If all final decisions go through Vince McMahon, shouldn't he take some of the negative feedback directed at the WWE creative team after bad storylines? He has obviously given the green light for the creative team to write and produce these storylines, yet creative get blamed for everything it seems.
Vince McMahon is the head of the WWE creative team so when they are criticized, he is criticized. This is a job that he took back from Stephanie McMahon last year. At the time it was unknown if WWE would acknowledge the change because they didn't want to paint Stephanie in a negative light. WWE later addressed the switch and gave Stephanie the title of Chief Brand Officer. When WWE does well, Vince McMahon does well and vice versa.
How much of Total Divas is scripted?
Total Divas is completely scripted. Yes, there are real-life aspects (such as the partner relationships) but everything else is made for TV. I'm sure there are some "slip-ups" and legitimate moments that find there way onto final versions, however, it's just like any other reality series. The purpose of Total Divas is to expand the company's demographics by bolstering the female audience. The series has been a resounding success on E, becoming the network's number two original series behind "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
I've noticed Bret Hart doing a few independent shows and it got me thinking is this not a step down for a guy who seen himself as a real life hero? Did he not save his money or can he just not stay away from the business like so many others?
When I first read this question I nearly deleted it and said Bret Hart's net worth is none of our business. However, that's a copout because Bret is a public figure. While someone's private life is none our business, we also have an obligation to provide the public with information (especially information that is already publicly available). Therefore the folks at CelebrityNetWorth.com estimate Bret Hart's net worth at $14,000,000. I see Bret Hart as a real life hero and as someone that transcended the wrestling business. He was the one that laid the groundwork for workers like Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle with a level of legitimacy that hadn't been seen before him. I respect and admire Bret Hart on multiple levels. I can't answer the question as to why Hart does independent bookings but if you get the opportunity to meet him, you should take it.
With Seth Rollins breaking away from The Shield, what do you see next for Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose? Will they continue as a tag team or go their separate ways?
I expect follow-up and retaliation from Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose on Seth Rollins and Evolution. I'm not sure what the next step is, if there will be more members, etc. However, WWE is already hyping [via Triple H] that The Shield has perished. WWE has be careful because all three [Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins] cannot be elevated at the same time. Rollins is first in breaking away, so now particular focus should be put on his elevation.
From the Ask WNW vault…
December 2012: Which member of The Shield do you think has the most potential? - This is a question that’s too early to answer because we haven’t seen enough of any of them. Roman Reigns is the greenest of the trio as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have already had runs as top guys in other promotions (Dragon Gate USA and Ring of Honor respectively), however, Reigns has a great look. WWE’s developmental system is very well stocked and these are three of the best. Take a look at WWE’s top prospects from the original Nexus and you can see more of what I’m talking about.Remember questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. Check out the Ask WNW archive at this link.
I will be off the rest of the week. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Monday, June 9, 2014.