What was your opinion of the debut of The Wyatt Family on WWE Monday Night and who do you see them feuding with in the near future?
I was thrilled with the debut of Bray Wyatt and company on this week's Monday Night Raw. Social media is a great tool but it's full of humor. We had one reader dismissing the faction before they even debuted. After they debuted, I saw people calling the faction a failure because the crowd chanted "Husky Harris" and promising they'd be reduced to job roles within six months. Hey, they'd chant "Michael McGillicutty" at Curtis Axel but it's impossible to chant the name McGillicutty. There is absolutely no way of knowing a gimmick's future after one week. We have to see how things play out and give them a chance to settle in. Just as you cannot judge a sports team after one game, I feel some are wanting to put a stamp on The Wyatt Family after a couple minutes into it. You can't do this in wrestling. There will be people that will do it, however, it's not smart. Bray Wyatt received very high marks in developmental and has people, such as Chris Jericho, that know what they are talking about putting him over. I think there is a lot of potential in the faction but don't take my word for it, take Jericho's word. He's a future WWE Hall of Famer and one of the most successful workers in the history of this business. However, I will also caution, just as we can't promise The Wyatt Family will fail, we can't promise they'll succeed either. We need to give it some time and see where it goes. My initial reaction was a positive one.
What's the purpose of Ryback vs. Chris Jericho at WWE Money in the Bank? The match just seems odd on a card that otherwise has great matches.
I think Chris Jericho vs. Ryback is a good bout for the WWE Money in the Bank undercard for a couple of reasons. One, Ryback gets to work with someone that can have a good match with anyone in Jericho, who also seems intent on "passing the torch" to some of the younger blood in WWE. Two, Jericho is about to re-join Fozzy so this could provide Ryback the opportunity to write Jericho off television. This would not only give Ryback some much-needed momentum but it would also provide Jericho an angle to return later on down the road.
With the attack on Kane from The Wyatt Family, is he legitimately injured and in need of time off?
I have not heard the reason why WWE did the angle with Kane and The Wyatt Family on this week's Monday Night Raw. It seems almost immediately people are linking the two for a possible match at SummerSlam but everything we've heard prior to Monday was there was some consideration of doing Kane and Undertaker vs. The Shield next month. Let's hold up on SummerSlam and get through Money in the Bank first. Kane's status for the WWE Championship MITB Ladder Match is almost certainly into question but should be followed up on Smackdown. I would expect WWE to role footage of the stretcher job they did off-air on Raw.
Who runs the show when Vince McMahon is on WWE television?
There is a chain of command at WWE television tapings. Kevin Dunn is Vince's right hand man at TVs and is backstage calling the shots, when Vince is on screen and when Vince is backstage. Vince obviously has the final say but Kevin's impact on the show cannot be understated.
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