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I understand Jeff Hardy can't go on TNA Wrestling’s tour of the United Kingdom due to a past drug conviction and I'm sure the fall was scripted originally but I believe he honestly fell trying to do the spot. Now with all the stuff going around and you reported it was a work, how was what he landed on gimmicked?
I revisited what I’ve labeled “bump gate” in a piece over the weekend here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com. Jeff continues to sell he was legitimately injured and is pending further evaluation on his status.
After viewing the tape multiple times, it’s clear it was a controlled fall and that was more than evident with James Storm “attacking” him after it happened. Further, as we’ve pointed out, Hardy traveled less than 24 hours back to North Carolina and there was curious social media activity from his wife and Tommy Dreamer in particular.
As for things being gimmicked, tables are often pre-cut to break and weapons have been gimmicked in the past to prevent serious injuries. I don’t know if that was the case at the TNA Lockdown taping a couple weeks ago but it appears a serious injury DID NOT occur, despite what was originally pumped out by Matt Hardy and publications such as TMZ.
When a wrestler is “fired” in storyline like Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan or Ryback, how does this affect their pay? Do they miss out on their show bonus for not appearing?
Workers under WWE Performer’s Contracts receive $500 for every show they appear on. When a worker doesn’t appear, they do not get paid. That’s true for the collective cases of Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback but their respective “firings” are part of their storylines. Ziggler has used the planned time off to set up some comedy shows.
While one may consider this unfair, the WWE travel schedule is extremely hectic. To get some time off and be at no risk of losing your spot probably isn’t all that bad of a thing. With that being said, I’m expecting all three "fired" workers to be part of Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view in some capacity.
Why is it that Vince McMahon and Triple H completely ignore common sense when booking certain guys or certain matches. It's a given that Roman Reigns will win the Royal Rumble whether we like it or not. And the way things have been looking here lately, Reigns may need a little more time. And now they have Daniel Bryan back and I'm scared for Reigns that history will repeat itself from last year. Vince and Hunter would be idiots not to give the match to Bryan right?
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 24-36 hours talking about this and will point you to my feature article over the weekend and Monday’s Ask WNW. Again, I believe the best scenario is to put Daniel Bryan over but Roman Reigns winning isn’t the worse thing either. Last year was the perfect storm and while I’ve cautioned that WWE shouldn’t try to force Reigns, I’m not completely opposed to him winning it.
Remember the Bragging Rights PPV that would pit SmackDown vs. Raw? I think it'd be awesome to do that with the Main Roster vs. NXT. It would probably be a good way to introduce NXT talent to a main roster crowd, something WWE has been really bad about. And I think that some of the NXT guys could bring out the best in some of the main roster guys, something we haven't seen from some of them in a while. Thoughts?
I like the way that WWE NXT is setup currently with a weekly TV show on the WWE Network, local live events in Florida and occasional two-hour special events. I don’t think there is any reason to change what is working so well. One of the biggest reasons the NXT shows are so good is because the crowd is awesome. The venue is small and the majority of the audience is familiar with NXT storylines. Trying to throw a bunch of the NXT names out in an arena full of mainstream WWE fans would pose a huge risk that I don’t think would be worth it.
If you could go back in time and experience a moment in professional wrestling history, what would it be? Brock Lesnar beating Undertaker, Hogan body slamming Andre the Giant or something else?
One of the most memorable moments in pro wrestling history for me was when Hulk Hogan turned on Team WCW at Bash at the Beach ’96. The crowd was ready to riot and this is what started the Monday Night War. I also think if you rewind back to Scott Hall first showing up on WCW Monday Nitro, that was a pretty significant thing to happen.
I agree both moments you mentioned - the end of the streak and the bodyslam heard around the world were huge moments. So was the Screwjob of ’97, the retirement of Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels’ final match, the reconciliation between Shawn and Bret in ’10, there are tons.
It’s hard for me to simply “pick one” but I’d love to be in the crowd at any of the aforementioned moments. If you were, you were part of pro wrestling history.
Did it sound ridiculous on Raw when John Cena threatened to walk out with the WWE title and acted like he'd be taking the belt away? The belt is never on TV anyway!
John Cena’s line on last week’s Monday Night Raw where he threatened to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and walk out was ridiculous. It was almost like Vince McMahon’s way of trolling the Internet for the absent WWE Champion that is Brock Lesnar. Sadly, this was just one of many blunders we could point out from recent weeks. It’s hard to explain the unexplainable but I agree, it was a ridiculous thing to say.