WWE PPV Changes, The Pushes Of Tensai & Ryback, Loaded 1000th Raw, Time For CM Punk To Drop Title?

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With WWE pay-per-view buys down do you think WWE will either lower prices of their events or possibly have restaurants charge a cover fee for patrons to watch the shows?

Answering the second part of this question first, restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings have to pay a significant fee to show WWE pay-per-views. Due to the fact they are a public place where the show will be seen on multiple screens, they have to pay significantly more than you or I would by watching at home. As for WWE lowering their pay-per-view prices, there has been talk about tweaking the pay-per-view model with the launch WWE Network but I haven't heard anything about reducing the cost of the pay-per-views. WWE is aware things need tweaked but given the fact Wrestlemania XXVIII set a buy record (even though it's been lowered), they know people will buy if there is enough interest.

Why does WWE continue to push workers such as Tensai and Ryback when they are just getting mocked with "Albert" and "Goldberg" chants?

Tensai's push has been scaled back significantly as WWE producers along with Vince McMahon recognized he didn't get over how they planned. Much of what you have seen with Big Show was originally slated for Tensai. WWE has not completely given up on him and are tweaking things in attempt to make the gimmick work. As for Ryback, the general feeling is not one of optimism but Vince McMahon is still high up on him. We'll see how it plays out but it's also important not to judge a gimmick too quickly. So many fans want to criticize a gimmick before it even gets a chance. There are a lot of gimmicks that started awful and turned out to be entertaining. Patience is key but there is a point when the plug needs to be pulled.

What do you expect for the 1000th Raw in terms of returns and surprise appearances?

The 1000th episode of WWE Raw is going to be loaded and will feature all WWE has not only to try and boost a huge rating but also create momentum for their permanent move to three hours. Some names already announced for the 1000th Raw that are not reoccurring on WWE television are Brock Lesnar and D-Generation X.

Do you feel it's the right time for CM Punk to drop the WWE Championship or do you feel he needs to continue his long title reign?

CM Punk is clearly established as a main event star in WWE and given his extended reign as WWE Champion, dropping the title would not hurt him. Is it time? This is a whole other question and I'm not sure I have a clear-cut answer. On one hand, Daniel Bryan is capable of carrying the title but on the other hand, I'd like to see Punk get a chance to headline a pay-per-view as WWE Champion, which is something that hasn't happened this year.

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  • Ryan

    am I the only one that really likes Ryback?

    • Lee McAndrew

      I wouldn't say I'm a Ryback fan, but I do see potential in him. They do need to go in a different direction with him though. I remember when Kurt Angle getting 'boring' chants during his second PPV match and the infamous 'Die Rocky Die' signs for Rocky Maivia (The Rock), considering what big names they became anything's possible.

    • Dee

      No! I like Ryback as well. It’s been a very long time since anything with the “Goldberg” archetype has been used. I’d like to see some progression, though.

      • Miles

        I prefer Ryback and Tensai to half the roster. Ryback has that old school super human strength that you only see in cartoons and movies appeal

    • just a fan

      i love ryback im just tired of him destroying call ins in ten to thirty seconds. i want to see him in an actual match against a good opponent.

      • unknown

        yeah i agree. even goldberg got to a point where he started goin over mid carders and not locals

      • I agree they need to push him to face people like big show or brodus clay

    • Mav

      No ur not, I think he’s AMAZING!lol

    • ZackPack

      Ryback has been brilliant so far. He's made squash matches far more entertaining that usual. I wouldn't be upset if he did it for the rest of this year.

  • Brandon, South Africa

    Maybe CM Punk will headline this year’s Money in the Bank PPV because even with Cena in the Ladder Match, I don’t see it closing the show.

  • Steve l

    I would wager many of those who want Punk to drop the belt are younger viewers. As recently as the 90.s and certainly before long titke reigns were common. I for 1 like a long run with many defenses and feuds. I think they maje the brlt mean more give stability to the brand and make changes mean more. Compared to Sammartino Morales or Backlund or even Hogan Punk has only had the belt for a cup of coffee.

  • Kings of Wrestling

    Very much agree with you on the CM Punk point. The sad thing is because this is Cena's first time in MITB, that match will end up being the main event.

  • The Smackdown

    If Brock shows up he’ll proably confront triple h,who will be with Shawn. If that happens I’d love to see what Shawn has to say about everything.

  • Ranveer

    I'd love to see HBK, HHH, X Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn all together as DX…. my childhood heroes!! Corrupted me by the age of 10 back in the late nineties!!!

    • havoc525

      That brings the question, have they said D-X or Trips and Shawn?

      • Ranveer

        It just DX no specific names mentioned from what i know… its a fair possibility for them all to be there… road dogg is a producer and billy gunn is back on good terms with WWE. As for X Pac he n hunter are still close so very much possible… at least that's what i'm hoping!

  • Dave

    Ryback and Tensai just remind me of Vladimir Kozlov and he didn’t work out too well

  • robert

    They're not mocking him with Goldberg chants i like Ryback, he's not that much like Goldberg. what no one else can be a monster without being Goldberg, they retread old gimmicks all the time not exactly but tweek them, like john cena is just like the rock. stone colds music sounds like a remix of razor ramons and he had some of scotts mannerisms. everyone copies Jericho. Daniel Bryan is like Benoit except for the getting murdered after someone killed his wife and his son and he gets blamed for it because the police saw steroids and just assumed he did it ,even though his text messages had his address with the wrong zip code, how do mess up your own zip code. ?amyway point is nature boy has been used before flair. too

    • Adam

      And to a lesser extent, CM Punk is the new Stone Cold.

      And wasn't Kurt Angle the new "king of 10000 holds" originally given to I think Dean Malenko?

      • Rob UK

        Did I really just read that….?

  • Evon Reese

    I like Ryback too. I will be glad to see him in a good match. There's no way Punk or anyone else in this age of WWE is the new Stone Cold. None of them are up to his caliber.It's time for Punk to loose that belt and I'm by no means a young person. I hope Jeicho takes it off him. I'm sure I'm in the minority in all of this because yes I also really like Heath Slater. He's actually getting it and trying to improve his character. That's what lacking in most of the younger ones. They don't understand that their character has to evolve and you can not depend on writers to do it for you.

  • Kleck

    I wonder if they’ll do a Cena/ Punk title match at SS

  • Sebastian

    Who cares if CM Punk has to drop the title, seriously just let the guy be Champ for awhile, hate seeing titles treated as a hot potato, or not even used.. Santino?

  • Matt

    I hope we see Undertaker on the 1000th given he was on the 1st

  • Austin

    Ryback torturing jobbers is as bad as Brodus Clay squashing jobbers. Funny thing is both were from that shit show NXT

  • snap

    Personally, I’d like to see Punk hold onto the WWE championship and headline WrestleMania.

    I don’t particularly care for Ryberg very much since all he is doing is squashing no names who we probably won’t ever see again in WWE. That wouldn’t be much of a problem had WWE stopped their model of squash matches on free TV with the stars competing against each other on the periodic Saturday Night’s Main Event or pay-per-view structure.

    As it it, why should we care about Ryberg when he hasn’t competed again, let alone defeated anybody who really matters in the WWE? McMahon just has a thing for large, jacked up guys despite the smaller guys on the roster putting on better quality matches.

  • Aaron

    I like Ryback also, Tensai on the other hand…