Adam Rose Too Predictable?, Batista's Decision To Return To WWE, WWE Network Issues, Pushing Talent In Their 40s

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Is WWE too predictable in the fact that on Raw we will almost certainly see Adam Rose win his debut match, just like every other debutant in recent times?

It would be foolish to debut Adam Rose in any other way than to put him over. The company has ran vignettes for him since Wrestlemania to hype him, it would all be for nothing if he lost out of the gate. Sometimes the business is predictable but that doesn't mean it's not the right decision either. If you didn't put Rose over, how else would you create momentum for a relatively unknown talent?

Considering that his current run has mostly been a failure (besides the reformation of Evolution), do you feel Batista regrets coming back to WWE?

I pondered in Richard Reacts to Extreme Rules what Batista thinks about his WWE return so far and his feelings about it. Based on some of his comments, like saying he looked forward to the day without all the negativity, it sure looks like he could regret coming back. It hasn't gone according to plan and things haven't gotten any better since WWE corrected their mistake with Daniel Bryan. I personally feel Batista is being used as a scapegoat by fans frustrated by the departure of CM Punk (which I don't think Batista directly contributed to) among other things. There is still value in Batista but things haven't gone well since he came back.

I am having issues watching WWE Network on my PlayStation 3, the stream often freezes and buffers. Is WWE aware of the issue?

I was made aware of some issues with the WWE Network stream during Extreme Rules but they didn't seem to be widespread. Further, I didn't experience any issues with my stream but did notice that I could hurt the performance by typing in a separate browser window. I'm not sure why that caused an issue for me but as long as I didn't do that, my stream was fine. If you had an issue, you should report it to WWE Network customer support so they are made aware. Again, I heard of issues (more so than I did with Wrestlemania) but since I did not directly experience them, I can't say much more than that.

Do you think it's unfair to say that when a worker reaches their 40s it's too late to push them. The Rock is in his 40s and still capable of a top spot but it's not OK for someone like R-Truth who has worked hard in the mid card?

There is a big difference between The Rock and R-Truth. It's not that R-Truth hasn't worked hard or doesn't deserve more but he's too old to push as a main event talent. The Rock essentially "picks up where he left off" when he returns, a talent such as R-Truth hasn't even come close to such success. This is why someone like Sting is able to work on a part-time schedule into his 50s. It's not completely unheard of, however, as Bully Ray is 42 and received the biggest singles push of his career and WWE gave William Regal a major push when he was 40 (although it was later derailed due to his second Wellness test violation). Diamond Dallas Page is another example of a "late bloomer," however; most talent will not receive the biggest push of their career after they reach the age of 40.

From the Ask WNW vault…

October 2012: With the WWE brand extension essentially over, when do you think we will see just one world title and perhaps the elimination of the World Heavyweight Championship? - I am all for having both a WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion and feel WWE has done a good job by “gracefully” ending the brand extension by getting talent from both brands on the live show while still maintaining a separate identity on Smackdown. Two world titles give the company a chance to have two separate main event scenes that create more opportunities to build top talent. A lot of people are tired of John Cena dominating the main event with some even growing tired of CM Punk as champion but if the World Heavyweight Championship is eliminated, the main event scene is only going to shrink. Unification ideas have been pitched for as long as there have been two world titles but I hope WWE continues with both the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Championship.

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  • Jason Bagemehl

    they really missed the boat on r truth.he was on the verge of something big when he was booked as a heel and the little jimmy stuff ..some one gonna get got…i been a bad r truff. was golden then they turned him face and he became comedy

    • Brandon van Reenen

      Agreed. His work was SOLID. They should have given him the WWE Championship at Capital Punishment – even if it wad just a one-month reign.

    • Guest

      Yeah, Vince was so damn wrong on that. We all knew it, but Vince thought the face thing with Lil Jimmy would work because Truth was so damn funny in that role.

  • Ron

    While I was watching Extreme Rules it was shown in bad quality through 95% of the show.

    • outkazt09

      What is your download speed?

      • Ron

        3.15 mbps

  • David F

    Imagine if WWE stuck to plans with Batista being champ right now and he is still unhappy with his pay. WWE would have big problem on their hands

    • “unhappy with his pay” I know what you’re talking about but I have a hard time believing it. I know guys are concerned/worried/frustrated with Wrestlemania payouts being off but other than that, I don’t know what type of monetary issues Dave could be unhappy with. He’s under a contract he agreed too.

      • David F

        well I do wonder if this could lead to strife in personal relationship between Batista and Triple H. I am sure Trips is not pleased with Batista possibly pulling a CM Punk and leave the WWE but if Batista’s movie is successful and he keeps getting roles no reason for him to continue to perform if he doesnt like his situation

  • Mike Elliott

    With Extreme Rules for me it seemed every time my phone would use wifi data or anything else would be actively on my wifi network, the WWE Network would buffer. I know this isn’t a problem with my internet because I have a 20mb/s connection. It’s the same troubles I had when I had my 6mb/s connection.

    • Thomas M.

      Same here. So long as the WWE Network is the only thing using my connection, it runs smooth. However, if even just one other device is online, WWE Network performance is significantly decreased.

      This never happens for me with Netflix on my connection. I can be downloading full games from Steam or PSN at the same time as watching Netflix and it never slows.

      • Mike Elliott

        Exactly, and when I call to report anything, I can’t even understand the people on the other side of the phone, or they just act like they know what I’m talking about and just “go with it”.

  • Venom

    I feel like Batistas return is similar to Bret Harts return after wrestlemania 12. Fans missed him and wanted him to return. After he came back the attitude transition era started and he had to turn heel to be relevant.

  • Ultimate WWE Fan

    They need a debuter to win their first match so they will fit in.

  • Ultimate WWE Fan

    I think Adam Rose will face 3MB tomorrow.

  • R Truth deserves one run as Ron Killings in WWE. That’s the truth

  • Myeyecandy

    Think the situation with R-Truth that he is patient about his position after watching WWE extreme rules and Xavier Woods was knock cold and didn’t help his partner in the handicap match that is a hint that truth might get a heel run not a push because he has lost some connection with the crowd as a face it’s not working anymore if heel he should be a serious heel like his original days as a heel

  • Tim

    Adam rose will fail. The whole cool party type thing never last. It happened to Zack Ryder and it happened to the wii.

  • Armando

    If you are having trouble with the www network live PPV, this is what I did, I have time Warner wireless internet, but I plugged a Ethernet cable from my modem in to my ps3, and it worked without a flaw, my friend streamed his wirelessly to his ps3 and he said it would repeat every so often. This is not a guarantee, but it worked for me.

  • craig

    the live stream for ExtremeRules was great for the first hour (hard wired roku3) until the
    shield intros. then quality was jumpy during the match but great the
    last 5-10 minutes.
    the quality got really bad during the cena match
    so after it i excited to RokuPlayer home screen and then got back into
    the network. I clicked start from the beginning and then fast forwarded
    to the divas match and everything was amazing quality again. i finished
    the ppv about 5 minutes behind but then everything was super quality for
    the rest of the show so it sounds like i might have to try that going

    my router logs confirmed quality drop.router traffic
    showed 8-9 1+gb, 9-10 758+mb, 10-11 1+gb so that did confirm the quality
    drop as i had zero drop in speed on my network

    note: the only thing i was using during the show was twitter on my phone. 15/1 connection