Does WWE Wellness test their referees?
Yes, the referees are subject to Wellness testing in WWE. Senior official Mike Chioda was suspended under the WWE Wellness policy on August 15, 2011 and is the only referee to be suspended for a test failure. He returned immediately after his suspension the next month. It’s been several months since WWE had a Wellness test suspension as the last on record is the suspension of Ricardo Rodriguez on July 2, 2013. We have details on every WWE Wellness suspension since November 1, 2007 at this link.
What do you think about a program between Daniel Bryan and John Cena?
I would be interested in another program between Daniel Bryan and John Cena, however, I do not expect it any time soon. Both are top level babyfaces with intriguing situations on Sunday. Will Bryan get his payoff? Will John Cena “do the honors” and help elevate Bray Wyatt? Both are key elements to this year’s show and its success.
I thought they were going to do Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust at Wrestlemania? Did something change or was it ever even a thought?
A potential Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust program came up for this year’s Wrestlemania XXX but didn’t make it on the card. The undercard for Wrestlemania has been a disaster and it’s an injustice to both of the Rhodes brothers they are crammed in the 30-man Andre the Giant Battle Royal after the year they’ve had. If WWE wasn’t going to do the singles match, which would have been two years late, they should have programmed them in the bout for the tag titles.
Is there a chance that Kurt Angle returns to WWE?
Kurt Angle’s contract with TNA Wrestling is up at the end of the summer and the overwhelming belief is that he’s leaving. The only question seems to be, where will he land? I think Kurt would welcome another opportunity with WWE but it’s unknown if they’re interested in him at this stage in his career. He could also end up in Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion. Right now, I believe the chances are good he’s in his final months with TNA.
From the Ask WNW vault…
February 2013: Does having pay-per-views like Elimination Chamber, Hell in a Cell and TLC hurt the prestige of the gimmick matches and cause them to lose luster? - No, I like the way WWE has handled their B-level pay-per-views with the gimmicks. I’m not a big fan of gimmick matches but when used correctly, they work. WWE has been able to integrate the gimmicks into their B-level shows, making them more meaningful and giving viewers a reason to order, without killing the gimmick matches themselves. They’ve done this by putting the gimmicks on one or two “main event” matches of the show but not making every bout on the card a gimmick. I do not feel the gimmicks should be completely exclusive to their respective pay-per-views as I would have no problem with a Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania. That was talked about for this year’s show but upon last check, they’ve decided against it.
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