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ROYAL RUMBLE, MANIA MATCHES, WILLIAM REGAL, TNA AND MORE: COMPLETE PWINSIDER TWITTER Q&A DEBUT TRANSCRIPT

By Mike Johnson on 2013-01-18 13:28:03

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!

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 β€@BTaylor612 based on the current plan do you see WrestleMania as being a bust

‏@pwinsidercom: Mania 29 is already biggest gate in WWE history. Might not be a great show but it wont be a bust financially.

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@DustyKnackers What's the issue between Kofi Kingston and Trent Barreta?

@PWInsidercom Honestly no idea on any issue between Kingston and Baretta. Will ask.

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 β€@BTaylor612 could Dolph Ziggler work as a face

‏@pwinsidercom Ziggler can work as face. Crowd loves him already based on hard work and good bumps.

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 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.

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@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.

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 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.

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 @TamomoRealness  do you think that @HeymanHustle's return has benefited or hurt the WWE?

‏@pwinsidercom @HeymanHustle Heyman ANYWHERE in wrestling is only a benefit. How can it hurt to have a top all time creative/talker there?

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 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.

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 @KjellRules How likely do you believe it is that Punk walks out of the RR as champ?

‏@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.

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 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

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 @Catch_Lutte Do you think Batista can return to WWE and have success now they have Ryback & Big. E Langston for example?

‏@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 $

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 @d_mor any idea when lassi is oh no or Rick viktor might be called up??

‏@pwinsidercom No idea on any currently planned call ups to main roster.

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 @RealWorldsChamp Better tournament to attend. ECWA Super 8 or @combatzone Best of the Best?

‏@pwinsidercom We need to see what CZW announced first.

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 β€@orlo365 why has nt tna released any more DVDs on there web site in months

@Pwinsidercom No DVD deal for TNA means they weren't putting as much manpower into the releases. Probably biding time for new distribution deal.

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 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?

‏@pwinsidercom I can but will not. Until they are physically at tryout or signing, I prefer not to mess up natural course of events.

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 @BoxieNigma if you had to guess right now, how is Dolph Ziggler booked for Wrestlemania?

‏@pwinsidercom My guess is Ziggler ends up in Money in the Bank style multiman bout at Wrestlemana....or cashes in that night!

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 BTaylor612 What are the chances of a giant swerve tonight with the Bully Ray wedding

‏@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.

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 @javiervega1988  you planned to have content in Spanish?

‏@pwinsidercom No plans for content in Spanish at the moment. Maybe one day.

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 β€@Rick_O_UNC  How much stroke is Triple H getting these days? Is Vince giving him any more power backstage?

‏@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.

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 @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.

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 @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.

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 @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.

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 @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.

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 @imccly ow many manias has u/taker got left? Do u think he will stick around once he stops wrasslin?

‏@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.

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 β€@KjellRules So Rock/Cena II will definitely be for the title? (Not a fan, but oh well....)

‏@pwinsidercom All signs point to Rock-Cena II for belt. Time will tell. Internal documents certainly say it is.

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 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.

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 @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

‏@pwinsidercom Live wrestling is always way better than TV. Could be the trick for you.

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 @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.

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 β€@jessehollinger What do you think is a bigger joke... The Miz or Del Rio turning face?

‏@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.

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 @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.

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 @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.

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 β€@CManquero What happened to Monty Brown? Last I heard, he was taking time off for family problem. Any chance of him coming back?

‏@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.

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 @ImBeHavinRu_24 Cena couldn't hang with the Rock last year so why have another match at Mania ?

‏@pwinsidercom Cena vs. Rock I drew money. So will rematch.

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 @brandonbbranham who would win in a fight between R-Truth's Little Jimmy and Heidenreich's Little Johnny?

 β€@pwinsidercom Everyone but the fans.

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 @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.

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 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.

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 @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

‏@pwinsidercom Jericho, American Horror Story, Walking Dead are three that really resonated with me.

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 β€@CManquero What is the status of Chris Sabin?

‏@pwinsidercom Sabin is recovering from ACL injury. Still a few months to go. Awful luck for him.

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 β€@gweru Hi Mike, is Undertaker done after this Wrestlemania, is there any news on his permanent retirement?

‏@pwinsidercom  Taker won't be around after Mania, but it's not more a retirement than the last few years were. Same story.

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 @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?

‏@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?

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 @WrestActionDE on ur personal & business note: What would like to see at WM29 this year if you were in charge or say be "Vince"?

‏@pwinsidercom If it was me, logically Punk vs Cena vs Rock would be direction to go in.

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 @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.

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 β€@brandonbbranham which hardcore belt modification was better - JBL's Texas version or Dreamer's NY license plate version?

‏@pwinsidercom  I can't go with JBL over Dreamer. Come on!

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 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

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 β€@ImBeHavinRu_24 Are you a fan of graphic novels and if so have you read The Sandman by Neil Gaiman?

‏@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.

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 β€@ImBeHavinRu_24 Why is WWE copying TNA so much recently?

 β€@pwinsidercom WWE thinks they can do it better than TNA does.

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 @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.

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 β€@EVCFresno With Eve & Beth Phoenix gone, what are the chances of Paige coming up to the main roster within the next few months?

‏@pwinsidercom  You would think they'd rush Paige up, but I haven't heard anything about her at all thus far.

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‏@CManquero What is the status of Christian?

‏@pwinsidercom Re: Christian. My gut is surprise return at RR. Haven't heard that, just my guess.

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‏@gweru Nothing to do with wrestling, but do you think the new Superman movie is going to be worth the watch?

‏@pwinsidercom New Superman will HAVE to be better than Brandon Routh dreck, Just HAS to be. So, I hope so.

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‏@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.

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‏@OriginalSpanner Which 5 people from NXT can you see being the called up to the wwe roster?

‏@pwinsidercom Steamboat, Kassius, Xavier Woods, Paige, PAC is who I would be calling up.

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 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.

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 β€@Dusty_Knackers Best and worst Rumble matches in your opinion, and what did you think of last year's?

‏@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.

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 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.

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‏@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

‏@pwinsidercom He might. Haven't heard Rumble winner 100% at all.

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‏@AlHusseinElwan Do you have any idea if the Egyptian live tour has been considered a success?

‏@pwinsidercom Haven't heard anything negative about Egypt tour.

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 β€@SweetestJourney How awesome is William Regal? :)

‏@pwinsidercom My Words can't describe the awesomeness of William Regal. Only Regal is awesome enough to describe his own awesomeness.

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‏‏@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!

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@wrestlingtruck Do you ever see WWE turning Cena?

‏@pwinsidercom Don't see WWE ever turning Cena. Just don't see the positives.

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‏@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.

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‏@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?

‏@pwinsidercom Why would Zack Ryder quit when he not going to make that money elsewhere?

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@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.

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@pwinsidercom That's it for this week!  Thanks for joining us and come back next Thursday for our next Twitter Q&A!