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Why Christian Didn't Appear For TNA, Punk vs. Ryback, Bringing Back The Cruiserweight Title, Sin Cara's Spot

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Why did Christian not make a second appearance for TNA at Bound for Glory weekend? Wasn't this the reason WWE was holding him off television?

We reported here on last Monday that Christian's scheduled appearance at the inaugural TNA Hall of Fame Ceremony was "in doubt." He ended up not appearing and while we haven't heard the reason why, it would be naive to assume it didn't have to do with TNA's ongoing litigation against WWE. Vince McMahon had issued a directive that Christian was not to be featured prominently on WWE programming until after he appeared with TNA. After we ran the report, word got out that Christian had shoulder surgery. We believe this was done to show WWE wasn't acting in bad faith and it was actually an injury that had sidelined Christian. The procedure was outpatient and generally seen as a scapegoat.

It's set. CM Punk vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell. What are your thoughts?

This match is impossible to book. If CM Punk goes over, the entire "feed me more" gimmick is dead on arrival. If Ryback goes over, CM Punk is no longer a viable opponent for The Rock [at Royal Rumble] and Ryback is unproven as a main eventer, much less the WWE Champion. I heard there was talk of utilizing Brock Lesnar to program against Ryback if they went with this match but this would create a similar problem, as Lesnar vs. Ryback would be impossible to book. Just as Ryback has begun to turn the corner, WWE has backed into one that is going to be hard to get out of.

With WWE Saturday Morning Slam being marketed towards a younger audience, and many kid-friendly fast-paced superstars, do you think WWE could bring back the cruiserweight title, restricting it only to the show?

As we reported here on, there was actually a plan pitched to revamp WWE Saturday Morning Slam into the "cruiserweight show" originally tapped for the WWE Network. The show would be built around Sin Cara as the top name and feature the return of the Cruiserweight Championship. Whether or not it happens depends on the program's success and the ability to expand to a full hour on the CW Network.

How is Sin Cara seen backstage now? Obviously, he has had his fair share of botches, but he is one of the guys that really draws me to the show. Is he still considered a pet project to Triple H? Surely the projected match between him and Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania must signify some sort of confidence in him?

Despite all of the Sin Cara detractors, he has a spot in the company because of his marketability towards WWE's younger audience. Read the question above and you can all but see Vince McMahon considers masked workers as a marketing paradise on a show geared towards children. So while there is and has been considerable heat on Cara, the PG initiative has clearly benefitted him.

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