3 Hours Still Too Much Raw, John Cena Can Wrestle, McMahon Interested In TNA?, Rosa Mendes

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Is it just me or was this the first time in a while that ALL three hours of Raw were worth watching? Is this a sign of things to come with the show or did WWE just get lucky?

I thought this week's episode of Raw was a good effort but it could have still been condensed from three hours. The best parts of the show were as follows - John Cena's stellar show-opening promo and fantastic match against Cesaro, Randy Orton taking out Roman Reigns to get heat on him, Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins (despite the non-finish) and the closing segment with Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella (I loved Stephanie's slap and final line). There was still plenty of filler content in the middle to dull the show down.

It's very important that WWE put on noteworthy television from now until SummerSlam. Initial WWE Network subscriptions expire after the pay-per-view and the company will look to retain as many subscribers as possible. Raw has been three hours for over two years now and I still firmly believe it's product over saturation.

After John Cena's incredible match vs. Cesaro on Raw, the so many other great matches of his career & what I fully expect to be an awesome match vs. Lesnar at Summerslam... It's time this "Cena Sucks" BS stops... I agree with everybody else his character needs change but it's not going to happen at this stage so it's time to take John Cena what he is & that's one of the best ever.

I take it that you really like John Cena. There's nothing wrong with that as John is still WWE's most popular performer, however, it's generally the under 13 crowd or female demographic that's high up on him. I don't have any problem with the "Cena sucks" chants or the heat he generates. Hulk Hogan generated heat as a babyface, so did Triple H and many others. It's inaccurate to say Cena "can't wrestle" because he's had enough good matches where he's proven that he can go, however, I don't take the heat as BS. It's a normal part of the business and there is nothing wrong with the message that the character could use a revamp. I'm not holding out hope but that doesn't mean the older fan base can't chant for it either.

It seems to me that right now would be an ideal time for Vince McMahon to purchase TNA. I know this is unlikely with the WWE Network seemingly hemorrhaging money, but you'd get Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, and the rest of Sting's career in the library. Thoughts?

I knew with the uncertainly regarding TNA Wrestling's future on American television that this question was inevitable but it's unrealistic at this time. If TNA loses Spike TV and is unable to find a TV deal in the United States, the only value they have is their tape library. There are obvious names that could draw WWE interest but again, this is all premature. I will also dispute that now is an "ideal time" for Vince McMahon to buy TNA. WWE is in the process of making mass budget cuts following an underwhelming domestic TV agreement and the need to monetize the WWE Network. How does adding the burden of TNA help any of that?

After being signed over 8 years ago via the Diva Search, Rosa Mendes is still employed by WWE with no real character development nor decent grappling skills. Yet over the course of the same time frame, WWE has released many great female performers. What are your thoughts?

Rosa Mendes has withstood a lot, including getting sent home from WWE's European tour last year. However, she's persevered and will be added to the Total Divas cast for Season 3. Internally, I believe the hope is she will help increase the Latino demographic to the hit reality series. I can't give you a valid explanation as to why some performers are still employed when others are let go. This isn't an objective business and it's ultimately Vince McMahon's decision as to who is employed and who is not.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2012: I was wondering about your thoughts on the WWE Network. Oprah’s network is basically hemorrhaging money at this point. Isn’t Vince McMahon and the rest of WWE upper management worried the same could occur with them? - Vince McMahon addressed the failure of the Oprah Network when talking about the WWE Network in a conference call with investors in November 2011. McMahon called the Oprah Network a “miserable failure” and said that it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the Oprah Network didn’t capitalize on what Oprah does best. Vince argued they tried to brand the Oprah name without featuring Oprah. He said WWE was going to do the opposite and would be “extraordinary successful.” Despite Vince’s calculated optimism, there are many in the company asking questions much like yours. As for my thoughts, the WWE Network is a huge risk and I’m not seeing a lot of upside. Sure, I’d like to see a network launched with all WWE programming and quite possibly carrying most of the pay-per-views, however, the fact they’ve struggled to gain clearance shows just how difficult it’s going to be just to get it launched.

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