Updated Wrestlemania XXX Plans, Sandow's Push, MVP In TNA, Lesnar Storyline, The Miz's Interruption

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What are the updated plans for Wrestlemania XXX?

Plans for Wrestlemania XXX have been more "up in the air" this year than some of my sources can ever remember. Vince McMahon likes to have Wrestlemania planned up to a year in advance but this year it just hasn't happened. From not getting part-time talent locked down to other issues, the plans have constantly changed. However, the plans for the show as of this writing are to do Randy Orton vs. Batista, Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. I was told they were looking at doing Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio pitched a match against Alberto Del Rio. Obviously these plans are subject to change with the only "sure thing" being Batista challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in response to winning the Royal Rumble.

Why hasn't Damien Sandow received a push at all? It seems that the WWE is burying him.

When Damien Sandow won the Money in the Bank briefcase last year, many thought the push was on. WWE extended it out only for his "cash in" attempt against John Cena to be unsuccessful. When the bout took place, the feeling was it was evaluation by losing. However, Sandow has remained a staple of the WWE undercard with no clear path for a push in sight. We could say the same thing about Dolph Ziggler, who has been forgettable since his brief run as World Heavyweight Champion. I can't provide a definitive answer as to why this is but can only speculate he is not someone Vince McMahon sees money in at this current juncture. Wrestlemania season is also a poor time for new elevations as even upper mid card workers are forced to take a backseat to the Wrestlemania headliners.

I was under the impression that the MVP name and rights were owned by WWE. So how is it being used in TNA?

We cleared this up at this link. WWE owns the trademark to Montel Vontavious Porter, so apparently it's OK to use the initials MVP. MVP is a big part of TNA's plans going forward and is someone the writers are looking to build around.

What happened to the story where Brock Lesnar wanted an opponent on Raw the week before? Everyone assumed at the time that he would face Batista at Elimination Chamber but now it seems Alberto Del Rio will be doing that.

WWE progressed this in last week's kayfabe Triple H interview. The storyline is The Authority was willing to give Brock Lesnar a chance to qualify for the Elimination Chamber match but due to Paul Heyman giving them "two choices," they took it as Lesnar felt he was "above" qualifying. Hunter, in-character, said he doesn't do well with "or else" and that Brock probably won't show his face for a little bit. He also laughed off Lesnar "attacking" Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The plan even before Royal Rumble was to do Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio at Elimination Chamber, which is something I expect them to stick with.

What was up with The Miz running out during Titus O'Neil's squash match against Zack Ryder on this week's episode of Raw?

Some of my Twitter followers thought The Miz was "pulling a CM Punk" by coming out and grabbing the headset on Raw but this was a scripted segment. He'll return to the ring on this week's episode of WWE Main Event, which was taped Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

From the Ask WNW vault…

February 2012: With many wrestlers releasing books over the years, which have you liked the most and which have you liked the least? - I read a lot and while not a comprehensive list, I can give you some recommendations and some books to avoid. Some of my favorites have been Bret Hart’s autobiography, Chris Jericho’s “A Lion’s Tale” (I’m currently reading his second one), The Stone Cold Truth and Eric Bischoff’s “Controversy Creates Cash.” Bret Hart’s book is one of the best pro wrestling books ever penned, giving readers a complete look inside the business. While I don’t agree with all of Hart’s personal opinions, he provides a detailed account of how things work. Chris Jericho’s books are filled with humor and are very fun to read. Steve Austin’s story is interesting how he rose to stardom and while I skipped the beginning of Bischoff’s book (because I don’t care about his upbringing), his prospective on how things went down in WCW is interesting. My book to avoid would be “Ring of Hell” by Matthew Randazzo V. This book is what they are currently making a biopic about and I felt that not only was the research light, it was written to portray Vince McMahon and the pro wrestling business in a negative light.

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