In Friday's installment of Ask WNW you stated that Vince McMahon wants to do Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania 31. However, with all of Lesnar's momentum, doesn't it only make sense to have him "do the honors" for someone that is in WWE's future? Roman Reigns, who Triple H wants to program against Lesnar, is a good choice but what about Daniel Bryan? Lesnar vs. Bryan seems like an obvious choice for Wrestlemania 31.
The main event of Wrestlemania 31 will be one of the most debated topics over the course of the next several months. As things currently stand, Vince McMahon wants Brock vs. Rock and Hunter wants Brock vs. Roman Reigns. Does WWE choose to go with the "biggest match possible," which is Brock vs. Rock, or do they look to the future with Roman Reigns? Daniel Bryan is an interesting scenario, however, his health is very much a concern. In the first bit of positive news in more than three months, it was learned on Monday that Daniel Bryan is being advertised for the company's tour of Europe in November. I don't know if that means much but it *could* mean the company is expecting him back by then. However, I will caution that no timetable for Bryan's return to WWE has been made available to the public as of this writing. As for who I would like to see Brock Lesnar face at Wrestlemania 31, I want to see the direction from now through the rest of the year. How does Roman Reigns progress? Will Daniel Bryan be able to come back before the end of the year? Will Lesnar still be WWE World Heavyweight Champion? I want to see these -- among other scenarios -- before I go on record with a Wrestlemania 31 main event that I want to see.
How has Dean Ambrose become an afterthought when talking about potential top main event babyfaces?
I do not believe that Dean Ambrose has become an afterthought. Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins was one of the best undercard programs of the year and Ambrose's stock continues to rise. He was written off of television last week to begin filming his role in the WWE Studios production “Lockdown.” We can say Ambrose is ranked third behind Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins but regardless of those rankings, his future remains very bright in WWE.
With a lot of wrestlers complaining about the road schedule with some even quitting over it, do you think the WWE will ever modify it?
I believe there is too much money at stake for WWE to ever alter their touring schedule. It is brutal and the fact that John Cena worked the weekend live event loop in Street Fight matches against Kane after his extremely demanding match at SummerSlam against Brock Lesnar, highlights just how brutal it is. There have been all kinds of scenarios discussed [outside of WWE] in regards to an offseason but I do not see the company ever implementing them because of the money involved.
Do you believe that WWE has gone overboard with keeping blood out of the product? I noticed they've even gone to the extremes of using black and white to hide blood in video packages. Personal feuds such as Lesnar and Cena or Rollins and Ambrose could really be enhanced by color in my opinion.
Adding color has been a practice used in professional wrestling for decades but has since been phased out by WWE. They've outlawed blading and have medical personnel at ringside to clean up workers that get busted open during matches. I agree that color adds to matches and personal feuds, however, I completely understand why WWE have moved away from it. Coming in contact with someone else's blood puts people at risk for infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. Even though workers are routinely tested for such diseases and WWE does not clear anyone that tests positive, there is still an incubation period where a worker could test negative but be a carrier of an infectious disease. WWE edits pictures and video packages where there is blood to maintain their PG rating. If anyone thinks WWE plans to change their anti-blood policy anytime soon they need to look none further than the $2.3 million judgment that Devon Nicholson won against Abdullah the Butcher. WWE will move forward with color as a thing of the past and while it takes away from the realism, it's admirable they are putting their health of their talent first.
From the Ask WNW vault…
October 2012: 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.
Questions that are legible stand the best chance of getting answered. The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.