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Willow In TNA, Undertaker's Contract, Future Of WWE TV, Morrison Update, Will CM Punk Return?

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What is the point of this Willow character in TNA Wrestling? It's obviously Jeff Hardy so what gives?

If anything else, Jeff Hardy bringing the Willow the Whisp gimmick to TNA Wrestling creates hype. The vignette has been well-received amongst YouTube users and has fans talking. I thought the vignette was intriguing and I'm optimistic about the gimmick.

Does Undertaker have an active Performer's contract in WWE or does he just work in Wrestlemania payouts?

Undertaker is under contract with WWE. I'm not sure of the fine details as WWE does not disclose this information but I assume he has a deal where he collects a downside from the company. When he works a show, such as Wrestlemania, he's paid a show bonus based on a percentage. There have been issues regarding how much of a payout in the past but he is under contract. WWE locks performers such as Undertaker down under contract so they retain exclusive rights to their services.

Just so I'm clear - once the WWE Network launches - Raw and Smackdown will remain on the USA Network and SyFy respectively?

The existing television contracts for Raw and Smackdown will remain in place in the United States and in overseas markets on launch of the WWE Network. WWE is currently in the process of renegotiating their domestic TV contract so there could be a change of channel next fall but there was never a plan for these to become exclusive to the WWE Network. However, one thing the WWE Network gives the company is the ability to have guaranteed television clearance. Vince McMahon wants the WWE Network to be his legacy so the company is never in jeopardy of losing TV clearance and ending up like WCW. From everything I've heard, the TV networks are optimistic the WWE Network will actually increase interest and ratings. Replays for weekly WWE television will be available on-demand in the WWE Network tape library.

Whatever happened to John Morrison and WWE?

John Morrison quit WWE when his contract expired in November 2011. He's explored a possible comeback but from what I've been told, he wanted less and WWE wanted more. Morrison wanted a deal similar to what was given to Chris Jericho or even Rob Van Dam that gave him some flexibility. Vince McMahon wanted a full commitment and that's where things stopped. Morrison left WWE on good terms and there was never a problem with him. There were incidents tied to Melina but not with Morrison directly.

Do you personally believe CM Punk will come back before his contract is up?

The only person that knows the answer to this is CM Punk himself. Anyone that claims to have the scoop on Punk's departure is speculating. We can highlight all the issues Punk had prior to leaving WWE (and we uncovered another on Thursday) but the only person that knows his mindset is him. I'm sure his inner circle has an idea but his inner circle isn't talking. Every fan has an opinion about why Punk left but it's important to not confuse opinion with fact and the only fact we know is Punk isn't talking.

From the Ask WNW vault…

April 2013: Do you feel that a manager could help Ryback get more heat? Who would you pick to manage Ryback? - I haven’t given a lot of thought to Ryback getting a manager but so far, I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen with Ryback’s heel turn. He’s clearly far from perfect – his in-ring is lacking and he’s not exactly “steady” on the stick but he has the look and it’s enough for WWE to have confidence in pushing him as a main event talent. A lot of the other heels have mouthpieces right now so I’m not sure this would be the type of uniformity that WWE would welcome. If they did go in this direction, my picks are rather obvious. Paul Heyman and Zeb Colter are the two best heel mouthpieces in the company right now.

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