Ask the Editor FRIDAY'S ASK PWTORCH: Three opinions on who will face Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, was WWE disappointed Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas, will Mr. Anderson/Kennedy return to WWE some day? Could Road Warrior Hawk have been a singles star?
Jul 12, 2013 - 2:59:42 PM
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PWTorch reader Demetrios C. asks: Hi, my question is about Mr. Anderson. When he finally does leave TNA, what do you think are the chances of him either going back to or being accepted back to WWE? Even though I like Mr. Kennedy (not Mr. Anderson), I think he zero to know chances of getting accepted considering how badly he has badmouthed them and by the time he leaves he will be about 40. Also do you know if he has any intentions of going back? Thanks.
PWTorch columnist Greg Parks answers: Yeah, I don't see Mr. Anderson going back to WWE. I don't see him really wanting to, and I don't see WWE going out of their way to sign him. He didn't leave the company on great terms, and I think he enjoys the freedom he gets from TNA as far as mic work and the like. Anderson did have a pretty strong fan base while in WWE, but I think he's kind of blown that with some of his TNA performances.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller answers: He didn't have a long enough run with WWE or a series of "memorable main event moments" where he has a ton of nostalgia equity to be used in a WWE return. Contrast that with, say, Rob Van Dam. You also brought up that he didn't leave under the best of circumstances, which is also true. John Cena was not a fan of his work and complained to management about working with him, and Cena wasn't alone in thinking Anderson wasn't a top tier talent overall. There is a sense that he was a one-note gimmick with the lowered mic and self-ring-introduction, and he didn't have great size or above-average ring skills for a main evener, so all in all, I'd say odds are against it. If he's still "a Paul Heyman guy," and Heyman has some influence, it's still possible he'd be brought back. But yet, as a 37 year old now, WWE won't see a big reason to devote valuable TV time in him if he's seen as having some baggage and limitations. In a recent podcast with Colt Cabana, Ken said he's interested in acting and sounded content, if not resigned, to having TNA be his home and not banking on a WWE return.
PWTorch reader Chris from Las Vegas asks: Was WWF at the time upset that Mike Tyson wasn't able to enforce the Hulk Hogan-Randy Savage match on The Main Event due to his recent title loss to Buster Douglas. Also, had Tyson not lost and was the enforcer, what impact would Tyson have done to the WWF at the time? Would he have been overshadowed by Hogan or would it have been on par with Tyson's 1998 WWF run with Steve Austin and DX?
PWTorch senior columnist Bruce Mitchell answers: WWF was really upset and shocked that Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas because they knew that would cost them huge in the ratings for that NBC prime time special. The spectacle of Tyson, the boxing Heavyweight Champion and arguably the biggest crossover sports star in the world at the time, would be on a pro wrestling show, would have drawn a lot more eyeballs than the unknown Buster Douglas did. Hulk Hogan never saw the day where he was anywhere near what Mike Tyson was in the culture at that time.
PWTorch reader Ryan W. asks: Real simple question. As of right now who do you believe challenges The Streak at WrestleMania next year? Any chances it's Bray Wyatt?
PWTorch East Coast Cast host Travis Bryant answers: I'm holding out all hope that it will be Wade Barrett. There has to be a lot of rebuilding now until Mania season, but I am hoping against hope he will be the guy.
PWTorch columnist Greg Parks answers: Sure, if WWE does a hell of a job building up and protecting Wyatt, given the gravitas of his debut, I think he could face Undertaker next year at Wrestlemania. Other options would include John Cena, Sting, and Brock Lesnar (if The Rock match doesn't come to fruition).
PWTorch columnist Sean Radican answers: I would say John Cena or Brock Lesnar will challenge the streak at WrestleMania next year. No, Bray Wyatt will not be the one challenging Undertaker's streak.
PWTorch Jeff from Michigan asks: Is it possible that TNA and ROH will reenter a working relationship and have their talent wrestle at the other promotion?
PWTorch columnist Sean Radican answers: I think the days of that being possible are over now that ROH is running on TV on a semi-national basis.
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