Underestimating Sandow, Undertaker Rematching Lesnar, Heel Or Babyface?, Ziggler's Time

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I was at Thursday’s WWE live event in Cardiff and I couldn’t get over how entertaining Damien Sandow was. Even when he was just with The Miz at ringside, everyone was focused on him. Are there any plans to push him?

This was also the case at Hell in a Cell last month as the crowd was much more focused on Damien Sandow during Sheamus vs. The Miz - a title match - than they were what was going on in the ring. I believe Sandow has done a lot with very little. It appeared that WWE had finally gotten the message when they put him over at Money in the Bank 2013 but he joined John Cena as a Money in the Bank winner to not successfully cash-in (ironically going under to Cena). I am not aware of any plans to push him any further but I believe he has more than earned it.

What do you think about The Undertaker coming back for revenge against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31 next year?

I had not even considered the thought of Undertaker rematching Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31 until my friend Mark Moses brought it up on his show when I appeared earlier in the week. Undertaker vs. Lesnar II I guess isn’t beyond the realm of possibilities and has a backstory, but there are multiple issues. First, any match involving Undertaker would completely hinge on his desire for such a match. Undertaker didn’t want to retire undefeated and there was a lot of talk had he given the streak to CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29, he wouldn’t have worked this year. Now that the streak is over, Undertaker no longer has to feel like he “has” to work the show. Second, Lesnar is a physical opponent and Undertaker was worried about their match quality before it even happened. His fears were realized following a concussion suffered early on in their match last April. However, if The Rock doesn’t end up working and they decide against doing Sting vs. Undertaker, I guess Lesnar vs. Undertaker II is there for the taking. It’s a little premature for Wrestlemania 31 booking as I want to see where WWE goes with the Lesnar vs. John Cena III (technically IV) and their World Heavyweight Championship.

You can listen to my appearance on The Mark Moses Show at this link or embedded below:

http://youtu.be/Xc9FEh4I4Ro

Do you think it’s easier for a worker to play a heel or a babyface? I would think cheap pops would be easier to get over.

Since I’ve never walked through the curtain, I always answer questions like this based on what experienced wrestlers have said. I have heard multiple workers say it’s easier to get over a heel than it is to get over as a babyface. In fact, the argument is it’s extremely easy to make people hate you but quite difficult to make them embrace you. Cheap heat and cheap pops (such as dissing or praising the local sports team) only go so far. Live audiences are demanding, unforgiving and expect to get their money’s worth. For these reasons and the fact I’ve never heard a worker say it’s easier to get over as a babyface, I’m going to say it’s easier to be a heel.

You’ve mentioned this week’s Raw has established Seth Rollins as a legitimate top heel, rejuvenated Randy Orton and helped reboot Ryback. What do you think of the renewed attention that Dolph Ziggler seems to be getting?

I think it’s great that Dolph Ziggler seems to be getting another shot in the main event. You’ll have to forgive me for not being filled with optimism as we’ve seen this before. Ziggler is extremely talented and has everything he needs to be successful. With WWE light on top talent he’s in a great position to prove himself to any and all naysayers. Opportunities like this do not come often so I fully expect him to take full advantage. Pushing Dolph Ziggler is a big step in the right direction for WWE and was yet another reason why this week’s Raw was a good episode. Without spoiling anything, Ziggler fans also have more than enough reason to watch this week’s Smackdown.

From the Ask WNW vault…

May 2013: Was there any reason why Brock Lesnar, Goldberg and Steve Austin left WWE after Wrestlemania XX? - All three had different circumstances. Brock Lesnar hated the WWE travel schedule and wanted to pursue a career in the NFL. He requested his release to do this. WWE granted his release on the condition he would sign a non-compete agreement that would prevent him from working for a competing organization before June 2010. Lesnar signed it and was granted his release after his match at Wrestlemania XX against Goldberg. When the NFL didn’t pan out, Lesnar went to Japan to wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling. This resulted in a legal battle with WWE due to the non-compete but it was later dismissed after a settlement.

Goldberg wasn’t happy in WWE either and wanted out. He fulfilled his contractual obligations and was “fed up” with backstage politics and the way the company operated. Goldberg didn’t get along with Vince McMahon and stated publicly both he and Lesnar were in a hurry to get out of dodge. Steve Austin’s contract with WWE was coming up and they were negotiating behind-the-scenes. I don’t have specifics as to what went wrong but they broke down a month after Wrestlemania XX and he let the company.

Goldberg accused WWE of not putting the focus on the Wrestlemania XX bout (with Austin as the special referee) given their impending departures. The New York City crowd was “smartened up” to the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar were leaving and crapped on the match.

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