Comparing Ryback To Goldberg, Rey Mysterio's Suspension, Surprises On 1000th Raw, Shooting On The WWE Wellness Policy

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It seems like a lot of fans are comparing Ryback to Goldberg, however, just giving him two jobbers every week cannot prove his caliber. Why not feed him someone established like Kane or Big Show?

Goldberg was built by going over enhancement workers much in the same way WWE is trying to build Ryback. It wasn't until he really got over that WCW began pushing him as a main eventer. WWE is certainly hopeful the same thing happens for Ryback but it's not something that can be built overnight. The only way he'll go over someone in the top of the card is if he's clearly established as a top star. Things like this take time and I can't imagine WWE officials being thrilled with the "Goldberg" chants.

When does Rey Mysterio's suspension end and when can we expect to see him back on television?

Rey Mysterio was suspended on April 26, 2012 for 60 days so he'll be eligible to return the week of June 25, 2012. Remember he's also coming back from a knee injury so he has to be healthy before WWE is going to put him in a storyline.

Do you know if there are plans to have The Undertaker appear on the 1000th episode of WWE Raw next month?

I haven't heard if there are plans for The Undertaker to appear on the 1000th episode of WWE Raw, however, I can tell you the company is hoping for a huge rating. The writers know the expectations are very high for the show and there will be surprise appearances. We should get a clearer picture as time gets closer as to who the surprise appearances will be. Not only is the show a milestone for WWE but the company will look to gain tremendous momentum with their new 3-hour timeslot.

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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