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Why Punk & Not Ziggler, Mysterio's Career Over?, Cena The Next WWE Champion, Hogan & Bischoff's Motives In TNA

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You've said before that if CM Punk was to beat Undertaker at Wrestlemania and ended the streak it would propel and solidify him for the future. While I agree with that what I don't get is Punk is already a top guy. Wouldn't WWE be better served having someone such as Dolph Ziggler end the streak to push him to the top?

One of the reasons I've been so against ending "the streak" is because I didn't see anyone on the WWE roster capable of such a feat. Ending The Undertaker's undefeated streak [at Wrestlemania] would be so monumental it couldn't be a rub given to an unproven talent. While he has a huge upside, Dolph Ziggler is still an unproven talent and is not (at least not yet) a main eventer. So when trying to decide who should get the rub we have to look at are they a proven top guy, while still being able to benefit from it. John Cena wouldn't benefit from ending the streak. He's as far up the pecking order as one can get and is the unanimous face of the company. Randy Orton lingered for years as the "1b" to Cena but he's too risky with Wellness problems. Enter CM Punk. Here's a proven main eventer coming off a historic WWE title reign. Not only is he dependable but he can get over as both a babyface and a heel. He's been nipping at Cena's heels as the face of the company and such a monumental win could be all it takes to propel him to the next level. This is why I feel WWE has a tremendous opportunity by booking Undertaker vs. Punk.

With the recent injury to his knee once again do you feel it is time for Rey Mysterio to hang-up his boots and walk away from an in-ring career?

Only Rey Mysterio can make that decision and I'm in no position to offer career advice to one of the best in-ring performers of all-time. There was some concern during Mysterio's personal leave of absence that he might have re-injured his knee and now that looks to be the reality. It's extremely unfortunate, especially given how hard he's worked to come back from the same injury.

It's basically a foregone conclusion that John Cena is leaving Wrestlemania 29 with the WWE Title, but can you see any scenario in which The Rock goes over Cena at Wrestlemania?

I don't like assuming "foregone conclusions" in this business because we all know things are always subject to change until they actually happen. There is a feeling the outcome of John Cena vs. The Rock is extremely predictable for obvious reasons. How could WWE possibly go forward with Cena as their number one guy only to go under The Rock in back-to-back Wrestlemania main events? Any scenario involving Rock retaining would have to include a swerve that would not kill Cena as the top guy. I don't know what that would be but there is always a possibility.

Considering the various public shots that Hulk Hogan has taken at Dixie Carter, why doesn't he and Eric Bischoff acquire the capital to buy TNA from Panda Energy? Or is that why Bischoff's production company is pumping out so many shows?

Panda Energy has no interest in selling TNA Wrestling… at least not yet. Last year Jeff Jarrett was in talks with Royal Capital Corporation, the parent company of Shoney's, to invest into TNA. Some felt that Jarrett was trying to bring in a new investor to try and regain majority control. I never heard how that turned out but here's what we know. Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff do not have the capital on their own to purchase TNA, assuming Panda would sell their majority share and Hogan and Bischoff wanted to buy it. It would have to involve an outside investor even if they were interested. I personally feel Hogan and Bischoff care more about Hogan and Bischoff and are taking advantage of Hogan's name value to collect hefty paychecks. Sure, it's been rumored they've taken pay cuts since joining TNA in 2010 but does anyone really think that Hogan and Bischoff are there solely for the good of the company? Or are they there to collect paychecks so they can invest in outside projects (e.g. restaurants, retail shops, TV production companies)? It sounds harsh but I'm not naive enough to believe anyone has pure motives in this business.

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