Thursday afternoon, PWInsider.com kicked off a new interactive feature as Mike Johnson took part in a live Q&A on Twitter for an hour. For those who requested a transcript, here it is. Enjoy and remember to follow PWInsider on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PWInsidercom.
Mike here. As noted, we will be doing a Twitter Q&A for next hour! Load up on questions now!
β@BTaylor612 based on the current plan do you see WrestleMania as being
β@pwinsidercom: Mania 29 is already biggest gate in WWE history. Might not be a great show but it wont be a bust financially.
@DustyKnackers What's the issue between Kofi Kingston and Trent Barreta?
@PWInsidercom Honestly no idea on any issue between Kingston and Baretta. Will ask.
β@BTaylor612 could Dolph Ziggler work as a face
β@pwinsidercom Ziggler can work as face. Crowd loves him already based on hard work and good bumps.
β@ThaDazzler will Cena ever go heel or will he get washed up like hogan
@PWInsidercom I don't see Cena ever, ever going heel. He's only washed up when he can't draw money.
@615_anthony When will Ziggler cash in?
@PWInsidercom Re: Ziggler cash-in, haven't heard any specific plan but my guess is not until or afterMania. He has until July.
β@kmac23va Is WWE nuts, or are they insane, in their -house show- VIP package prices? Who'll pay $600 for the meet-and-greet?
@pwinsidercom re: WWE VIP tix, they are following lead of top touring concert acts. WWE isn't nuts as long as someone is willing to pay.
@TamomoRealness do you think that @HeymanHustle's return has benefited or hurt the WWE?
β@pwinsidercom @HeymanHustle Heyman ANYWHERE in wrestling is only a benefit. How can it hurt to have a top all time creative/talker there?
β@stephen_pottsy Who do you enjoy watching more, PWG or ROH, and why?
@pwinsidercom Right now PWG over ROH. PWG is what ROH was in 2002 when it launched. Intimate venue. Smart fans. Dream matches. Awesome work ethic.
@KjellRules How likely do you believe it is that Punk walks out of the RR as champ?
β@pwinsidercom My gut is Rock takes the title but it's possible they will change plans and do switch at Chamber. I'm 90% sure it's at RR.
β@d_mor hey there, any idea what Chris Harris is up to now??
β@pwinsidercom I believe Chris Harris is doing personal training in Kentucky, where he lives
@Catch_Lutte Do you think Batista can return to WWE and have success
now they have Ryback & Big. E Langston for example?
β@pwinsidercom Batista isn't coming back until he wants to. He wasn't happy with PG Direction. He wasn't a success before? He made tons of $
@d_mor any idea when lassi is oh no or Rick viktor might be called up??
β@pwinsidercom No idea on any currently planned call ups to main roster.
@RealWorldsChamp Better tournament to attend. ECWA Super 8 or @combatzone
Best of the Best?
β@pwinsidercom We need to see what CZW announced first.
β@orlo365 why has nt tna released any more DVDs on there web site in
@Pwinsidercom No DVD deal for TNA means they weren't putting as much manpower into the releases. Probably biding time for new distribution deal.
β@w_wilder Hi, you reported there are likely more names to follow Generico to WWE. Can you mention who's in line for a shot with WWE?
β@pwinsidercom I can but will not. Until they are physically at tryout or signing, I prefer not to mess up natural course of events.
@BoxieNigma if you had to guess right now, how is Dolph Ziggler booked for Wrestlemania?
β@pwinsidercom My guess is Ziggler ends up in Money in the Bank style multiman bout at Wrestlemana....or cashes in that night!
BTaylor612 What are the chances of a giant swerve tonight with the Bully Ray wedding
β@pwinsidercom I'd be shocked if TNA wedding tonight DIDNT have a swerve or storyline jump. They've been teasing forever and a day for some.
@javiervega1988 you planned to have content in Spanish?
β@pwinsidercom No plans for content in Spanish at the moment. Maybe one day.
β@Rick_O_UNC How much stroke is Triple H getting these days? Is Vince giving him any more power backstage?
β@pwinsidercom The only way HHH could have more stroke is for Vince McMahon to die. It's going to be his show and developmental already is.
@stephen_pottsy do you think that Brock will face HHH at WM29? Will it be better than their average match at Summerslam?
β@pwinsidercom We covered Mania direction for Brock in Elite this week. I would hope their eventual rematch is way better than SSlam.
@RxndyGordon NJ is still cold on April. What you think WWE is going to do.
β@pwinsidercom I think they are going to make NJ fans freeze and watch the show in April.
@ImBeHavinRu_24 Why is Zack Ryder still on the roster if they aren't gonna use him correctly? Probably cause of the merchandise money?
β@pwinsidercom Zack sells them merch and is seen as good undercard hand. Why fire him? You need all the cogs to make machine work.
@RxndyGordon TNA is going to have a event on Saturday, April 6 in
Rahway NJ?, at this time there is no info about it
@pwinsidercom TNA Rahway event is in flux. Venue was damaged by Hurricane. They were seeking alternative venue a few weeks back. No word.
@imccly ow many manias has u/taker got left? Do u think he will stick
around once he stops wrasslin?
β@pwinsidercom Undertaker is around for as long as he wants. He calls those shots, not WWE. My guess is another 2-3. See him retiring, not working.
β@KjellRules So Rock/Cena II will definitely be for the title? (Not a fan, but oh well....)
β@pwinsidercom All signs point to Rock-Cena II for belt. Time will tell. Internal documents certainly say it is.
β@asahmed59 hi guys. Just a question...was hardcore holly let go due to cuts or did he have heat for anything?
β@pwinsidercom Holly was let go following alleged issues with conduct and improper behavior backstage.
@ImBeHavinRu_24 Never been to a live wrestling show so i was wonder
would going to one make me love wrestling again? Been a fan since 2000
β@pwinsidercom Live wrestling is always way better than TV. Could be the trick for you.
@stephen_pottsy Do you think that ADR holding the title for 2 months, then losing it to set up the Orton/Sheamus match at WM will hurt him?
β@pwinsidercom If that's where they go with Alberto's reign, it could. We will see how it plays out.
β@jessehollinger What do you think is a bigger joke... The Miz or Del
Rio turning face?
β@pwinsidercom I think turns in general without merit or reason are stupid. You need to give audience a reason to want to see them change.
@glennsoe Prices for WWE mania axxess is $135 for the VIP ticket, is that for one Day?one session?How much for all days?
@pwinsidercom $135 for one VIP session. They don't sell weekend AXXESS tickets. Only per session.
@debbeedelgado I read that The Rock is going to film part of his serie "The Hero" in Panama on February? Thats true?
β@pwinsidercom I haven't heard anything on his Hero series filming but he's only doing host segments. Very easy work. Could be.
β@CManquero What happened to Monty Brown? Last I heard, he was taking time off for family problem. Any chance of him coming back?
β@pwinsidercom Monty Brown is done. He left to raise sister's children after her passing. He does not want to travel weekly. Put fam. first.
@ImBeHavinRu_24 Cena couldn't hang with the Rock last year so why have
another match at Mania ?
β@pwinsidercom Cena vs. Rock I drew money. So will rematch.
@brandonbbranham who would win in a fight between R-Truth's Little Jimmy and Heidenreich's Little Johnny?
β@pwinsidercom Everyone but the fans.
@WrestActionDE Mike do u think TNA has any idea/goal where they end up w/ the Aces&8s storyline? Possible leader? I think AJ fits in
β@pwinsidercom TNA have all TV booked out through Lockdown, at least with rough ideas. All TV through UK is close to completely written.
β@debbeedelgado If I would like to go to the Fan Axxees and I buy the general ticket 35$, I can take photos with the superstars?
β@pwinsidercom Yes WWE will have multiple talents signing/photos but depends on table & talent. You won't get near VIP/top stars.
@ImBeHavinRu_24 What are some of the best tv shows from the US you've seen from this past decade? I gave Red Dwarf a try but not my cup of tea
β@pwinsidercom Jericho, American Horror Story, Walking Dead are three that really resonated with me.
β@CManquero What is the status of Chris Sabin?
β@pwinsidercom Sabin is recovering from ACL injury. Still a few months to go. Awful luck for him.
β@gweru Hi Mike, is Undertaker done after this Wrestlemania, is there any news on his permanent retirement?
β@pwinsidercom Taker won't be around after Mania, but it's not more a retirement than the last few years were. Same story.
@ImBeHavinRu_24 Why doesn't WWE learned from past eras? Hogan was on top for 8 years now Cena 8 years. It will need to end soon right?
β@pwinsidercom It will end when they find the next flagbearer for WWE. No one else has earned that role, so why not keep Cena there?
@WrestActionDE on ur personal & business note: What would like to see
at WM29 this year if you were in charge or say be "Vince"?
β@pwinsidercom If it was me, logically Punk vs Cena vs Rock would be direction to go in.
@RxndyGordon Do you think in this WM is going to happen the same as last year with the palm trees issue that blocked the view of the fans?
β@pwinsidercom My gut is Mania will have exact same style issues with production blocking certain POVs due to the lighting rig. Yes.
β@brandonbbranham which hardcore belt modification was better - JBL's Texas version or Dreamer's NY license plate version?
β@pwinsidercom I can't go with JBL over Dreamer. Come on!
β@stephen_pottsy Is Hero ever going to be brought up? How much more will he have to do?
β@pwinsidercom There's no timetable for Hero/Kassius coming up. Last I heard they liked him and wanted more seasoning. He's in NXT mix
β@ImBeHavinRu_24 Are you a fan of graphic novels and if so have you read The Sandman by Neil Gaiman?
β@pwinsidercom I am huge old school (pre-New 52) DC fan. Read every Sandman & loved it. Don't enjoy current DC right now at all, sadly.
β@ImBeHavinRu_24 Why is WWE copying TNA so much recently?
β@pwinsidercom WWE thinks they can do it better than TNA does.
@ImBeHavinRu_24 Do you think that Dean Ambrose has that "IT" Factor or is it just me
@pwinsidercom Ambrose has *IT* for sure. He's going to break out, as long as stupidity or act of God prevents it.
β@EVCFresno With Eve & Beth Phoenix gone, what are the chances of Paige coming up to the main roster within the next few months?
β@pwinsidercom You would think they'd rush Paige up, but I haven't heard anything about her at all thus far.
β@CManquero What is the status of Christian?
β@pwinsidercom Re: Christian. My gut is surprise return at RR. Haven't heard that, just my guess.
β@gweru Nothing to do with wrestling, but do you think the new Superman movie is going to be worth the watch?
β@pwinsidercom New Superman will HAVE to be better than Brandon Routh dreck, Just HAS to be. So, I hope so.
β@CManquero If it was up to you, what surpirse or surprises would you want to see at the Royal Rumble?
β@pwinsidercom Best surprise would be Batista.
β@OriginalSpanner Which 5 people from NXT can you see being the called up to the wwe roster?
β@pwinsidercom Steamboat, Kassius, Xavier Woods, Paige, PAC is who I would be calling up.
β@Dusty_Knackers Sticking with RR - how likely is it that this year's winner will be someone 'new' (Barrett, Ziggler, Cesaro, Ryback etc)?
β@pwinsidercom Really would not count on someone "new" winning Rumble. Not this year.
β@Dusty_Knackers Best and worst Rumble matches in your opinion, and what did you think of last year's?
β@pwinsidercom Last year's Rumble was eh. Fave of all time was Flair in 92 & Benoit in 04. Thought year Rey won was weakest IMO.
β@ImeHavinRu_24 I'm loving Antonio Cesaro in the ring but his mic skills need to improve he sounds too much like a robot. Future main eventer?
β@pwinsidercom Cesaro is awesome. He's going to be a major player. Don't mind his mic work in the least.
β@ImBeHavinRu_24 Cena gonna win the Rumble this year since i heard hes gonna just tear through everyone all the way to Mania? Which i HATE
β@pwinsidercom He might. Haven't heard Rumble winner 100% at all.
β@AlHusseinElwan Do you have any idea if the Egyptian live tour has been considered a success?
β@pwinsidercom Haven't heard anything negative about Egypt tour.
β@SweetestJourney How awesome is William Regal? :)
β@pwinsidercom My Words can't describe the awesomeness of William Regal. Only Regal is awesome enough to describe his own awesomeness.
ββ@ImBeHavinRu_24 Just have to say i've been elite for 7 1/2 years and i've listened to other audio shows. PWInsider is the most funnest
β@pwinsidercom We try! Thank you!
@wrestlingtruck Do you ever see WWE turning Cena?
β@pwinsidercom Don't see WWE ever turning Cena. Just don't see the positives.
β@AlHusseinElwan Do you expect them to come back anytime soon?
β@pwinsidercom My guess is they return to Egypt within a year or so. Probably depends on economy, local govt & promoters.
β@KJPorteous Should Ryder have quit when he realised the push was up and do you think he could have made decent money away from WWE?
β@pwinsidercom Why would Zack Ryder quit when he not going to make that money elsewhere?
@ImBeHavinRu_24Since Dolph bumps like a maniac and hes 33, should he slow down i mean if he breaks down/ it might be what could've been.
@pwinsidercom Ziggler is probably too focused on making it to top. Once he is there, he can slow down.
@pwinsidercom That's it for this week! Thanks for joining us and come back next Thursday for our next Twitter Q&A!