HBK's Role In Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, AW's Outrageous Behavior, Timing Of WWE Releases, Orton's Stock

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I have a bad feeling that Shawn Michaels might screw over Triple H at SummerSlam and then they'll probably wrestle each other either at the Royal Rumble or next year's Wrestlemania. What is your opinion on this theory?

Shawn Michaels has maintained he's retired from the ring and will not be wrestling again. Given how many wrestlers "retire" only to end up working again, I understand why we get so many questions about HBK's in-ring return. However, until Shawn says he wants to work again I'm taking him at his word. There were plans for Brock Lesnar to attack Shawn on Raw 1000 and it was talked about again last week so it will be interesting to see if things get physical on this week's Raw between Lesnar and Michaels.

What is your opinion of AW's release, was it justified or just WWE being paranoid?

The release of Abraham Washington didn't surprise me given the fact he wasn't an established star and made a joke that was in poor taste on live television. While the joke was in poor taste I was more offended at how dated it was more than anything else. It would have been a different story had AW been a big draw for the company but guys like him do not have a lot of leeway and one mistake, especially on live TV, usually seals their fate. What I found more outrageous was AW's behavior on Twitter following his release. He acted very immaturely and probably burned a lot of bridges. If AW ever wanted another shot at WWE he would have kept his mouth shut and continued to work hard.

Who makes the decision in WWE on when a talent is released?

WWE traditionally announces releases late Friday afternoon on dot com where there is as little of attention on them as possible. As for who makes the decision, it's Vince McMahon that has the final word on everything.

Randy Orton has had a couple good matches since returning. Has his stock risen with the company or is he still looked down upon for his recent attitude and infractions?

I heard so much from so many in WWE about how Randy Orton's stock has plummeted and things would never be the same after his second documented WWE Wellness Policy violation. However, he has returned in the top of the card and has been announced as the star in the second installment of the WWE Studios production "12 Rounds." Orton clearly still has some heat but any notion he's going to be buried and kicked out the door is unfounded.

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