I know others have asked over and over, so here goes the same questions mixed in together: When will Christian, Evan Bourne, and Sheamus coming back to the ring? Do you have a definitive timetable for their returns?
I have no timetable for Christian’s return. He’s not on the European tour and he said at last month’s WWE NXT tapings that he was not yet medically cleared to compete following a concussion suffered in August. Evan Bourne has been cleared for months but there are not creative plans for him as of press time. Sheamus is still slated to return between December and February from the torn labrum he suffered at WWE Money in the Bank.
Why not a tag team of Big E. Langston and Ryback? Who could beat them? Paul Heyman as their mouthpiece? Now that would be money… your thoughts?
I wouldn’t be opposed to putting Ryback in a tag team to help him progress but I’d like to see Big E Langston continue on his current path. Vince McMahon and John Cena are both high up on Langston and he’s starting to get his push in singles. WWE is currently in the process of breaking Paul Heyman away from Ryback.
Which of the current NXT workers do you see as potential big names in WWE? Personally I think Corey Graves is an extremely talented wrestler as is Xavier Woods. What are your thoughts?
I am also high up on Corey Graves and Xavier Woods. Other names on my radar include Adrian Neville as well as both members of The Ascension. Let’s not forget Bo Dallas, who has been a highly touted prospect for years. Kassius Ohno, who was released last week, was someone I thought was one of the company’s most talented prospects.
WWE was upset with the SummerSlam buys and that show had Brock Lesnar. What do you anticipate from Survivor Series?
This is a good question. If Vince McMahon didn’t think fans bought the attraction of Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk and John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan, what does he expect from Survivor Series? The first three bouts announced for the show are not particularly strong – just take a look – Randy Orton vs. Big Show, Cena vs. Del Rio again and CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. Is that enough to sell a “big four” pay-per-view? The show is a week from Sunday and there is only one episode of Monday Night Raw left. I think the show is going to have a hard time garnering a desirable buy rate.
From the Ask WNW vault…
November 2011: In yesterday’s Ask WNW you mentioned that Vince McMahon is not high up on the Survivor Series gimmick. Why? – Survivor Series 2009 did 235,000 buys which was sharply down from 319,000 buys from the year prior. While I loudly maintained it was because UFC had a show the night before, Vince McMahon said in an investor conference call the concept was no longer over. I don’t know what or who changed his mind but he was ready to nix the pay-per-view because of the decline in buys. Last year’s Survivor Series buys were up but only slightly at 244,000 buys.
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