Brad Maddox In A Cave, Impact Of Dirt Sheets, Kurt Angle's Future, Show Bonusses In WWE, What About Luke Harper?

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What is the deal with the cave videos Brad Maddox has been uploading to his YouTube channel?

Brad Maddox is doing what a good pro wrestler does, promoting himself. With WWE making budget cuts and Maddox without a role on television, his days could be numbered. His cave videos are his way of working the Internet to keep his name relevant. It's smart and his "In cave. need help" video amassed 80,000 views.

How has the IWC, dirt sheets and websites like Wrestling News World changed the culture of pro wrestling?

The culture of pro wrestling has changed tremendously with the evolution of the Internet and social media. When I first started back in the late 90s, many were hesitant to embrace the idea of fast-flowing information and a secretive culture being brought to light. However, in 2014, wrestlers and people in the business have no choice but to embrace it. We make WWE [and other pro wrestling companies] work harder to keep things secretive but there is a lot of interest in what happens behind-the-scenes and that's the reason Wrestling News World exists. Some will argue the Internet has hurt the business because it's "killed kayfabe" and while that's true to a degree, I think we help more than we hurt.

With Kurt Angle's TNA contract coming up and the recent part time workers coming WWE like RVD and Chris Jericho, wouldn't it make sense to bring Angle back and give him something similar?

I believe that Kurt Angle would embrace any opportunity that WWE gave him. What I don't know is the degree of WWE's interest. Angle, while one of the best in-ring workers of a generation, is 45 years old, has a fused neck and other health risks that could prevent him from passing a WWE physical. I believe the chances are better for him to end up as a key piece in Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling but I do not see him staying in TNA.

Do guys in NXT and new call ups to the main roster make enough money to pay their expenses?

It's tight for WWE developmental workers but everyone that appears on a main roster show (whether it's a TV taping or live event), receives a $500 show bonus. This money is used to help pay travel expenses. The earnings scale in WWE shows a tremendous gap that was largely proven when it was learned Randy Orton makes just shy of $300,000 per month.

Bray Wyatt gets a lot of praise (and rightfully so) but what about Luke Harper?

Luke Harper, the former Brodie Lee, was a highly touted prospect and is one of WWE's brightest up and comers at the age of 34. One thing I touted in Richard Reacts to Money in the Bank was the continued separation of Harper and Erick Rowan from Bray Wyatt. Wyatt is ahead of them but they aren't slouches either. The Usos vs. Harper & Rowan was the best match at Money in the Bank and all four appear to have very bright futures.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2012: Brodus Clay – you know, the man from Planet-funk, the Funk-a-sorus. What are your thoughts on his debut gimmick? - Believe it or not, this is the most popular question of the day. Some people loved it, some people hated it but everyone wants to know the skinny on Brodus Clay’s debut gimmick on Raw Supershow. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this type of gimmick – remember Flash Funk? I’ll admit when Justin Roberts announced him and he came out I thought it was all a huge rib. Originally thought to be a dominant force that was going to eliminate John Morrison from television, turns out to be the Funk-a-sorus from Planet Funk. They fed him Curt Hawkins so it looks like he’ll blow through enhancement workers but I have a hard time believing this gimmick can make it in the main event. It is certainly PG-friendly and gives developmental Divas Naomi and Cameron Lynn a chance to get on TV. While my initial reaction was surprise, it’s not fair to write the gimmick off as a failure or praise it as a success until it’s had a chance to progress.

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