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Midcard Pairings, Dean Ambrose As Jon Moxley, Mickie's Future, WWE Must Be Careful w/NXT

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.
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Do you like the new R-Ziggler tag team?

The pairing of Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth is just another midcard gimmick. I don't hate it but I don't love it. It's a way to get them on television together, nothing more and nothing less. The same can be said for The Miz and Damien Sandow. It's not like WWE has finally found a way to restart on these names, it's just "something" for them to fill programming.

What do you think about WWE letting Dean Ambrose have Jon Moxley as an alter ego (think Mick Foley as Cactus Jack) to further his unstable gimmick?

I don't think it's necessary and feel it would be more confusing than anything else. Let's also remember that Vince McMahon is hell-bent on creating his own talent, overlooking past accomplishments and rebranding workers with WWE names (KENTA becoming Hideo Itami shows that no one is safe). I also want to note that Foley began using the multiple gimmicks after he had successfully established Cactus Jack and Mankind. Ambrose was successful as Moxley on the independents but not to the level Mick was as Cactus Jack.

With that being said, Ambrose remains in good standing with WWE and is advertised to return to television on next week's episode of Monday Night Raw in Memphis, TN. He's been off filming the WWE Studios production “Lockdown.”

Will Mickie James resume her pro wrestling career after she gives birth?

Mickie James is scheduled to give birth later this month. I don't know what her future holds as a pro wrestler. Late last year, Mickie was a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center where she worked with some of the company's developmental talent. She talked about the experience here on dot com. The Baltimore Sun interviewed her back in February, when she was still wrestling on the indies. She planned at that point to continuing to pursue a career in music, while also wrestling. You can read that interview at this link.

Do you see WWE featuring more NXT talent on pay-per-views, even if just on the pre-show?

I thought what WWE did on Raw last week (Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze & Tyson Kidd) was good as they were clearly using the show to promote NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way. WWE routinely features NXT talent on main roster live events to help prepare them for what is to come. However, as for regularly featuring them on pay-per-view (or even TV for that matter), the company has to be careful. One of the reasons the NXT "special events" are so good is because of the atmosphere at Full Sail University. The venue is intimate and the crowd is familiar with the workers. Because NXT is seen by far fewer people, most casual fans don't know who the workers are (something that has improved with the evolution of the WWE Network). The transition from NXT to the main roster is dramatic and as we saw with Paige struggling out of the gate and several others having a hard time rekindling developmental magic, success is far from automatic.

The worst thing WWE could do is deliver a cold match featuring their star-studded prospects. Burying a future Bray Wyatt or Seth Rollins at the beginning of a pay-per-view card could do more harm than good. I actually like the way things are currently setup and think everyone -- from the workers to the company -- is benefitting. WWE has a bad habit of avoiding moderation so it's actually nice to see them observing it with their NXT performers. It will be important for WWE to remember this moderation as NXT continues to develop as its own brand.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2012: Do you think we will ever see Undertaker’s streak at Wrestlemania end? If so do you think it would be John Cena because he’s “the guy”. Kind of like a passing of the torch? - This is a topic for discussion that has been ongoing for the last couple of years. I can’t really say “yes” or “no” because it all depends on the situation, Undertaker’s compliance and the right opponent. I feel Undertaker has more than earned the right to retire at Wrestlemania although there is no doubting it would be a huge boost to the career of anyone that ended it. The sticking point for me is who is there on the WWE roster capable of such a feat? I’ve seen the arguments [for people like Sheamus or Dolph Ziggler] and I’m not convinced. You mentioned John Cena but what does “ending the streak” do for someone that’s already the guy?

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