With a more capable WWE-style wrestler under the mask in Hunico, why does WWE not push Sin Cara for their Hispanic target market? I was under the impression the push for the character stopped because Mistico could not adjust to the American style of wrestling, whereas Hunico has it hands down.
I wish I could explain the logic of every push/de-push in WWE but unfortunately, I cannot. I can tell you WWE kept the Sin Cara gimmick after the departure of Místico because of its popularity among the company’s younger audience and the fact they can market the Lucha Libre mask. Hunico has had moderate success under the Sin Cara gimmick as he’s one of the few talents working in both NXT and on the main roster and not being completely buried. That’s not to say he’s part of some type of push but it could be worse for him.
Cara working down in NXT is part of what WWE had originally intended to do with the gimmick on their cruiserweight show, which has fallen by the wayside as NXT develops into a stand alone brand. However, I agree that WWE could do a lot more with the gimmick and can't explain why they do not.
Seeing as how vocal fans have become when Daniel Bryan isn't involved in the main event/title picture, is it possible that his popularity is actually a problem for the WWE?
If WWE would do a better job of listening to their fans, they wouldn’t have this problem. But as we’ve seen on this week’s TV, they company has no issue featuring Daniel Bryan or Roman Reigns in multiple segments. More on that at this link.
With Sting working Wrestlemania and The Undertaker possibly working, do you see them setting up a match with a one year build, like the first time we saw The Rock vs. John Cena?
Some have speculated that Sting vs. The Undertaker could be in the plans for Wrestlemania 32 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as Undertaker’s “retirement” match but I’m not so sure. While Undertaker is currently listed as “likely” for the show this year, he’s not yet confirmed. Sting is confirmed but we have to remember Sting is 55 and will be 56 by Wrestlemania 31 and Undertaker is 49 and will be 50 by Wrestlemania 31. When you’re in your 50s and competing at WWE’s highest level, there is no guarantee for another match, not to mention another match another year out. We’re just going to have to wait and see but understand the current plan for this year is Sting vs. Triple H and Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt.
Obviously Bray Wyatt's promos over the course of the past few weeks have been hinting at a Wyatt vs. Undertaker match at Wrestlemania 31. I keep seeing articles saying the Undertaker's status is still unconfirmed. My thing is I don't feel WWE would go to such lengths to promote this match if Undertaker wasn’t a definite to work. Has this happened before where the creative team had to suddenly pull the plug on a feud?
In 2011, WWE did a cryptic campaign to bring back The Undertaker for Wrestlemania XXVII featuring the song “Ain't No Grave” by Johnny Cash. The videos left people guessing whether they were for Undertaker or Sting. While the videos were first intended for Undertaker, so much buzz was created that WWE tried to sign Sting then. But in the end, they didn’t get a deal done and Undertaker was brought back under it and went on to face Triple H.
That’s as close to a switch as I can give you but it does show that WWE is able to change plans. A similar situation happened last year when WWE started from scratch with the Wrestlemania card after the Royal Rumble backlash. I still believe Undertaker is coming back to feud with Bray Wyatt, WWE is just in no hurry with it. The only reason we aren’t saying Undertaker is confirmed is because no one has specifically told me he is 100 percent. Until they do, I’ll list him as likely.
From the Ask WNW vault…
March 2014: In the wrestling business there are a lot of things wrestlers do they’re probably not comfortable with. The risk is obvious as spots are limited enough and if they refuse to do something, they risk losing the opportunity. What do you think about people agreeing to go forward with stuff like Vince McMahon’s “kiss my ass” club? - For those that missed it, Jim Ross was on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” (video & recap) and discussed being a charter member of Vince McMahon’s “kiss my ass” club, joining in his home state of Oklahoma in front of friends and family. JR said the play was called and he didn’t audible but Vince is a “clean freak” and everything was clean when he joined. That’s good to know and the predicaments that performers are in when asked to do things they aren’t comfortable with are well documented. Just look at what happened the night Owen Hart died. By all accounts, he didn’t want to do the stunt and wasn’t comfortable but he got talked into it anyway. Thankfully I’ve never been in a situation where my job asked me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with doing. There are multiple ways to look at it, including asking the rhetorical question of, how bad do you want it? I would like to think I’d never kiss a grown man’s ass on live television, however, would I feel differently if I felt my career was on the line? I’d like to say no but I’m careful not to judge people in seemingly impossible situations.
The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Monday, February 16, 2015.