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- John Cena, who has been a vocal supporter of Zack Ryder since the inception of Z! True Long Island Story, posted the following on his Twitter page today: CeNation. Ryder has been on internet 22 str8 weeks and has a legit following with zero tv time. Enuff BS. Can we get this kid on RAW!
- Chavo Guerrero had some very pointed words toward John Cena in regards to his in-ring skills, his upcoming match with CM Punk, and more on his Twitter page. The tweets are compiled here: Ok, don't "Fin" say that ppl will talk about this for years if you're going to let Punk do all the work and not deliver at the PPV, Cena. I am tired and I know fans are tired of WWE Superstars talking big and not delivering. We don't want to see some1 just in a fight. And frankly no1 believes it anymore. If Miz can kick your a** then the clerk at the store can kick your a**, so plz deliver if u say that..Ppl will remember this PPV. U know Punk will bring "it". I've been in the ring with both of u & Punk has "it". Cena u have mic skills yes,. But if u think ppl believe your BS lazy comeback that u do exactly the same every match then u are mistaken. Eddie & I taught u different..We never said "get lazy" & do the same thing every night. We always said" think out of the box" & give the fans what they deserve & not rely On the "machine" to "get u over". I hope this lights a fire under your a** & U deliver this Sunday. Dont just rest on U being over cuz u are & that is easy. Challenge yourself & give the fans what they deserve. That's why they boo u. Because they aren't stupid. They know what They pay for & the "great" promo guy but the s****y "match" guy that u have become is not what they want. I understand "longevity" but at The sacrifice of the fans trust is not worth it. Deliver on your fans & deliver on why U got into this business.Eventually the fans that U have gained with from the purple t-shirts will turn on U. Take a lesson from the Hulkster. Give the fans there $ worth and dont become Just Another "promo" guy. I know u love this biz & dont get distracted from the McMahon $. Deliver plz!! Have enough respect for your fans..Cuz without them, you're working at a fast food chain. Love u man & I support u & hope u see this cuz I know Punk will & I know he's going To bring it cuz he's got nothing to lose!
- Shawn Michaels has taken some criticism for his new show, Shawn Michaels McMillan River Adventures, mainly from the animal rights group PETA. The group took exception to parts of the show that involved Michaels hunting and eating animals. A representative was quoted as saying: "Jeffrey Dahmer ate everything he killed, too, but that didn't justify taking innocent lives." Michaels responded with the following quote: "In every aspect of my life, I live under the protection of and in accordance to the laws of this nation. At the end of the day, it's a wildlife biological fact and a conservation fact that the game must be managed. There's only so much habitat, i.e. food, out there. If you have 100 acres worth of food and you've got 500 animals out there, the young ones and the old ones are going to starve to death, because they can't compete. When they starve, they start to eat things they shouldn't be eating and spread disease not only to them, but to us." Click here to read the full article.
- Seth Rollins, also known as Tyler Black, posted a blog today discussing the upcoming match between John Cena & CM Punk. For those who don't know, Rollins is currently in the WWE developmental system. Here is an excerpt of his blog: There aren't many moments in the long and storied history of our great, albeit sometimes insane business that can be pointed to as landscape changing or generation defining. Hogan and Andre, and Bret and Austin are two that come to mind off the top of my head. Tonight in Chicago, Punk and Cena have an opportunity to add their names to that short list...and I'm proud to say that at least for tonight, I'm still a fan. I've always been a fan, of course, that's why we all (the "wrestlers" left here, anyway) get into this. But over the past 5 years I've slowly felt my fandom fade away as this business has turned into a monopoly and the integrity of all that we loved growing up has somehow taken a back seat to the almighty dollar sign. And I'm no different in the regard that part of my dream has always been accented by making a nice living for me and mine. I'm proud to say though, no matter what people might think, I've never let money consume or overwhelm my loyalty to the artistic merit of this beautiful American artform. And I'm not alone. Dreamers and artists and heroes do exist, but as frustrated as we've become, as jaded as things have gotten, as hard as we all fight, none of us have had the power to change things-to shatter the archetype...until now.Click here to read more.
- Christian beat Randy Orton at tonight's WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view to win the World Heavyweight Championship after getting Orton disqualified. The angle was that Christian spit in Orton's face, angering him to low-blow him and get disqualified. After the match, Orton gave Christian an RKO off the Spanish announce table.
- CM Punk beat John Cena at tonight's WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view to win the WWE Championship. Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis came out to ringside, distracting Cena as he went out and attacked Laurinaitis. Cena got back in the ring and took Go To Sleep followed by the three count. After the match, McMahon demanded Alberto Del Rio come out and "cash in" his Money in the Bank briefcase. Del Rio came out and was immediately laid out but the match was never underway. Punk left through the crowd, blowing a kiss at McMahon on his way out.
- The announced attendance for tonight's WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view was 14,815 from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The event was sold out.
- While I haven't heard the exact reason why Sin Cara was written off WWE television at tonight's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, there were issues involving WWE trademarking his ring name. The United States Patent and Trademark Office have refused the registration of the name. Below is the status of the name as of July 13th:A final Office action refusing registration has been sent(issued) because the applicant neither satisfied nor overcame all requirements and/or refusals previously raised. The applicant may respond by filing (1)a request for reconsideration; and/or (2) an appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. To view all documents in this file, click on the Trademark Document Retrieval link at the top of this page. Cara could possibly be repackaged or held off TV until the trademark issues are resolved.
- After WWE Money in the Bank went off the air, Vince McMahon punched John Laurinaitis on his way up the ramp to end the show.
- The official WWE website announced that Sin Cara has been suspended for violating the wellness policy. This is his first offense, so he is suspended for 30 days. Click here to read the announcement.
- Wrestling News World reader Roberto Yanes sent in a photo that CM Punk sent to the official WWE UniverseTwitter shortly after he won the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank last night. The photo gives an update as to the whereabouts of the title. Click here to view the photo.
- Wrestling News World reader Jaryd Cornwell sent in the following tweet from The Rock's Twitter account: Congratulations to new WWE Champion @CMPunk. Gonna be a helluva run for you. I hope our paths cross.
- The official WWE website is continuing the storyline injury angles of Sin Cara and The Big Show. An article claims that Big Show has a fractured fibula and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks. It claims that Sin Cara suffered a fractured rib and will be out for "at least 4 weeks." As we reported earlier, Sin Cara was actually suspended for 30 days for violating the company's wellness policy. Click here to read the full article.
- Travel packages for WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Florida went on sale just a few moments ago. VIP Packages are already unavailable, but Platinum, Gold, and Silver Packages are still available. The event will of course be headlined by John Cena vs. The Rock. Click here for more information.
- John Cena said on his Twitter page that he has been "future endeavored" after losing the WWE Championship to CM Punk at Money in the Bank. He also apologizes to The Rock. His tweets are compiled here: I have just been 'future endeavored'. Well..if that's how it is I would like to take a moment to publicly apologize to Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson. In an effort to make WM28 as big as possible I tried to expose rock for his flaws. Very childish and immature on my behalf. My comments about the rocks absence were both unprofessional and childish. I am sorry. Rock, I truly wish and still hope in my heart of Hearts that the crazy old man who is the boss reconsiders his totally rash decision. Because chicago was insane last night...And it made me think of what Miami could have been. I guess sometimes u do not know what u have until it is lost. CeNation. I very rarely ask u for anything but I am down to my last chance. If u could tweet WWE to let them know not to fire me...I would be indebted to u all. Im not saying its gonna work but sometimes they can not ignore the universe
- Punk will not be at WWE Raw tonight and is actually going to the Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs MLB game.
- I'm told this storyline could possibly mean the end of the "spinner" WWE Championship belt but that was just one of many things going around today.
- The word making rounds in many circles about Sin Cara is that he actually failed a WWE Wellness Test last month, however, the company waited until last night's Money in the Bank pay-per-view to write him off TV. I haven't heard if his suspension was delayed or he worked for free last night just to explain his absence. This is the second major bump for Sin Cara in WWE as company officials have been disappointed with his in-ring work and now this suspension will keep him out a month. Many were hoping Cara would be a replacement for Rey Mysterio with Triple H leading the way to get him pushed.
- ESPN columnist Bill Simmons announced today that CM Punk will be on the BS Report later in the week, discussing his situation with WWE. In other Punk news, we're told CM Punk has been photographed at tonight's Chicago Cubs game and is not at tonight's WWE Raw.
- CM Punk has the WWE Championship belt with him at tonight's Chicago Cubs game as he Tweeted this photo.
- WWE aired a vignette on tonight's WWE Raw to promote the return of John Morrison to the brand. Morrison underwent minor neck surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his neck on May 9, 2011. He has been doing promotional work for WWE with his real-life girlfriend Melina.
- The Rock has joined the John Cena "firing" angle and responded to his Twitter apology. The Rock posted the following on Twitter:@WWE please don't fire John Cena. You owe it to the WORLD and GOD to have my boot go right up his phony a-- at Wrestlemania 28. Cena - get back on your tour bus, call up your favorite yum rocket, take your apology and stick it straight up your phony a--.
- WWE developmental Diva Tenille has announced she will undergo shoulder surgery tomorrow. The surgery will repair past injuries from several shoulder dislocations.
- CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovellquestioned on Twitter whether or not the angle of Vince McMahon stepping down to Triple H was an SEC violation. This is something I discussed here in today's Ask WNW. Richard Reacts: As of this writing no official press release has been issued as was the case with the Donald Trump "buying" WWE Raw a couple years ago so the company should be in the clear. If investors are using the product storylines to make investment decisions, I feel sorry for them.
- As was obvious on last night's WWE Raw, The Miz did not suffer a serious knee injury at WWE Money in the Bank, however, he was fortunate that Alex Riley didn't seriously injure him in their bout last night. Riley dropped Miz on his knee, causing The Miz to land hard on the back of his head/upper portion of his neck. The Miz did suffer a mouth injury in his match against Kofi Kingston.
- The crowd reactions Alex Riley has received have pleased WWE officials but don't look for his push to continue unless his in-ring work improves. His work last night left more than a few people rolling their eyes, cautioning he could seriously injury someone.
- Vince McMahon has been booking the top angle on WWE Raw himself with CM Punk walking away as champion, John Cena's status in question, followed by Triple H "taking over." Several of my sources within WWE creative didn't know which direction he was going to go in at Money in the Bank and were stressed out over WWE Raw. Last night's show was not written until after the pay-per-view.
- It's believed that Sin Cara'sWWE Wellness Policy violation had to do with him testing positive for a performance-enhancing supplement. However, I am unable to confirm the exact cause of the failure and am told that anyone reporting a certain cause is most-likely guessing. There is plenty of heat on Cara for the failure as Triple H desperately wants him to have success.
- Wrestling News World reader Fernando sent this in... WWE will hold a house show at Bilbao Arena in Bilbao, Spain on 11/03 with a bell time of 7 pm.
- After last night's WWE Raw went off the air, John Cena and Vince McMahon got into a physical confrontation. McMahon smacked Cena's hat off. The Miz, WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth came out and attacked Cena before he had the chance to beat Vince up. Evan Bourne, Santino Marella and Zack Ryder came out and made the save. The babyfaces cleared the ring with everyone hitting their respective finishers on Ziggler.
- WWE is advertising The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE Championship in the finals of the WWE Championship Tournament as the main event of next week's WWE Raw. Next week's show will be taped from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. We'll have full coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- A lot of people were questioning how WWE Raw could be so bad on Monday night after the stellar Money in the Bank pay-per-view on Sunday. As I noted on Twitter, the storyline with Triple H "replacing" Vince McMahon was intriguing but the WWE Championship tournament was pointless. They're going to finish out the tournament next week and crown a new champion but it will be interesting to see how everything plays out (especially with the real champion still out there). As I've noted, Monday's Raw was "thrown together" quickly because McMahon kayfabed the writing team about the outcome of John Cena vs. CM Punk at the pay-per-view.
- Do you like conspiracy theories? I was talking to someone close to CM Punk the other day and they were telling me the word prior to this most-recent angle was that Punk's WWE contract was up in September. With WWE Money in the Bank taking place in Chicago, the stage was suddenly set for him to main event a pay-per-view before his contract was up. I'm not saying Punk is still under WWE contract but it's worth noting nonetheless. Whenever WWE does angles about real-life releases I'm reminded of situations involving Matt Hardy and Daniel Bryan where many doubt they were ever actually released even though they worked indy dates before eventually returning.
- UFC President Dana Whitenoted on Twitter today he was at WWE headquarters a couple weeks ago.
- Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz was added to Saturday's Smackdown house show from the CONSOL Energy Center from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bout will give them a chance to work together before they face off for the WWE Championship on Monday's WWE Raw.
- Speaking of Saturday's Smackdown house show in Pittsburgh, Bret Hart is booked to appear. Click here for local event information.
- I'm told UFC President Dana White was at WWE headquarters in Samford, Connecticut a couple of weeks ago because the company is working on a DVD project featuring former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. White was discussing with WWE officials how he could be used in their project as he is obviously contractually bound to UFC. The deal between the two parties has been put together by Paul Heyman.
- Sin Cara did an interview with The Record in Mexico about his WWE Wellness Policy violation, however, once WWE officials discovered the interview, it was pulled from the publication's website. However, we have still obtained information from the interview. Cara told The Record that WWE management said he failed a Wellness Policy test for steroids but he wanted further clarification. He said he would be meeting with Vince McMahon to discuss the failure. It also seems in the interview he admitted to "injecting." As you can imagine, WWE officials were less than thrilled about Sin Cara discussing the issue in public and were quick to react.
- Embedded in the video below is footage of CM Punk and Triple H squaring off today at the San Diego Comic Con:
Richard Reacts: After watching this I am convinced everyone needs to read what I wrote about Punk yesterday at this link. Have we all been worked?
- Today's edition of WWE Superstars was not posted on time on WWE.com thus our coverage has been delayed here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com. The company finally got this week's show posted as it's now available at this link.
- Wrestling News WorldFernando has taken Sin Cara'scomments about his WWE Wellness Policy violation to The Record in Mexico and has translated them into English. The comments are as follows: "Thanks for the support the (the fans) have showed me, they know I'm not a junkie and much less I don't 'put things on', I don't know what happened, it seemingly was a drug (medicine), let's wait and see what happens, because my body isn't so big to take steroids, if it was for drugs I'd have been fired... Today (07/19) they told me we'd hold a meeting, this affects me but they (WWE) told me nothing bad. The thing is, I was in pain on my knee and I took an injection, that must have triggered the positive, they don't tell what does, allegedly it's an steroid, lots of drugs' ingredients trigger positive... In Mexico, we take those shots normally, the injury was on the knee, the same that has brought me some trouble (...) That triggered the positive, here (in Mexico) I was told I would test positive if a deep study was made, I know it's that, it's not another bad thing, they (WWE) told me not to be scared, that there was nothing wrong and wouldn't affect me, although because of the company's policy there was going to be a suspension... (WWE) didn't tell me anything, I found out, they told me to meet them tomorrow (07/20), and they told me: 'It doesn't harm you, don't be sacred, there's nothing wrong.' and that's what I want to know, until tomorrow we speak we'll know what it is."
- CM Punk has resurfaced and it has me asking a very serious question - have we all been worked? Well, not exactly. As I noted Wednesday in my Backstage Blog and have talked about before, the word prior to this latest angle was Punk's WWE contract was expiring in September 2011. However, once the news broke in April his contract was coming up and he was considering leaving, the company decided to incorporate an angle into his contract status. While the Punk angle seems fresh and new on the surface, this isn't the first time WWE has done an angle about a release. I'm reminded of situations with Matt Hardy and Daniel Bryan (which was just last year). The Montreal Screwjob involving Bret Hart in 1997 was when an angle got real as the plan was for Hart to retain his title only to have Earl Hebner quick count the match and crown Shawn Michaels champion. Vince McMahon wasn't letting one of his top guys leave with his belt. Fast-forward fourteen years and we have a situation where it appears that McMahon let one of his top guys leave with the WWE Championship. It's very important to bring up the question - what changed? Is it the fact WWE has no mainstream competitor or has McMahon softened? Or has WWE used the rumors of Punk's contract coming up and Punk's superior mic skills to create an angle that has even us insiders second-guessing what's real and what's a shoot. Leaning towards the latter of that previous statement, the "confrontation" yesterday between CM Punk and Triple H at the San Diego Comic Con (click here for footage) has me convinced that Punk is not a real-life free agent. When WWE strapped Punk at Money in the Bank and had him leave as champ I had serious doubts about his contract status but after yesterday's angle, there is no way something is not in place. This leads us to two scenarios. Either CM Punk's current WWE deal has not expired and the company used the news of his expiring contract to generate an entertaining angle or a new deal has been worked out. There is no way this angle continues with someone that could end up working for a competitor. Too much has been invested and Hunter, a WWE official, isn't going to do a public angle like he did yesterday with someone that could turn out to work for a competitor. Hunter is not only a "company guy" but he is the future of the company. Bravo to WWE for delivered a quality angle and for keeping everyone guessing but my hunch is we will see Punk back on WWE television much sooner than later.
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin wrote the following on Twitter:WWE should sign @SamoaJoe as soon as his TNA contract is up. One of my favorite workers in today's game. Needs a full green light push.
- Wrestling News World reader David Queenan sent this in... ESPN.com has a link to a very large article on Grantland.com by Bill Simmons, highlighting the top entrances of present and past WWE Superstars. The article begins with a very positive editorial of the latest CM Punk storyline leading up to Money in the Bank. Click here to read it
- Wrestling News World reader Aman Bajaj sent this in... I just saw last week's episode of Smackdown, which aired in India now, so the following is the translation of what Jinder Mahal said to the photographer: How dare you disrespect me, I'm the star, I'm the one who matters the most, Khali is just my apprentice, so you click my pictures."The Great Khali also said the same to the photographer that he doesn't need any pictures clicked.
Impact Wrestling News
- Impact Wrestling plans on releasing a new Jeff Hardy DVD set this October. The company just wrapped two days of shooting with Hardy himself.
- Max Buck has penned a blog entry as to why he and Jeremy left Impact Wrestling. Here is an excerpt:Simply put: If we weren't wrestling, we weren't making money... And a guys gotta eat. Obviously, if you're a fan of the show, you probably hadn't seen us for quite sometime. Aside from the television program, TNA also runs live events around the country. In 2011, we'd only been on a handful of those, as well. Now, don't get me wrong. When you're booked a bunch, you're making pretty good money, which was the case for us in our first year with the company. Not so much, this year.Click here to read Buck's latest in its entirety.
- Despite claims he may be on his way out, I'm told Jesse Neal plans on returning to Impact Wrestling - possibly as soon as the next set of TV tapings. Neal worked his first match back since being injured by Hernandez three months ago this weekend in California where he was managed by his real-life girlfriend Christina Von Eerie. Neal has had some well-documented financial issues including recently discovering he owes several years in back child support.
- I'm told Jeremy Borash received a lot of praise from TNA/Impact Wrestling officials for the job he did on commentary at Destination X a couple weeks ago. Taz's job is not considered to be in jeopardy but the day of the show a lot of people backstage were talking about the long tradition in wrestling of a commentator missing one show and it ending up costing him his job. Commentators know they should never risk missing a show under any circumstance. However, one observer said they wouldn't be surprised if Taz was relieved if he got replaced because of how much he's been "mailing it in lately." Taz missed the show due to a "family obligation."
- Matt Morganwrote on Twitter yesterday he underwent two MRI's yesterday morning as he is dealing with an unknown injury issue.
- The Dover Post has a new article online featuring a Q&A with Mr. Anderson. In it, he doesn't predict to be wrestling much longer and says he would like to break into acting as well possibly doing stuff behind-the-scenes in TNA. Here is an excerpt:If I'm still doing this five years from now, please, just shoot me. I love the wrestling business, I love entertaining people, but it doesn't define me. And for people who are defined by this, that's fine. I don't judge them or look down on them, but it's not for me. After 13 years of taking abuse I have aches and pains, and my wife calls me the old man a lot - more than I would like for her to call me. But I know that I can't do this forever.Click here to read the full article.
- Matt Morgan responded to a message I left him last night and told me that he didn't have two MRI's because of his back but he "wasn't saying" what was hurt. He should have the results soon.
- Many readers have asked us about the status of Jeff Hardy's criminal case where he faces serious drug charges from his arrest nearly two years ago. His case has not been resolved and he is scheduled for another court day in the Superior Court of Moore County, North Carolina on the afternoon of September 8, 2011.
- I'm told there is a lot of politicking going on backstage in Impact Wrestling right now about who gets released as the company works to try and trim roster expenses. My source assures me there are still "plenty of cuts" to come but anyone under consideration to be cut, if they're considered Jeff Jarrett/Vince Russo guys, there is a lot of opposition from that camp because they feel like they will "lose face" if one of "their guys" gets cut. The same thing is true with talent that are considered to be Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff guys. Anyone Hogan and Bischoff are high up on receives a strong amount of support from them so they do not "lose face." (For those that are new and want a detailed look at the internal power struggle in the company, we have that information online at this link.) When Generation Merequested their release a couple of weeks ago, my source reports the company was "happy" to let them go because they were not looked at as belonging to either one of the aforementioned camps. This made it easy to eliminate two contracts without a bunch of fighting. As for the release of Orlando Jordan, he was initially viewed at as a member of Hogan's camp but Vince Russo was very hands on with the bisexual angle, so neither side felt they were giving up ground to the other. My source comments about how long this process is taking when WWE would have gotten theses cuts out of the way months ago. Richard Reacts: Do you see the internal problems in Impact Wrestling? Is this not dysfunction to the furthest degree? I am currently working on a story (that will likely run tomorrow) about how they are trying to get these releases done in the midst of ADDING talent to their X Division. Keep in mind, Dixie Carter is caught in the middle in every situation.
- Impact Wrestling has announced their Turning Point pay-per-view will take place Sunday, November 13, 2011 from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
- Below is the upcoming Impact Wrestling television taping schedule:
25th & 26th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
8th, 9th & 10th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
25th in Huntsville, Alabama
12th, 13th & 14th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
21st from Knoxville, Tennessee
18th & 19th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
26th in Macon, Georgia
14th, 15th, 28th & 29th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
12th & 13th from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
- Miss Tessmacher & Tara beat Rosita & Sarita on tonight's Impact Wrestling to win the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship. The match was taped last Tuesday from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
- Matt Morgan noted today on Twitter that he will be on "Made" on CMT as a 29-year-old's coach on August 17th as CMT is re-branding the successful MTV series.
- ESPN Page 2 has a new article online featuring quotes from Kurt Angle which also features a picture of his new action figure that honors military. You can check it out at this link.
- Tickets for Bound For Glory are now on sale. For information on obtaining tickets, click here. Bound For Glory will take place Sunday, October 16, 2011 from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We'll have full coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.
- While it's well-known in many circles that TNA/Impact Wrestling is trying to trim their roster down to cut expenses and please Janice Carter, the company is in the process of revamping their X Division. Obviously it's eye-rolling to see the company adding talent as soon as they release names but in addition to the signings of Austin Aries and Kid Kash, I'm told the company also tried to ink Jack Evans to a contract. One source close to Evans told me he rejected TNA's offer because they "low balled him money wise" and it would have taken more for him to give up his commitments in Mexico. In order to sign Evans, TNA would have to offer him more money than what they are currently offering new X Division names.
Is Triple H taking over part of the storyline or the WWE progressing?
The angle with Triple H and Vince McMahon is just that - an angle. It's no secret that Hunter and Stephanie McMahon will take control from Vince when he actually retires but I am one of those that believes Vince will have to die to retire. Vince is one of the hardest working people alive and I don't foresee him conceding control right now. I thought the angle at the end of last night's WWE Raw was intriguing but I didn't like how the WWE Championship Tournament seemed to be null and void.
Richard am I wrong in thinking the current direction of WWE storylines are genius? From CM Punk's promos to Triple H taking over, it's very interesting. What are your thoughts?
I criticize WWE creative when they deserve it so I feel I should praise them when they earn it. The recent WWE storylines have been outstanding. Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view was booked very good with my only complaint being the fact they sent Alberto Del Rio out after John Cena vs. CM Punk. I would have ended the pay-per-view with Punk escaping through the crowd with the belt without risking making Del Rio look weak (I didn't like how Punk made short work of him). I popped big time for John Cena's not-so-subtle TNA reference last night on Raw and am actually interested to see what happens next week. Many of you are interested as we have seen a huge influx of traffic coming in. I was concerned what WWE would do after Punk and the angle with McMahon "stepping down" in tears is a great follow-up.
Last time Vince McMahon got "fired" during the Donald Trump angle, didn't WWE catch a lot of heat from the Feds and the SEC over the stock price dropping and other things business related?
Last time WWE issued a worked press release which led many to believe it was legitimate. I haven't seen a release yet so my assumption is that it is viewed completely as storyline and WWE learned their lesson the first time. However, I wondered the same thing as the angle unfolded on TV last night. McMahon did a great job of selling his "firing" and I popped for Hunter's lame "pop" comment.
I noticed when I was watching Money In The Bank PPV that any time Rey Mysterio went to grab the Raw Money in the Bank briefcase he got a lot of heat from the crowd - why is that?
I was surprised at the amount of heat Rey Mysterio got each time he made it to the top of the ladder and question as much in my Richard Reacts audio blog. I'm not sure why but the live crowd in Chicago did not want to see Mysterio win the number one contendership. Perhaps they were afraid WWE wouldn't take the shot seriously, however, I was all for the outcome of Alberto Del Rio winning as it was really the only outcome that made logical sense with Del Rio winning the number one contendership on Raw a couple weeks ago.
With all of his current Tweets, is it becoming more and more evident that The Rock will return for a few matches before Wrestlemania or this being done simply to sustain the hype?
I would not rule out appearances by The Rock on WWE TV leading up to Wrestlemania XXVIII, in fact, I would expect them to be frequent in the build to the pay-per-view. However, I do not expect to see The Rock work a match until his main event match against John Cena because WWE is relying on it being the main selling point of the show. The Tweets and comments towards John Cena and CM Punk by The Rock are done to keep the hype going. Twitter has become an excellent resource in the pro wrestling business.
From a strictly business standpoint, who would you cut from the Impact Wrestling roster and why?
Janice Carter, the mother of Dixie and the controller of the company checkbook, wants to see the roster get closer to 20 workers than 40 where it is now. I would cut workers they have nothing for or workers they have out of the ring issues with. I would also eliminate expensive veteran talent (excluding Sting). I do not like to name names when it comes to talking about releases, however, I just skimmed the Roster page on the official Impact Wrestling website and quickly came up with 18 names. You can do the same but I do not want to make a list out of respect for the workers.
I feel like WWE doesn't have enough faith in Daniel Bryan, so I feel like someone like Cody Rhodes who will come along and just beat him for the briefcase, is that possible?
Anything is possible but WWE has faith in Daniel Bryan with the simple fact being they would not have put him over in the Smackdown Money in the Bank ladder match if they didn't. He made an interesting comment at last night's Smackdown taping in regards to when he plans on "cashing in" on his title shot (click here for full taping results). I've actually had people email in about Daniel Bryan, complaining about his victory because of his lack of mic skills but I feel like Bryan is the best in-ring worker in WWE and he can be a top guy if booked correctly. I also feel like saying he has no mic skills is more of a popular thing as he can actually be entertaining on the mic.
With Chavo Guerrero saying he would like to work with AJ Styles and Kurt Angle, could we see him in TNA soon?
It is possible Chavo Guerrero could end up in TNA/Impact Wrestling; however, I'm told that people in WWE no longer feel it is a viable option (especially with Janice Carter wanting to cut the current roster). Also does anyone out there see TNA booking Chavo in an angle with the aforementioned names? Chavo is an established veteran worker but I do not view him as a main event talent.
Do you think it is time to change the look of the WWE Championship belt?
A lot of people I have spoken with in WWE feel the latest angle with CM Punk leaving with the WWE Championship spinner belt is a way to get a new belt; however, no plans are set in stone. The company has already booked The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE Championship for next week's WWE Raw and it will be interesting to see if they introduce a new belt. There is also a wide open angle for CM Punk when he comes back to unify the belts if they are able to get Punk under a new contract.
What is the real life situation with CM Punk? Is he literally gone from WWE and if so why on earth did they put him over and let him leave as champion?
There are a lot of people guessing about CM Punk's status and I like to deal with facts and not speculation. The feeling amongst a lot of people is that he is a free agent but will be back; however, there are a couple of things to consider. First, I discussed a CM Punk conspiracy going around in my Backstage Blog yesterday here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium. Secondly, it's hard for me to give definitive answers because Vince McMahon left so many people in the dark regarding the outcome of CM Punk vs. John Cena at WWE Money in the Bank. I discussed more about Punk's future in a radio interview this morning you can hear at this link.
I very rarely order pay-per-views. I always come to WNW to get my updates while the PPV is live. I tried several times to visit WNW to get up to the minute results on the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, but it seems the website was down from 10 PM EDT until after midnight. Was the website bogged down during the main event and afterwards due to the surprise outcome of CM Punk taking the strap?
WrestlingNewsWorld.com has grown so much in the past two years we have outgrown our server, however, I have very good news for all of our loyal readers - we are in the process of moving to a bigger server as I type this. Our goal with the new machine is to completely eliminate down time and slower loading as well as completely revamp our mobile content and release some awesome new features to Premium Members. It's a very exciting time for the website and hopefully by SummerSlam all of these changes and upgrades will be in place. We received a lot of negative feedback from visitors with the website going down and I understand that. However, no one feels worse about the down time than me. I apologize for the down time and appreciate your loyal support of this website.
What is the status of WWE Tough Enough winner Andy?
WWE is working with Andy Leavine at Florida Championship Wrestling, seasoning him for television. He got heat after his first appearance on WWE TV from getting up too quickly from Steve Austin's stunner. The company is airing "get to know Andy" vignettes on TV to keep the audience from forgetting about a character they have already invested in.
Are there any leads on the retirement of stars such as Big Show, Goldust, Kane & Mark Henry?
I do not have a clear explanation for the injury angle of Big Show at Sunday's pay-per-view so I do not want to speculate. As for Kane and Mark Henry, they are receiving big pushes on Smackdown and there is no imminent talk of retirement. Vince McMahon likes both as reliable veterans and the office is high up on this new angle they have given Mark Henry. As for Kane, he's getting another push as being "twisted." Goldust is out with a shoulder injury and was hurt at the worst possible time as he was actually receiving a push. The re-hiring of Goldust in the first place was so he could serve as a veteran mentor to younger workers.
Was WWE Money in the Bank the best pay-per-view of the year?
Sunday's WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view was the best show of 2011. From the way it was booked, to the ultra hot crowd, to the surprising CM Punk title win - the show was very entertaining. We saw title changes, surprising finishes and stuff that made logical sense and had everyone guessing what was a shoot and what was a work. There isn't much more you can ask for in a pro wrestling pay-per-view and I feel I got my money's worth. The biggest disappointment to me was a weak WWE Raw following a stellar pay-per-view. As one of my sources pointed out, this is what happens when you leave your creative team in the dark.
Could you see Chavo Guerrero becoming a part of Mexican America in Impact Wrestling?
While I was told that many people no longer look at Impact Wrestling as a viable option and have discussed the possibility of Chavo Guerrero going there before, I found myself pondering this same question during last night's show. The Guerrero name came up during the in-ring segment between Beer Money and Mexican America and while Hector was obviously who was being pointed out, Chavo joining the faction would actually make sense and probably generate him some decent heat. On the flip side, they could bring him in to feud with the faction, but either way I do not think it is out of the realm of possibilities. However, we must consider the fact that Janice Carter wants the roster trimmed down before we start trying to add to the Impact Wrestling roster.
Was yesterday's confrontation between Triple H and CM Punk at the San Diego Comic Con a shoot or a work?
The angle yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con between Triple H and CM Punk was just that - an angle. You can check out a very detailed response to what happened in a Backstage Blog I posted earlier today here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium.