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WHY FANDANGO HAS A WRESTLEMANIA MATCH, STING VS. TAKER, TNA HAVING THE GREATEST ROSTER AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2013-04-05 10:00:00
Both Dixie Carter and Kurt Angle claim in recent interviews that TNA has the best roster in the world. While this might be true (debatable), aren't statements like this indictments of what a lousy job TNA does with creative and marketing?

You can certainly look at it that way from a "glass half empty" point of view. However, TNA does have an amazing roster and whether you enjoy their creative and think their marketing is effective or not, the reality is that WWE is such a monster, it's impossible to overcome them.

I just checked the latest update on the matches scheduled for Wrestlemania. One match struck me. Fandango vs Chris Jericho. I then checked my calendar. It wasn't April 1st. April Fools Day. I have to ask. What did Fandango do for WWE to award him a match on perhaps the greatest wrestling stage known as Wrestlemania while a young woman who has been with the company for sometime now has worked very hard to become WWE Divas champion only to be ignored? Forgotten. Her name is Kaitlyn. Remember her? Why isn't there a Divas title match at Wrestlemania? Its only fair.

As I reported in the PWInsider Elite section, Fandango has a match at Wrestlemania because Vince McMahon loves the character and wants to do everything he can to give it a big splash. I love Kaitlyn's work but the reality is that none of the women are over enough in company management's eyes.

Back in the early 90s, when he was getting stale in WWF, Hulk Hogan jumped ship to WCW. Others like Macho Man, Roddy Piper and Luger moved across once they had outstayed their welcome in WWF. This allowed WWF to develop new superstars like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart & Steve Austin. Jump forwards to the modern day. John Cena & Randy Orton have done seemingly all they can. The main event scene contains 1 star pushed in the past 5 years (Punk), and is built of HHH, Cena, Lesnar & Rock. Do you think WWE is killing itself because they killed the competition? We constantly get HHH, Cena and Rock telling us nobody else in the back matters. Are we starting to see the end of the company?

WWE will always exist in some fashion but the lack of new talents being made is something we have written and discussed in-depth for some time here on the site. It's going to be a scary Wrestlemania lineup in a few years unless they are able to convert some of the current developmental and mid-card names into top tier names.

When the New York times reported that "Sting signed a 1-year deal with WWE", where do they get their source(s) from?

It was the New York Daily News and unfortunately for them, the person who submitted the information to them was absolutely incorrect. It was a volunteer and not a staffer for the paper. It should be noted that it wasn't reported as a story but as an add-on to results from an event to get people to call a local hotline. It was a bait and switch and the newspaper didn't realize the error.

Also, was the plan for WrestleMania 28 always meant for the Undertaker or was it originally meant for Sting since his contract with TNA was done & since he said he was 90% close to signing with them? Finally, should WWE offer Sting a Hall of Fame invitation, do you think he'll accept?

I don't believe Sting was ever really going to go to WWE. I do believe that one day, he'll be in the WWE Hall of Fame.