Do you think it's too soon to have an invasion angle with Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton given that the brand split happened recently?
Yes, I think it’s too early for Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar to be crossing over and feel this is one of the biggest downfalls of the brand extension. If WWE is serious about creating competition between Raw and Smackdown, they need to make an effort to keep them separate. WWE ended up in this situation partially due to the timing of it all. Vince McMahon wanted to do Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and it was hard to alter draft plans for one program. I’m under the impression there will continue to be inter-promotional matches on “big four” shows and it just so happens the first show after the brand split is a “big four” show. The program does provide cross-promotion appeal but I hope after SummerSlam that WWE is diligent about keeping Raw and Smackdown as two separate brands; it is the only way this is going to work.
What's your opinion on the WWE Cruiserweight Classic so far?
The WWE Cruiserweight Classic is great professional wrestling and provides enjoyable live content on the WWE Network. I have heard very little bad about the series as everyone genuinely seems to enjoy it. After the disastrous return of Tough Enough, it feels good to see something that is enjoyable. The series should also help familiarize the audience with some of the names that will eventually make it to Raw.
Did WWE pull back on the Darren Young’s singles push?
It sure feels like WWE has pulled back on Darren Young’s singles push. He hadn’t been book particularly strong going into Battleground, riding a streak of fluke wins but it doesn’t seem like the crowd has bought his new gimmick either. With the brand split, WWE seems to have no concrete plans for Young with Bob Backlund. On Raw, he did the honors to Titus O’Neil, though they were together over the weekend on live events.
How long will Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan last as General Managers of their respective brands?
It’s impossible for me to give a definitive answer to this. Vince McMahon will keep Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan as General Managers for as long as he sees fit and they are interested in the gig. I know in the case of Foley that he was able to commit to the amount of dates WWE needed when there were others that were interviewed that could not make that commitment. Bryan was already under a WWE Performer’s Contract, one he wanted out of, but then WWE came up with the CWC and the General Manager gig that is keeping him busy. Foley and Daniel Bryan are the General Managers going forward and based on what I know about commitments they had to make, they’ll “run” the brands indefinitely.
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