Ask WNW: Chicago's PPV Events, Changing PG Rating, Lana's Accent, Too Many Stipulations With Shane vs The Undertaker?


Hey guys, just a couple of notes about Ask WNW! I'm going to be doing as many questions as possible this week because it's WrestleMania week! If I get enough questions from you guys I will publish a new Ask WNW every day leading into WrestleMania day. Another quick note, as usual, you can submit your questions via email (link is below) but starting now you can also tweet your questions directly to me on Twitter @ZKrasney. Let's get those questions flowing!

Why does Chicago's Allstate Arena almost always host either Extreme Rules or Payback these days? The last that the Windy City hosted a WWE PPV that wasn't Extreme Rules or Payback was the 2011 Money In The Bank PPV which got rave reviews.

I couldn’t tell you if WWE has a specific reason for choosing those PPVs for Chicago or if it’s just a coincidence. I will say that there is a chance the reason WWE doesn’t hold the bigger name events like WrestleMania or SummerSlam is because of the fanbase. Chicago, like Brooklyn and Philadelphia, is well known for being a “smart crowd.” WWE knows when they go into towns like this they have their work cut out for them and it’s going to be an uphill battle. Fans in towns like Chicago have a very high standard for the business and will also loudly reject anything but the best. WWE was in both Philadelphia and Brooklyn in the last several weeks, and when Roman Reigns appeared he was either booed out of the building or worse, the crowd was silent for him. You can imagine where WWE wouldn’t want that sort of thing for a WrestleMania or SummerSlam. Do I agree with it? Absolutely not. WWE should listen more to crowds like Chicago because they’re the passionate ones.

Don't you think it's about time that Vince McMahon got rid of PG Television and went back to the way it was? I mean their ratings are down and it's what the WWE fans want.

Yes and no. I do think WWE should go back to PG-14 because it allows themselves more wiggle room. At this point, WWE just uses the PG rating to grab more advertising dollars, but it doesn’t really hold them to a set of specific rules. On the other hand, PG isn’t really an issue. Yeah, we might see a little less blood and we won’t see any more bra and panty matches, but is that really a bad thing? People, including myself in the past, have blamed the PG rating for WWE product being bad, but the truth is it’s just a scapegoat. WCW was PG during the Monday Night Wars but no one noticed or complained because it wasn’t an issue. WCW put on an entertaining product regardless of what their rating was. The real issue is WWE’s paint-by-numbers, cookie cutter, predictable style of writing. In the end, the PG rating is just something the fans want to point to and say, “This is the problem! Get rid of it and things will get better!” Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Most people know that Lana really is an American from Florida, do you think WWE can eventually have her drop the Russian accent or do you think she has gotten so over with it, she has to keep it for as long as she works in WWE?

I actually disagree with you that most people know she’s an American from Florida. I didn’t for a long time and unless you do your digging I can’t imagine most fans would find out. Could she drop the accent eventually? Maybe. You can certainly ask Kofi Kingston if it’s possible and he’ll tell you yes. I think the accent is good for Lana, it gives her something that sets her apart from the other Divas. Women, like the guys, need something that makes them stand out to the fans so they’re remembered. While Lana is certainly a gorgeous woman, she needs something to help her stand out amongst the other beautiful women. In the future, she might be able to drop the accent, but I think it’s best she keeps it.

Do you think WWE has ruined the Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker match with so many stipulations?

I don’t think the stipulations are what’s weighing down the Shane vs. Undertaker match, in fact, I think it’s what’s keeping it afloat. I will say I wasn’t a fan of adding the stipulation that if The Undertaker loses it’ll be his last WrestleMania. At least, not so late in the game. Vince should have done almost immediately. So many people questioned why The Undertaker would fight on behalf of Vince right away, but WWE waited until the last minute why to give Undertaker a reason to fight. WWE should have announced the match, then the next week have Undertaker come out and refuse the match, only to have Vince tell Undertaker if he doesn’t win or doesn’t wrestle it’s his last WrestleMania. It gives the fans a logical reason why Undertaker would be invested in this match. I think the build to this match has been ruined by “shoot first ask questions later” booking. Shane’s return was greeted by a truly epic pop from the crowd, but the momentum was killed by the announcement he’d be facing Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell. From that point on fans were confused and needed a reason why Undertaker, a good guy, would work for Vince/The Authority who are the ultimate bad guys. We waited and waited and it didn’t come until it was far too late.

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