With you saying Ryback doesn't deserve another main event push when he comes back from his layoff, who do you feel, deserves a second bite at the main event cherry?
It's not so much that Ryback doesn't deserve another main event push, it's just there are others that I feel should get the opportunity. Dolph Ziggler immediately comes to mind as a talent that has shown shades of being able to work in the top of the card but has never gotten a viable opportunity. Bad News Barrett, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, The Miz, Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes are others that I believe should get that chance before Ryback gets another one. That's not even counting someone like Seth Rollins that is still on the fringe. We get questions all the time, asking why WWE doesn't push "so-and-so" and I just think we've seen what Ryback can do. I do not have an anti-Ryback agenda, there are just others I would like to see get that spot.
How big of a mistake was John Cena's victory over Bray Wyatt? Do you think an opportunity was missed to send Cena on a losing streak, in a storyline to regain his confidence?
I didn't have a huge issue with John Cena going over Bray Wyatt, it's how it was done that bothered me. WWE didn't want to send Cena on a losing streak ahead of another rematch against the dominant Brock Lesnar, however, they panicked with his booking on Raw. It's almost like they second-guessed his booking in the SummerSlam main event and decided to rebuild him immediately, regardless of the cost. I feel the SummerSlam bout was correctly booked and WWE could have used the time from Monday to Night of Champions to tell the story that Cena had a chance at redemption. Instead, they pushed the panic button and as I've stated, I feel it hurt Bray Wyatt.
Has Paige regained the confidence of the WWE office?
Paige has turned things around and that's more than evident with her recent booking. Paige showed immense talent down in NXT and while there have been situations of performers succeeding down in NXT and flopping on the main roster, the feeling was she was just nervous. I believe she has adapted well and is showing why she is such a highly touted prospect. WWE recognizes this and that's one of the reasons why she is a two-time Divas Champion at age 22.
When does Brock Lesnar's WWE contract contract expire?
Brock Lesnar's WWE contract runs through Wrestlemania 31. After that show, he would have to agree to an extension before being used again. I believe this is why so many are planning on who should beat Lesnar on his way out. Given how deep WWE is cutting their budget, it's likely they wouldn't be willing to offer Lesnar the same 7-figure contract they have over the past few years and there's a real possibility that Wrestlemania 31 will be his last show.
From the Ask WNW vault…
March 2012: How many arenas, PPVs and tickets has Hornswoggle sold? This guy should be glad he has a job and he’s shooting on The Rock? Rock shows up, holds 20,000 people and millions of TV viewers in the palm of his hand………..SELLING THE PRODUCT (in a way no one on the current roster can do)………and making all of them $$$ in the process……….and Hornswoggle dumps on him? Is the WWE locker room that immature or just plain drop dead stupid? - This reader is talking about Hornswoggle’s comments on Twitter regarding The Rock concert segment from Cleveland a couple of weeks ago. Hornswoggle and Rock have since squashed the beef and you can read about how it all went down in the public eye at this link. As for my thoughts, last month, The Rock said many of the boys don’t get the “business” part of the business (link here) and this follows right along with that comment. Hornswoggle’s comments reflect the feelings of many workers in WWE who have a certain level of resentment for the way The Rock treats WWE. They don’t like it that he’s a star outside of the wrestling business and can return whenever he wants to get a guaranteed main event spot, taking it from someone else and cashing in the process. What these workers don’t understand is, he draws. If he didn’t draw, WWE wouldn’t offer him the big payday. My argument is, rather than criticize The Rock, learn from him and try to become a bigger star than The Rock. Now please understand I’m not saying Hornswoggle has the potential to be the next Rock, that’s ridiculous, but these comments perfectly highlight the bitterness between your average WWE worker and The Rock. It’s so stupid how workers resent anyone that has success outside of the ring and cry foul when they cash in. The Rock has earned this payday and I’m glad he’s headlining one of the best Wrestlemania lineups we’ve seen in years.
Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Monday, September 1, 2014.