How & Why Mick Foley Got Snubbed, WM29 Setup, My Thoughts On Cena, Stories Too Personal

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When Mick Foley was originally announced for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame wasn't he slated to be the "face of the class" or did this change with Bruno Sammartino? I don't understand why they would scrap his speech from the television special on the USA Network.

WWE pursued Bruno Sammartino before anyone else for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class, however, even Vince McMahon didn't think a deal would be able to get done so they started looking for another headliner. With Mick Foley being from New York and well deserving of a Hall of Fame nod, he was decided upon as an inductee and the offer was extended. Now here's where things get tricky. While Bruno was still up in the air, Triple H was willing to be inducted as a member of DeGeneration X (before going in as a singles wrestler) to help add to the value of the class. Hunter has always been critical of Foley and his drawing power. There was even an incident backstage several months ago where Vince McMahon rebuked Triple H in front of other staff members when Hunter spoke negatively of him. Vince told Hunter (and everyone in the meeting) they needed to make Foley look as legitimate as possible if they were going to push him as the face of this year's Hall of Fame class. Triple H turned up the heat for Bruno and ended up "pulling off the impossible" by getting him to agree. Not only that but he landed Arnold Schwarzenegger to induct him. This was what WWE wanted all along so they have gone full-steam ahead with the class built around Bruno. Had he not agreed, some have speculated DeGeneration X would have co-headlined with Foley.

What is your opinion of Donald Trump getting a feature spot on the Hall of Fame broadcast over Foley and Bob Backlund? To me it seems like a major snub to two men who have helped so much to building WWE throughout their careers.

The WWE Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and most everyone that's inducted understands that. However, the WWE Hall of Fame is a commercialized event that is used to promote Wrestlemania and WWE in general. Showcasing the induction of Donald Trump on the USA Network over someone like Mick Foley or Bob Backlund is to appeal to the mainstream and grab some headlines. I absolutely think it's a snub to the guys that are marred by sweat and blood from years of quality in-ring work. But we can't forget this is a Hall of Fame that is also a commercialized promotional event. Triple H has never been high up on Mick Foley but as a huge Foley fan, I'm glad to see him get inducted. It's an injustice his speech isn't being featured on TV and I hope he tears the house down with a speech for the ages.

Do you know how the Wrestlemania 29 ring and stage setup will look like?

We posted an early photo of the Wrestlemania 29 setup inside MetLife Stadium here on WrestlingNews.net.

In your opinion why do you think there is so much hate for John Cena? Is it the fact that he's the face of the company, he's 'boring' or that the kids and women love him so much the men have to hate him?

The lack of gimmick progression has resulted in many fans, especially diehard IWCers, checking out on John Cena. It's also resulted in unfair criticism - such as he can't wrestle and only possesses five moves. Cena is WWE's top guy and is clearly still a major draw for the company. The problem is his gimmick is stale and many are bored. I've lobbied for years for a heel turn but have since all but given up. I now see valid arguments against turning him heel (such as his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation) but in my humble opinion he needs a gimmick tweak. WWE is reluctant to do it because he is still a major draw so I see why they operate under "if it's not broke don't fix it." My fear is if the company waits too long - and the boring chants from Raw are a sign of that - they're going to end up with a lot of apathetic fans.

I've been reading your coverage of Reid Flair's unfortunate passing and couldn't help but notice that in the comments section people were either saying that this (Reid's death) is too personal and shouldn't be posted or on the other hand some people like it because it gives an inside look at a wrestler's personal life. My question is due to the divide between readers on the subject of what to and not to include have you considered starting another website devoted just to news on the wrestlers personal lives?

I walk a fine line everyday in regards to what to post and what not to post. The coverage of Reid Flair's passing has been especially difficult due to the fact he was three years younger than me and I know people that had close personal ties to him and the Flair family. As a father I can't imagine how Ric Flair feels and I try to remain very conscious of that when posting material, especially when titling it. We're not going to start another "personal gossip" website as WNW is the number one place you can come for backstage news and information. We do have other properties that offer different perspectives. WrestlingNews.net gives us an opportunity to be a little less serious while providing links to other great sources of information, WWENews.net provides deeper analysis from fans rather than insider news and TNANews.com is the TNA equivalent that even has its own audio show (Point of Impact by Alex Barie). We plan on launching one more property after Wrestlemania 29 you'll be hearing more about soon. Remember you can access all our websites with the 100% free Dirt Sheet iPhone, Android and iPad App!

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