Hogan Disrespectful To Sting, NXT Matches On WWE PPVs, Why Bryan Was Snubbed, 2nd/3rd Gen Talent

Given Hulk Hogan's comments about Sting working in WWE, that if they can't book a match against Undertaker it should be against John Cena, what do you think about the bout being against a top heel? Maybe someone like Randy Orton?

There is a rather long list of Sting "dream matches" that could be a possibility now that a working relationship between WWE and Sting has been established. The obvious choice from everyone is Undertaker vs. Sting then there are several different opinions. Hogan's opinion of Sting vs. John Cena is one of many. Sting vs. Triple H is also a possibility and even someone like Randy Orton is realistic. Regardless, I want to see Sting work in WWE. It's something he's put off doing and if it's going to happen, it has to be now. Back to Hogan's comments, I felt it was disrespectful for him to refer to Sting as a southern type wrestler. However, I won't read much into the comments other than Hogan being Hogan.

What would you think of the WWE holding an NXT match on the pay-per-views, now that NXT is being viewed by more people on the WWE Network?

I would be against it. It's fine to feature NXT workers in certain situations (such as an entrant in the 30-man Royal Rumble) but a mandated NXT bout at each WWE pay-per-view would come off as overkill. I actually like how WWE has done it with Arrival and Takeover, dedicating one night where NXT talent get to shine in their environment on the WWE Network. It puts all of the focus where it should be and the events come off as a "big deal." While more people watch NXT and are familiar with it now that it airs on the WWE Network, the bouts wouldn't come off as such on main roster pay-per-views.

Why was Daniel Bryan not featured in the world television premiere of Wrestlemania 30 Sunday night on NBC?

We reported in the middle of July that Daniel Bryan's matches would be excluded from the world television premiere special of Wrestlemania 30. On Monday morning, we explained it was due to Daniel Bryan being out of WWE's storyline plans indefinitely. Basically a situation where WWE didn't want to use an hour on NBC to promote something they couldn't immediately followup on. Whether or not you agree, that's the reason for the exclusion and not some anti-Daniel Bryan agenda.

Do 2nd/3rd generation Superstars and Divas have better chances at getting pushes than a normal new star would or is more expected of them because of their past?

The answer to your question is both. Workers like Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, Cody Rhodes, etc. have received wonderful opportunities. It's likely these opportunities were fast-tracked because of the connections they have in the business through their fathers. However, once these workers get signed, expectations are extremely high and the pressure is much more than the average developmental worker. As we've seen, getting signed doesn't guarantee superstardom. Orton did well for himself, Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas and Cody Rhodes are "getting there" (although Cody has been up quite some time). However, there are others, such as Manu and Ted DiBiase, that are both out of WWE. Curtis Axel was given the green light for a major push and flopped, while The Usos turned the corner when they were almost "endangered species." It all depends on the situation and how the crowd responds but this is clearly a double-edge sword.

From the Ask WNW vault…

November 2012: Is it possible to have the Legacy reunite? This could accomplish Randy Orton’s heel turn and possibly see Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase as Tag Team Champions. - Anything is possible but there is no way this wouldn’t be a step back for all three. Legacy was created to give DiBiase and Rhodes momentum as future stars. Neither has reached their potential like many had hoped, however, I don’t see the reformation of their former stable. DiBiase has had his fair share of setbacks and as I type this Rhodes is out with an injury. Rhodes is three years younger than DiBiase at 27 so the more urgent situation would be that of Ted DiBiase and I think he’s still further behind Rhodes.

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  • Splat

    I think NXT should atleast get a match on the pre-show of a PPV from time to time.

    • Time to time *might* work but it *might* not either. Let’s keep in mind that even w/WWE’s superior facilities and exposure of NXT, it’s still hard to get new talent over. Take a look at Adam Rose and Bo Dallas. They are far from “instant” success stories.

    • Moose

      Should an NXT performer or main roster performer get on the pre-show? On one hand, I’m sure a main roster performer would be upset if a “rookie” took time (and money) away from them. On the other hand, it could be argued the main roster guy had opportunities and wasted them (yes, sometimes the writers are at fault too). I believe they should be kept separate simply to keep the lines from blurring.

  • chris

    Hogan was just stating that wcw was not profitable until he joined it in the mid 1990’s. sting was a southern type wrestler because he worked for a company that was based in ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
    sting was never really a draw on his own. in the early 1990’s wcw was losing money hand over fist and it was turner’s love for pro wrestling that kept wcw on his networks for over 20 years.

    • I took it as typical narcissistic Hogan just clarifying “how much bigger of a star” he was than Sting. I’m not sure what all you’re trying to say.

      • chris

        Hogan may be an egomaniac and a walking cartoon character , but he was DEFINATELY a bigger star than sting. Hogan WAS PRO WRESTLING IN THE 1980’S wcw was always losing money even when sting was the top babyface in the early 1990’s. in fact, Hogan’s heel turn and the nwo were the only reason why wcw became profitable in 1996/1997/1998. sting played a role in wcw’s success but he was never a top draw on his own.

        • I’m not saying Sting is/was a bigger star than Hogan, I’m on record stating Hogan is the biggest star in the history of the wrestling business. I found Hogan’s comments re: Sting disrespectful in that they implied if he hadn’t made it in WWE, he hadn’t made it. That’s not true.

          • chris

            at one point in time, wcw was outdrawing wwe in ratings as well as in profitability, so sting was working for a MAJOR LEAGUE promotion when he was in wcw in the late 1990’s., sting made millions of dollars working for wcw so he did achieve professional success.
            sting is only joining wwe now because it is a chance to solidify his legacy he can make money with merchandise, dvds, action figures etc. sting did not need wwe to make him a star however, since wwe owns the industry, it makes sense for him to work with them since his wrestling career coming to an end soon.

        • Guy

          Always the same with these Hogan marks. Call Hogan out on some nasty stuff he does/says and they gotta tell you his entire history. As if it gives him the right to do anything.

    • monty


      let’s forget the fact that wcw was being run by morons who didn’t know what to do with wcw, than there was the whole wrestlers getting free plane tickets, than not showing up for flights and getting another one from the company

      guys like sting weren’t the reason wcw was loosing money, maybe check up on the history. Hogan was wrestling once but than austin crossed hi by an mile and than some.

      wcw never used sting to his full potential, well for that matter they never used anyone right. NWO fell into their lap and that’s when they stopped trying

  • Bob’s Diner

    More peope watch NXT now? I would have thought it was less – Main Event was certainly drawing more viewers before moving to the network. How was NXT viewable before?

    Keep NXT and the main roster separate; it is supposed to the development league, not just another B-show or something

    • NXT was only viewable in local Florida markets – now it’s available to far more households, even based on lackluster WWE Network subscriptions of 700K. If you’re talking about the NXT that replaced ECW, that’s entirely different and shouldn’t be confused with what it is today. Same name, entirely different shows.

      • Bob’s Diner

        OK thanks for clearing that up – I didn’t realise it wasn’t available to watch before. I guess they were saving that as an incentive to buy the network or something

        • No prob. Might have been available on Hulu Plus as well but still more clearance, much more, now.

          • mike

            It was also available to Canadian fans through sportsnet 360

          • Mysterion

            We got it in the uk before RAW every Monday. It’s only in the US it didn’t have tv clearance I believe.

          • GOR

            Available in India on TV.

  • Venom

    About Sting wrestling is the goal just to wrestle in WWE or also have a match in Madison Square Garden? Apparently having or appearing on an MSG show is a big deal in wrestling.

    As for NXT match on the ppvs. I wouldn’t mind only if it happened at Night of Champions. Considering that this will be the first NOC where the titles are unified, we have 1 less championship match. I wouldn’t mind of NXT titles being defended on the pre show.

    I actually do agree with Richard on the high pressure if you’re 2nd/3rd generation. It’s always the ones you think are already going to be stars that get lost in the shuffle like Ted. People thought he’d be the star and Rhodes would be forgotten. I think the problems with Curtis Axel, Ted, Manu is that they kept bribing up heir fathers and some tried to copy the gimmick. It wasn’t like Cody came out in polka dots. Orton is nothing like Cowboy/Ace. Bray Wyatt/Bo Dallas arnt the IRS or blackjack. You wouldn’t know they were related if it was t for the internet. Usos were in a similar boat but managed to get out of it.

    I love seeing 2nd/3rd generation guys who are nothing like their relatives. I’m a huge Bret Hart fan but never cared for Hart Dynasty cause they’re just using same old gimmick. I remember seeing Barry Darsows son perform I think Dakota Darsows and while he’s using the Darsows name he’s his own person.

  • _lawrenc1

    In my opinion, the only time an NXT wrestler should wrestle a singles match at a WWE PPV should be the opening bout of future Wrestlemania’s. The kickoff bout to WM should be the NXT champ vs either the IC or US champ (pick either one) for the IC or US title (NXT Title not on the line). It is a good way to kick off WM and gives more importance to a second tier title, as well as seeing if the NXT champ is ready for the main roster.

  • Guy

    It’s stupid to exclude Bryan’s matches. All what was left is a weaker card than Wrestlemania 11.

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    Sting V Randy Orton? Please. Rock, Austin.. I can think of plenty of others before I would even consider Randy Orton.