Taker at WM. Whats the point anymore?

The Streak is over so what really is the point of Undertaker at Wrestlemania anymore?  I get a match with Sting would have been something as far as icon vs. icon but with Bray?  It seems like just another match.  Is Taker just gonna job out at Wrestlemania now once a year to give an imaginary rub to guys who could have used it by actually BEATING THE STREAK?  And if he beats Bray so what?  Its not like it’s the start of another streak and Bray loses to a 50 year old guy.  Nobody really wins no matter which way they go.  So again what exactly is the point of this match?

 
​To build momentum!  Create separation!  Move towards fulfilling their legacy at the Hall of Fame!  WRESTLEMANIA SIGN!
Yeah, I got nothing either.  ​

What’s going on with Cesaro?


I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around Cesaro's direction – not that it's all bad, just confusing.

He has a babyface moveset and tends to win matches cleanly, but he's aligned with uber-heel Heyman and frequently exits the ring during his matches in a cowardly, heelish fashion. He wrestles faces, but does not cheat. Also, his new theme music has been universally disliked, yet he's now had it for four weeks, I believe.

I fear for him a little, since the fans are quieter during his matches now, because understandably, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO RESPOND. Maybe I'm just having a hard time plugging into this enlightened "no heels, no faces, only still heels and faces" era. Any idea what the story is, here?

I don't know either.   My main thought coming off of the initial turn was that it didn't matter if he was heel or face as much as it mattered that he was elevated, but he's been stuck with Swagger since Wrestlemania.  Maybe they're building to him getting tired of Heyman's Brock speeches and turning for that match, but honestly that would be a waste of both guys.  You're right though, I definitely get the feeling there is no endgame here.   

What’s a wrestler to do?

What is the proper way for the wrestlers to react when the crowd is brutally turning on their match a la Brock/Goldberg or Sunday's Orton/Cena? Just going about your match as if it's not happening doesn't seem like the way to handle it. Neither does clamping a chinlock or bearhug for a while and hoping it blows over. So from the performers' perspective, what's the best thing to do in that spot? And do they get any direction from Vince/HHH either before, or during the match via the referee?
 
Signed,
Dave Batista
(just kidding)
 
Signed,
Randy Orton

There are actually a lot of varying ways for guys to deal with it.  Generally guys will in fact just clamp on a headlock or chinlock, because part of the deal with being a main event guy is that you dictate the crowd reactions and not vice-versa.  If it's a case like Benoit v. Malenko at Hog Wild where the crowd just doesn't give a shit and aren't fans to begin with, you just go about your business and worry about the home audience.  Especially on live PPV, where you're under strict time constraints and don't have the leeway to fuck around and coral the audience again.  Personally if I'm Orton, I clamp that chinlock on and wait out the crowd, because eventually they'll get it out of their system, or else do something to cause them to reflexively get involved like chops in the corner so they'll woo and not chant.  Cena is a pro because he never takes that shit personally and just kind of shrugs it off, which is why fans rarely derail his matches even when they're doing the most vitriolic chants against him.  

What’s the pay in Japan?

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> Hey Scott,

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> Considering there are only so many spot for wrestlers in the WWE and TNA , why do seemingly so few US wrestlers go overseas to wrestle in Japan (or even Mexico)? Is it a pay issue? Are there the same issues with job availability?

Yeah, it's a pay issue, because New Japan isn't exactly WWE and there's only so much to go around for gaijin there. Thus why Albert would rather do whatever he's doing now instead of getting respect and a push in Japan. Sometimes you gotta pay the bills.

What’s in a name?

Hi Scott – 


Quick question – how do wrestlers refer to each other backstage?  Do they call them by their character's name?  Or does everyone call Ryback "Ryan Reeves"? 

I can't see someone like Alex Riley referring to HHH as "Paul", either –

RB

Generally they refer to each other by the gimmick name.  So yes, Ryback would be referred to as Ryback.  And people generally call HHH "Hunter". There's some exceptions where guys have had other names longer than their WWE tenure and people just refer to them by the old name as a habit (people called Mick Foley "Cactus" for years before his real name became the more well-known one, for example) but generally it's just the name you hear on TV.

What’s to like

Hey Scott,
I'm a jaded disenfranchised "fan" of WWE, and I ask you in your expert opinion; what's there to even like about it anymore? CM Punk's face turn last year was very exciting, it was the first truly new main event face they had pushed in years. We all know the story, they booked Punk like everyone else and kept Cena in the main event storylines, but even still Punk was the guy with the strap & he's a babyface. I was scared they'd go the current route they have gone with Punk after Eve acknowledged that Cena's been overshadowing him for his entire title run, but I really didn't honestly believe they'd go with an all-out heel turn. Now, here it is, and where are we going? Regardless of what happens at Night of Champions the end game seems to be Cena vs Rock 2, most likely for the title, and that is so ridiculously boring to me; and I know I'm not alone in that sentiment. I know it's early, but it already feels like WrestleMania 29 will be yet another mania where no new guy will get that career defining, this is the new big dog in town treatment, instead John Cena and the part timer crew will clog up the main matches. And as a fan I feel boxed out. So my question is, do you see anything fun or interesting or hopeful coming on the horizon. Or is Punk gonna turn into just another heel? Will Daniel Bryan be allowed to grab the brass ring, or will he just get The Miz treatment in 3 or 4 months? Basically, are fans like us just kidding ourselves by continuing to watch WWE?

I foresee another 10 years of bland sameness so that Linda's campaign isn't upset by that nasty wrestling stuff and so that the investors get their minimal investment back without the risk of ratings dropping from a 2.9 to a (gasp) 2.7!  Which means that Wrestlemania will be headlined by part-timers pointing at signs and talking about their legacies for the next while, sorry.  That being said, I really do think that Bryan is on the verge of tapping into some kind of zeitgeist, especially with actual sports fans doing the "Yes" thing recently.  There's something there, and we know that Bryan can back it up in the ring, so that might be the last best hope at the moment.  

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that. 

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that. 

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that. 

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that. 

What’s The Deal With Daniel Bryan?

Why do they push him, bury him (rinse-repeat), give him this great storyline about having a gold-ticket to headline WM, bury him again, give him another great storyline where the issue is whether he really has what it takes to headline and then they just give him the title? If they have no faith in Bryan, why do they keep putting him in these amazing positions?

Because it amuses Vince McMahon to do so, I think.  If they had legitimate faith in Bryan, then they wouldn’t keep spending money to fly Mark Henry around on a torn groin.  Heel Daniel should be fun, though.  Plus, if nothing else, he’s done something that no one ever thought would be possible based on being that size, so he’ll always have that.