By Graham "GSM" Matthews
(Note: These Monday mailbag Q&A sessions are usually done in video form on my YouTube channel, but since my laptop isn't working at the moment, I am unable to film the video. Instead, they will be done in written form until my computer is fixed.)
James F. via Facebook: "Did The Wyatt Family debut make a big enough impact/live up to expectations?"
GSM: I would certainly say so. I thought almost everything about their arrival was excellently executed. Some people were worried that their debut wouldn't live up to the hype provided by the vignettes. I think it did, though. I look forward to where they go from here.
@FandangoMark via Twitter: "Why do wrestling fans chant characters' old names?"
GSM: It's because they think they're cool, plain and simple. Sure, it was somewhat humorous when the live Baltimore crowd chanted "Husky Harris" during The Wyatt Family debut on Raw last week, but it ruined the moment for me. It was unneccesary and was a typical case of some fans thinking they're smarter than others for chanting for an old gimmick.
@BelieveInJMH via Twitter: "Do you think the Usos will become tag team champions before the end of the year? If not, do you hope they do?"
GSM: While they might not have captured the WWE Tag Team Championships last night at Money in the Bank, I definitely think they'll be champions at some point. Will it happen before the end of the year? It's hard to tell. I can't think of another team that The Shield can drop the straps to except for The Usos, so it's possible. I do think this is their year, though, as they've been on fire in recent months and have had some of the best matches of their career to date.
@barbieswagx via Twitter: "Who do you think is the most underrated Superstar in WWE right now?"
GSM: There are a number of underrated stars in WWE at the moment. Tyson Kidd is one of them, but he's of course not being used right now due to injury. I don't think Alex Riley is being utilized to his full potential, either. However, of all the underrated stars in WWE right now, I think Wade Barrett is at the top of the list. This was a guy that was headlining pay-per-views in 2010 and then suddenly fell off the radar shortly thereafter. He hasn't any momentum in months, which is a shame because I strongly believe he is a future World Heavyweight Champion.
Andre G. via Facebook: "What do you think would have happend if WWE would have sent Sin Cara to improve his in-ring skills and let him keep his Mistero outfits?"
GSM: He probably wouldn't have been as big of a flop. Once Sin Cara was signed to WWE in early 2011, he was almost immediately brought up to the main roster. I think that was a giant mistake. Sure, he's improved quite a bit since he first arrived, but it was too little too late. He's not doing anything at the moment and he could have easily made a bigger splash in WWE had he not been brought up right away.
@JohnWoodman1987 via Twitter: "If you could have three dream crossover matches from TNA and WWE, what would they be?"
GSM: There are a number of dream matches I would love to see if WWE and TNA ever had a crossover event. One of them would have to be CM Punk vs. Austin Aries. They have history from Ring of Honor and had some amazing matches there. The second would be Kurt Angle vs. Daniel Bryan. Throw 60 minutes on the clock, make it an Ultimate Submission match and you have yourself one hell of a match. The third and final match would have to be, you guessed it, Undertaker vs. Sting. Who wouldn't want to see that? Their gimmicks are so perfect for one another and both are still in good shape despite their old age.
@JJFTweets via Twitter: "In the event WWE isn't interested, what's the best option for wrestlers: ROH, TNA, Japan or indies in the US?"
GSM: That's a good question... that I'm not all that capable of answering, haha. I don't watch anything else outside of WWE and TNA, but I do attend indy events once in awhile. I would say TNA because they have a flexible schedule but still probably make more money than if you were working elsewhere (I'm not 100% positive on that, though).
@TheOnlySherrod via Twitter: "How much does Kane have left in the tank?"
GSM: I think he still has a lot left in the tank. Despite being in WWE for well over 15 years, he consistently changes his character and remains entertaining, regardless of whether he's a face, heel or tweener. His in-ring skills haven't changed at all, either. He's still capable of having great matches. Just watch his matches with The Shield and Randy Orton from a few weeks ago. At last word, he doesn't have plans to retire from the ring any time soon, which is fine by me.
@WWEFanRJ via Twitter: "What are your thoughts on the MITB winners?"
GSM: Great booking for both choices. I was wrong in predictions, but I'm happy I was wrong. Damien Sandow is a brilliant choice for the World Heavyweight Contract Money in the Bank, especially if it means he'll be feuding with former friend Cody Rhodes over the blue briefcase. Randy Orton winning the WWE Championship Contract Money in the Bank is fine with me, but only if it means he'll be turning heel soon. I would love to see Daniel Bryan to win WWE Championship, only for Orton to cash in and turn heel in the process.
@Theawesomeclark via Twitter: "Do you think Bray Wyatt is a future world champion?"
GSM: In due time, yes, he is. I don't want to see him chasing a world title any time soon, but if they continue to book his character properly, then I'm positive he can be a top star in the company down the line. He has a great gimmick, strong mic skills and solid in-ring skills, so he has all the tools to one day become a world champion.
@YashKandhari via Twitter: "What do you think about the debut of The Wyatt family? What kind of future are you predicting for them?"
GSM: As noted before, I loved almost everything about their debut. I want them to differ from The Shield in the sense that they don't randomly attack people each week, but maybe abduct them instead. I have high hopes for the group and predict a very bright future for them.
@ReBourneAgain via Twitter: "What's one wrestling match you never get tired of watching?"
GSM: Given the fact it is my favorite match of all time, I would have to say that I never get tired of watching CM Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship from Money in the Bank 2011. I've watched it over and over again since July 2011 and it never gets old for me. The emotion and atmosphere in that bout never grows tiresome and the exciting action draws me in every time.
@FandangoMark via Twitter: "Where do you see RVD going from here?"
GSM: Well, since he didn't win at Money in the Bank last night, there are several different routes WWE can take with RVD. For one thing, he can feud with Randy Orton over the briefcase, thus playing off their rivalry from 2007. I would also love to see reunite with Kane to take on The Wyatt Family at SummerSlam. The possibilities are endless for Rob Van Dam in WWE and I can't wait to see how WWE utilizes his tremendous talents.
@Champ99Ash via Twitter: "Who should Triple H bury next?"
GSM: Hopefully no one. If you're asking you he should face next, then I'm not sure. He's feuded with almost everyone on the roster and anyone else such as Wade Barrett would be a step down for him. could see him feuding with Ryback, but Ryback would probably end up getting buried by HHH anyway.
@YashKandhari via Twitter: "What do you think about the rumors of Sting joining WWE? Do you think it's true? How much he has left in him?"
GSM: These rumors circulate every year and he never ends up joining the company. I hope there is some truth to them this time, however, as I would love to see him face Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 next year. However, he's currently a part of the Main Event Mafia angle in TNA and it seems unlikely that he'll be jumping ship any time soon.
@YashKandhari via Twitter: "Do you see The Rock returning any time soon? Or maybe at WrestleMania 30?"
GSM: At this time, The Rock's WWE future is unknown. I, personally, don't care if he ends up returning or not. He came back to the company initially to "pass the torch" to John Cena, and now that he's done that, he has nothing left to prove. He could return as soon as Hell in a Cell, but time will tell. I wouldn't be surprised if he will be a part of WrestleMania 30 next year. I'm just not sure in what capacity or who he would face.
@YashKandhari via Twitter: "When do you see John Cena retiring, haha? He has to put young guys over him, which he usually doesn't do."
GSM: All I can say is that he won't be retiring any time soon. It could a decade from now for all I know. He might put some more people over in his final few years with the company, but for now, he's here to stay.
@2000awesome via Twitter: "Do you prefer Ryback as babyface or heel?"
GSM: I definitely prefer him as a face. He has the potential to be a great heel, but they turned him at the peak of his popularity. He has failed to get over as a heel since turning in April and has been floundering ever since. As a face, he had the "Feed Me More" chants going for him and was extremely over with the audience. Here's hoping he turns back at some point.
Daniel C. via Facebook: "Why don't you have a countdown clock until you make your debut on the WWE Creative Team?"
GSM: Hahaha. That would be beyond awesome. I'll definitely look into that.
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