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Mentioning Vladimir Putin, Adam Rose's Entourage, Kurt Angle's Future, Disruptive Crowds

The following is today's edition of Ask WNW. Ask WNW is the most popular feature on the website where Richard Gray answers four questions daily, Monday through Friday. To submit your question for the next installment of Ask WNW, click here

Do you think WWE might get some heat for mentioning Vladimir Putin in Lana's promos due to the situation in Ukraine?

WWE drew a reaction for mentioning Vladimir Putin at Extreme Rules but that's why they did it. Putin is controversial not only due to the tense situation in Ukraine but also with his anti-gay laws in Russia. Given the fact he's one of the most powerful men in the world, most people know who he is so it was a good way to generate cheap heat for Alexander Rusev. Eric Bischoff wrote controversy creates cash and all WWE was trying to do was to get people talking about Rusev.

Who are all those people in Adam Rose's party entourage?

WWE called in local talent to appear as part of Adam Rose's entourage. The company routinely books "call-ins" for such roles, checking the local independent scene as well as with talent and modeling agencies. Speaking of the debut of Adam Rose, I hope the person that asked the question about his debut in Monday's Ask WNW was pleasantly surprised.

Do you think Kurt Angle will return to the WWE?

I've gone on record numerous times in writing that I believe Kurt Angle would welcome an opportunity to return to WWE, I just don't know if the opportunity will be there. It seems to be a given that Angle is departing TNA when his contract expires in the fall but Global Force Wrestling is expected to make a play for his services. Angle is one of the greatest in-ring workers of all-time, however, I have to think his next contract, if it is a performer's agreement, will include limited appearances/matches.

Have there been many times where the wrestlers have to ignore the reaction of the crowd during a match and play to the TV audience?

There are situations all the time where wrestlers, announcers and other on-air personalities have to ignore the crowd and play to the television audience. While crowd reactions ultimately dictate booking, there is no way to control a crowd. The Albany crowd on Monday night was particularly bad for this week's Raw. While they would sometimes seem engaged and hot, there would be random moments where they'd burst into a "CM PUNK" chant. Now before anyone comments by writing they pay for their ticket, they can chant what they want. I'm not disputing that. I just want a clear response as to why one would feel the need to do it? Punk quit WWE over 3 months ago. Vince McMahon did everything he could to get him back for Wrestlemania and still isn't giving up hope. The chants, however, have become like nails on a chalk board. It's time to get over it and if you're that upset about it, no chant is as bold as no longer watching and no longer attending. However, to buy a ticket with the sole purpose of chanting for a performer that quit three months ago seems rather ridiculous to me.

From the Ask WNW vault…

May 2012: What type of backstage influence to guys like Kane and Christian have? - Veterans always have more backstage influence than the younger guys. Not only is the respect level higher amongst their co-workers but their opinions also carry more weight with company officials. How big a star a worker is gauges how much influence that particular worker has. As you can imagine someone like John Cena or CM Punk has considerable stroke over someone like Tyler Reks or Curt Hawkins.

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