"I honestly think that you are so good (different) at how you approach columns. I know some people take compliments lightly and such, but honestly, you should be a very proud man. Boatloads of people including me, read your columns ALL THE TIME. Me personally, I wake up every morning, and before I go to school, I read your column (I'm 16). Also, your consistency with your columns is amazing, just from reading them so much, I almost feel like I know your thought process (not that I do). So with all of that out of the way, thank you."
- Sean, wrestling fan
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Be sure to check out those columns! If you have some free time this weekend, there is some extra reading material for you. Everything is there. From the best Canadian born wrestlers to Daniel Bryan to Smackdown vs. Raw to the beloved Attitude Era, it's all covered. Also, a BRAND NEW article on Smackdown was just added! Give them a chance and feel free to send in feedback. I am always open to gathering new opinions/thoughts. Until then, let's get down to it.
Luke via Twitter:
"luke willock (þ@lukewillock2) @JustinWatry At the end of the year, will you do your own end of year awards thing?"
Why focus on that now though? That is six months away. If I were you, I'd shift my attention to The Layfield Report. Now, that place is great with all of those articles! Huh? You haven't heard? It is the coolest, greatest place on earth! Rumor has it a man named Justin Watry writes some wrestling/sports related columns for the website. I am not sure if it is true or not...maybe those links posted above mean something? Perhaps clicking on them may help...
Damion via email:
"If WWE Raw went 3D, do you think it would be good or bad? Do you think WWE comic books would sell?
I doubt Raw going to 3D would mean much. It seems like it'd be a bright idea from the same people who brought you the WWE App and the pointless fan votes. Some would follow the trend and watch in 3D. The majority (like myself) would not. All I want is an entertaining show. That's it!
About the comic books? I am going to leave out the tired and stale 'Super Cena' joke. It is not funny and never has been. Just by memory, didn't WWE write some comic books already? Or team up with a company? I could have sworn this happened. Maybe I had one too many drinks tonight? Either way, I don't read comic books. If WWE thinks they can make money off the project though, go ahead!
Allan via email:
"Has their ever been a superstar that has impressed you and made you believe they would be big.....only to fail?"
My main guy (right now) is Alex Riley. If that counts, I would say him. Even before he made it to the WWE roster, I was a fan. Repeat, BEFORE he made the roster. The guy got his shot in 2011 and had mixed results. Since then, just too many wrestlers have passed him by from FCW and elsewhere. New people just keep on flooding in. That is life. There will ALWAYS be somebody ready to take your spots. Obviously, Riley still has a chance. For now though, it's not looking good.
Saquib via email:
"Brock Lesnar once destroyed Hulk Hogan on an episode of Smackdown in 2002. In 2003, when Hulk returned, they NEVER had a rematch. Brock was a baby face champ throughout the year, but still, don't you think Hulk deserved a match with Brock. Instead he faces McMahon at WM , then that ridiculous Mr. America persona."
1. The long standing rumor is that Hogan was going to return at Survivor Series 2002 and be the first man to beat Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Title. Instead, none of that happened. Hogan was gone throughout the rest of 2002. Big Show was inserted into that role and was the first to pin Lesnar...and grab the WWE title. Since the PPV event was in Madison Square Garden, it could have actually worked. The only problem is that would have meant another Hogan title run.
2. I believe Hogan and Brock did have a brief stare down on an episode of Smackdown in early 2003. Like you said, both were faces at that point. Revenge could have been a nice idea, but The Hulkster was fighting for his career with Vince McMahon. It just wouldn't have made too much sense at the time. Mr. America? Let's not even go there...
Jordan via email:
"Do you see WWE giving Ricardo Rodriguez a true run? Build him up, give him good opponents, etc? I have always wondered how over he would be. Is Sheamus's face run nearing an end? He does seem to act heelish sometimes."
1. Ricardo is training in FCW. He has even wrestled a few times on WWE TV under a mask. Search Youtube for those matches. The man is certainly eyeing up a potential in-ring run. Personally, I have not heard any information about it coming soon. It is nice to know that he is always learning and not just resting on his laurels as Alberto Del Rio's announcer. Also, he has recently done some commentary work. Good for him! Hopefully, the man does get a shot at being a wrestler. If it fails, he has tons of other jobs to fall back on. If it succeeds, great!
2. Sheamus has been acting that way for months now. Maybe even close to a year? I write about that more in my next 411mania article (coming on Wednesday). It's not really about his actions. Let's face it. He makes fun of people, steals cars, kicks wrestlers unprovoked, and other examples are known. In the end, WWE can 'twist' it to how they choose. During the summer of 2009, CM Punk preached straight edge and sobriety...yet was a heel. Jeff Hardy talked about being a free spirit and doing what he wanted...yet was a face. It's all in the presentation. Like him or not, Sheamus is treated as a face character.
Gurung via email:
"I'm okay with The Shield losing to Daniel Bryan, Kane and Randy Orton. But I think WWE made a mistake with the finishing sequence. The RKO should have knocked out Rollins, and then Bryan put him in the no lock. Rollins would pass out and not tap. That way The Shield would lose without being pinned or submit, which they could later brag about and still look strong."
It just seems like The Shield are through the point of 'wins' and 'losses' being important. I'm not saying they can lose every week now. However, the luster of them being undefeated is done, gone, over, vanished. The trio looks dominant and has been for over six months now. Daniel Bryan can brag about being the first to pin/submit them in a six man tag. Yet, days later, Rollins pinned HIM at Payback. The Shield stands tall...again!
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