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Cewsh: In their Wrestlemania 30 press conference, WWE announced that they would be releasing the details about ticket sales during the summer time. So there’s nothing to know for now. The best bet on when they’ll open general admission ticket sales is some time around November, so you have plenty of time to plan your Wrestlemania anniversary.
Cewsh: So the two of you hate Dolph Ziggler and the Shield, respectively? I think you guys should team up. It’s your only chance once the internet learns of this.
Cewsh: I know this wont be a popular choice, but I think the two champions right now should be John Cena and Bully Ray, exactly as they are. Cena’s title win came off of the back of a 3 year long storyline feud, and it’s his first in well over a year, so there a lot of new and interesting match ups that he can get involved in, (Ryback, for example,) that will feel fresh because they kept the title out of their top guy’s hands for so long. Taking the title off of Cena now would rushing it substantially, and I have major doubts about Chris Jericho being up to an extended title reign at this point in his career.
Cewsh: If I were WWE, I would be counting down the days until Magnus’ contract came up and they could negotiate with him. The man is a walking pile of money that TNA has no idea what to do with. But I would guess that the next guy to jump ship will be Kurt Angle. From interviews he’s given, he really seems to want to end his career in WWE more and more with each year that goes by, and TNA has phased him out of the main event scene altogether. Could be a matter of time.
From: Jason Smith
Cewsh: Luke Hawx, who some readers may remember better as Alter Boy Luke from the XPW days, is a fine talent, and has done small things with WWE numerous times before, but he spent the 00s doing nothing much in particular after XPW closed. With the opening of Extreme Rising, Hawx was a given a much bigger spotlight and push than ever before in his career, due mainly to his bitter feud in the ring and in real life, with Shane Dougla. If he continues to be notably successful in his work there, it’s entirely possible that WWE will come calling. I’m not sure that he’s on WWE’s radar right now, and I can’t really blame them. There are a lot of fish in the wrestling sea, and Hawx has some red flags, (injuring Matt Hardy, already 32, etc.) If you’re a fan of his, then keep up the support for the man, and with any luck he can get some buzz going and get a real chance at the big time.
From: Jeff H
Cewsh: There are 3 matches that immediately spring to mind. I would recommend not watching them while eating or babysitting.
From: John L
From: Kevin Woolery
Cewsh: For those who don’t know, Jake Roberts has made an incredible recovery thanks to Diamond Dallas Page, and has now been clean for months, and has lost a ton of weight and is in the best shape he has been in years. Jake did indeed say he’d like to be in the Royal Rumble and that he wanted to win the whole damn thing. While it should be pretty clear that there’s no way that Jake is winning anything in WWE in 2013, the odds of him getting a legend spot in the Rumble are pretty good, actually. WWE loves a redemption storyline, and there’s a lot of love for Jake to this day.
From: Billy Guthrie
1) CM punk
Cewsh: Good question! Here’s how it should shake out.
Cewsh: There were some talks between the two sides, as I hear it, but Paul had gotten a major settlement payout from WCW after he charged them with anti-Semitism for their treatment of him, so he was financially set. Right around that same time, it so happened that Tod Gordon was in the market for someone new to run his wrestling promotion, Eastern Championship Wrestling. The rest is history.
Cewsh: Unfortunately, the number for individual merchandise sales figures aren’t available, and WWE only started making their financial records public at all when they became a publically traded company in 1999, after the Austin merchandise craze had slowed down a bit. From the personal accounts of people who worked there during the Hogan and Austin eras, though, the sales figures for those two are completely untouchable in wrestling history. And Austin did indeed have the hottest period of merchandise selling in history, though since Hogan was a top for much longer, he no doubt sold much more overall.
First of all, I love this site
At the end of your last Mailbag you mention a little squabble with WWE in
Can you expand on what it was about and what happened?
Rajah: It happened so long ago, I've forgot most of the details. But to put a long story short: In the late 90s, WWF at the time was very friendly with me. I was in consistent contact with many of their backstage admin-type staff, they mentioned "Rajah" a few times on their online Byte This! program, they offered me a spot as an "affiliate" selling their official merchandise - basically, they had no problems with me.
Probably in 2000, the stance started to change - they asked me if I'd consider re-designing the site to get rid of all the WWF logos and I was already planning on removing those and debuting a "R" or "Rajah" logo so I had no issues with that. Then after that was done, they said I would have to turn the site over to them and they'd pay me $70 or whatever it was I paid when I first registered the domain. The claim was that because rajahwwf.com had "wwf" in the domain, it was infringing on their trademarks. I gave them my reasons on why I didn't agree with that and they gave me a few deadlines and threats, all of which I ignored. Then just like that, the threats/contact/etc. just stopped. A few years later, I moved to rajah.com and the rest is history.
Yes, this is a long story put short. I'm a long-winded type of guy if anyone can remember how I wrote the news and rumors reports back in the day.
From: Asim Mahmood
Rajah: I just love the tiger in Aladdin so much that I decided to open a site after it.
It's also my name.
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