Big Show's Back, Cleaning Up The Locker Rooms, MITB With One Title, WWE Network On Smart TVs

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Will Big Show be returning in time to be part of the Wrestlemania build and show?

Big Show will make his return to WWE television on this week's episode of Smackdown and is a focal point of the advertising, so I'm not spoiling anything. Show appeared at this week's Monday Night Raw taping after the live broadcast went off the air in Chicago, Illinois. To read about Big Show's involvement on this week's Smackdown, read our taping results at this link.

Is there a Wellness Test Policy in TNA like WWE has? I can't remember a worker getting in trouble for failing a Wellness test there.

TNA does not have a formal Wellness Policy like WWE, however, they do drug test. I do not have details on the last time they tested, as I don't even have that information for WWE. There is not a set disciplinary procedure in TNA like there is in WWE when a worker has a positive test. I would like to use this opportunity to comment on the fact the locker rooms today are much cleaner than they were a decade ago. We can all poke holes in the problems with WWE's Wellness testing, however, it would be inaccurate to state the business hasn't cleaned up as a result of it. I'm not saying everyone is "squeaky clean" but I will say it's nowhere near it was in the 80s and 90s (in WCW there were performers that injected in front of everyone). Daniel Bryan said recently this generation of wrestlers is the lamest of all time when it comes to ribs. The same can be said for wild partying behavior. Don't get me wrong, there are guys that like to go out and drink but again, it's no where near at the level it once was.

Ever since WWE unified the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship at TLC, the only question going through my mind was "What are they going to do about MITB?" I expected for there to be a ladder match for the briefcase at Wrestlemania 30 but there still hasn't been any news about it. Why would they have a PPV focused only on ONE ladder match?

I'm not sure why you would expect a Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania 30 considering there hasn't been one on a Wrestlemania lineup since WrestleMania XXVI in 2010, like we detailed on Tuesday. However, I expect the Money in the Bank pay-per-view to feature one of the matches as the show's main event, just like the Royal Rumble featured one Rumble and Elimination Chamber featured one Chamber match. I was against unifying the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships because I knew it would cut down the opportunities in the top of the card and just as I predicted, that's exactly what has happened. Guys that were staples in the World Heavyweight Championship scene like Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus have now been relegated to more mid-card roles. However, that's not a completely fair statement considering it is Wrestlemania season and the second-tier main eventers have to take a backseat because of the influx of part-time talent (Undertaker and Brock Lesnar specifically).

When the WWE started promoting the Network, it was advertised that people with Samsung Smart TV's would be able to stream directly to the TV. Now, the WWE app has completely vanished from my TV! What happened? Did an issue develop between WWE and Samsung?

According to WWE, select Smart TVs will begin carrying the WWE Network this summer. I wasn't aware the App was ever available on Smart TVs, however, that's been the plan since the initial announcement. You can easily hook-up WWE Network to your television from a desktop, laptop or iPad by using an adapter and HDMI cable. I work from an iMac Pro and I bought an adapter and HDMI cable and plugin to the television in my office for live shows. It works great and is very simple. The only issue I have is I got paranoid about not having a long enough HDMI cable so I bought a 20' one and it's entirely too long.

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From the Ask WNW vault…

June 2012: I just don’t get it. WWE workers know they are subject to random Wellness Tests yet they take the chance and use banned substances. - If it were really just this cut and dry, it would be very simple. Don’t take this or a suspension will happen. The thing is it is much more complicated than this as workers can clear positive tests by producing valid prescriptions. There are substances that are banned outright but there are many others that can be cleared. Given the way WWE handled Rey Mysterio’s suspension – knowing he failed a Wellness test in February but still trying to get him back for Wrestlemania only to suspend him when they knew he couldn’t go because of injury – I have a lot of questions about the validity of the WWE Wellness Policy. While it’s clear things are cleaner than they were before the Wellness Policy, it’s more of a public relations thing than a legitimate testing system.
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