Do you think The Streak ending was made more for Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman? The Undertaker has always been a leader in the locker room and so many in the past have done the honors to Taker to maintain the streak. It seems now that Heyman’s legitimacy as a manager is cemented due to him beating the streak.. In turn, it seems this would give a future rub to any superstar lucky enough to partner with Heyman and they would think that the superstar with Heyman is serious business.
I’m told it was important to The Undertaker to give someone the rub of ending the streak. He didn’t want to retire unbeaten at Wrestlemania because so many people have “done the honors” for him. While I was initially upset over Brock Lesnar ending the streak, I feel that initial reaction was more shock that followed a lackluster match. Now that I know Undertaker suffered a serious injury early on and the creative plan was such so that Undertaker was able to “give back,” I’m fine with it. By having Brock Lesnar end the streak aligned with Paul Heyman, several creative doors were opened. First, Lesnar is a huge threat and a major promotional point going forward. Also, Paul Heyman, who is around on a full time basis, provides a huge lift to anyone he pairs with because now all Paul Heyman Guys have to be taken seriously. Hindsight is 20/20 but it’s always important not to rush to judgment.
Did anyone else catch John Cena making fun of himself on Raw during the segment with Bray Wyatt?
I certainly noticed it while watching the tape and Tweeted about it below:
"The last thing I need is another push. No one wants to see that" – @JohnCena. Haha, love the humor/pun in that. John takes stuff in stride
— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) April 15, 2014
Cena used Bray Wyatt’s “push” line to create a humorous pun that made the segment fun. As I stated in my Tweet above, I love how John Cena takes things in stride. So many workers are unable to do that and get butthurt over anything they see as “below” them. John’s break from the main event scene to work Bray Wyatt in an upper mid card program is refreshing for everyone involved.
I’m high up on Paige and feel WWE could have something special on their hands with the Divas division. I know it’s early but do you think AJ Lee and Paige have enough talent to main event Raw like Lita and Trish Stratus several years ago?
WWE’s Divas division is in good shape going forward. I am also high up on Paige and to answer your question I’ll point to her bout against Emma at NXT ArRIVAL in February. Did you think that was strong enough to main event Raw because I thought it was strong enough to headline a pay-per-view. It’s more than in-ring work in WWE and that’s even more true when it comes to Divas, however, fans have every reason to be optimistic about the division with the talent going forward. And while Total Divas laid a viewership egg this week, the popularity of the reality series has also helped things.
What are your thoughts on the return of Kane?
The Monster will return next week against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and the majority of Kane fans will be elated. The versatility of Glen Jacobs to go from the corporate villain to the superhuman monster should be commended. There are so few that are able to transition on command, that’s the reason for his longevity.
From the Ask WNW vault…
January 2013: What does the WWE Hall of Fame mean to an inductee and what benefits do they get? - In addition to monetary compensation for appearing, WWE Hall of Fame inductees get a Hall of Fame ring and of course the immortalization of being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. While critics will rightly point out the WWE Hall of Fame is more of the Vince McMahon Hall of Fame than an actual Hall of Fame (with no formal voting process), it’s still a huge honor.
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