Obvious Outcome To Laurinaitis vs. Cena, Why I Feel Hogan Is Most Influential, Interest In John Morrison, GM Position & Johnny's Authority

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Given Vince McMahon's paranoia, were you surprised that Big Show actually turned heel as expected and helped John Laurinaitis beat John Cena?

The scenario of Big Show "helping" John Laurinaitis after getting "fired" on last Monday's Raw Supershow was so obvious I looked for a swerve to take place to avoid it. The fact of the matter is WWE booked themselves into a corner and if they wanted Show to be any sort of surprise, they shouldn't have announced the stipulation they announced for the match. While the stip read, If Laurinaitis loses, he will be "fired." No WWE Superstar or Diva allowed at ringside, if a Superstar or Diva interferes, he/she will be "fired." When it should have read, Big Show is going to make sure Johnny goes over. I would have had a big problem with last night's show had it not been for a very good undercard. Be sure and check out Richard Reacts to WWE Over the Limit which will be available on Richard's Backstage Blog later today.

Who was the bigger draw - Steve Austin or Hulk Hogan?

These types of questions are nearly impossible to answer because strong cases can be made for both Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan. Given the fact Hogan played a key role in the pro wrestling boom in the 80s as well as the boom of the 90s, I label Hogan as the most influential person in the history of the wrestling business. While we can all question Hogan's sanity today (and probably then too), he legitimized pro wrestling more than anyone before. Steve Austin flourished at a different time when programming was very edgy, however, had it not been for Hogan who knows if there would have been a platform for Austin. Both were tremendous draws and made a ton of money not only for themselves but for everyone around them.

Do you have any news on the current status of John Morrison ? Is there any chance he'll be coming back to WWE soon?

There seems to be plenty of interest in John Morrison as TNA reportedly still wants him and Melina and it's not entirely out of the question that he returns to WWE some time down the road. I heard Morrison recently said he could see himself returning to WWE in another year although there are a lot of things that would need to happen for that to become a reality.

Does John Laurinaitis have any authority as the General Manager?

The General Manager role is a storyline position that possesses no backstage authority. Laurinaitis is the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations in real life so he does have considerable influence and stroke in the company. I guarantee a lot of the boys were enjoying his beatdown from John Cena last night as he's never been very popular.

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