How IC Title Is Cursed, Non-Compete For CM Punk?, The Usos From Afterthoughts To Stars, Bo Dallas & Adam Rose Flops?

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I read your article -- Is The WWE Intercontinental Championship Cursed? -- and do not follow your point. How is it cursed?

I thought about following up with Part 2 on Thursday but this seems like an appropriate platform to address this. Workers to hold the WWE Intercontinental Championship over the last three years include Ezekiel Jackson, Cody Rhodes, Big Show, Christian, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett, Curtis Axel and Big E. I thought the list alone would be enough for people to see my point but I'll expound further. Workers put over for what was once WWE's top midcard belt have struggled with injury issues (Big Show, Christian, Wade Barrett), lack of creative direction (Ezekiel Jackson, Cody Rhodes, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Curtis Axel and Big E) or both (Big Show, Christian and Wade Barrett). Out of the 9 people to hold the belt over the past three years, none of them have been propelled to proverbial main event status. In fact, it was a demotion for Big Show, Christian and The Miz. What was hoped to be the launchpad for some stars turned out to what could be (Curtis Axel and Big E) or was (Ezekiel Jackson) their peak. Is the Intercontinental Championship cursed? I don't know if that's the right word but it's certainly not the same title that launched the successful careers of Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect and The Rock.

Does CM Punk have a 90-day non-compete clause attached to his WWE contract?

The way 90-day non-compete clauses work with WWE contracts is they kick in once the agreement is terminated before its expiration. Because Punk's contract is expiring, there will be no 90-day non-compete clause. No one expects Punk to work outside of WWE and the belief is he is in fact retired. As I've now noted two times this week, the expiration date for CM Punk's WWE Performer's Contract is July 15, 2014.

I feel The Usos are underrated on the mic. Is there a chance we see more of them talking?

I believe The Usos will continue to have opportunities, both on the mic and in the ring. At one time they were struggling for creative direction and even wavering on irrelevance but with Vince McMahon swinging back and forth on tag teams being relevant, they took their opportunities and made the most of them. Now, Jimmy and Jey Uso are seen as a big part of WWE's next wave of talent. I say this all the time but it bares repeating. Opportunities are few and far in-between and once they become available, it's imperative the worker(s) makes the most of them.

With the seemingly flop of Bo Dallas and Adam Rose, is Vince McMahon beginning to question Triple H's talent judgement. Who is the next NXT call up?

Neither Bo Dallas nor Adam Rose are considering "flops" at this point. I believe Rose is losing confidence from the office more than Bo Dallas but the push of neither has been aborted as of this writing. Bo Dallas and Adam Rose continue to be booked with confidence and as I've pointed out, Adam Rose has never lost under the gimmick. As for the relationship between Vince McMahon and Triple H, we've heard things have grown more contentious recently, however, I don't think there are major issues either way. Vince has a vision and Hunter has a vision and the bad part is when they intersect into storylines but the chain of command has not and will not change. As for upcoming NXT call-ups, look for The Ascension at the top of the list.

From the Ask WNW vault…

September 2012: Is Beth Phoenix being booked as a jobber because she plans on leaving WWE? - As I discussed in Monday’s YouTube report, WWE has made sure Beth Phoenix has “hit her head” several times on the way out the door. Obviously they’ve known for awhile Beth’s contract was coming up and she wasn’t intending to re-sign so they wanted to send her out as cold as possible. It seems harsh but it’s the way the business works.

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