How much control do wrestlers in WWE and TNA have over the direction of their respective gimmicks?
It depends on the worker. The higher up one is on the card, the more creative control that they have. When you're Hulk Hogan in TNA Wrestling, you can script a segment where the owner of the company is grabbing you by the leg, begging you to stay, when you are involved in a real-life contract dispute (watch here). If you're someone that just got the call-up from developmental, you're going to be given a script and will be expected to follow it.
Why do you think WWE and TNA have been bringing in the personal lives of wrestlers into storylines? Velvet Sky with Chris Sabin and now Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, just to name a couple of examples.
I don't know the thinking behind Velvet Sky and Chris Sabin but the reason WWE is acknowledging the real-life engagement of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella is to cross-promote Total Divas. That's the only reason.
Any word on when Damien Sandow is supposed to cash in his Money in the Bank contract?
As is the norm with the Money in the Bank situation, there's always buzz on when Damien Sandow will "cash in" the briefcase. The fact they're scripting him to tease a "cash in" at live events, like he did last weekend, has led some to believe it could be sooner than later. I can't give you a firm date but I can tell you it's something that comes up rather frequently. One of my pet peeves about the MITB holders is the way they are booked prior to cashing in. Sandow has been constantly buried, with the mentality that it will be a "bigger surprise" when he does cash in. I don't agree and am against the "tear them down to build them up" method.
What's the latest on Sheamus' rehab and do you see him turning heel when he returns?
Sheamus is doing well and is out of a sling as he continues his rehabilitation for a torn labrum that required surgery in August. He is still making regular appearances for WWE while he works to get back into the ring. You can view a photo of him with the co-creator of Spider Man Stan Lee at Ohio ComicCon a couple weeks ago at this link. I haven't heard anything regarding creative plans for him as WWE is hopeful he'll be back either late this year or early next year.
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