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By Mike Johnson on 2022-02-12 10:00:00


I don't understand why in the world WWE's product is so stale and bloated right now, yet they are so thin on the talent base.  Everything is the same show.  The talents have stilted dialouge except Roman and Heyman and Brock.  The talents are allowed to perform at about 1/4th of their worth and then they are presented at 1/10th of that.  They have to see what's wrong right?  Why doesn't Vince McMahon fix it?

In his mind, he doesn't think anything is wrong.  The company made a billion dollars last year, so there's a billion reasons for him to shrug off any criticisms.  We are told he pushes and presents what he likes and wants and nothing else makes a dent in that vision.  That's why the shows are presented the way they are and that's why nothing is going to change anytime soon, if ever.

Why would they have CM Punk lose to MJF?

If Punk beat MJF, what do they have for Punk or MJF to do beyond the match?   It just delates MJF.  Now, Punk has someone to chase for the first time in AEW history and MJF gets to be the first one to beat him in his hometown in years.  It all pushes MJF to the next level and creates a bigger showdown for down the line.  It was the right call to make booking-wise in my mind.

I saw you wrote TJ Wilson wasn't part of the Royal Rumble.  Any idea what's up there?

"He went home."  That is what has been said privately.  Kidd is still with the company to the best of my knowledge.

If WWE wanted to get say Christian or Mark Henry for something like a DVD or a doc, could they?  Would have they have to go through AEW?

Yeah, they could try and book them for other projects, but everything would have to be approved by AEW management.  I could see Tony Khan allowing something like that, as he already allowed Chris Jericho to do the Steve Austin Broken Skull Sessions appearance last year, as long as it was worth AEW's time to allow it to happen.

I seem to remember a World Class Texas documentary but it wasn't the one WWE made.  I've been watching a lot of old WCCW on Peacock and was hoping to find it - any ideas?

I believe you are thinking of the Brian Harrison film Heroes of World Class, which was excellent.  Our friends at still sell the DVD at this link.

Did you ever go to the old WWF restaurant?  If so, how was it?

It was OK.  I was there plenty of times for events as I lived in NYC, where it was located, especially when it was 5 minutes from my job at the time.  It was a weird piece of WWE history as they never intended to actually run the place but instead licensed their name to the operator of the restaurant, then the operator fell apart, so WWE had to step in and take it over.  They were in the process of going public or had just gone public, so they didn't want a public loss to dent their momentum.  The thing that always struck me as odd was the lack of WWE memorabilia in the place compared to other theme restaurants at the time - whether it be Planet Hollywood or The Hard Rock Cafe.  There were a few minor things but if you turned off the 100,000 TVs in the place from WWE programming, you'd never know it was a pro wrestling-theme restaurant.  It was always packed for WWE PPVs or when they had special events like Tough Enough finales, etc. but beyond that, if they didn't have an event or a talent signing to drive people into the place, it was often very quiet and empty.  The food was no better or worse than any other themed restaurant in NYC at the time.

Did you ever go to the WCW Grill?

No, that was in Las Vegas.  I never had the chance to visit.  

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