Given the recent articles featured on WWE.com such as a revamp of the John Cena character, a new WWE Championship belt or the return of the Hardcore Title is WWE listening to the Internet and are these changes happening?
There is no way I can give you an accurate answer of what is featured on WWE.com. Some of the stuff is kayfabe, some of it legitimate and some of it (turkeys in the ring) is completely uncalled for. The articles you mentioned have generated a lot of buzz but I'm not sure if they mean serious changes or are used to get people sharing on Facebook and Tweeting on Twitter. WWE uses their website as a means of promotion for the company as well as yet another revenue stream for their well-oiled machine. There isn't always the best communication between the WWE website staff and the WWE writing team but it is what it is. We try and highlight some of the stuff WWE posts on their website but I would not use it as a source for accurate information.
While Antonio Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli) is now in WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory, where is Chris Hero?
Chris Hero ended up not getting signed by WWE. He's still working the indies and is part of Jeff Katz's Wrestling Revolution Project, however, he's not under any type of WWE contract.
Is Booker T a heel or babyface?
Booker T is meant to be a tweener, however, he's playing the role of a babyface in his program with Cody Rhodes. There are big plans for Rhodes and working with Book is part of the process of his elevation. On another note, I want to take a moment to applaud the work of Booker T. When he first returned to WWE as a color commentator I had questions about his work but he's gotten much better and is entertaining. He still has a tendency to "over talk" but overall he's greatly improved.
Has the way Alberto Del Rio been booked lately hurt his character in the long term?
The booking of Alberto Del Rio has been telling and questionable. WWE has elevated him quicker and stronger than any worker in recent history as he won both the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank briefcase this year. However, during his title reigns the company has made it blatantly obvious they have no confidence in him as "the guy." What I don't understand is if WWE doesn't have confidence in him to defend the strap, why give it to him in the first place?
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