CM Punk Walks Out, Build To Wrestlemania XXX, Sting Gone From TNA, Favorite Moments

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Has your opinion changed at all over the last two week as to whether or not CM Punk walking out is a shoot or a work?

We've reported that CM Punk walking out was a shoot since the beginning. We did highlight how it could become a work and that is what WWE had initially hoped for. The hope was they would be able to convince Punk to come back only to return in a program that had a lot more hype around it. However, since then, WWE has moved further and further away from CM Punk. I opened the week by reporting WWE was moving on under the assumption Punk was gone and wasn't coming back and that's exactly how we'll close it. The new piece of information we were able to confirm this week was he left Royal Rumble banged up with an apparent head injury.

Does the Road to Wrestlemania XXX not seem as interesting or appearing as it has in years past?

WWE blew a major opportunity with Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble. He was the guy everyone wanted to see go over in the 30-man bout and challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXX, however, the decision was Batista was getting that match and WWE didn't waver from it. The company paid for their own stubbornness as the fans turned hard on the show and they've been in damage control mode since. However, Bryan opened and closed Raw the next night and went over Randy Orton clean in a main event match this week. While I still wonder if Bryan is going to get a protected run as a top guy, it does seem like the message has been received. As for the build the pay-per-view itself, it's still very early with no matches announced. Things got off to a disappointing start with a bad Rumble pay-per-view but with the WWE Network coming, I'm still looking forward to it.

Is Sting finished with TNA Wrestling?

The overwhelming belief is Sting is finally headed to WWE. As I wrote earlier in the week, TNA has moved on under the assumption he is gone and not coming back. However, I'll tell you there are those in TNA Wrestling that still believe there's a chance he does in fact return. I can also confirm there was interest in Sting in the new Jeff Jarrett/Toby Keith project although I would be surprised if he chose to join a startup this late in his career.

What are a few of your favorite moments in professional wrestling?

When I think of my "favorite moments," I like to think of the moments that had a long-lasting major impact. Hulk Hogan's body slam on Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III, Scott Hall showing up on WCW Monday Nitro, Hogan turning heel on Team WCW at Bash in the Beach 1996, Steve Austin's bloodied face while working Bret Hart, Shane McMahon showing up on Nitro in 2001, Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 19, Shawn Michaels retiring Ric Flair at Wrestlemania XXIV, Undertaker retiring Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXVI, CM Punk's pipe bomb promo in 2011 and The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII. I'm sure I missed more than one but can you tell I'm excited to go back and watch the tape library with the WWE Network?

From the Ask WNW vault…

March 2012: How does The Rock vs. John Cena compare to Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania X8 a decade ago? - I actually think The Rock vs. John Cena is a bigger match and has more hype surrounding it than Rock vs. Hogan. Hogan was already out of his prime by the time the Wrestlemania X8 match happened and this isn’t the case with Rock and Cena. Rock is not even 40 yet (Hogan was 48) and can still compete at a very high level. The Rock vs. Cena is unique in that you have one of the biggest stars of the Attitude Era versus the biggest star of today yet the former is still young enough to work at a top level. I’m not saying it’ll be the best Wrestlemania match ever, it might not even be the best match of the night, but I do not recall another bout having as much build and hype as Rock vs. Cena.

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