WWE No Longer Releasing Talent, Sheamus’ Return, HHH The Unified Champ?, Fandango’s Future, What We Run & What We Ignore

With Triple H’s “don’t fire anybody” edict, do the workers waiting out their contract get paid to do absolutely nothing? Or are they still called on to work live shows and do they still need to at least show up to Raw and Smackdown? If not, how does this benefit WWE?

This is something flying completely under the radar but something we’ve been on top of since its implementation (See also – Triple H Calls For Major Change In Philosophy With How WWE Handles Releases, The New Edict That Will Shock You; Two WWE Stars That Are Ready To Return But Have No Return Plans & Why They Might Be On Their Way Out Of The Company). Right now there is a list of inactive workers in WWE that have medical clearance but simply aren’t being used. The latest to draw a lot of attention is Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde, the original Sin Cara, that was quietly replaced on last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. Triple H’s thinking is they are high profile company and a job creator. If they’re successful, how do they look when they publicly acknowledge releases? As stated, the edict does not apply to developmental talent as WWE doesn’t have to acknowledge those releases. To answer your question, a worker continues to collect their downside until their contract expires, essentially being paid to do nothing.

Is it looking more like Sheamus will return to WWE as a surprise entrant in next year’s 30-man Royal Rumble match?

It’s possible that Sheamus returns to WWE in the Royal Rumble match but I haven’t heard that as of press time. I’m told both Vince McMahon and Triple H are highly anticipating the return of Sheamus and have plans to insert him back into the top of the card. When he suffered the initial injury, a torn labrum at Money in the Bank, estimates had him out anywhere from December (this month) until February.

Triple H said in a kayfabe dot com interview that guaranteed one champion walking out of WWE TLC. Do you see a swerve and Hunter himself winning the belt?

Ask WNW readers pick up on everything and this is a great point and a feasible scenario. I’m on record as to writing a screwy finish seems to be inevitable in the booking of John Cena vs. Randy Orton at WWE TLC. Multiple finishes have been discussed but I am not aware of one that has Hunter walking out as champion. There has been nothing in the booking of the WWE title with The Authority over the past several months to suggest there will be a clean outcome.

In what direction do you see Fandango moving in the next year: forward, backwards or stagnant? Vince McMahon obviously saw a lot of potential in him initially but he’s been insignificant lately. In retrospect, do you think it was a mistake having him go over Chris Jericho at last year’s Wrestlemania?

Fandango is a midcard gimmick, nothing more and nothing less. He’s 0-4 in his last 4 televised singles matches and worked the weekend live event loop going under to The Great Khali (where he also competed in a mixed tag match). I don’t see him as someone that is going to emerge on the main event scene but I don’t see immediate regression either. I wouldn’t say Fandango over Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 29 was a mistake because it at least gave WWE the opportunity to push him. Fandango’s music and gimmick got him over in a big way following the pay-per-view and WWE did a good job of taking full advantage of the opportunity. Not everyone can work in the main event but that doesn’t mean they are useless either.

Every creative plan in the WWE has to be approved by Vince McMahon. Does everything published on WNW or its sister sites have to be approved by you before making it to the world wide web?

Every story that I run involves a judgment call on my behalf. I actually got heat from one reader when they learned there is information that I receive that I do not publish. It’s essential for me to sort out what needs to make it to press from what I need to wait on or just ignore completely. I do this for the credibility of the website. The majority of publications will run anything by anyone and will do zero “leg work” to find out if what they are posting is actually true. It’s funny because we get emails about “developing stories” all the time and they go something like this. TNA Wrestling is for sale. Billy Corgan is buying TNA Wrestling. Janice Carter says TNA isn’t for sale. Rumor killer on Billy Corgan buying TNA. It’s ridiculous how reckless the reporting was on that story. One sweeping statement, fueled by conjecture and unfounded Tweets, turned into something it wasn’t. Does that mean we never make mistakes? Absolutely not, I’m only human. However, I would never run a story of that magnitude without double-sourcing the information. Some readers might have wondered why we didn’t have the story when it was everywhere else but I refused to post something until I knew what was true and what wasn’t. As for blogs and opinions and stuff you might find at WWENews.net or TNANews.com, I leave that completely up to Kendra Bunyon and Alex Barie respectively.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2010: When is Batista coming back to WWE? - While the word was Batista would return to WWE for a “retirement tour” after some time away, that isn’t looking as likely as he pursues a deal with the Strikeforce MMA promotion. If he hits a snag in his MMA plans, a return to WWE certainly has not been ruled out. WWE would welcome Batista back with open arms at any time as company officials claim they were surprised by his sudden retirement despite the fact we reported he was leaving for months.

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  • Pablo

    I enjoy the site and the coverage but one request for you Richard… Can you please stop misusing the phrase “as of press time”. In this context it would be “at time of writing” as you do not go to press!

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      My attempt at being old school

      • The Bops

        I’m ok with old terminology – I sometimes refer to music as being on “tapes”, call my iPhone a “telephone” on occasion, and say things look good on “paper” when I haven’t written more than a memo or a scribble on a piece of paper in ten years.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

          I still call them albums, where does that leave me?

    • Lance UpperCutt

      He is correct in his use of the term, also your example could be seen as wrong as he isn’t writing but typing :P

  • Scottyo614

    Here’s a question that relates to Jericho. Would you rather have someone who is a big part time attraction putting people over and collecting a big Wrestlemania check, or a full time guy developing a story with potential failing results and getting that check Jericho got?

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    I came up with the Hunter being the Unified champion because I was slightly tipsy and thought it was a really bad scenario, but now people are actually suggesting it, it did make me chuckle when seeing the question.

    • Dave Barton

      I made mention of it too a couple days ago on here. He’s anti-Cena (kayfabe of course) and Randall has been getting pretty demanding lately…why wouldn’t he just knock them both off a ladder & grab the belts himself?

  • Draven

    From what you said about WWE just lettin talent sit on the shelf and not renew their contract sounds like what they are doing to Christian but i hope im wrong.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Christian isn’t medically cleared or wasn’t upon last check

      • Brandon van Reenen

        Christian’s a valuable asset though, right Richard? I wouldn’t class him in the same boat as Ezekiel Jackson or Evan Bourne. Christian is still a really reliable veteran that can still work high-quality matches. If it’s anyone on the injured list the WWE wouldn’t think of cutting ties with, it’s Christian.

  • David F.

    If WWE does decide to put title on Hunter it would make sense. He is most over heel right now and he usually has the mic in opening segments and Steph reminded us last RAW how great champ HHH was. Plus it would be great way to get Bryan over by winning the Rumble and facing Hunter for title at WM 30. It would solidify Bran as a top draw. It would be an awesome WM moment similarly to Eddie and Benoit WM ending too bad that one is tainted for obvious reasons

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Most over heel? I still think Vickie holds that.

  • Smarky Smark

    Richard, could I buy your website?

  • K!NG

    Sheamus hopefully comes back as a monster heel.

    • TheBigKing1

      Hopefully not.

  • Nick K

    The “heat” you got from a reader (can’t believe you used that term) was from me. I stand by what I said because that doesn’t fall into the category of having to protect the credibility of the site. You withheld your sources telling you about the potential Hogan/Cena match at mania because you weren’t happy about it, the fact that you have to be careful about what you post is not lost on me at all. You mention your sites credibility yet in the article right above this you state Hulk Hogan telling people the truth about his TNA status on twitter was a crisis so you’ve contradicted yourself a bit there. When it comes down to a questionable rumor or things involving peoples personal lives you absolutely should be responsible about what you post but your opinion of a story shouldn’t keep you from sharing premium information with your premium subscribers.

  • Nick K

    The “heat” you got from a reader (can’t believe you used that term) was from me. I stand by what I said because that doesn’t fall into the category of having to protect the credibility of the site. You withheld your sources telling you about the potential Hogan/Cena match at mania because you weren’t happy about it, the fact that you have to be careful about what you post is not lost on me at all. You mention your sites credibility yet in the article right above this you state Hulk Hogan telling people the truth about his TNA status on twitter was a crisis so you’ve contradicted yourself a bit there. When it comes down to a questionable rumor or things involving peoples personal lives you absolutely should be responsible about what you post but your opinion of a story shouldn’t keep you from sharing premium information with your premium subscribers.

    • outkazt09

      Get a hobby bro.

      • outkazt09

        You sure? You sound like a baby.

  • DW

    Sorry but I for one I don’t look forward to a Shameus return just so he gets pushed. I believe the last matches he had with Orton,the current champ they both received the boring chant. And Orton isn’t boring especially with that DDP esc RKO he has. So please for the love of everything just pair shamesus with someone and make a new APA, singles competition is not that entertaining with him.