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WWE Damaging Talent, Heat Between Reigns & Big Show?, New TNA Contracts

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Do you think it is poor form and damaging long term, that WWE seems to shift away from their "regular" workers during Wrestlemania season and focus more on part time talent to sell the event?

Yes and no, there are two sides of the coin here and an argument can be made either way. I believe it’s possible to do both — focus on part time talent and push full time talent — to not only maximize interest in the show but also help the company going forward.

They key is moderation and often times, it’s something WWE lacks. It was one thing to have The Rock end CM Punk’s 434-day WWE Championship reign at Royal Rumble ’13 and quickly switch it back at Wrestlemania 29 but it’s a whole other to strap Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, have him defend it once and take him off TV indefinitely.

It’s hard to criticize WWE after Wrestlemania 30 this year when Daniel Bryan — a full time worker — went over Triple H and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the same night. The Shield and Cesaro also had big wins on that show.

As long as WWE finds a mix and tactfully handles the booking of their performers, I want both. I want part time talent such as The Undertaker, Sting and even Brock Lesnar and I want to see up and coming talent like Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt put in prominent positions. It’s not impossible and a lot of times I think more gets made of it than it should be.

Do you think the best way to regain prestige to the secondary belts is to have one of the holders win the world title and hold both at the same time?

I don’t care for that idea. It’s one thing if a worker holds a secondary title and is also part tag team champion but I don’t want to see the WWE World Heavyweight Champion simultaneously hold a secondary belt. I completely buy into the scenario it’s the worker that makes the title, not the title that makes the worker but that doesn’t mean WWE can recklessly book it either.

For as long as the secondary titles are booked under the “hot potato” approach, where they frequently change hands and the champions go under in meaningless non-title matches, they’ll continue to be props.

I like the way the Intercontinental Championship bout was booked at WWE TLC, as Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan had one of the best Ladder Matches in quite some time. However, I remain skeptical about WWE’s ability to book the secondary title with confidence. It was nice to see Ziggler prominently booked on last week’s Smackdown and hopefully he is beginning to turn the corner.

After watching all the tables that Dean Ambrose has put Bray Wyatt through, what do you say takes more of a physical toll? Putting the performer through the table or bumping through it?

Between the two, taking the bump hurts the most. Even with gimmicked tables, there is no way to make that not hurt. As we saw when Dixie Carter did the table spot with Bully Ray, that shouldn’t be done by someone that’s not trained and carries significant risks. In the case of Wyatt and Ambrose, they’re eager to make a name for themselves and have had a great program. They’re scheduled for a street fight on this week’s episode of Raw.

Is there any truth to the rumor that Roman Reigns and Big Show have heat in real life? Did Show lose a tooth during the superman punch on last week’s show?

I believe Roman Reigns was a little stiff with Big Show and it looked like his lost a tooth on the spot. There was a verbal exchange, where Show told Reigns he hit like a bitch and Reigns said he looked like a bitch. However, it’s important to remember they were working their respective roles on-camera in front a live crowd. I would like to think both are professional enough if they had any personal drama, they wouldn’t let it impact their work and they were just doing their job last Monday on Raw.

Do you see Drew McIntyre headed to TNA next year as part of the reboot?

It’s certainly possible but I cannot confirm a deal between Drew McIntyre and TNA Wrestling as of this writing. I know McIntyre hinted at going to TNA after he left WWE but a lot has changed. TNA is really cutting talent pay with their reboot because they’re running fewer shows. I have spent a lot of time detailing the new TNA talent contracts as you can read a detailed report at this link.

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