It's not that slow of a news day but we haven't done a Twitter mailbag post in some time so I decided to jump back in with one to pass the time until Monday Night Raw later on this evening in Montreal. It's quite simple, really. Follow us on Twitter (here), send us questions when prompted, and we'll answer them here. Easy peasy, right?
Let's hit it.
@cagesideseats will Zack Ryder ever get a push ever again? He seems popular at house show.— Jeff Swanson (@biffstix) May 4, 2015
Ryder is a great example of the old axiom that you are what you are. Maybe in another promotion run by another eccentric millionaire he could reach the top but in this Universe, he's going to spin his tires for as long as possible to continue collecting a paycheck while lamenting the state of his career on his increasingly depressing Twitter account.
But yeah, he's popular at house shows.
@cagesideseats do you think TNA really have big surprise for there may 8 show— Tederra johnson (@Jaydawgbama) May 4, 2015
"TNA" and "big surprise" do not go together, my friend, and they never have.
@cagesideseats what kind of bagels do you think Shane McMahon prefers?— téd (@tedisLegend) May 4, 2015
Such a good question I won't answer it.
@cagesideseats Is a hot dog a sandwich?— Pizzamaniac (@earlet9) May 4, 2015
Yes, it is.
No, it's not.
@cagesideseats Isn't the best option for Reigns post-Payback to feud with Orton for a couple of months? That said, what will WWE do instead?— Will Crist (@will_crist) May 4, 2015
No, because they ran the Reigns-Orton feud last year before Roman was injured and put out of action and he was the clear winner in a relatively tame program. I'm not sure what they do with Reigns while waiting to get him to the title. Maybe you're right. Perhaps this is just a transition and he'll work Orton for a few months while they figure out how to get to WrestleMania 32.
@cagesideseats what is your dream match stipulation that has never been used before?— Ryan Maney (@RyanManey1908) May 4, 2015
I'm not sure there is a stipulation that hasn't been used before, or at least nothing I can think of. That said, I'll go with what I'll call a "Master of Puppets" match. Two wrestlers enter the ring, both wearing earpieces, and two wrestlers stand outside of it with a microphone connected to those earpieces. The wrestlers in the ring are ONLY allowed to do what the wrestlers on the outside tell them.
These are the things I think about when I'm sitting home alone and the power goes out.
@cagesideseats will bray ever be a long term heel world champion, the kind capable of beating Cena clean? #ihopeso— Matt Knight (@matttheknight) May 4, 2015
I hope so too but I don't really see it right now, based on how WWE has treated him. I think they feel like he can be a top level heel but not necessarily one who holds a title a strong babyface is chasing.
@cagesideseats prediction: when does Seth Rollins lose the belt, and who does he lose it to?— Doug Gausepohl (@Doug_Gausepohl) May 4, 2015
I'll say he drops it at SummerSlam to Brock Lesnar and WWE goes through with putting Reigns over for it at WrestleMania 32 next year. I don't have any inside sources on this one, but I have a feeling they're going to go back to the original plan and execute it now that they feel they have a buffer with everything else that will be going on with that card (Undertaker retirement, Sting, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Ronda Rousey).
@cagesideseats Is @MattRoth512 a sandwich?— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) May 4, 2015
Sean and I are the bread.
@cagesideseats Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most attractive wrestler of all?— Oryx! (@Shadow_Novax) May 4, 2015
@cagesideseats who do u think Sheamus will fued around wm32? Who do u want to fued with Sheamus?— Kevin Ganeswaran (@KeviNitro5) May 4, 2015
WWE has trained me well: When I see the words "Sheamus" and "WrestleMania" in the same sentence, I always think "Daniel Bryan."
@cagesideseats What time period should owens be moved up?— Jack (@Shotgun2122) May 4, 2015
Right now. Immediately. This is wishful fan thinking on my part with no regard to anything outside of the six inches in front of my face, but WWE needs a shake up. Remember when they would do big summer angles every year to get us from that period between WrestleMania and SummerSlam? Have that be Owens randomly showing up on episodes of Raw to beat the hell out of Seth Rollins before challenging him for the title at a pay-per-view, maybe Money in the Bank. He wouldn't win, of course, but it would set the stage for an immediate main event spot once he was called up for good, and it would be something fresh and interesting.
Realistically, he won't be coming up until sometime in 2016.
@cagesideseats is it wise to even have Reigns and Orton in the same ring right now?— Jordan Saleh (@J0RDANSALEH) May 4, 2015
Why wouldn't it be?
@cagesideseats Will Roman Reigns every truly believe...THAT?— M A R K R I L E Y (@MARKLIFE_) May 4, 2015
I hope so. Imagine how amazing he would be if he did?
@cagesideseats If you had the power to change one trend in wrestling, what would it be?— Josh Gagnon (@HeelDoors) May 4, 2015
Can I say WWE's treatment of women in storylines? I would just love it so much if they weren't boxed in to all these stereotypical standards for what and who they are supposed to be. Also, Booker T should never speak while a woman is on camera because he's definitely going to say something dumb.
@cagesideseats What, if anything, will get Sean permafired?— Oryx! (@Shadow_Novax) May 4, 2015
Nothing, because he just keeps showing up to work no matter what I do. I respect it.
@cagesideseats Did you ever expect the New Day to get over as ironic heels?— GrecoRomanGuy (@greco_guy) May 4, 2015
No, but how glorious is it that WWE recognized the problem and actually did something about it? The way this story played out is what they should be pointing to when they break out the party line that "we give the fans what they want." We clearly wanted to boo The New Day and they altered the gimmick to make it really, really fulfilling to do just that. They even played up the chants. It's been perfect.
@cagesideseats With news of pushes for Lana & Eva Marie, is it clear WWE doesn't get what NXT has proven with its women's division?— Casey Fiore (@caseyfiore) May 4, 2015
I was actually thinking about this the other day, like AJ Lee left and you would imagine that Paige would become the focal point because she has literally every attribute you could want in a female wrestler but who is rumored for the biggest pushes? Lana, who has never wrestled, and Eva Marie, who has wrestled very poorly every time she's ever been anywhere near a ring.
Don't get me wrong, they should run as far as they can with the opportunity they'll be presented with. Lana is an outstanding character and Eva is trying her damnedest to improve in the ring. But what's really going to change if the these two represent the top heel and top babyface in the division?
@cagesideseats Thoughts on Michelle Beadle's decision to revoke her WWE fandom due to Triple H's support of Floyd Mayweather?— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) May 4, 2015
Absolutely respect the decision she's made, though it's a slippery slope with issues like this. I'm not sure how to navigate morality in the sports world. I'm a huge NFL fan and that's a garbage organization that probably shouldn't be supported on the massive scale that it is. Sometimes I feel conflicted, like I should turn the TV off and discontinue purchasing any merchandise bearing the logo.
At the same time, I'm not really watching the NFL because it's full of upstanding citizens who do right by those they love. I watch because it entertains me. Even that isn't really a good enough explanation, even for myself, but I get lost so easily when attempting to navigate this subject.
In pro wrestling, I at least feel like I can almost lie to myself and say that it's the characters I'm watching and not the people. I don't know a damn thing about who any of these people really are, but I connect to the characters they portray on television. That tends to make me feel a little better about it. That way I don't have to feel so slimy knowing Triple H is such a big supporter of Floyd Mayweather.
Even then, I kind of do and it's a vicious cycle and I just don't know. Either way, I'm certainly respectful of the decision Beadle has made for herself and don't believe she deserves the intense scrutiny she's been placed under for having made it.
@cagesideseats how do you know when an injury is real or fake. Do the announcers have a code word?— Jerry McClellan (@jerrymac10) May 4, 2015
The referee throws up an "X" sign to the backstage area and the announcers are then informed through an earpiece.
@cagesideseats Given Daniel Bryan's current/previous medical problems, do you think he should seriously consider retiring?— Eanna Brown (@Syconawt) May 4, 2015
Absolutely. I can't watch a Bryan match without cringing every time he takes a bump and while that's done wonders for the matches themselves, lending an air of actual danger to the proceedings, it's just not worth what it could mean if something goes wrong. Reading his book and how he feels about his career after the death of his father really puts things in perspective.
Thanks for all the questions. Until next time!