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Lesnar Not Defending, Upcoming Pushes, Turning Orton, No. 1 Contender, State Of TNA

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I seem to remember a 30-day compete clause on championships, why should WWE allow for the World Heavyweight Championship to go undefended (unseen for that matter) for more than 30 days?

You remember correctly! WWE conveniently forgets rules to make them work in their favor. One major logic gap that has been pointed out lately is how Daniel Bryan was stripped of the title in the first place because he wouldn't be on TV for several months but now Lesnar hasn't been seen since Night of Champions. I agree that it's ridiculous but it's WWE relying on their audience to have a short memory so the "rules" can work in their favor.

With Vince McMahon realizing how light WWE is at the top of the card, do you see protected pushes coming for deserving stars such as Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Bray Wyatt?

I believe now is a great time to protect the workers you mentioned and push them to the moon but I lack confidence that it will happen. Vince McMahon has tinkered with pushing both Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler but pulled back on both on more than one occasion. Bray Wyatt was completely lost and now WWE is working to restart on him. The issue is, will the restart be at the level he once was or a watered down version? I'm hoping for the former but sadly, the latter wouldn't surprise me.

When will Randy Orton finally turn on The Authority?

We've received a lot of questions about Randy Orton following this week's Raw. A lot of people seem to envision a babyface turn is in the works at some point. I can't confirm but can tell you that Vince McMahon wants to show Randy he's still a top priority in order to talk him out of wanting time off. This is why the random co-main event for Hell in a Cell was thrown together. The original plan was for Orton to co-headline against Roman Reigns.

Who is the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship?

WWE doesn't have a clue! Originally, the thinking was they would blow off Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match but that was before it was learned the company would be without Roman Reigns. Now, Lesnar was taken off the show and WWE is focusing on the underlying issues with Cena, Ambrose and The Authority.

Has there been any talk of reintroducing the World Heavyweight Championship to offset the loss of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship not being featured weekly?

No, I haven't heard any talk of reintroducing the World Heavyweight Championship. I was against unifying the belts in the first place and my point is proven each week Brock Lesnar is missing in action. At the very least you would think WWE would restart on one of their midcard belts but that hasn't been the case.

What do you think of the state of TNA?

I am as worried about the future of TNA Wrestling as I have been in quite some time. TNA apologists will say I'm overreacting but I see problems at every turn. Talent is disgruntled because the company isn't running shows, so they aren't making money. Contracts aren't being offered until domestic TV is sorted out as Samoa Joe's deal is coming up and he hasn't even been offered an extension. Some workers have been told they will be given extensions but haven't been offered deals because TV hasn't been sorted. Momentum was at an all-time low for Bound For Glory, something I can state as a definitive fact and not a pessimistic opinion.

The first thing TNA needs to do is sort domestic TV. There has been some optimism recently but we haven't heard of a deal being signed yet. The two networks believed to be frontrunners are WGN America and Velocity HD. Once a deal is signed, TNA should be able to create a budget and start re-signing talent. Then, they'll have to figure out what they are going to do about domestic live events. So the process is domestic TV first, sort talent and then figure out their touring schedule.

Without knowing the financials, Bound For Glory was a complete failure and did not help create even the illusion of momentum or stability.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2012: Do you think WWE will ever make a physical Hall of Fame building like there are in most major sports? - While not finalized, there have been rumblings about WWE building a physical Hall of Fame. I’m unsure of the proposed location and other details but it’s a likely a project that will be undertaken in the future. Right now a lot of resources are being allocated to launch the WWE Network so I don’t see it as something that is imminent; however, it is something that I believe WWE officials find of interest.

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