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By Mike Johnson on 2013-07-05 10:01:44
Lets say tomorrow, WWE says they are shifting their programming direction to an edgier, more male oriented product like they used to (and thus, granting the wishes of all the people commenting on old RAW is WAR episodes on YouTube.) Do you think this could bring back more active crowds akin to the days when arenas were packed with signs, chants so loud you can't even hear yourself think, and every entrance had a massive pop/heat?

No. The only thing that is going to bring that back is a new star taking off as a massive crossover personality, just like Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock did during their respective time frames.

Now that TNA is on the road full time, do you think that in the future when those that opted out of going to WWE due to the road schedule might end up having second thoughts when it comes time to renew their contract?

It's possible but I haven't heard much concern from those who are signed about how many dates the company is running. They realize that the more dates they have, the more money they will make.

I was recently reading the "Ultimate Guide to WCW". One question I have not seen here in this column. When Vince expanded the WWF in the 80's many regional promoters cried fowl when they lost their top talents. Likewise WCW seem to import a lot of Luchadores seemingly all at once. Did this cause a problem for the Mexican promotions to lose so many of their wrestlers?

It absolutely caused promotions to have to scramble, but not at first. For some time, the wrestlers were able to keep their dates in Mexico when they weren't being used by WCW. Once that was put an end to by WCW Management, some of the promotions put new wrestlers under the personalities, since they were owned in Mexico by the promotions. Others had to create new talents. It absolutely made for an interesting time period.

Is there any word on a House of Hardcore 3?

The early word is that it will be in late September or October, but that is not set in stone.

Now that WWE has 10 years doing Tribute To The Troops, is there a chance that they might put a DVD out?

I wouldn't be shocked at all to see WWE eventually mine the events, especially if they can use the DVD sales to raise money for a military charity.

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