How often does WWE release talent in groups and how do they choose new talent to be called up to the main roster?
The most well-known group cuts usually take place after Wrestlemania when the company looks to “trim the fat” and eliminate workers they have nothing for. There is no requirement for a “round of cuts” and comes down to the company evaluating their expenses and deciding when to let go of workers. As for who gets called up, it depends on who is doing well in Florida Championship Wrestling. The process usually begins with a developmental worker getting a chance at WWE live events and if they do well they’ll work dark matches prior to debuting on television.
I have been watching Ring Ka King since it started. I was glad to see stars like Matt Morgan, Chavo Guerrero and Chris Masters at the top. With that said, do you think WWE would re-hire them? What about WWE touring in India?
I have not heard of interest within WWE regarding the names you mentioned. Matt Morgan has a regular TNA contract in addition to his deal to perform on the company’s Ring Ka King show in India so he wouldn’t be available even if WWE were interested. As for WWE touring India, expanding in the country was actually a priority late last year but fizzled before a big push was put behind it. TNA came in and hit a home run with Ring Ka King. I don’t know what WWE’s reaction has been but I’m sure they are aware of Ring Ka King’s success.
Do you think having the Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania is ruining the tradition of having the match only at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view?
No I do not. WWE has done a nice job with the gimmicks to revamp their B-level shows. The buy rates remain a problem but I like how WWE has incorporated the gimmicks without overdoing them. Wrestlemania is WWE’s biggest event of the year and nothing should be off-limits for it. One more Hell in a Cell match or Money in the Bank ladder match is not overdoing the gimmick.
I used to only watch WWE until I was introduced to Impact Wrestling. I feel they have a very entertaining roster and awesome shows. What do you think would make them competitive to WWE?
It’s an uphill battle to compete with WWE but it’s possible. After all, WCW not only competed with WWE, they nearly put them out of business. There is not one key thing TNA needs to do to compete. They already have a significant financial backer, a mainstream television deal and a loaded talent roster with some of the most accomplished names in the wrestling business. At this point I think the thing that would help them the most would be to establish a clear chain of command. Even with Vince Russo gone, there are too many cooks in the kitchen. They need to establish who does what, who is in charge of who, etc. WWE is a finely tuned machine that has done nothing but grow during a time where they haven’t had any legitimate competition. If a company is going to challenge WWE for control they are going to have to be either really well organized or get really lucky. I don’t know how well organized WCW was but they hit a home run with the nWo.
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