WWE Training Talent Their Way, Big Wrestlemania XXX Feuds, Why Daniel Bryan Isn't WWE Champion, NXT Call-Ups

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You mentioned that WWE sees AJ Styles as a guy they’d have to start from scratch on. Would that be the same for guys like Samoa Joe or James Storm?

WWE wants to train their talent their way. That means that almost any talent, regardless of past success, has to go to the WWE Performance Center to get seasoned. It sounds ridiculous that someone like Samoa Joe or James Storm would need seasoned and they probably wouldn't require much but that's the way WWE does things. There are exceptions with stars that have previously worked for WWE and are coming back. Names like Christian and Rob Van Dam fall into this category. Jim Ross wrote he would consider Styles a long shot in WWE because WWE wants to create their own stars and those stars come from the WWE Performance Center. Again, signing Styles and sending him to developmental would be "starting from scratch."

The overrun of this week's Monday Night Raw seemed to lay the groundwork for CM Punk and Daniel Bryan to feud with Triple H and Shawn Michaels respectively, culminating at Wrestlemania. Is there any chance that happens?

I can tell you the matches Vince McMahon wants at Wrestlemania XXX are Daniel Bryan vs. Shawn Michaels and Triple H vs. John Cena. I'm not sure where that leaves CM Punk and obviously there is an issue whether or not Michaels will actually agree to a match. I agree the ground work is laid for the feuds you mentioned but we'll have to wait and see how the storyline develops. I think it's likely to see Triple H feuding with Vince McMahon for "control of WWE," culminating at Wrestlemania but we'll have to see 1) if that 's the direction they go and 2) what workers that involves.

Daniel Bryan is the most over superstar in the last several years. Never mind his hometown reaction, he gets that reaction everywhere. Clearly the fans want him as champ, yet why are they holding him back?

Daniel Bryan is more over than any worker on the WWE roster. You're exactly right, he gets the response that he got on Monday night everywhere they go. As I like to say, he's over like rover. I can't tell you exactly why Daniel Bryan isn't WWE Champion. A lot of people will write that Vince McMahon doesn't see him as a big attraction but I'm not sure I believe that. Bryan is still working in the main event but the company is pushing Randy Orton as WWE Champion. However, there are people backstage in WWE that feel they need to be doing more with Bryan because he won't get any hotter than he is right now.

If you could call up one singles star, one tag team and one Diva from WWE NXT, who would you choose?

If I got to make the call I'd pick Sami Zayn (the former El Generico), The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) and Paige. They've been the most impressive and are the most main roster ready stars. However, as is the case with any prospect, I would like to see each call up done gradually and in the right situation. I'm diametrically opposed to force-feeding NXTers to the main roster.

From the Ask WNW vault…

May 2009: What are your thoughts on WWE splitting up The Miz and John Morrison? - I felt it was needed and their tag team had run its course. Both The Miz and John Morrison have bright futures in WWE and need to get their chance as singles workers. A lot of readers compare Morrison to a young HBK and I can see the similarities. The Miz has worked hard to get where he has which is why he has a tremendous upside as well.

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