Would The Attitude Era Work Today?, The Miz Scaled Back, Why I've Never Wrestled, The Next Face Of WWE

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Re-launching the Attitude Era in present day WWE comes up by fans everyday, but by using only the current roster; do you think another Attitude Era now would work?

The Attitude Era was a time when WWE pushed the envelope to maintain afloat and it worked. WCW was dominating the ratings and were taking the market share from Vince McMahon. It's almost as if they went "all-in" with their risqué programming and reaped the rewards by creating megastars such as Steve Austin, The Rock and D-Generation X. However, it's much easier said than done and this pivotal point in the history of professional wrestling cannot be simply "recreated." For those that think it has to do completely with WWE's PG initiative, I often point to TNA Wrestling. They are not committed to PG yet haven't scratched the service in terms of competing for the mainstream market share. I'm confident there will be another period of time in which pro wrestling goes mainstream but it's impossible to predict. It will likely be ushered in by talented performers and compelling storylines.

Why has The Miz had such a hard "fall from grace" in terms of his standing on the WWE roster since being WWE Champion?

WWE officials clearly didn't feel The Miz was ready to be a mainstay in the company's main event scene. Be it pay-per-view buys, television ratings, merchandise sales, crowd reactions or a combination of them all, his push was scaled back. The Miz is seen as a guy that has worked very hard for his current spot and WWE's confidence in him is evident based on the movie role they gave him.

Were you ever a wrestler or try to get into the business?

I have never taken a bump in my life and probably never will. Some may find this offensive but I chose a different path to pursue my passion for the pro wrestling business… covering it from a journalistic standpoint. Many of my friends that started writing on the Internet with me in the late 90's went on to work as wrestlers, referees, ring crew and even promoters but I "stayed the course" and pursued a career in journalism. I have great respect for the business and the people that work in it, however, I also do not feel the fact I have never worked makes me a "mark" or unable to understand it. I commit my day-to-day life to my work while maintaining great friendships with those that get in the ring and perform.

In your opinion how many years do you believe it will be until we see the next "face of WWE"? I don't see it in any of the current up and coming talent.

No one knows who will be the next "face of WWE" let alone when we will see it and while you asked my opinion, I'm not in a position to make such a bold proclamation. I can tell you some view the next face of WWE to be CM Punk while Triple H feels Sheamus has the opportunity to put the company on his back. I actually think Cena is the face of the era of people like Punk and Sheamus and feel it will be someone else. Randy Orton is younger than them all but given his Wellness problems; I don't think it can rest on his shoulders either. The next "face of WWE" will probably emerge when we least expect it but I assure you will know it when it happens.

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