What's the most realistic best case scenario for WWE's popularity by the end of 2014?
While I obviously don't have a crystal ball big enough to predict the future for WWE, it looks bright. The long-awaited WWE Network will launch later this month and it's expected to increase product interest and viewer engagement. In addition to giving fans 24/7 365 day access to the company, it's also expected to greatly increase the number of people that watch their pay-per-view events. WWE and their current television partners are optimistic this will increase ratings and spike viewership. Another thing WWE has in the works this year is their new domestic TV deal which will be decided on by March 4, 2014. All things considered, WWE is growing and getting an even bigger monopoly on the pro wrestling business.
Did CM Punk walk out and quit WWE or is he just taking a break?
CM Punk walked out on WWE but remains under a Performer's contract that is set to expire in July. The belief from those close to him is that mental and physical burnout resulted in his decision to go home. We're now learning that friends of his knew he was considering leaving and that consideration has now been realized. As of Monday morning, WWE was operating under the assumption he was gone and was moving on without him. The belief is the proposed Wrestlemania XXX match against Triple H is still there if he comes back but obviously that's not going to stay like that forever. We have another update you can read at this link.
What's the latest on Sting right now?
Like WWE is doing with CM Punk, TNA Wrestling has moved on under the assumption that Sting is gone. The belief is Sting is getting close to signing a WWE contract, however, we haven't been made aware of any plans to utilize him at Wrestlemania. My hunch is that WWE will look to utilize Sting as a focal point in attracting former lapsed WCW fans to entice them to subscribe to the WWE Network.
Can you give us more information on Wrestling News World in the Apple App Store or in Google Play?
I actually spent part of the weekend making modifications to our Dirt Sheet app that is available in both the Apple App Store and in Google Play. The App features everything you could possibly be looking for in a pro wrestling App, including breaking news alerts via push notifications. It's compatible with tablets as well as you can install for free in the Apple App Store at this link or in Google Play at this link. I also recommend checking out the Wrestling News World App in iTunes at this link. If you've been using one of our Apps and enjoy it, please take a minute and submit a review for us.
From the Ask WNW vault…
October 2011: Do you think Sin Cara (blue) could end up with a title opportunity? - The original hope for Sin Cara was to make him the second coming of Rey Mysterio; however, WWE officials learned very quickly that was much easier said than done. It’s going to take patience to get Sin Cara to that level and I’m sure some in the company already doubt his ability to ever be a main eventer. Rey Mysterio is a very rare talent as I feel he’s one of the best workers in pro wrestling history.
The next installment of Ask WNW is scheduled to run on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
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