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RESPECTING THE BRAND SPLIT, HOW THE WOMEN HAVE BEEN USED IN WWE, NXT AT THE RUMBLE AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2016-12-12 10:00:00

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What is your opinion on the Hype Bros?  I think they are ok as a team, but not sure if Ryder and Mojo really go together.  Personally I wouldn't mind seeing Mojo work on his own, and have Ryder reunite with Curt Hawkins to form what I like to call them, the LIE (Long Island Express).

I really enjoyed their work down in NXT.  I wish they would use them in that fashion on Smackdown.  With that said, I like them.  Rawley is someone that is kind of polarizing, but I like his potential.  I can see him getting the chance to break out as a single down the road.  For now, I like that Ryder is showing him the ropes.  Personally, I wouldn’t reform the Hawkins-Ryder tag team.  I am a fan of going forward, not backward.

At Vengeance 2001, whom did you believe would become the 1st Undisputed Champion?

I don’t remember what I thought at the time but I seem to remember thinking that out of The Rock, Steve Austin and Chris Jericho, Jericho was the guy I didn’t think would get it.  They swerved me.

I have heard rumors online that there might be a draft after Wrestlemania 33, would you be for or against this idea?

A full on draft?  I would be against that big time as it made the recent draft a joke.  I think they need to respect the brands as they have been set up.  If they want to move talents around they can do trades or have “contracts expire”.

Do you expect an NXT wrestler or two to make their main roster debut(s) during the Royal Rumble match?

Expect?  No.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens but given that NXT is a touring brand itself and will have a Takeover event before the Rumble, I know they will need their stars for that show as well.  So I don’t really have an expectation either way right now.

Do you believe the portrayal of women in WWE is heading in the right direction or is there more work to be done? What recommendations would you provide?

Actually, I do.  It has taken some time, but the spotlight that Charlotte and Sasha Banks have gotten on Raw has been great.  They have gotten main event segments.  The Title is presented as important.  It’s a little hard on Smackdown as they are starting from scratch but I think they are doing well too.  The women are being presented as athletes that are pretty, instead of just being T and A.  I like that.

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