What are your thoughts on the expanded role of Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury on WWE television?
Sean Hopkins, who does our live coverage, sent me a text message during Raw and reminded how Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury are being used as Triple H's corporate stooges like Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco were used for Vince McMahon during the Attitude Era. I completely agree! Fans recognize this as well and every time they are shown on television, a buzz is generated.
Can you elaborate on Batista calling himself the worst babyface of all-time?
During a promotional interview with Chad Dukes, Batista stated the following last month:
“I’m the worst babyface in the history of wrestling. [Laughs] I’m just not good at it. When you do promos sometimes you gotta say things that people wanna hear instead of telling them things they should hear. You know it’s hard for me to be that guy always saying the politically correct thing. I just don’t like it I’m not comfortable with it.”
You can listen to the interview and read an expanded transcript at this link.
There's not much more to add other than Batista is better suited as a heel and I believe that's where his best work has been. I know WWE is expecting him to return but as I have stated on multiple occasions, his success in Hollywood will make it harder. His return earlier this year didn't work out and I believe permanent damage might have been done to his character. Back to Batista's comments, I don't think he's the worst babyface of all-time but as stated, I prefer him as a heel.
I noticed on Raw there were three Divas segments on air with a significant amounts of time. Could this mean WWE is trying to push the division and having more faith in them in general?
Two of the three matches were done to promote Total Divas, with AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox being the company's normal Diva segment to promote the underlying Divas Championship program with Paige. I don't know how much data the company had before Raw but the audience for this week's Total Divas was down big with many fall premieres taking place. I don't look at the three matches as WWE re-committing to the division as much as I see them trying to continue to promote the reality series, while also keeping the program for the Divas Championship on television.
Seeing the way Dean Ambrose took the MITB briefcase, do you see WWE doing Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for briefcase?
Many were hoping the match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at SummerSlam would be for the Money in the Bank briefcase but the company underwhelmed with the lumberjack match stipulation. I would welcome a match for the briefcase although the tease on Raw was Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton. If it wasn't clear last week, it certainly is this week - Dean Ambrose is back on a different level. Let's hope WWE continues to trust him as the elevation takes place.
Remember the group used to introduce Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero? With the deep pool of talent in NXT, debuting a group of guys as faces would be a great idea since many of the groups debuting from NXT have been heels. Is it possible they could debut Hideo Itami, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Steen/Adrian Neville as a similar group? Perhaps going against the Authority? The Radicalz were "anti-establishment" and a fun group to watch, since many fans knew them already.
I don't hate the idea of debuting the NXT studs together, however, this has been done so many times in recent years I worry about overkill. WWE did it with The Nexus in 2010 and again with The Shied in 2012. To a lesser extent, they did again with The Wyatt Family in 2013. Bringing along another NXT faction in 2014 or 2015 may come off as overused. Not to mention the risk of elevating one or two with the others getting lost in the shuffle.
From the Ask WNW vault…
November 2011: How much stroke does a main event talent have in WWE? For example, can they approach Vince McMahon and request a title shot? - Title shots come down to the right situation and are ultimately guided under the direction of the WWE writing team and of course Vince McMahon. While a main event worker has more leverage to lobby for a title reign, they can’t just request one and get it. The outcomes are scripted but to be champion is a big deal and provides the worker with an opportunity to make a lot of money. The more stroke the worker has, the more input they have in the direction of their character and storylines. However, no one runs over Vince McMahon and as you can probably imagine, McMahon’s ego is big enough to hold his own. This is absolutely crucial in a business controlled by politics and manipulation.
Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.