Ask WNW: Finn Balor, Kevin Dunn's Opinion of Roman Reigns, ADR Dangerous, Brand Split And More!

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I have read that Vince wants Finn Balor called up. I personally watch Raw every week waiting. When do you think he is going to be called up?

Honestly, your guess is as good as mine at this point. I was really hoping it would be at WrestleMania, but that didn’t happen as I was hoping. With the debut of Gallows and Anderson I’d say sooner rather than later, but I have no definite answer for you. It would be interesting to see if The Balor Bullet Club were to replace the Wyatt Family in whatever plans were in store for Payback. That is if Bray is out for a while with his calf injury.

For the most part, WWE Executive Producer Kevin Dunn has pretty much buried most NXT talent. What does Dunn think of Roman Reigns?

I can’t speak for Dunn, I’ve never heard him directly quoted speaking about Reigns. I’d have to assume, though, that he is high up on Roman. Roman doesn’t fit the “NXT style” that others have. Kevin has a mentality very similar to Vince McMahon, and some could argue it’s what got him as far as it did. Assuming their mentalities are similar, Kevin Dunn is very high up on Reigns same as Vince.

Didn't Alberto Del Rio once injure another wrestler, maybe Dolph Ziggler, when they were on for a push and gave him concussion?! Not saying he's doing it on purpose but I don't think it's the first time, in fact, I think the 3rd?!

EDIT: It was brought to my attention that I was incorrect. Ziggler was injured not by Del Rio, but by Jack Swagger. That said, Del Rio did give Christian a concussion that resulted in Christian's retirement. He has also knocked out Daniel Bryan and hurt Randy Orton. Del Rio is known for working relatively stiff and this is what happens when a worker wrestles that way. I wouldn't hesitate to put ADR on the “dangerous wrestler” list in my book. I don’t think he does it on purpose, but if I accidentally hit and injured 3 people with my car, they’d probably take away my car.

Is it possible we see Shane take charge of Smackdown while The Authority staying in charge of Raw and see another brand split?

I’d actually flip it the other way around, the Authority taking control of Smackdown while Shane takes control of Raw. I think the idea of a brand split is certainly being toyed with by WWE. I think a brand split is a good idea, allowing more room at the top for more main eventers. It also allows for the wrestlers to work fewer dates, hopefully resulting in fewer injuries. I also think it allows for fresher storylines, too, because of the WWE Draft that happens annually.

Don't you think it would be very healthy for the business if they took a month of holidays after Wrestlemania? P.S. Greetings from Spain guys, been visiting since 2008 and is definitely the best wrestling news web around. Keep up the good work!

Thank you! We always appreciate our readers all around the globe! I do think that WWE should take a break after WrestleMania and perhaps again in December. I am aware this will probably never happen, WWE is too money oriented (as almost all companies are) and won’t want to risk the time off. This is where a brand split could really be a great idea. WWE could run the “Raw” brand for a month and allow a break for the Smackdown wrestlers, and then run the Smackdown brand for a month and let the Raw wrestlers take a break. Again, I’m not sure how they’d do it, and I don’t think they ever will, but I do think wrestlers need an offseason of some sort.

Do you think there are currently too many teams in WWE right now? I’ve counted 12 on the current roster and with Epico & Primo plus Gallows & Anderson debuting soon that makes 14.

I’ve never gone through and added them up, but I think there is a lot of talent in WWE right now that’s being wasted. The Tag Team division should be loaded up, but I think the problem is there are a lot of guys who are just floating in tag teams because they’ve got nothing else going on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it’s reflective of the problem we have right now which is, there’s not a strong mid-card. There are good steps being taken to revive the mid-card right now, but it’s only been recently that I’ve felt a strong presence from the midcard. I wish WWE could focus on pushing both the US title AND the IC title. It seems like they can only focus on pushing one at a time.

With there now being a few former TNA talents signed up to WWE do you think there's a possibility we see some sort of invasion angle occurring?
Not at all. Never say never is always a good rule for WWE, but I severely doubt it. WCW was a huge threat to WWE, beating them for months in the ratings. As a result, WWE buying WCW was a huge moment, allowing for an invasion angle that made proper sense. TNA was never a real threat to Vince and he wouldn’t do an invasion angle for them because of it. His words would be “not enough people even know who they are.” With TNA still being alive (if only just barely), Vince wouldn’t want to give people reason to watch another product.

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