What's Wrong With Curtis Axel?, Sandow Upgraded, HBK Returning To The Ring, Why We Don't Cover ROH, WM30 Tickets

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Damien Sandow

What is it about Curtis Axel's promos that are off? I cant put my finger on it. I mean, they're not BAD promos. Just fall flat somehow…

I know exactly what you're saying and it's part of the reason why I gave Curtis Axel a little more time than I normally would when judging a gimmick because I thought it was just nerves. I can't put my finger on it either but I honestly feel if he relaxed a little bit that he would be just fine. One thing I've noticed with a lot of younger workers is they are more concerned with following a script then they are playing their characters. Just to draw a comparison, watch the way Axel looks when he comes through the curtain and watch the way Goldust looks when he comes through the curtain.

A lot of people thought Damien Sandow being unsuccessful in his Money in the Bank "cash in" was a downgrade, however, it's looking more and more like an upgrade. What are your thoughts?

Damien Sandow was booked under so many times prior to "cashing in" last week, pretty much anything other than losing was going to be an upgrade. I know many people backstage saw Sandow's loss to John Cena last week as an upgrade and he's working in a desirable spot right now but only time will tell how he's booked going forward. We could argue that Sandow's loss takes away from the "guarantee" of the Money in the Bank contract, which could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing. Sandow is a guy primed for a breakout and I would like to see it happen.

Do you think there's any chance Shawn Michaels gets in the ring to square off with Daniel Bryan, possibly at Wrestlemania XXX?

Anything is possible and WWE can clearly re-visit Shawn Michaels vs. Daniel Bryan after the framework that was laid at Hell in a Cell and Raw last week, however, I continue to operate on what we know and that is Shawn is retired from the ring. When a retired worker gets back on television the whispers start almost immediately about an in-ring return. The whispers are fair as many guys, such as The Rock (or even Ric Flair), love the business and have a difficult time walking away. Michaels is still healthy enough to work and could get "bit by the bug" again but it's also worth noting that he's under WWE contract and appears when they need him. Workers that do not wrestle have a limited shelf life and run the risk of being overexposed if they do not wrestle.

Why do you not cover Ring of Honor?

We've significantly scaled back our coverage of Ring of Honor for a couple of reasons. The biggest has to do with public interest. Our readers are primarily interested in WWE followed by TNA Wrestling. I find that my time is better suited covering these because that's where there is the most interest. Also, Ring of Honor doesn't reach out to us at all. When Gabe Sapolsky was there or when Dave Lagana was there, they emailed us several times a week and made sure their product was getting out to our readers. We hear more from our WWE and TNA public relations reps than we hear from anyone in Ring of Honor. In fact, I couldn't tell you the last time we had communication with what some consider the "third company." If our readers aren't showing an interest and they aren't reaching out, there's really no incentive to provide coverage. It's basic supply and demand.

With Wrestlemania XXX going on sale Saturday, November 16, 2013, will there be a presale?

I haven't heard details on an Internet presale but I'm assuming there will be one. Tickets will be sold the Friday before at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Wrestlemania 30 On Sale Party. You can get more details at this link.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2011: Why does TNA try and sign all names that leave WWE instead of building up their own names? - TNA pursues WWE talent because of name recognition and the fact that WWE wrestlers are the best in the world at what they do. If you are a top wrestler in the world in 2011, you are going to work for WWE. There are exceptions like Kurt Angle but the fact of the matter is WWE is the top wrestling company in the world and offers their performers the best chance to make a lot of money. People that can’t make it in WWE or choose to leave due to certain circumstances, look for work in TNA because it gives them an opportunity to make money on a mainstream platform. I agree TNA should focus on home-growing talent; however, it’s also important they keep some of the names that have been around to make people care. So far, TNA hasn’t been able to make that work despite some of the biggest names in the business such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Sting. Vince McMahon’s mentality is if these workers can’t make TNA competitive than why should he worry about mid-card workers like John Morrison jumping ship?

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