able to defend the other title at pay-per-views.
For anyone that doesn’t know, I was against unifying the WWE and World Heavyweight title belts because I felt it diminished the company’s main event scene. Two world titles literally forced the company to have two main events at every pay-per-view and provided opportunities for talent that would otherwise be relegated to the mid-card. We’re 6 months in and that’s exactly what has happened with the very unfortunate injury to Daniel Bryan proving just how vital it was to have two champions. However, now I will contradict myself. Now that WWE has pushed their World Heavyweight Champion as the “champion of champions” and “face of the company,” they have no choice but to push one champion. Turning back now and splitting the belts would hurt any prestige they’ve restored and make the win mean less. That’s not to say they can’t de-unify the belts later on but it’s too soon after going forward with title unification at the end of last year.
Does WWE talent have to pay their own travel expenses?
Yes, WWE workers under Performer’s contracts have to pay for their own travel expenses such as flights, rental cars and hotels. This is why a lot of guys travel together to split these expenses. It’s also why some guys — like John Cena — travel in tour buses. Things work a bit differently for international tours, however, that’s how it works domestically.
What’s the situation with Corey Graves? Is it injury or personal leave and do you know when he’s coming back?
Corey Graves has been sidelined recently due to a concussion. The injury bug hasn’t been good to him (it’s never good to anyone) as he was nearing a main roster call-up. Graves has been part of another debate that I’ve brought to the forefront on my Facebook page. If you’re interested, read what I wrote and read his Tweets. I won’t bring a sidebar argument to the website.
If TNA were to go under, is there any talent that WWE would be interested in?
This is a rhetorical question. Of course there are workers WWE would be interested in if TNA were to go out of business. There are currently people that work in TNA that WWE already has interest in. WWE scouts talent from all promotions all across the world, why wouldn’t they be interested?
From the Ask WNW vault…
April 2012: You’ve mentioned before that Vince McMahon was against part-time workers, if you worked for him you were full time. With Brock Lesnar breaking that mold, does this open the door for a Bill Goldberg, Sting, Kurt Angle (retirement run), part time program leading up to Wrestlemania? - Vince McMahon has always wanted workers to be full-time with the company and is hesitant to give pushes to part-timers. There have been exceptions with Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and of course Triple H but by large the rule has been all or nothing. The Rock recently broke the mold by agreeing to work Wrestlemania XXVIII one year in advance and working sporadic appearances on TV as well as a main event match at Survivor Series. Vince broke all his rules for Brock Lesnar and offered him big money for a limited schedule because he was determined that Lesnar’s first post-UFC appearance would be in a WWE ring. I don’t know this for sure but it seems like Vince took a lot of credit for Brock drawing big for UFC and wanted to make sure he got to capitalize on Lesnar’s fame for himself. As for this opening the door for other part-timers, the mold of “all or nothing” seems to be changing, especially given the success of Wrestlemania XXVIII. Kurt Angle and Sting are currently under TNA contract and I haven’t heard of recent interest in Goldberg, however, WWE is interested in Batista.
Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Monday, June 30, 2014.