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Mysterio Rumors, Eva Marie Over Jerry Lawler?, Nikki's Jab At AJ, Bold WM31 Prediction

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Is Rey Mysterio retiring after the unfortunate in-ring incident that resulted in the death of Pedro Aguayo Jr?

I’m told Rey Mysterio stated at MLW’s Walemania event on Thursday night that he isn’t retiring and that was apparently a rumor started by someone else. Mysterio seemed to make it clear in a Tweet on Thursday that while a lot has gone on over the past week, life must continue. You can read that Tweet below:

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With that, we’ll say Rey Mysterio isn’t retiring and will continue his career as he transitions back to Mexico and other independent opportunities. Is it true Jerry Lawler is not hosting the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and it will be hosted by Eva Marie instead? Some readers Tweeted me about this but I saw where Bill Apter spoke directly to Jerry Lawler, who said it wasn’t true (Lawler reportedly texted him “BS rumor”). Apter concluded his video report by stating that Jerry Lawler will host the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. So with that, I’ll say the rumor you heard is not true and I’m not sure where or how that got started. Eva Marie over Lawler for the Hall of Fame, really? I imagine some talent is at least slightly disgruntled with Brock Lesnar's "part-time schedule, full-time money" comments, and Nikki Bella's comment to AJ on Smackdown about Brock working more days last year than her seemed unnecessary for the encounter and like a blatant stab at the whole situation. Do you see any backlash on her for making the comment? Nikki Bella’s promo towards AJ Lee that aired on this week’s episode of Smackdown was scripted and it was done to promote the Divas tag team match at Wrestlemania 31. WWE hasn’t been afraid to incorporate non-kayfabe comments in some of the promos for Wrestlemania build this year, such as Paul Heyman mentioning UFC by name before Brock Lesnar had signed a new WWE contract. Even if Nikki was shooting, which she wasn’t, she’s the real life girlfriend of John Cena. Not only does that provide her great protection in terms of backstage backlash, The Bella Twins in general have very good standing amongst Vince McMahon. Much of the success of Total Divas is credited to them and they are considered a big part of the company’s vision for the Divas division. As a result, they can get away with things some people probably wouldn’t be able to get away with. However, there is no story to Nikki’s jab at AJ Lee. Since this is the last Ask WNW before Wrestlemania 31 - come Sunday, who wins between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns? I will make a bold prediction and say Brock Lesnar retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns on Sunday. I will then not rule out something that happens afterwards that could cost him the title, such as Seth Rollins “cashing in” the Money in the Bank briefcase. Please note this is completely you putting me on the spot and NOTHING that I have heard creatively from WWE. If we hear anything regarding the creative direction, we’ll post it but keep in mind that Vince McMahon keeps the Wrestlemania outcomes close to his vest. From the Ask WNW vault…June 2007: Whatever happened to The Freakin’ Deacon appearing on SmackDown? - The Freakin’ Deacon (real name Drew Hankinson) was going to be repackaged under a new “Southern” gimmick and work as Festus Dalton as part of the Dalton Boys with fellow WWE developmental talent Ray Gordy. After a short run, WWE made the decision to drop the Dalton Boys gimmick on June 2nd and have sent both Hankinson and Gordy back to Ohio Valley Wrestling. This is the third time that Hankinson has been demoted from the main WWE roster. He is currently working as Justice Dalton in OVW.July 2008:How did Ask WNW come about and what made you start this? - I started Ask WNW in June 2007 because we got so many questions sent to us about wrestling I thought that it would be a good idea to start answering questions on the site. Also I am always looking to add features that make us different since so many websites rip off every piece of content that we put out. Ask WNW is a Monday-Friday ritual for me and I actually enjoy doing it.August 2009: Is it true that Bryan Danielson has been recently signed by WWE? - Yes, Bryan Danielson has agreed in principle to a contract with WWE. I haven't heard the terms of the deal but I would imagine he'll go to Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa before getting the call up to the main roster. I understand Daniels is one of the best workers in the world but I would imagine WWE will want to take a look at him in their developmental facility before calling him up. I really hope Danielson does not get buried as a WWE worker.September 2010: What happened to The Spirit Squad? - The Spirit Squad gimmick only lasted ten months in 2006. It was a group of young wrestlers (only one of which that is still with WWE in Dolph Ziggler) that was formed to put over the return of DeGeneration X featuring Shawn Michaels and Triple H. They were later used as enhancement workers before disbanding for good. It's common for a group, especially of younger workers, to be put together to put wrestlers over. Some have drawn comparisons between The Spirit Squad and The Nexus, however, I argue The Spirit Squad was never over to the point The Nexus has been. I am not as optimistic about The Nexus as I was at the beginning of the summer as Raw has ended the same way for three months (a Nexus run-in). Wade Barrett is the star but the others have legitimate reason to worry they'll end up like members of The Spirit Squad.December 2011: What is Hulk Hogan’s relationship with Vince McMahon like? Is there a chance Hogan could ever end up back in WWE? - Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon have a very unique relationship to say the least. Both have huge egos, however, the success they’ve endured can be traced back to one another. I personally believe there is a mutual amount of respect between Hogan and McMahon but they are not by any means friends. The talk when Hogan first came to TNA was that he couldn’t agree to terms on a WWE deal so he decided to help out TNA. While initially unhappy that Hogan joined Dixie Carter and company, I’ve heard McMahon has grown apathetic to workers such as Hogan and Ric Flair working for his “competition.” There was probably some initial fear that Hogan could elevate TNA but that clearly has not happened.August 2012: Don’t you think the premise that Brock Lesnar is the conqueror, with nothing left to prove in the WWE, would have been WAY more effective if Lesnar had beaten John Cena? - WWE is basically in damage-control mode by portraying Brock Lensar as the dominant conqueror that “accomplished everything” in a very short period of time. The problem is Lesnar is 1-1 since returning and is hardly a dominant force by beating Triple H who is 0-2 for the year. The company expects logic to be thrown out the window with fans ignoring match outcomes and basing it on Lesnar’s “destructive tendencies.” The fact of the matter is WWE made a monumental mistake by putting Cena over Lesnar at Extreme Rules and are paying for it with every Lesnar match going forward. I have more on the original plans for Lesnar vs. Triple H at SummerSlam this link.April 2013: With Dean Ambrose getting a singles match against The Undertaker on this week’s Smackdown, is this a sign that Vince McMahon and Triple H see him as the breakout star in the group? - All three members of The Shield are held in high regard. While the feeling before they debuted was that Roman Reigns had the most to prove, even he has drawn high marks from those within WWE and all are highly touted young workers. The fact Undertaker worked a singles match against Dean Ambrose goes to show how much he thinks of them as we heard he put the trio over in front of everyone after the match on this week’s WWE Raw. I don’t mind the classification of Ambrose as #1, Seth Rollins as #2 and Roman Reigns as #3 but I think all three are held in equal high regard and are looked at as future superstars as singles performers.January 2014: Did CM Punk take his ball and go home? - Basically, CM Punk took his ball and went home. However, I want to use the lead question of Ask WNW to try and clear up as much as possible. This isn’t something that just suddenly happened and Punk flipped out and quit the company. Punk has been unhappy with the direction of his character for months, with people speculating it was either out of boredom or the fact he just wanted more. One of his biggest goals for this year was to be in one of the top matches at Wrestlemania XXX. We’ve gone as in-depth on it as possible, touching base with multiple sources, despite the fact Punk isn’t talking to anyone. You can catchup on our coverage here, here and here. I will add that Punk was never told 100% that his proposed match with Triple H at Wrestlemania was off but word going around backstage at Raw was that Daniel Bryan might get that match in response to what happened at Royal Rumble. The word regarding Punk was that his issue with Kane might stretch to Wrestlemania when it was originally supposed to be blown off at Elimination Chamber, leading to the Punk vs. Hunter bout at the show in April. Punk went directly to Vince McMahon and wanted assurance that he would be in a top match at Wrestlemania or otherwise, he was going home. According to a source, Punk felt Triple H was playing favorites with Batista coming in, going over at Royal Rumble and onto the main event at Wrestlemania XXX. Punk felt he wasn’t one of Hunter’s guys. Vince originally suggested Triple H vs. CM Punk at Wrestlemania so they could play off some of the real-life heat as an option for Triple H if they went with John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (which is where they are now going). We’re told Vince is not giving up and wants Punk on the Wrestlemania XXX lineup. WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee, who is Punk’s real-life girlfriend, is seen as the company’s only line of communication to him at this time. Thank you for your support! Have more questions? Check out the Ask WNW archive and Premium Mailbag!

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