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Has Lesnar Lost Momentum?, Major Problems For TNA, Tough Enough Returning, WWE Releases

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Do you think Brock Lesnar has lost a lot of the momentum he gained by defeating the streak at Wrestlemania by not appearing on television since? WWE has always assumed the fans have short memory so I'd have thought they'd want to capitalize on it as quickly as possible before we stop caring.

I actually look at Brock Lesnar not having a program directly after beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30 as a good thing. Let me ask you a question. What program is going to be big enough for Lesnar after beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania? WWE now has a "Lesnar card" they can play when they're in need of a big boost, so they should hold it until the time is right. Extreme Rules is obviously going to be a letdown from Wrestlemania, all shows are, so it's a wise move. This is a situation where Lesnar actually benefits from being a part-time talent. While WWE relies on their audience having a short memory, no one is forgetting about Lesnar ending the streak anytime soon.

If Jeff Jarrett still owns good percentage of TNA but is about to start Global Force Wrestling, is this a problem for TNA and will it have any major affect?

Jeff Jarrett still owns 29% of TNA Wrestling and him starting his own promotion is a major problem. Jarrett already has a number of *his touches* that he had with TNA on the new product. Kevin Sullivan, former TNA producer is involved, Hermie Sadler is on the board and they've officially announced a working relationship with AAA in Mexico. It's not stopping there either as they want to tape TV at Universal Studios and are negotiating a national television contract. Last but certainly not least, Jarrett has a great relationship with a lot of the names TNA let walk, so there is a very good chance of GFW establishing a great roster right out of the gate (we listed 12 names here). TNA had enough problems before this and I can tell you with 100% certainty they were very worried about Jarrett teaming with Toby Keith to start another promotion.

Are the rumors true, is WWE Tough Enough returning?

Perhaps the most notable thing to come out of Thursday's WWE conference call with investors was that WWE Tough Enough is coming to WWE Network. Based on the way it was presented, I'm under the impression this is for a new season and not just repeats of past programming. The company announced the following new WWE original programming coming to WWE Network:

  • WWE Countdown Season 2
  • Monday Night War
  • WWE Tough Enough

Why is WWE in the process of releasing so much developmental talent?

We've confirmed 5 names released from their WWE developmental contracts, with the word going around that Sarah Bäckman actually requested her release. I see this as WWE releasing talent they do not have a clear path for to the main roster and are just making room to sign new talent. It's not uncommon this time of year nor is it anything surprising. Just because someone gets a developmental contract doesn't mean they're guaranteed a run on WWE TV. In fact, it's actually the opposite. Most workers won't make it to the main roster. It's a tough business and when one gets the call, they have to do everything they can with the opportunity.

From the Ask WNW vault…

February 2013: Does having pay-per-views like Elimination Chamber, Hell in a Cell and TLC hurt the prestige of the gimmick matches and cause them to lose luster? - No, I like the way WWE has handled their B-level pay-per-views with the gimmicks. I’m not a big fan of gimmick matches but when used correctly, they work. WWE has been able to integrate the gimmicks into their B-level shows, making them more meaningful and giving viewers a reason to order, without killing the gimmick matches themselves. They’ve done this by putting the gimmicks on one or two “main event” matches of the show but not making every bout on the card a gimmick. I do not feel the gimmicks should be completely exclusive to their respective pay-per-views as I would have no problem with a Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania. That was talked about for this year’s show but upon last check, they’ve decided against it.

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