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WWE Network Hurting Talent?, Who Would Replace Vince McMahon, Draw At WM30, Did The Authority Go Too Far?

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Do you know if WWE performers are being compensated for money lost due to the WWE Network? How are they offering to make up the difference or are people just taking a cut in pay?

How WWE will handle pay-per-view bonuses are still a mystery. For those unaware, the way WWE has handled pay-per-view bonuses is that workers on the card are given a percentage of show's revenue. With the WWE Network, that's going to change as WWE is sacrificing the pay-per-view business in favor of the Network. The majority of the roster wasn't excited about the WWE Network because they immediately thought about their pay-per-view bonuses. Vince McMahon was scheduled to address the issue at one point but I haven't heard if that meeting has taken place. In the long run I think it will work out, however, the WWE Network is an investment for the company until they reach 1 million subscribers.

If Vince McMahon was to step down in the immediate future, who would replace him?

Vince McMahon is grooming Triple H as his inevitable successor. I know there's a NEWZ story making rounds that it would be another WWE executive that would take over for Vince if he were to unexpectedly depart but I don't believe that for a second. That said, WWE still considers Vince McMahon a critical part of their success and detailed the following in a recent SEC filing, where they elaborated on risk factors:

The unexpected loss of the services of Vincent K. McMahon could adversely affect our ability to create popular characters and creative storylines or could otherwise adversely affect our operating results.

Vince is once again in charge of the WWE creative team, a role he took back from Stephanie McMahon last fall.

Could you see Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX ending in a double count out/draw, resulting in both men in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, making it a Fatal 4-Way?

It's possible and something I talked about in the latest WNW Premium Mailbag, however, I don't think it's likely. There is a lot of money in Daniel Bryan as the proverbial underdog but everyone has to get a payoff sooner or later. Wrestlemania is the time for Daniel Bryan to get that payoff and I hope WWE executes it. If not, I fear it will be a mistake.

Did Triple H and Stephanie McMahon take their kayfabe beatdown on Daniel Bryan too far? The head shots, the choking and screaming from Stephanie McMahon.

I agree with Mick Foley's reaction to the final segment of this week's episode of Monday Night Raw. I don't think they went too far, I think they went just far enough. They pushed it about as far as you can push it with the banned elements you mentioned but I felt it was needed. It was needed to sell the significance of Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania, explain it as a significant hurdle to get in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match and cause fans to take interest . This is another reason why I don't see it ending in a draw. Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan matters, it's a very big part of this year's show. The story of the ultimate underdog overcoming the odds and enshrining himself in Wrestlemania glory is there for Daniel Bryan. Let's hope WWE does the right thing.

May 2012: Why does WWE keep airing WWE NXT online? - WWE has been “sitting on” WWE NXT for several months, however, major changes are underway. Beginning on Thursday, WWE will tape the show from the campus of Full Sail University. Triple H is leading up the changes which will feature a new feel as the company is still looking for a way to bring developmental talent to television via WWE NXT. While no TV deal has been announced, it’s expected the company has one for the series. You can read more here and here.

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