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I recently saw you comment on Facebook about a Roman Reigns rumor of a positive drug test, which was the cause of Brock Lesnar not appearing on Monday Night Raw. You immediately discredited it.
I would like to hear your opinion on the reliability of wrestling communities such as /r/squaredcircle as a source for backstage news, and the reliability of other internet sites as a whole. Whilst I have recently started browsing /r/squaredcircle, my entire time as a “Smark” (the past 5 years), I have solely relied upon your Premium section, so I don’t really have experience with these sites, yet constantly hear how many places are unreliable.
First, I would like to thank you for your support of WrestlingNewsWorld.com and our Premium section. You — as a Premium Member — are part of the heartbeat of this website and allow us to do what we do each and every day. I do not take your commitment lightly and work very hard to bring you exclusive insider pro wrestling news. I have an outstanding team of researchers and writers and am truly a blessed man.
With that said, I want to be very careful how I answer this. Five or six years ago I would rant about how people shouldn’t visit any website other than WrestlingNewsWorld.com and try to detail the amount of unreliability and plagiarism across the Internet. I’ve calmed down over the years and realized that I can only focus on the things that I can control. What I control is the content that is posted here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com and across our social media platforms.
I do not like conflict, drama or controversy, so I try my best to focus on my publication and build trust with my readership. I’m not going to sit here and tell you what sites to read, what sites to avoid, you have options and you have the right to explore them. Some places are more reliable than others and I honestly try to stay out of it.
The one promise that I can make to you and anyone else that reads WrestlingNewsWorld.com is that you are getting the very best we can possibly bring you. We work around the clock every single day to give you the best experience available in the world. I realize you have placed your trust in me and I do not take that responsibility lightly. My goal in pursuing WNW is to provide a level of quality and reliability that’s unmatched across the Internet. We accomplish that goal but only with your support.
Do you think the audience is starting to turn on Daniel Bryan? I’ve noticed people jeering Bryan for the first time since being an ‘over like rover’ babyface. Is WWE making him the next John Cena by forcing him?
While I thought Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan ended up turning out well, there are some people that I trust that aren’t so sure. They feel the program resulted in a great technical wrestling match at WWE Fastlane but also resulted in Reigns and Bryan tearing each other down because it pitted an up and coming babyface against an up and coming babyface, when they should have been programmed against heel veterans that helped put them over.
I have also noticed the heat Daniel Bryan has gotten and I believe it’s from the people that are Pro-Roman Reigns and see Bryan as a threat to his spot as a future main event talent. This stems from a dualistic mentality of ‘love one and hate the other.’ While this is the simplest form of being a pro wrestling fan, I think it can be detrimental.
I realize the IWC likes to pick a favorite and reject someone they believe WWE is forcing, but I try to see things differently. Do you remember the #RawReunion episode earlier this year? It featured the likes of the nWo, DeGeneration X, Hulk Hogan, etc. and while such shows can be a lot of fun, this one in particular depressed me.
We could argue for days on who is a bigger star - The Rock or Steve Austin. Or even group them in with the likes of Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. But if you take WWE’s top superstars over the last decade, it’s John Cena and then everyone else. Cena would probably be at the end of a list that featured Rock, Austin, Flair and Hogan but the falloff after him is dramatic.
WWE has failed at talent development. We can point fingers at creative, at scouting, at developmental or the company’s new age philosophy of bringing back part-timers for the biggest matches. It doesn’t matter what or who we blame, the fact is it’s Cena and everyone else. That’s a travesty and has created a very real problem for WWE in 2015 and beyond.
I believe Triple H sees it too. Why do you think he’s put so much of his time and emphasis in NXT? The evolution of the WWE Performance Center and NXT as a staple of the WWE Network are not by accident. Hunter knows where they have failed and WWE must start thinking about the future, instead of relying on the past.
While this is likely to be seen as a tangent, we need Roman Reigns to succeed. We need Daniel Bryan to succeed. It can’t stop there either. It’s got to spread deeper and further down the list, throughout the main roster and down to the last developmental contract.
Not everyone is going to be the next Rock or Austin or Hogan or Cena but WWE must focus on finding the next crop of megastars. They can no longer continue to rely on hot-shot booking or bringing back the names that used to be popular to draw for their biggest events. WWE must look ahead and if they want to continue as the top pro wrestling organization in the world.
Stop looking at it if Reigns succeeds, Bryan fails or if Bryan succeeds, Reigns fails. WWE needs new talent at the top of the card to progress the business forward.