Through the years we see backstage “security guards” getting involved. We know these are wrestlers in training, etc. Can you tell us more about how it all works?
WWE routinely uses “call-in talent” as extras on their television programming. Extras are used in different roles but one of the most common positions is as a security guard. This is done for a couple of reasons. One, it gives WWE an opportunity to use a trained wrestler in a role where the majority of the audience will not recognize them. Two, it gives the company a chance to look at prospective talent. WWE has their talent relations department secure the call-in talent for their shows.
How can WWE promote Ryback and Triple H as bullies alongside their Be-A-Star anti-bullying campaign?
There has been a lot of discussion about the characters of Ryback and Triple H playing the roles of antagonists that bully in light of WWE’s commitment to eliminate bullying. I will admit there is plenty of hypocrisy in the anti-bullying efforts; however, I am not bothered or “offended” by the characters of Ryback and Hunter. In order to have a protagonist you have to have an antagonist. There has to be a villain for every hero. Villains have to do villainous things to make people buy into their characters. It’s essential that wrestling fans understand the difference between what is make believe and what is real-life. Now on the same notion, there are roads that shouldn’t be traveled. For me, it’s a case-by-case basis. One program I found particularly disgusting was the Piggy James stuff from several years back. Yes, this was “part of the show” but I hated the message it sent.
What is your opinion of Wade Barrett? I feel he is capable of being a top heel. His work leading The Nexus was top notch and I’d like to see the corporation utilize him as their punisher.
I’m high up on Wade Barrett and three years ago I felt it was inevitable that he would be a top guy. He’s had some injury concerns and the knock on him was he needed to improve his in-ring work. Barrett still has a lot of potential but is now awaiting the right opportunity. The case of Wade Barrett shows just how rare opportunities are at the top. Three years ago he was a highlight of WWE programming, now he’s a background character. If the opportunity comes again, he must be ready to capitalize.
Why do you think WWE trusts Randy Orton with the WWE Championship when he has two Wellness strikes against him? Are they not worried he could get strike number three anytime and screw up the whole storyline?
WWE humbled Randy Orton for an entire year due to his Wellness problems, however, he’s regained the trust of Vince McMahon and Triple H. It took him a year to regain the favor of the company brass and right now, he’s WWE’s top guy. I can’t explain why because the only people that could answer that would be Vince and Hunter. We all know what Orton makes a month so given how big of an investment, it’s not exactly surprising he’s the guy with Cena out. Would WWE derail the entire storyline if Orton turned up a positive Wellness test, I can’t answer that because I don’t know.
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