Heyman's Magic, Punk Alienating Fans?, Legacies Of Cena & Orton, Bella Program Worst Of All-Time?

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Do you believe Paul Heyman should get a share of the WWE title? When he's on the mic it's like platinum gold. I believe he's the best in the Cena/Lesnar feud.

Paul Heyman's mic skills remain unmatched in WWE. His work on this week's season premiere of Raw was genius. I loved how he talked about hip-hop John Cena and spit a freestyle to the live crowd. It seems like Heyman is given an impossible task every week but he always delivers. Not only that but I often question how much better it can get. I've begun to sour on the part-time schedule of Brock Lesnar as I feel it hurts not having him on TV at least once a week but it does give us more Heyman. Lesnar is the man they chose to end the streak and obviously strap as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion but it's Heyman doing the legwork.

Do you think CM Punk is acting like a spoiled brat after the release of his wedding photos? Do you think he's starting to turn off some of his fans?

Apparently CM Punk Tweeted displeasure for whoever leaked some photos from his wedding to AJ Lee. I never saw the Tweet where he was upset but there are two sides of the coin. On one side, Punk is a private person. He doesn't want his personal business all out in the public and who can blame him. I'm also a private person and don't want personal moments all over social media or on this website. However, on the flip side, Punk is a public figure. Because he is public figure, everything he does is put under the microscope. Celebrities are held to a different standard and while I realize that isn't fair, that's the price of fame. I can't fully understand that because I'm not famous, however, that's the way it is. I'm not going to go out and call Punk a "spoiled brat" when he's just yearning for privacy but I can see why fans get upset at his reluctance to share moments they are clearly interested in. We posted Punk's wedding photo -- before I read he wasn't happy with it -- but not because we wanted to upset Punk but because we knew our readers were interested. When I initially heard Punk was upset, I didn't take the photo down but laughed that he was lucky to have clothes on. Some celebrities weren't as lucky.

Is it safe to say that John Cena and Randy Orton are future WWE Hall of Famers? Who do you think will induct them?

It's probably safe to assume that both John Cena and Randy Orton will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame someday but that day is far into the future. Because of this, there's no way to speculate on who will induct them. I believe history will be kinder to both Cena and Orton, like it is for Hulk Hogan. Hogan was every bit as hated as John Cena is currently by the IWC but since his return, he's come back as a beloved figure. They say time makes the heart grow fonder and that's absolutely true in pro wrestling. The average fan's deep interest for nostalgic moments also keeps wrestlers in the spotlight far past their prime.

I've noticed you aren't high up on the feud between Nikki and Brie Bella. I feel like it is the closest I have felt to “real” in a very long time. Yes, I agree that some of the promo work could use some help but overall, I have really enjoyed it.

We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I feel the feud between Nikki and Brie Bella ranks right up there as one of the worst programs on WWE television of all-time. The characters aren't clearly defined, the program lacks logic and the acting has been absolutely terrible. I agree some of the "stiffer" work between the twin sisters has been entertaining but other than that, it's featured a new level of ridiculousness that impossible to take serious. From Nikki Bella's sympathetic "but I never told anyone" vignettes to this week's disaster of a segment with Jerry Springer. I wouldn't mind if this didn't even get a blowoff. Pro wrestling is infamous for over-the-top storylines and poor acting but Nikki Bella's "I wish you would have died in the womb!" remark symbolizes just how lost they are with this one. I'm not a Bella hater either. I felt the work between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon was good up until the point they made Daniel Bryan a "serial adulterer." At first, I thought it was a good idea to get Bryan back on television. However, when I realized it was another shameless attempt to bury Bryan in his absence, I saw it for what it really was. A desperate attempt to make people pay attention. WWE has so much young talent just waiting for an opportunity and yet they're more concerned about embarrassing publicity stunts and an angle that not even the most casual fan can stand to watch.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2013: Do you see Shane McMahon returning to WWE? - Shane McMahon has found success outside of WWE as he is the Chief Executive Officer of You On Demand. The company is publicly traded and you can find out more information here on Google Finance. As for Shane returning to WWE, anything is possible, but I don’t really see it happening. Vince McMahon is grooming Triple H as his successor where he, along with Stephanie, will run the company. Shane admitted that his decision to leave WWE strained his relationship with his father but I admire him for having the courage to do it.

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