Why does WWE play up Big E Langston's Wrestlemania match as his in-ring debut when we all know full well that he competes in NXT and is the show's champion?
The way it's looked at in WWE is until a worker debuts on television on the main roster, they haven't really debuted. Competing in developmental, even at the state of the art facility at Full Sail University, doesn't compare to a live television audience for Raw or Smackdown - much less at Wrestlemania in front of 75,000 live. This is why it's so hard to gauge a worker or their gimmick before they debut as it's all an educated guess until it's seen how the audience will react when the worker is live in front of them.
Why did WWE stop showing the highlights from the Hall of Fame Ceremony the night before Wrestlemania?
WWE works with the USA Network on television clearance for the Hall of Fame highlight show. The reason the special now airs during the week rather than late on Saturday night is due to viewership, production and other factors. As for viewership, the thinking is more people will watch it in prime time during the week than late on a forgettable Saturday night. Production is another issue as there was a lot of stress with inductees going over allotted time for their speeches, making it extremely hectic to get the broadcast edited and ready for a TV airing on the same night.
Wrestlemania 29 is Sunday - do you have any predictions?
I hate predictions because of the rate things change. I've gone over what many see as the obvious outcomes with Cena avenging his loss to The Rock, Hunter exchanging wins with Brock Lesnar and Undertaker keeping "the streak" alive but I'm hoping for at least one swerve to keep everyone talking on Monday. I will tell anyone that will listen to not go in with the expectation that Punk will end the streak because as much as I would like to see that happen, it is unlikely. My biggest point of interest heading into the pay-per-view is how the show is booked. If WWE treats the booking like they did the card, I will be very disappointed.
Who all knows the result of a match prior to it happening? Aside from the referees, participants, agents and writers. Do the other wrestlers know? Do you all at WNW know?
It really just depends on the match and the situation. You're right in the process of creative team to producers to wrestlers but let's not forget Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon sign off on booking plans before they are finalized. We used to get match outcomes for pay-per-views the weekend of the shows (and spoiled several) but that stopped once WWE caught on. Vince knows the less people that know the outcome, the less chance it has of leaking out.
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