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IS RONDA LOSING STEAM, LONG TERM BOOKING IS IMPORTANT AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2018-12-04 10:00:00

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The theory they didn't want AJ Styles to lose to Brock Lesnar two years in a row so they cost him a PPV event payday? Not even put him in the Survivor Series match?

I could see why he wouldn’t want to be in the Survivor Series match from a storyline perspective.  He was a champion that had just lost his Title.  With that being so fresh, he shouldn’t want to be on Team Smackdown.  As for the paydays, since the company moved to the WWE Network they are largely history.  There is some DVD money bonuses but it’s not like in the old days when PPV bonuses were significant to the talent.

With the sudden last minute title change don't you think sometimes it's better than predictable long term planning? It was a nice surprise seeing Bryan becoming champion and showed anything can happen then the same old knowing what the WrestleMania main event will be a year in advance. 

I don’t think it’s ever preferable to do hot shot booking over long term planning.  I think that a booker always needs to gauge the audience and listen to at least some of the aspects of how they are reacting.  I think a booker needs to make adjustments when they are needed.  But I think it’s more important to plan for the long term as much as possible.

With the way the fans have really gotten behind Becky in recent months, and the way Ronda has been booked as the supremely dominant champion, an act that has been proven to get stale with the fans eventually, do you see Survivor Series as the match where some fans begin to turn against Ronda?  If they keep booking Ronda so dominantly, do you see her eventually reaching Cena/Roman territory in terms of certain fans rejecting her?

It could happen, for sure.  But the flip side is before that, Ronda was getting big pops every time she came out so it seems the fans hadn’t tired of her yet.  And to be fair, Ronda has sold a LOT in her matches up until this point so comparing her with Cena isn’t totally fair.  With that said,  WWE probably underestimated how the crowd would react when she interacted with Becky, and her proxy.  As we have seen many times, once momentum in a certain direction starts, it often picks up steam.  It will be interesting to see if that is the case here.

I’ve been to a few independents, and watched a lot on YouTube. My question, when they have a former “name” wrestler, it may draw a few more people. Yet, it appears to be 50-100 max. Is that enough to pay the “name” and other talents? I don’t imagine they’re working for $50

Honestly it all depends on what the name got paid and what the rest of the costs are. Suffice to say I have seen many money losing shows, where the promoter lost his shirt. 

When it is all said and done, will the Miz be considered one of the greatest of all time?

Well, all isn’t said or done yet.  When one talks greatest of all time, I think Top Five, Top Ten at the most.  At this point I couldn’t put him in the Top 10 of all time.  That isn’t a slight on him either, it’s just that it’s a very select list.

Note: Yesterday I wrote that WWE had a Hall Of Fame in Canada.  I misremebered.  It was a store.  I apologize for the error.

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