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A New Way Of Pushing Divas?, What WWE Looks At When Signing Talent, The Latest On WWE Network, Heath Slater Working With Legends

The following is today's edition of Ask WNW. Ask WNW is the most popular feature on the website where Richard Gray answers four questions daily, Monday through Friday. To submit your question for the next installment of Ask WNW, click here.

Is the way AJ Lee is being used the new way of pushing Divas in WWE? Helping to expand story lines rather than wrestling.

It's funny because the last two Divas to get over, Eve Torres and AJ Lee, have done so assisting in main event angles and not by performing in the ring. I don't know if it's necessarily the "new way" as using female talent in top angles isn't really anything new. AJ's success certainly helps her standing in the company as I heard Vince McMahon was pushing for her to get a run with the Divas Championship down the road. AJ's work has been fantastic and it's great to see talented people get opportunities to shine on television.

What does WWE look for when signing female talent? It seems like all that matters is looks but is anything else important?

There are many factors that go into hiring talent but it would be foolish for me to try and tell you that looks are not a substantial factor in the hiring of Divas. Divas like Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox were brought in as models and trained to be wrestlers. There are other factors that can influence WWE, as we've seen with Divas like Beth Phoenix and Kharma, but looks certainly matter. However, this just isn't the case for females. WWE doesn't hire male talent based solely on looks or work as there are a myriad of factors that are evaluated before a contract is offered. The most important factor in hiring anyone is - will this person draw?

What are the plans for the WWE Network?

There isn't much new to report about the WWE Network. The reports currently circulating the Internet are things we wrote about months ago, so these other publications are either just finding out or are rehashing old material. Different models are being considered but the delay has to do with lack of clearance on cable and satellite systems. WWE has remained mum on the issue because they feel the more they talk about it, the more it hinders negotiations.

Why did WWE book Heath Slater over Doink on last week's Raw Supershow as he has just been getting battered by everyone a week before this?

If there is a Legend out there that's not going to be hurt by a loss, it's probably Doink the Clown. Diamond Dallas Page told some publications he was returning on Raw Supershow last week so perhaps the company booked Doink vs. Slater to try and swerve. Regardless, it doesn't really matter as the status of Heath Slater has not changed.

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