Normally, the one TNA pay-per-view I might consider ordering is Bound for Glory. With very little storyline buildup and matches that mean next to nothing, there is no way I'm ordering this year. Am I alone on this?
I have heard from quite a few people (including big TNA fans) that are not ordering Bound for Glory this year. I believe the show will feature a great wrestling product, however, it lacks appeal due to the fact it features non-TNA talent mainstream fans are not familiar with, limited storyline involvement and oh by the way, it'll air from tape. It's unfathomable to me that TNA would go this route for their "biggest show of the year" and I cannot explain their reasons why. You are absolutely not alone and I don't see it doing many buys what-so-ever.
Is it fair to say that WWE putting their World Heavyweight Championship on Brock Lesnar at Summerslam was a mistake?
I believe strapping Brock Lesnar as WWE World Heavyweight Champion was a mistake. I tried to give it a chance, even going as far as changing my opinion of the streak ending after I knew Undertaker's mindset, however, it just hasn't worked. It was clear to me that heading into SummerSlam, WWE was going to be in a world of trouble with Brock Lesnar as champion. The build to the SummerSlam main event was poorly impacted by his part-time status. Now, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is rarely seen on television. With Paul Heyman also off TV, I believe it just makes fans apathetic about what should be the biggest prize and honor in pro wrestling. I was a loud critic about WWE not correcting the mistake when they had the chance (strapping Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, something I still believe should have happened). I can't tell you when Brock will be back other than he's off Hell in a Cell and WWE is relying on revenge against Seth Rollins to sell the show.
By the time next month comes, it'll be a year since Chris Hero (Kassius Ohno) has been released from his WWE developmental contract. Will he ever make his way back?
Chris Hero hoped when he was released from WWE that he would be able to find his way back, however, I am not aware of any immediate interest. You can read what he wrote in a lengthy blog after it happened at this link. At one time this year TNA was interested in his services but Hero was hesitant, feeling that would damage his chance of ever getting rehired by WWE. Now I don't even know if TNA is an option as Michael Elgin spurned TNA at one point and was actually trying to get on with them but was told there was no longer interest. TNA is not committing to talent until they sort their domestic TV deal. It's anyone's guess if Hero will find his way back.
With Vince McMahon being keen on The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar and Triple H being keen on Roman Reigns vs Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31, do you think that the Rock's recent appearance on Raw and the crowd reaction is Vince making a point?
I believe there is strong interest in having The Rock work Wrestlemania 31 next year. You are correct in that Vince prefers the former and Triple H prefers the latter, but Roman Reigns isn't even available right now due to injury. It's kind of hard to book someone -- even tentatively -- when they're out with a rather serious injury situation. I personally believe The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar would be the match to do but not for the title. If WWE could get the belt off Lesnar, then by all means, book him against The Rock. If not, I guess Brock vs. Reigns would be a nice "passing of the torch" but there's no guarantee that works. I am extremely sour on Lesnar as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and believe the company is going to continue to be in their creative rut until they get the title off him.
From the Ask WNW vault…
September 2012: I understand WWE is in business to make money and the more commercials on their programming, the more money. However, I feel the commercials have became excessive and are drawing viewers away. What are your thoughts? - There is a direct correlation between the amount of commercials and the number of viewers that watch WWE programming. Remember the commercial-free episode of WWE Raw from 2009? The show did an outstanding rating and showed company officials how they could benefit from product-placement type advertising and ditching commercials outright. However, back to today and the quality of ads for WWE programming isn’t as good due to the demographic so they have to make up for the lack of quality with quantity. We experience the same thing with this website. The biggest reason Vince McMahon decided to expand Raw to three hours is the extra hour of revenue from commercials.
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