Rajah.com Mailbag - Edition #82

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From: Kevin
As far as the "Holy S***-o-meter" matches go...nothing will ever touch the epic Foley/ Taker HIAC match. I know that the spot of Foley getting tossed off the cell was planned (& I've heard that Taker was actually against it). 2 questions...was the chokeslam through the top also planned, or just a chaotic coincidence? Also, I've also heard Taker had a broken foot during the match (which seemed to irk him when he dropped onto the mat after the chokeslam). How/ when did he break his foot?

Cewsh: There seem to be some contention as to whether or not the chokeslam through the cage was planned or not. It is widely believed that the panel he fell through was meant to give eventually for a more careful fall through the center and the chokeslam sped up the process much to their surprise, but watching the video, the Undertaker placement of Foley seems very deliberate. It hasn’t been specifically confirmed either way like the first dive off of the cage has, so it’s open to interpretation. As for my opinion, I think the fact that Foley and Taker have not spoken openly about the cage breaking by surprise is a pretty clear indicator that it wasn’t a surprise to them. But until either one says for sure, it’ll remain one of those topics of debate.

As for the Undertaker’s ankle, he actually suffered a CRACKED ankle with bone chips during the angle where he was throwing furniture around in Paul Bearer’s home. Oddly, Paul Bearer also injured his ankle during that same angle.

From: Raj
Do you think we will ever see Lita return to WWE. By far my number one female wrestler of all time in the company - would be great if she returned and took the title of most women’s championship reigns off Trish.

Cewsh: This is one of those, “never say never” sort of questions. While Lita has expressed in the past that she is on good terms with WWE and is open to sporadic appearances, she doesn’t seem overly eager to get back in the ring full time as she continues to do charity work worldwide and tour with her band, the Luchagors. Could we see her again? Absolutely. But will she be winning titles anytime soon? All signs point to no.

From: Fanny
Was I on acid way back when, or did WWE at some point plug the gap of a stretched roster with Big Bossman crashing Big Show's dad's funeral and towing the coffin off with his car, laughing as he went?

Cewsh: Both.

From: Kimi Raikkonen
Do you think, if ever someone who was serious about it turned up, that Vince could ever be convinced to sell the rights to WCW and what could you imagine could be done with it? I think its an interesting scenario but at the same time i doubt the pro wrestling market as it is today is big enough to have two super promotions again.

Cewsh: Here’s the thing about the right to WCW, or WCW or any other defunct wrestling body. They aren’t inherently worth very much. If you bought the property from WWE, you would get the tape library, the logos, the title history, and the name. What you would not get is an entire promotion unto itself. So the only way that WCW could be relevant again would be if a strong financial backer sunk millions of dollars into opening a new wrestling promotion, bought the rights from WWE, (who wouldn’t be keen to sell,) and then negotiated with a television network/Netflix/Hulu/etc for broadcasting rights. Then they would have to assemble a roster out of people who are not under written contracts to WWE, TNA, ROH or NJPW, which would largely be a bunch of nobodies. Then they would have to sink money into a national scale advertising campaign to promote awareness to their product, and then they would have to put on years worth of shows before the concept began to drum up real interest with viewers.

That’s not to say that it CAN’T be done. TNA has made virtually every mistake possible during it’s history, and yet they still built themselves from nothing to relative prominence over the post 11 years. But for another national company to enter the fray, a major shake up in the industry would need to take place, just from a finding talent perspective. If TNA goes under, though, things could get interesting in a hurry…

From: Tyler
Hey guys huge fan of the site. Read the John Report every Tuesday as a part of my day. My question is about the WWE App "polls". Are they rigged? Me and my friend were talking about this during one of the votes and we thought back to the Vicki job poll and I don't see 22% of fans voting for her to keep her job....

Cewsh: The general idea of the polls is that they are legitimate, but WWE intentionally leads fans to the selection they want. For example, if they want Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to have a No DQ match, they’ll put in two other match types that fans historically don’t have great enthusiasm for or that are basically the same thing, (2/3 Falls and Street Fight respectively,) so that the fans can participate, but WWE can still plan ahead.

And hey, never underestimate the contrarianism of the general audience. I proudly voted in favor of Vickie that night. A vote for Vickie is a vote for freedom and apple pie. Probably.

From: Bill Helegers
Hey guys this is Bill from Australia. With the recent face turns of superstars such as Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk and apparently Mark Henry what do you think is behind so many recent turns? Is the WWE trying to freshen up their product? With so many face turns you would think A heel turn is likely soon. Who do you think it will be? Orton possibly? Thanks guys keep up the good work?

Cewsh: I think that the biggest reason is that they hardly had any babyfaces on the roster at all before these changes. Beyond John Cena and Daniel Bryan, you have Kane out with a kayfabe injury, Kofi Kingston out with a real one, Chris Jericho leaving the company, Triple H, the Rock and the Undertaker off of the shows, Alberto Del Rio turning heel, and a whole lot of nothing going on in terms of up and coming babyfaces. So it’s just a balancing of the scales. Guys like Cody Rhodes and Mark Henry were due a freshening up of their characters, while CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler were simply too over with fans to ignore.

The summer is the time that WWE experiments with new faces in new places. Now they’ll all get the chance to sink or swim until Wrestlemania season comes around.

From: Michael Martin
I've been a long time fan of the wrestling biz for a while. Since the late 70's/Arn Anderson is the best out there days. With that being said, I've been loyal to your website for many years also. To the question at hand. In recent weeks, we've all heard of the TNA situation with a lot of the talent being unhappy. WWE is where my heart is but I try to keep up with TNA as well as ROH. I feel like TNA might be on to something with the Ace's & 8's storyline. Do you think in the long run, we could see this story line actually coming in to the WWE family and they actually getting an invasion angle right this time? How would you see it brought in, fueds, ect. and do you think this would be a good look for WWE?

Cewsh: Look, do you really think that Vince McMahon is going to do an invasion angle with a lot of people who his audience has never heard of? One led by the former Bubba Ray Dudley of all people?
The Invasion angle was a once in a lifetime possibility, and we have to accept it for what it was, and that we’ll never get another shot at it. If TNA went out of business and Vince McMahon bought it, it would be stripped of all useful talent and video footage, and then it would go to the sunny pastures where WCW and ECW live now, never to be heard from again. And it would very difficult to blame him for doing so.

From: Jeremy Giles
First off I love your website keep up the good work.
My question has to do with the formation of the NWO and the effect it would have had on Sting and Steve Austin. There were rumors that Bret Hart was going to be the third man in the group if didn't decided to stay with the WWF. My questions are the following:

1. Would the NWO have lasted as if Bret was the leader instead of Hogan?
2. If Bret did leave for WCW in 96, would Austin's career ever have taken off like in did in late 96 and into 97?
3. What would Sting's part been in it. Would they changed him into the black and white crow gimmick and challenge Bert at Starrcade or kept Hogan in the red and yellow and have him and Sting fight the NWO?

Cewsh: We’ve actually started a new thing here with the mailbag where we’ll take one question every week and put it in the Rajah Mailbag thread on the Rajah Forums for the denizens there to answer for you guys. This question was this week’s lucky winner, and a bunch of great answers have already been given, so head on over to the thread to check it out, and register to add your own thoughts.

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