What has the reaction been like in WWE to the monster rating the 1000th Raw the show did? Do you think Vince McMahon looks at it as people having renewed interest or just a one time fluke?
WWE is thrilled with the rating of the 1000th episode of Raw and they should be. As we talked about here in Ask WNW, the company immediately issued a press release to tout the success of the large viewership. I have not heard from sources close to Vince McMahon what he thought and would be scared to speculate, however, I feel it shows the audience is still there. Whether or not that audience tunes in weekly or buys the monthly pay-per-views all has to do with the quality of the product. The company showed with Wrestlemania XXVIII they could get people to buy their product. WWE should strive to make every show "must-see programming," treating them as a "big deal" to spark interest. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying pay-per-views are going to go be able to compete with Wrestlemania or weekly TVs can exceed the viewership of the biggest show to date but there is a large differential in the averages and these spikes. If WWE were to make their shows of more importance, I feel it could significantly boost ratings. This will, however, be very challenging by trying to come up with three hours of live TV each week.
With CM Punk turning heel do you see any possibility with him aligning with "his man" Paul Heyman?
CM Punk is the reason Paul Heyman was brought in for the Brock Lesnar program, however, I would be surprised to see Heyman used in another capacity. One thing Vince McMahon was firm on prior to signing Lesnar was that he wanted nothing to do with Heyman. Given the fact Lesnar and Heyman were not as close as they once were, it wasn't an issue when Lesnar signed. CM Punk convinced company officials to bring in Heyman as a way to keep Lesnar relevant without burning through dates on his part-time contract.
Randy Orton's suspension is up and he's able to return on next weeks Raw. What do you think they'll do with him? Will he come back as a face or a heel? I think he'll be put back in the World Heavyweight Championship picture as a heel.
Randy Orton is scheduled to return to WWE on next Monday's episode of Raw. He is on the booking sheets in World Heavyweight Championship matches against Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio so the thinking is he will be a main event talent once again. As to whether or not he will be a babyface or a heel, Orton said [on Twitter] he hopes to be a heel and it's not unlikely given the lack of top heels in the company.
What do you think of Big Show, who is well past his prime, being pushed and protected against younger wrestlers with more talent, including John Cena?
Big Show is "past his prime" as far as age is concerned, however, he is seen as a reliable veteran they are able to book in the top of the card because of his size. Show's latest push was believed to be for Tensai (who is only a couple years younger than Show at 38) but plans were changed when the character was unable to get over. It's also worth noting that the lack of top heels in the company has played a factor in their renewed interest in Big Show.
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