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MITB Ladder Match Lackluster?, More Big WWE Departures Coming, Vickie's Curtain Call, Cody Rhodes Capable Of More

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The traditional Money in the Bank ladder match seems lackluster. Outside of Bad News Barrett, none of the participants have a favorable 2014 win/loss record. Assuming Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose take each other out, is Barrett the only logical choice to win?

I definitely see why you believe the Money in the Bank ladder match is lackluster as the participants were thrown together with no build. I captured a notable quote from backstage in my notes posted at this link. The MITB ladder match hinges on spectacular in-ring work, not on the storylines that precede it. Considering the match will include spectacular MITB workers such as Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, RVD, Seth Rollins, etc, you should be pleasantly surprised. If I'm booking, I'm putting Seth Rollins over all day long. I know they'll have to blowoff Rollins/Ambrose before he "cashes in," but it would only help in his elevation as a singles performer.

We know that CM Punk's contract is up in July but what is the contract status of guys like Christian and Alberto Del Rio?

CM Punk is in the final weeks of his WWE Performer's Contract. We updated on his status here on Neither Christian nor Alberto Del Rio appear to be in WWE's long-term plans, something that has been known for quite some time. The concern with Christian is in regards to his health, while Del Rio was always believed to have a short-lived run in WWE. Del Rio is a guy that came in very successful and wanted to prove himself at the top level. He hasn't gone out of his way to generate strong ties in the locker room and his best friend (Drew McIntyre) was recently fired. So to answer your question, it's a reasonable assumption to expect WWE to be without Punk, Del Rio and Christian some time next year.

Was it just me that popped for Vickie Guerrero on this week's Monday Night Raw?

It wasn't just you as I had a very positive reaction to Vickie Guerrero's curtain call performance on this week's Raw. Vickie is very talented and further proved her mic skills are on par with the best talkers in the business. I'll miss her contributions but understand that she is looking forward to life after the business and commend her for that vision. As reported here on, Vickie plans to pursue a career in medical administration.

What do you think of Cody Rhodes and his new gimmick as Stardust?

Stardust helps keep Cody Rhodes relevant at the midcard level. The Rhodes Brothers tag team was losing steam and Cody looked to be headed back to irrelevance. Cody's work has been great and hopefully his successful run as Stardust will result in him getting a chance at more. I truly believe Rhodes is more than a midcard talent but he just needs an opportunity. Rhodes' ability to get Stardust over proves his degree of talent.

From the Ask WNW vault…

January 2012: What are your thoughts on Evan Bourne getting suspended for the second time? - Evan Bourne’s 60-day suspension from WWE for his second violation of the company Wellness Policy is very unfortunate and has the potential to de-rail his promising career. One of the quickest ways for a worker to lose their fan base is to fail a Wellness test. I’ve found that very passionate wrestling fans have zero tolerance for guys with Wellness problems; however, as we’ve seen with Jeff and Matt Hardy, they can be very forgiving as well. The main thing Bourne needs to do right now is get his life straight and realize he’s literally got one more chance before his dreams are crushed. Bourne is a guy that has defied the odds because of his size and made WWE push him because of how over he was. However, he’s in very bad standing right now with two Wellness strikes and backstage heat to boot.

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