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TNA's Ring, Sting/WWE, WWE Network In The UK, Mysterio's Future, WWE Going Private

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With TNA making mention of the six-sided ring, is there a chance they bring it back?

TNA asked fans over the weekend how they liked their ring, with four sides or with six. I think they did it to get attention on social media as most of their rings have been converted to traditional four-sided rings. However, there is a chance they could bring it back but I'm not sure how much it would matter at this point. I'm not trying to be the "doom and gloom" guy but the company is in dire need of a boost.

The Sting to WWE talk has all but died down. Has he signed?

As far as I know, Sting is still a free agent. WWE filmed new interviews with him after the passing of The Ultimate Warrior and preliminary information suggests they will release a DVD centered around him in September. He's booked to appear for Pro Championship Wrestling on Saturday, June 21, 2014 but that's all the information available at this time.

With Hulk Hogan stating on Smackdown that the WWE Network will be available in the United Kingdom very soon, do you have a timetable?

The internal timetable for the international launch of WWE Network in phase one countries (which includes the United Kingdom) remains unchanged. That timetable is officially stated as "by the end of 2014/early 2015." How Hulk Hogan was used last week at Smackdown was one of the main reasons WWE re-signed him. They want Hogan to entice people to signup for the WWE Network, not only because of his recognition but to encourage lapsed fans that have stopped watching Raw and Smackdown.

What's going on with Rey Mysterio? Where is he?

Rey Mysterio was listed on WWE's internal injury report in April and also went on vacation in Hawaii. His WWE contract is coming up and he generated buzz on social media on April 30th when he announced he was at WWE headquarters negotiating his contract.

We reported exclusively here on a day prior to the Tweet that WWE re-signing Mysterio had become a priority after the company had come to realization that he could actually depart. I believe the days of Mysterio being a full-time talent are over as he continues to have issues with his left knee, however, he is still of value and WWE knows that.

Should WWE go back to being a private company?

There would be advantages for WWE choosing to go private, with Vince McMahon and other top executives receiving a large financial gain without having to maintain the stringent reporting requirements of being traded on the New York Stock Exchange. I don't see it happening and as a member of the media, I wouldn't like it because I wouldn't get to comb through WWE's financial records each quarter. WWE's stock price seems to have stabilized after declining sharply on the announcement of the new domestic TV licensing deal with NBCUniversal. As I've stated before, I believe the storm is over as long as WWE maintains their dividend. You can read an article on a public company choosing to go private at this link.

From the Ask WNW vault…

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