Future Of The Wyatts, No HIAC Matches Announced, Finn Balor's Call-Up, JBL's Past

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Should we get our hopes up for the return of Bray Wyatt and the mystery regarding Luke Harper? It looks like Harper is due a push but will it be at the expense of Bray Wyatt or Erick Rowan?

Based on the vignettes for Luke Harper that began on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, it appears he is in line for a singles push. I don't think anyone is going to forget about Bray Wyatt and I know there have been informal discussions about turning him babyface. What I am wondering is how Erick Rowan doesn't end up the odd man out. Rumors are circulating about the future of the Wyatt Family following the vignettes but the only thing I can say for sure is that Luke Harper is going to get a push.

There have been two episodes of Monday Night Raw but no matches announced for Hell in a Cell. Why?

With WWE having 5 weeks between Night of Champions and Hell in a Cell, Vince McMahon was in no rush to start announcing pay-per-views bouts due to the uncertain direction of many of the programs. As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, the injury to Roman Reigns threw the company for a loop. Prior to that, Vince wanted John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton at HIAC. With Reigns out, it appears WWE is going in a different direction. While the direction was clearer on this week's Raw, no matches have been announced. I expect that to change as soon as next week.

Prince Devitt looks ready to go as Finn Balor. How long does it take for an NXT guy to get called up to the main WWE roster? Given his status in Japan, why does he need development?

The length of time that Finn Balor spends down at WWE NXT was a big sticking point in his negotiations with the company. He made it clear he didn't want to "waste away" in Orlando, when he could be having feature matches in Japan. I'm told he was given certain assurances as to how long he'll have to stay down there and shouldn't expected to be an NXT mainstay. We'll see how that works out as things are known to change once a talent is actually signed. As for why successful workers are sent to the WWE Performance Center before being called up to the main WWE roster is there is a "WWE way" of doing things and they want all talent assimilated to it before they put them on TV. This is one of the advantages of not having any competition. WWE can be slower to bring talent from NXT to WWE, since they're the only option for talent in the United States that want to become a megastar in mainstream pro wrestling. To answer your question, there is no set time period a worker has to spend in developmental before getting called up, it all depends on the worker and the situation available for that worker.

I was a big fan of JBL during his near 300-day reign as WWE Champion back in and while the IWC seemed to hate it back in the day, his reign seems to be viewed much more positively these days (with some claiming he was perhaps the last great *true* heel champion). What is your personal opinion of the "JBL years" and do you think his long reign as unflinching heel champion helped lay the ground for John Cena to be a hero for the new generation?

I had no idea what to expect when JBL went from the APA to the JBL character and I was pleasantly surprised every step of the way. We talk a lot about guys that just "get it" and how the best gimmicks are the real life personalities of people, just turned up to the max. I think that's what we saw with John "Bradshaw" Layfield and I think he was a major success. Back issues put an end to his career but he's been a breath of fresh air since returning on commentary. As for people hating JBL when he was on top and loving him a decade later, it's just further proof of how time makes the heart grow fonder. Hulk Hogan was public enemy number one for the majority of IWC, now even he generates massive pops even though his promo on this week's Raw was 100% predictable as soon as it was learned he would be appearing. Wrestling fans are also very nostalgic so when they get an opportunity to relive the past, they usually embrace it.

From the Ask WNW vault…

August 2012: I’ve noticed WWE bringing up Tensai’s initial WWE run before he went to Japan. Has WWE given up on trying to pretend the past didn’t happen? - WWE has acknowledged Tensai’s initial run in the company as Albert (and A-Train) since he was brought back in the revamped gimmick earlier this year. I don’t know what made them decide to acknowledge it other than the hope that fans would move past the “shave your back chants.” Whatever the reasoning was, Tensai has failed to get over and has seen his push significantly scaled back. It’s widely believed the monster push of heel Big Show was originally slated for Tensai. As for this being the new WWE precedent, I don’t see that as being the case as the company clearly makes up the rules as they go along and it all depends on the situation.

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