When did you know The Undertaker was going to lose?
Unlike last year, there was no talk of the streak ending at Wrestlemania XXX. Anyone that claims there were rumblings about the outcome being anything other than Undertaker going 22-0, isn't being honest. There was a swing in international betting odds during the pay-per-view, which implies the outcome leaked but we didn't hear about it until it happened. We have new information about the streak ending and the match itself that you can read at this link. I will give WWE a lot of credit, however, as they made sure this didn't get out because this wasn't talked about at all, even by people very close to the company.
What is Sting's status?
There was talk at one point of having Sting at Raw the night after Wrestlemania 30 in NOLA but we still haven't confirmed he has a WWE contract. As we noted here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, Sting's travel was handled by the promoters of Wrestlecon and he left after his appearance. Sting said he only wanted one more match, one against The Undertaker, but that looks as unlikely as ever.
What did you think of Mr. T's Hall of Fame speech?
Mr. T provided some unintended humor to the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony but his speech showed WWE officials they need to screen Hall of Fame speeches, especially from outsiders. As I stated in Richard Reacts to Wrestlemania 30, I felt Mr. T was rude for going so long with his speech. He is a worthy WWE "celebrity wing" inductee and I'm glad he loves his mother and is proud of his faith. However, to speak for that long at an event where he was a guest, was disrespectful to the legends that rightfully earned that time. Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Scott Hall or anyone else earned the right to go up there and talk for as long as they wanted. However, a guest should be more courteous. It was not the time or place to deliver a bizarre sermon/eulogy.
Do you feel that the Hall of Fame should be a closed event? Every time the camera would go to someone the crowd would cheer even if it was at the most inappropriate times (and sometimes confusing the person talking.) At some times it really ruined the mood of a speech when a chant would start and the presenter was trying to figure out what was going on. I think it would come off much better if it was at a theatre invite only broadcast on the network.
It's very much an honor to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, however, let's not forget it serves a dual purpose and is a commercialized event where WWE profits. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony always sells out and provides WWE a grand opportunity to give fans a reason to spend the entire weekend in the Wrestlemania host city. I thought the crowd at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was great this year and they weren't disrespectful to any of the legends. So to answer your question, absolutely not. The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony should remain exactly how it is and I enjoyed watching it on WWE Network.
From the Ask WNW vault…
July 2013: What was your opinion of the debut of The Wyatt Family on WWE Monday Night and who do you see them feuding with in the near future? - I was thrilled with the debut of Bray Wyatt and company on this week’s Monday Night Raw. Social media is a great tool but it’s full of humor. We had one reader dismissing the faction before they even debuted. After they debuted, I saw people calling the faction a failure because the crowd chanted “Husky Harris” and promising they’d be reduced to job roles within six months. Hey, they’d chant “Michael McGillicutty” at Curtis Axel but it’s impossible to chant the name McGillicutty. There is absolutely no way of knowing a gimmick’s future after one week. We have to see how things play out and give them a chance to settle in. Just as you cannot judge a sports team after one game, I feel some are wanting to put a stamp on The Wyatt Family after a couple minutes into it. You can’t do this in wrestling. There will be people that will do it, however, it’s not smart. Bray Wyatt received very high marks in developmental and has people, such as Chris Jericho, that know what they are talking about putting him over. I think there is a lot of potential in the faction but don’t take my word for it, take Jericho’s word. He’s a future WWE Hall of Famer and one of the most successful workers in the history of this business. However, I will also caution, just as we can’t promise The Wyatt Family will fail, we can’t promise they’ll succeed either. We need to give it some time and see where it goes. My initial reaction was a positive one.
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