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SummerSlam Buys, Future Of WWE SMS, Bryan The Face Of WWE, Curtis Axel Not Hennig

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I personally feel that SummerSlam is getting its best build in years. Last year the show did 358,000 buys, would it be out of the question to expect 400,000 this year?

WWE will "swing for the fences" with SummerSlam this year and are certainly hopeful they can reach the 400,000 buys threshold. There are similarities between SummerSlam 2012 and SummerSlam 2013 as the show last year featured CM Punk vs. John Cena & Big Show for the WWE title and Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H in the main event. This year, it's John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE title and Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk in the main event. Can Punk outdraw Hunter? We'll see but I'm enjoying the program also involving Paul Heyman.

What happened to WWE Saturday Morning Slam?

Season 1 of WWE Saturday Morning Slam concluded in May 2013. We reported here on, citing a statement from WWE, the plan all along was for season 1 of the show to air from August 2012 to May 2013. Mick Foley noted on Twitter the show will return for season 2 and WWE will begin taping in the next several weeks. Foley is planned to return as the show's General Manager.

After watching Daniel Bryan over the last several weeks I'm convinced he's on an entire different level. I'm convinced he can realistically challenge John Cena for WWE's top spot. What are your thoughts?

Daniel Bryan is a star but this is nothing new to many of us in the IWC. Many (including me) have been saying Bryan could be a main eventer in WWE for the last decade. Vince McMahon continuously pushed back on the notion but after all these years, he's changed his mind. Daniel Bryan is not only proving to be the best worker in the world (surpassing my #1 ranking of Kurt Angle) but he's showing to be the best worker of a generation. Did you hear the audience at WWE Raw this week? Bryan is as over as anyone in the company and he absolutely has a realistic shot at surpassing John Cena as "the guy." Daniel Bryan is a "LeBron James type talent" and is finally getting to prove what so many have known all along.

Since WWE acknowledges the fact that Curtis Axel is the son of "Mr. Perfect" Cut Hennig, why doesn't WWE push him under the Hennig name?

Pushing Curtis Axel as Curtis Axel rather than Joe Hennig is win-win. Not only does it pay homage to his father (Curt) and grandfather (Larry the Axe) but it gives him the opportunity to define his own career. Using the Hennig name puts unrealistic expectations on Joe, not that he doesn't have a chance to "live up" but it's enough pressure already to follow in the footsteps of his family. The Michael McGillicutty name was ridiculous and I'm glad to see the change.

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