Tyson Kidd In WWE, Why Chris Jericho Could Not Have Been Booked Better, 2012 WWE Draft Moves, Resentment For The Rock

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I've always been a big fan of Tyson Kidd and have been following him ever since he debuted in the WWE. He's great in the ring and not as bad on the mic as most seem to think. Personally I would love to see him get a well deserved push, possibly challenging Cody Rhodes for the title sometime down the line leading to a final match at SummerSlam which I know would be a great match. What are your thoughts on Kidd and do you think something like this could happen?

Tyson Kidd is currently working in the lower card in WWE and whether or not he ends up challenging someone like Cody Rhodes depends on whether or not the company decides to push him. As I discussed in yesterday's Ask WNW, this is a really bad time for lower card talents because WWE is completely focused on the build to Wrestlemania. There are going to be some spots open up after the company returns from their post-Wrestlemania overseas tour next month. Kidd is like so many others in that he will have to compete for one of the few spots that will bring a push to remain relevant. While I agree he is talented, he may have to avoid possible post-Wrestlemania roster cuts to get the push you want him to have.

I understand he CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho match obviously has to take a back seat to The Rock vs. John Cena and Triple H vs. The Undertaker but I'm surprised by the degree with how little emphasis is on the match. There was so much anticipation for the return of Jericho but since his return he hasn't been booked as a world-beater. In retrospect, do you think Jericho should have won the Rumble, even though it was the obvious choice?

I disagree. I feel like Chris Jericho has been booked well since his return and what more could a Chris Jericho fan ask for? He's challenging for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania and they kept his heel persona (avoiding the dreadful over-the-top babyface Jericho). Outside of The Rock vs. John Cena and Triple H vs. The Undertaker, this is the third main event on the card. As you noted, Jericho vs. Punk obviously has to take a backseat to these two aforementioned bouts, but other than that we've seen entertaining mic work that will lead to a Wrestlemania dream match. Jericho wasn't hurt by not winning the Royal Rumble because he's challenging for the WWE Championship regardless. Sometimes I say Internet fans can be impossible to please and this seems like one of those situations. There is literally nothing WWE can do to highlight him any better.

With the fact that there will be only one GM after Wrestlemania, do you see the WWE Draft being less important this year or even a possibility of the brand extension ending?

The 2012 WWE Draft is expected to be just as important as the drafts of years past. There has been no talk of the brand extension ending as I haven't heard the rumblings regarding brand unification that were prevalent the last couple of years. WWE has been pleased with the ratings Smackdown has been doing and I have to believe some of that is attributed to the fact that Raw now features talent from both brands and there is a carry-over in the ratings. I expect this to be tested when names swap brands later this spring.

How many arena's, PPV's and tickets has Hornswoggle sold? This guy should be glad he has a job and he's shooting on The Rock? Rock shows up, holds 20,000 people and millions of TV viewers in the palm of his hand...........SELLING THE PRODUCT (in a way no one on the current roster can do).........and making all of them $$$ in the process..........and Hornswoggle dumps on him? Is the WWE locker room that immature or just plain drop dead stupid?

This reader is talking about Hornswoggle's comments on Twitter regarding The Rock concert segment from Cleveland a couple of weeks ago. Hornswoggle and Rock have since squashed the beef and you can read about how it all went down in the public eye at this link. As for my thoughts, last month, The Rock said many of the boys don't get the "business" part of the business (link here) and this follows right along with that comment. Hornswoggle's comments reflect the feelings of many workers in WWE who have a certain level of resentment for the way The Rock treats WWE. They don't like it that he's a star outside of the wrestling business and can return whenever he wants to get a guaranteed main event spot, taking it from someone else and cashing in the process. What these workers don't understand is, he draws. If he didn't draw, WWE wouldn't offer him the big payday. My argument is, rather than criticize The Rock, learn from him and try to become a bigger star than The Rock. Now please understand I'm not saying Hornswoggle has the potential to be the next Rock, that's ridiculous, but these comments perfectly highlight the bitterness between your average WWE worker and The Rock. It's so stupid how workers resent anyone that has success outside of the ring and cry foul when they cash in. The Rock has earned this payday and I'm glad he's headlining one of the best Wrestlemania lineups we've seen in years.

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