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By Mike Johnson on 2018-12-13 10:00:00

Will CZW always remain a niche product or will a TV network like Vice make an investment in them and help the company grow nationally? Several deathmatch wrestlers are basically killing themselves for far too little money and deserve more.

I don't see it ever being more than a niche product unless the promotion undergoes massive, massive changes and tones down the more violent aspects of the company.  I also don't see the company ever running more than 12-15 shows a year, so those wrestlers aren't going to get more money working just for CZW.

It seems as if though Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have been pushing the WWE Women's Division even harder with the Becky Lynch "The Man" storyline as well as Ronda Rousey as RAW Women's Champion even though Vince McMahon has the final say.   With that being said, how would the fan reaction be if for some reason, the WWE decides to bring back bikini contests, pajama pillow fights or Santa's Little Helpers matches?

It would never, ever happen.  The company has pushed the division to be progressive and has gotten a lot of mileage out of it.  If they were to revert, there would be a lot of pissed off fans, a lot of pissed off wrestlers and a lot of really embarassing publicity.  I am sure some fans would be happy to have that sort of T&A-centric content back but the vast majority would reject it, in my opinion, as they should.  The women have proven themselves to be legitimate athletes and stars who deserve to be seen on the same platform as their male counterparts.

 You were recently asked a question about house shows attendance. In a perfect world, maybe after Smackdown moves to Fox, wouldn’t each brand benefit from working house shows EVERY OTHER week? They still have Fri/Mon for TV, but the wrestlers and crew could have a few extra days off per month (to stay fresh) and WWE could somewhat stem the attendance issue by balancing supply and demand. With all the content on the Network available 24/7, 5+ TV hours per week, and feuds continuing on Twitter, I’m sure an extensive house show business is now a certain dinosaur.

I don't think touring is a dinosaur but as Vince McMahon said a few weeks ago, they have to adjust how they present the shows.  I don't think running fewer shows is the answer.  You only have so many dates to hit so many markets and cutting back means stockholders will question the loss of revenue.  They need to make the shows more meaningful and they need to make them something more than a series of meaningless matches that don't play any part in the overall WWE storyline cycle.

Quick question about Renee Young. What do you think about the routine questioning of Renee after every Dean Ambrose segment. Total Divas outed them as a couple – and so I understand the need to address it. I enjoy the segments, but in reality, I don’t see a potential payoff unless she aligns herself with Dean and becomes a full-fledged character.  To me, it somewhat undermines Dean’s character because it proves that he goes home and acts like a “normal” husband but then comes to WWE and becomes this fake jerk.  It’s as if WWE knows they worked themselves into a corner by exposing the relationship on Total Divas, and now feel they have no choice. Reaction?    

I think WWE realizes that once they acknowledged the relationship publicly, they couldn't ignore it.  I don't have an issue with Corey Graves grilling her since he's basically antagonizing everyone at one time or another.  I don't think there will ever be a pay-off in the vein you mean.  

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