Triple H's Wrestlemania Opponent, Too Many PPVs Not The Problem, Bad News Barrett, Sin Cara's Impending Departure

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Triple H

You are probably sick of all the Sting questions but my question is about him going to the WWE and not wrestling Undertaker or Hogan but what are your thoughts on him vs. Triple H?

There is really no point in talking scenarios for possible Sting matches in WWE because he's currently with TNA Wrestling. Should that change, we can open it up. However, I do not see a fit in Triple H for an opponent. The match I would like would be Sting vs. The Undertaker but it's a moot point for as long as Sting is working for another organization. Click here to find out who is likely to face Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX.

Are there too many pay-per-views in WWE and would the company benefit from eliminating some of them?

This was the thinking in TNA Wrestling. They thought if they eliminated some of their pay-per-views it would make the ones they had more meaningful and would give them more time to build. While the company doesn't release their buyrate data publicly, from everything I have heard, buys have remained virtually unchanged if not decreased. In short, it didn't work. Pay-per-views are based on the attraction and as long as there is something to buy, people will buy. At one time I would have written that WWE had too many pay-per-views and eliminating some would be a good idea. However, TNA has shown that's not the solution. The solution is to give fans something worth buying and they will buy.

Who do you label the biggest failure - Wade Barrett or Ryback? And what do you think of the "Bad News Barrett" gimmick?

I have to say Ryback because he's been given more opportunities. The booking hasn't been good but Ryback has been in situations where he should have been able to take the leap (e.g. going over clean against Chris Jericho at Money in the Bank) and hasn't. Wade Barrett has had opportunities but not near at the same level. The "Bad News Barrett" gimmick came off as awkward on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. I want to give it some more time but if how it got over out of the gate is any indication, there's no reason to be overly optimistic.

Does the original Sin Cara just not want to work for WWE anymore?

Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde is likely finished with WWE but remains under contract. I've speculated that WWE will simply allow for his contract to run out and choose not to re-sign him as part of Triple H's "don't fire anybody" edict. Just to note, the edict does not apply to developmental talent. Alvirde in WWE just didn't work. While he had a tremendous amount of success in Mexico, he struggled to adjust to the WWE style (which is basically completely backwards) and battled injuries and even a Wellness suspension. If he does depart WWE as expected, I think he'll resume a successful career in Mexico.

From the Ask WNW vault…

December 2012: I know it’s still very early on in their WWE careers and you don’t like answering questions like this, but if you could only pick one, who do you think has the brightest future? Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, The Shield, Big E Langston? - In my opinion I think they all have bright furthers, but there’s just something about Cesaro that reads face of the company to me. What I don’t like about this question is it’s impossible to give a satisfactory response. We haven’t seen enough of any of them (in WWE) to gauge their longevity. It’s also important to remember that looks can be deceiving as two years ago Wade Barrett seemed ready to break out and heading into 2013, he’s nothing more than a midcard talent. However, based on what we have seen, Antonio Cesaro is the “right now” prospect high on the WWE radar but even he has many hurdles to cross before entering the main event. Sandow is a guy Vince McMahon likes but he hasn’t come close to reaching his full potential. The Shield tore down the house at WWE TLC in a match of the year candidate although it’s still a very small body of work to make any sort of long-term judgment. I’m unable to judge Big E Langston at all until I at least see him work a match.

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