WWE: Frequently Asked Questions
I've been browsing the Web looking through websites and forums and decided to take 20 questions I think are asked a lot and have decided to give my answer to each.
It is a little different from your everyday WWE pieces and I hope you enjoy.
I'd also ask you to check out my other articles, as links are provided on the last slide.
On with the list!!
1. What Would Have Happened Owen Hart?
Owen Hart tragically passed away following an accident at an Over the Edge WWF pay-per-view May 23,1999. He was supposed to make a dramatic entrance from the rafters using a harness and grapple line, but the line snapped and Owen fell nearly 80 feet into the ring.
Since then numerous questions have circulated as to how his career would have taken shape.
Would he have become a World Champion? I highly doubt it. Owen was 34 when he passed and from what I understand was planning to retire early (skip to 1:20 in the video). It is possible that he may have been used as a transitional champion of sorts in 2000 or 2001, but seeing as how his final few months with the company was as the Blue Blazer, I doubt anybody would have viewed him a serious threat.
Would he be in the HOF? Absolutely, everybody knows the only reason Owen isn't in the Hall of Fame is because his widow still blames Vince McMahon and the WWE for his death. Until she has a sudden change of heart, I can't see him being inducted.
Would it have happened if Bret had stuck around? Hard to tell. Bret left the WWF on bad terms so that may have been the reason for Owen's semi-burial with the Blue Blazer gimmick. Had he never reverted back to that gimmick, the accident would not have occurred.
2. Will TNA Ever Compete with the WWE?
TNA will be 10 years old in the summer which is an achievement but it's not when you consider all they've done is gone backwards.
They began with a weekly PPV concept for three years until Impact debuted in the spring of 2005. It began with ratings from 0.5-0.8 and since then has rarely broke above 1.2
They began with this completely innovative product with a six-sided ring and the foundation of the company were unknown independent wrestlers. Since then they've relied heavily on ex-WWE and WCW stars like Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Sting, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and in the case of the latter four, wrestling has passed them by.
WCW were always competing with the WWE from their inception in 1988 right up until early 1999.
I'd like to see someone compete with the WWE again because it would make the WWE better but after 10 years I have my doubts.
3. Who Were the Greatest Tag Team of All Time?
There are quite a few that could lay claim to this; The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz, Edge & Christian, The New Age Outlaws, Demolition, The Rock 'n' Roll Express, The Midnight Express, The Steiner Brothers, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. They would probably round out my top 10.
But for me the greatest Tag Team of all time has to be The Road Warriors (Legion of Doom).
Who else can say they won Tag Team gold in the WWE, WCW, JCP, AWA and Japan.
4. What Is the Greatest Rivalry in Wrestling History?
Another one that you could make a case for a couple.
Hart v Austin, Rock v Austin, HHH v Rock, HBK v Hart, Cena v Edge, nWo v WCW, Freebirds v von Erichs, Hogan v Savage, Flair v Steamboat. All are worthy.
For me it's the one that defined The Attitude Era, Steve Austin v Vince McMahon.
That rivalry was so hot and lasted over three years. It was the first real boss v wrestler rivalry.
Since then, more boss v wrestler rivalry's have tried to duplicate the success of the McMahon v Austin rivalry with no where near the success.
5. Who Is the Greatest in Ring Performer in Wrestling History?
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This was originally going to be called 'Ric Flair or Shawn Michaels-who's the better in-ring performer' but because I think neither of them are the greatest in-ring performer I couldn't possibly have it.
If I had answered it, it would be Shawn Michaels. Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Harley Race, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat all have a case for the title also.
But for me the greatest in-ring performer in wrestling history is Kurt Angle. I really got into wrestling around the time Kurt Angle began wrestling for the WWF and he immediately caught my attention for his stellar in-ring work.
He was a beast in the ring and brought it each and every night. It helped that he had an amateur background but he just seemed so naturally adjusted to professional wrestling.
At 43 years of age he is still going strong.
6. Would Sting Have Done Well in the WWE?
I think so.
His blonde, face painted surfer gimmick would have fit in well with the late 1980's-early 1990's cartoon orientated product the WWF put out.
The crow gimmick would have fit in perfectly with The Attitude Era.
Not sure if he would have fit in after WCW shut down as the era of the gimmick had gone by but he could have lasted a year or two.
He was also a great worker which is always a plus.
Hopefully we'll see him in the WWE some day.
7. Where Would Triple H Have Got If He Hadn't Married Stephanie?
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I may be a little biased because Triple H is one of my favorite's but I certainly think so.
I don't think some people understand that Triple H didn't start dating Stephanie until late 2000, by then he was already a three-time World Champion and had proven himself as a Main Event caliber wrestler and one of the better in-ring performers in the company.
By the time he married Stephanie in late 2003 he was a six-time World Champion.
Triple H is probably a top 10 caliber heel.
Maybe he wouldn't of been a 13-time World Champion but he would certainly be a major player.
8. What Do the WWE Need to Do to Improve?
People always ask, would the WWE be better if it wasn't PG.
It has nothing to do with the ratings. The WWE went TV-14 to compete with WCW, they needed to push the envelope but now that there isn't any competition they don't need to do that anymore.
Throughout the 1980's and most of the 1990's the WWE was TV-PG.
What would improve the WWE is to bring in wrestling people as writers. Not these Hollywood, soap operas script writers; proper wrestling bookers.
The man above would be a perfect candidate.
He would improve the Tag Team division which was at it's finest in late 2002 when he was booking Smackdown.
He would likely bring in former ECW alumni or other guys he worked with in the WWE in the early 2000's to help improve other things like the Diva's division and in-ring segments.
9. Who Is the Greatest on the Mic?
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Only one candidate for me.
The Rock was so damn entertaining on the mic. He was what he said 'The most electrifying man in sports entertainment'.
When he returned last year it was like he never left because he was still brilliant on the mic. Yes he has been a movie star for the last eight years but that is nothing like talking to 1000's of people.
Shout outs to Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Randy Savage and CM Punk.
10. Who Did the WWE Drop the Ball With?
Boy has there been a lot.
I'll stick to about three or four.
I guess I'll start with Ricky Steamboat. He deserved so much better in the WWF when he was there. He could have been a World Champion. The one title he did win was a very short reign. He was lucky he was treated like a god in Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW.
Another one is a guy who's still with the company, The Big Show. He should have been brought in as an unstoppable force but within a year was after losing to most of the roster. It was hard to take the guy serious. He's a four-time World Champion in the WWE but all the reigns have been poor and he's changed from face to heel so much it's not even funny.
I am one that thought Mr. Kennedy was becoming a bit of a liability but I can't deny the guys talent. He could have been a major player. Maybe he should have been a World Champion earlier. I wouldn't have minded him having a rookie year like Angle and Lesnar and winning it in 2006. Now he's wasting away in TNA and even though he's been a two-time World Champion, he's has been shoved down the fans throat so much that it's become unbearable.
The last one I'd say is the most recent, John Morrison. Seriously, the WWE had a superstar standing right in front of them and they just let him pass by. He was great in the ring and was great on the mic as a cocky heel. What wrestler doesn't have an ego backstage, it seems mandatory, yet he got punished for it. I'm sure he'll return later this year but will he have the same impact.
Those are some I can think of, who do you think.
11. Favorite WrestleMania Moment?
Forget about the Chris Benoit saga for a moment. It took me nearly two years to somewhat forget about it and start watching wrestling again bur I can now appreciate what he's done again.
After he won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX and turned around to Eddie Guerrero and the two of them embraced in the ring as World Champions I'm not ashamed to say I cried.
It was written in the stars.
Two guys who had given their lives for the business (which would become a reality) were on top of the world and I will never forget it.
12. Who Is Your Favourite Wrestler of All Time?
When I started out watching wrestling in 1998 my favorite wrestler for some reason was X-Pac. Don't know why but he was and to this day he's still in my top 20.
Of course everybody liked The Rock and Steve Austin, and I liked Triple H even though no one else did.
But if I had to pick one, and I've said it time and time again in my articles it's Edge.
I always liked Edge since he debuted in 1998 and in 2000 I took a real liking to E&C and I'd be lying if I didn't say Christian would probably be my favorite had he got the push in 2001.
That was the year I decided he was my favorite. The man was great in the ring, had a great look and a very underrated promo.
As a rebellious teenager, his character in the mid 2000's really appealed to me.
In my opinion he had the coolest music in wrestling history.
When he retired last year it was another teary moment for me and on the 31st of March I will make it my business to watch the Hall of Fame live for the first time.
13. Who Was the Biggest Superstar?
Undoubtedly Steve Austin.
Nobody made more money in wrestling than Steve Austin apart from Vince McMahon.
He sold the most shirts, sold more PPV's as a Main Eventer and was the poster boy for The Attitude Era.
Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, The Rock and Ric Flair are other huge draws.
14. Was Montreal a Work?
I can't see how it could be.
A lot of people have said it was but they have no proof.
You just have to watch the documentary 'Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows' for proof.
You could see the look of disgust on Bret after the match and the look of guilt on Vince, Michaels and HHH. He legit punched Vince.
Wrestler's threatened to boycot Raw and Mick Foley actually did for one week. Rick Rude left the WWF because he was good friends with Bret and appeared on a live episode of Nitro the same night he appeared on a taped episode of Raw.
I don't know the exact time they began talking again. Some say it was late 2001 and others say it was 2004. Whatever year it was it took over four years for them to talk again.
15. Who Is the Best Wrestler to Never Win a World Championship in the WWE?
In my opinion it's Mr. Perfect.
He was one of the greatest in-ring performers of the late 1980's to early 1990's and is considered the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time.
Unfortunately his prime came at a time when Hulk Hogan's ego was at it's biggest.
He was due to win the WWE Championship on a couple of occasions but backstage politics always held him back.
You can make a case for William Regal, Magnum T.A., Davey Boy Smith, Owen Hart, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, Rick Rude and Ted DiBiase.
16. Will John Cena Turn Heel?
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Lets be honest, if they didn't do it last night it's never going to happen.
I never honestly believed he would last night but I thought a good scenario would be for Zack Ryder to go out to help Cena only to get attacked by Kane and while Kane is attacking him Cena runs over acting like he's making the save but instead helps Kane beat on Ryder thus declaring a match a no contest, turning Cena heel and making Ryder a huge babyface.
I can dream can't I.
I don't hate John Cena but when the audience is chanting 'WE ALL HATE YOU'. Don't you think it's about time to turn him heel.
I do think a break would do him good.
17. Best Heel and Best Face?
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I'll go old school here.
The best face was Hulk Hogan in the 1980's. He was responsible for the first boom in wrestling history and was the biggest draw since Bruno Sammartino thanks to his larger than life cartoonish persona.
Steve Austin, John Cena, The Rock and Bret Hart are also worth a mention.
For best heel I'll go for Ric Flair. He was a heel for most of his prime and the best at that. You don't get a nickname like 'The dirtiest player in the game' without being a major heel.
Iron Sheik, Sgt. Slaughter, HHH and Roddy Piper are worthy of a mention.
18. What Would Have Happened If Brock Lesnar Hadn't Left?
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I think he would have carried the company for the next couple of years and still be a top guy right now.
Brock achieved so much in such a small period of time. He was a star at a time when WWE were focusing on heels like HHH, Angle, Lesnar and JBL to carry the company rather than JBL.
I think if he was still around, Cena would never have become the guy. He would still be a major player but not the guy.
19. Will Chris Benoit Ever Be in the Hall of Fame?
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As long as Vince McMahon is alive I don't think so.
It's really sad because he deserves it. I think if what happened had never happened he'd already be in the Hall of Fame. Mental Illness is a bitch!
I know HHH was close with Chris Benoit so maybe when Vince is finally gone Triple H might do the right thing.
20. Who Is the Biggest Ommision from the Hall of Fame?
Besides Andre the Giant who the WWE created the Hall of Fame for, Bruno Sammartino should have been the very next person in there.
I know it's partly his own fault due to his criticism of the WWE over the years and I know he's declined it but hopefully someday he'll come to his senses.
Other names are Randy Savage, Bob Backlund, Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior and The Rock.
I know these aren't the 20 most frequently asked questions but they are certainly frequently asked from looking at websites.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
Feel free to share your opinion on each question. I do ask however, don't say thinks like someone should be there or someone is definitely the best (random). Say 'In my opinion', it really annoys me when people say someone should be there like I don't have an opinion. It's opinion based people, not facts.
If you've any other questions leave them below or inbox me and I'll try to make another one.