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Thoughts On Sheamus, Christian's Return, Elimination Chamber Taking Away From Royal Rumble, Has WWE Given Up On Zack Ryder?

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I'm just curious about your feelings towards Sheamus. I was brought up watching the Attitude Era and I haven't found somebody that I really get excited about since The Rock: until Sheamus. I think his in-ring work is great, his mic work is pretty good and his look is great. He seems to be working at the mid-upper card level, is there any word about him getting a main event push soon?

Sheamus is working in the upper mid-card to main event level on Smackdown as he'll co-headline Wrestlemania XXVIII in a match against Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship. WWE has a lot of confidence in Sheamus as Triple H has been behind his push since 2009 and now he's won the Royal Rumble and will take center stage at Wrestlemania. As for my thoughts on Sheamus, I'm high up on him. I feel like he has everything to establish himself as a top name that can help carry the company for years. Sheamus has proved he can work as both a heel and a babyface and that he can handle adversity when his push fizzled before being elevated back to where he is now.

What are the plans for Christian going forward on WWE television?

As we saw on last night's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Christian is back and is still a heel on Smackdown. I expect him to work in the top of the card although I haven't heard potential Wrestlemania plans for him as of this writing.

Do you believe the Elimination Chamber takes something away from the Royal Rumble? There's better odds of winning the Elimination Chamber than the Rumble.

WWE had long looked for a way to make the pay-per-view in-between Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania relevant as it had by large been a throwaway show that fans simply skipped. The company found the solution with the Elimination Chamber matches which is why they re-branded the pay-per-view from No Way Out to Elimination Chamber in 2010. Since becoming a staple of the pay-per-view in 2008, the Chamber matches have been used in different capacities. In 2008 and 2011, there were Chamber matches to determine who would challenge for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania with the World Heavyweight Championship contender determined at Royal Rumble. In 2009, 2010 and this year, the Chamber matches were used as actual title matches. I don't think it takes away from Royal Rumble because it gives people a reason to order the show in-between, however, I would rather see one of the Chamber matches used to determine the other number one contender for Wrestlemania rather than both titles being defended in them.

Is Kane's continuous assaults on Zack Ryder, the US championship being stripped of him and the incident with Eve and John Cena, all signs that WWE isn't behind Zack Ryder anymore?

There were rumblings that some of the higher-ups in WWE as well as other top WWE stars were not sold on Zack Ryder as a title holder. When the company had Jack Swagger go over Ryder for the WWE United States Championship, some assumed this was a sign the company had abandoned the push of Ryder. However, if you go back and analyze the programming since Ryder dropped the US title - who is getting the bigger push, Swagger or Ryder? Ryder is clearly still being highlighted but they are selling storyline injuries. I have also heard rumors Ryder could be nursing a legitimate injury although I find that hard to believe considering the bump in the wheelchair off the ramp he took a couple weeks ago. I don't see anyone that is legitimately injured agreeing to do a spot like that.

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