Solving WWE's PPV Buyrate Problem, CM Punk's Freedom, Outcome Of John Cena vs. The Rock, My Wrestlemania 28 Expectations

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Has WWE considered lowering the prices of their B-level pay-per-views. By giving up some money they could in turn boost a show's butyrate?

I agree the price of WWE pay-per-views is too high, especially paying more for High Definition (which should have never been the case). The pay-per-view business is not what it once was and I've gone as far as saying it's an outdated model with the multitude of ways people are now viewing content. There has been a lot of talk about WWE's pay-per-view business taking a dramatic shift with the launch of the WWE Network but it has been delayed with the network's delay. When the network finally premieres, I expect a change to take place in regards to the company's pay-per-view model.

As far as I can remember, CM Punk has appeared a couple of times on both WWE TV and YouTube lately sporting Colt Cabana-themed t-shirts. Do you know if the company has any beef on that matter, or do they just let Punk do whatever he wants?

I haven't heard specifically what WWE officials think of CM Punk sporting Colt Cabana merchandise but it's a secret to no one that Punk has a lot of leeway in terms of gimmick freedom. Punk planned on leaving WWE last year but was talked into staying after the "leaving" storyline got over in a big way, clearly establishing him as a main event talent. Kevin Nash recently alluded to Punk's creative freedom which you can read about at this link.

What do you think of John Cena losing to The Rock at Wrestlemania and then turning on the fans because they didn't give him support and he has never left the business?

It would be very difficult to book The Rock over John Cena clean without Rock returning full-time. Regardless of any type of gimmick change or transition, I just don't see how WWE could put Rock (a clear part timer) over Cena (the face of the company) and have it help business going forward. I do not envy Vince McMahon's position as it's certainly a complicated match to book and however the match finishes, it has to help the business after Wrestlemania. We'll finally get the answer to all these questions on Sunday and I'll be watching as closely as anyone else. Look for my Richard Reacts blog following the show on Sunday where I will break down the match (and its outcome) as detailed as possible.

What are your expectations for Wrestlemania XXVIII on Sunday?

This is the perfect question to wrap up Ask WNW going into one of the most high-anticipated WWE pay-per-views of all-time. I'm expecting great wrestling, storyline progression and to be entertained for four solid hours. The lineup is strong and I guarantee every worker is jacked up to perform at the absolute highest level possible. It's going to be a busy weekend here at the website but be sure and checkout our Wrestlemania 28 Live Stream subsection for full Wrestlemania coverage.

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