Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Batista, Two Nights Of Wrestlemania, Asuka & More…

Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Batista, 2 Nights Of Wrestlemania, Asuka & More
April 3, 2019
DougMaynard.com

Are you ready? These questions, courtesy of Dave, were sent to me before RAW and Smackdown aired for the week. Also, I have to note here that I haven’t had the chance to watch either show as of yet myself, but plan to do so tonight (thanks, InDemand) and get caught up. This shouldn’t change my answers all that much, but I just felt that those small details were important to know to keep everything in context. And now, let’s do this…

It seems like it’s forgone that Triple H will beat Batista at Wrestlemania but in a tiny fantasy booking idea, would it be better if he beats Triple H, retires him and then maybe sticks around for a couple more matches, maybe Roman can finally kick his ass at Summerslam? I think that would be a good top Babyface vs top Heel that the crowd would properly respond to.

The way WWE likes to mess with people, I don’t think anything is forgone at this point. If HHH loses and has to “retire from in-ring competition”, it could be worked around at a later date and he could still wrestle so that’s not really a big deal. I agree that it would be cool to have Batista stick around for a while and I like where you’re headed with the idea of Batista versus Roman down the road, but I think that everything really depends on Batista’s schedule with Hollywood. We all know that he has “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” coming up and movie companies to answer to, none of who would be happy to see one of their stars risking physical injury in a wrestling ring every night. I’d prefer to see Batista stick around, but reality and common sense says that this match with HHH is a one-shot and nothing more.

Should Kofi beat Daniel Bryan and have a run with the WWE title? Personally I think there’s much more juice left in Bryan being the “planet’s champion” and “holding the title forever.” I think Bryan should keep the title until Wrestlemania 36. But what do you think makes more sense?

I personally think that Kofi should get a run with the belt. The hype and build for Kofi has been amazing and it’s a chance for WWE to really give the fans what they seem to want for a change. It won’t hurt Bryan one way or the other and he can reclaim the belt and win it back down the road, play off the Kofi reign as a “fluke” and still defend at next years Mania.

So despite the buildup Wrestlemania 35 is STACKED with with matches between top stars who’ve main evented PPVs. Orton and Styles, Joe and Rey, Roman and Drew, Becky/Ronda/Charlotte. Bryan vs Kofi has already main evented a PPV, so has Brock and Seth, and HHH vs Batista has already main evented a Wrestlemania. Here’s my question. With a a card like that, plus Kurt Angle’s retirement match, plus the undercard wrestlers, plus legitimate stars without matches… is it time for future Wrestlemanias to take place on two nights? I know this question has been answered where there was concern about one night not being as important as the other, but when this Wrestlemania already has a card stacked with this kind of full time star power, is it even possible where one night could seem less important?

While two nights would make more sense in some ways, Vince McMahon likes to have that one big night and one big event, the Super Bowl of Wrestling and isn’t going to change. Also something to factor in, especially with Smackdown moving to Friday nights live when they go to Fox, how would two nights fit into the schedule? With Smackdown on Friday, the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Mania on Sunday and RAW on Monday and then with NXT thrown in there somewhere as well, maybe on Thursday or else have it on Saturday and move the Hall of Fame to Tuesday, it’s all make for a logistical nightmare. Two nights of Mania would be impossible to fit into the schedule without taking something else out. It’s not going to happen.

Do you think that Vince McMahon or the WWE cares about the ratings as they have no competition in their field?

While they’re not as big a concern as they may have once been, the big contracts with USA and Fox are in part because of the steady ratings that the WWE can bring to the Networks. A bigger audience means more money in the long run of things. Also, Vince McMahon has an ego and he’s not the type to be happy with less viewers and lower ratings, regardless of what the other wrestling companies and other shows are doing.

Do you think that Kevin Dunn is partly responsible for Asuka’s depush due to the fact that she doesn’t have the WWE look and do you also think that she could be released as part of WWE’s annual Spring Cleaning?

Dunn may or may not have something to do with it, but in the end, it all falls on Vince and how he sees the WWE superstars and the potential that they have for his company. With AEW out there, I don’t think that WWE will be having a “Spring Cleaning” as they did in years past and instead, will be trying to lock up as many talents in contracts as they possibly can, including Asuka. I think, with her though, after the way they’ve been misusing her since coming to the main roster, is will she sign back up once her contract expires or decide to call it a day with the WWE. That’s the big question.

And with that, I’m out of here for now. Time to go get ready for a fun day of selling adult beverages to the masses. Any thoughts, comments or questions, feel free to drop me a line. Until the next time, thanks for reading. I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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