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Road Buddies, TNA Talent To WWE, Reviving Michael Cole, WWE Divas

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Do the WWE Superstars/Divas get to choose who do they want to be on the road with?

Yes, WWE Superstars and Divas can choose who they want to travel with, if anyone at all. Most travel in pairs so they can split expenses as none of the domestic road expenses are covered by WWE.

I'm probably the 100 person to ask you this, but now with the lawsuit dropped from TNA, what wrestlers do you see jumping ship to WWE?

We're just getting the details about TNA Wrestling settling their lawsuit with WWE. When I first heard the news, I thought of Velvet Sky, who reportedly had interest in going to WWE but decided to re-sign with TNA due to the ongoing limitation. It's too early to tell the impact this will have but one name that has patiently waited is Alex Shelley. Throughout it all Shelley was adamant he wasn't going to re-sign with TNA, as he was going to work independent dates while waiting for Chris Sabin to get healthy. His thinking was to go to WWE with Sabin and that could now be a possibility (assuming Sabin decides to cut ties with TNA, which could become more complicated given Velvet Sky's situation). Given the fact TNA is using Tommy Dreamer (who appeared for WWE a month ago) in the Brooke Hogan wedding angle, I would look for them to immediately lock Ric Flair up in a contract. I can't help but think TNA is using Dreamer because of his WWE appearance.

Has Michael Cole become more tolerant to listen too ever since Jerry Lawler had a heart attack?

It's amazing what a real-life situation can do for someone's public perception. Viewers sympathized with Michael Cole when Jerry Lawler went down on the live episode of WWE Raw on 9/11 and as a result, he was able to restore his image amongst many fans. Prior to the incident, Cole had struggled to connect with the WWE fan base and stepped into impossible shoes as the replacement of the beloved Jim Ross. I also think it's worth noting that commentary has gotten better over the months. I am high up on the three-man booth of Cole, JBL and Lawler as they work well together. It also doesn't hurt that Cole is no longer overexposed by working Smackdown.

I thought the Diva's Title match was one of the best divas match in a long time. What's your opinion on the match between Eve and Kaitlyn from Raw this past Monday? Did they get any high remarks backstage?

Eve Torres and Kaitlyn worked hard in the five minutes they were allotted to do the Divas title change on this week's Raw. While Eve originally planned to work through January, we can confirm the title change was scheduled as early as 1/7 (we broke it on 1/10). They deserved more time but Eve wanted to give her fans something to remember and Kaitlyn wanted to use the match to catapult her stock in WWE. No one mentioned the match to me but the fact that we're talking about a five minute match squeezed into the middle of an episode of Raw as one of the best Divas matches in a "long time," goes to show the current state of the division.

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