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Why Chris Hero Won't Sign With TNA, WWE Worry Over Ratings?, Disastrous Wrestlemania Lineup, Saving WWE Title Match

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Will Chris Hero (Kassius Ohno) return to WWE in the future?

When Chris Hero was released from his WWE developmental contract he hoped to be back in a situation similar to Claudio Castagnoli, who of course is now known as Cesaro. It's not uncommon for this to happen as even Daniel Bryan endured a release, although for a very different reason. This is also one of the reasons why Hero has not gone to TNA despite their interest. He knows if he signs with TNA it will damage his chances of returning to WWE at some point. I've been told Hero hopes to be back as soon as this year, however, we're told there isn't interest in his services at this time.

Do you think WWE even worries about television ratings?

WWE certainly cares about how many people are watching their programming, however, the two-fold interest on TV viewership and pay-per-view buys is no longer the business model in WWE. Back in the 90s and throughout the Monday night wars, it was literally a war between the WWF and WCW as to who was getting the highest rating and most pay-per-views buys. Since WWE won the war, WWE has transformed into a much bigger entity. They're now a publicly traded company that has expanded globally. The launch of the WWE Network gives them their own TV clearance even though they consistently have some of the most-watched programs on cable. That's not to say pay-per-view isn't important as it made up 17% of their net revenue in 2012 so the launch of the WWE Network is not without risk, however, their hope is the network will become profitable and help them moving forward to stay ahead of any possible competition.

Now that there is a Wrestlemania undercard (which, wasn't the case last week), what are your thoughts on it?

Disaster is a good word to describe the Wrestlemania 30 undercard. They've added Los Matadores and The Real Americans to the WWE Tag Team Championship bout with The Usos and Rybaxel but what about the most legitimate tag team they have in the Rhodes brothers? Even then, the way Los Matadores and Rybaxel have been booked leaves their inclusion in a Wrestlemania title match a head scratcher. The Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational gets all the Divas on the card but gives no payoff to help a single Diva moving forward. The 6-man tag match with The Shield is fine, I guess, but haven't they teased dissension for months? The 30-man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is a last minute attempt to get guys on the card but they're still taking talent in and out of the match. It appears to be a train wreck waiting to happen that is likely to be constricted by time constraints. So unlike a week ago, there is an undercard for Wrestlemania but it's not without issues.

Do you think the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match has the potential to be booed out of the building like Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg was a decade ago?

I've stated numerous times the only way WWE can save the title match at Wrestlemania 30 is to insert Daniel Bryan. I stand by that 100% and if they do not do that, it will be a disaster. Given the issues I just mentioned, the risk that is Undertaker vs. Lesnar, WWE is putting a lot of pressure on Bryan, Triple H, John Cena and Bray Wyatt to save this show. I'm not discarding Undertaker either, I just think it's not going to be easy for him to have a good bout with Lesnar given Lesnar's physical style and the miles on Undertaker's body. Undertaker has proved me wrong before but it's not without a big risk.

From the Ask WNW vault…

October 2011: How do wrestlers know how long they have to wrestle? If a wrestler has 15 minutes to wrestle how does he or she know exactly what time it is to end their match? - Performers in WWE and TNA Impact Wrestling are given an approximate amount of time for their match and they are to stay within those time constraints. As for “how they know,” the referees wear wires where producers can communicate with them and they can relay that information to the wrestlers.

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