12/8 Wrestlezone Recap: WWE PPV Buyrates Are In, Matt Hardy Hits the “Finish Line” in Pro Wrestling, PWG Matt Rushmore Review Plus New Features, WWE/Impact Wrestling Discussion & We Answer Your Questions

Mike Killam

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We answer your questions! Why? Boredom, mostly…

Josh Jordan asks, "Are there any free agents in talks on a WWE debut in the future?" 

The classic wrestling "free agent" is quickly becoming a dying breed, as more and more companies are seeking exclusive contracts. WWE is trying to cut down on needing indie talent by creating the Performance Center, as they currently have more than 75 names going in and out of Orlando learning the craft. It makes sense for them to try and in-house the entire process, growing all their own talent. As far as current free agents, rumors abound concerning Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. I've talked to Matt Morgan in the past, and what little I can say is that there have been conversations between him and key decision makers in WWE. I suppose Hulk Hogan would be the biggest free agent, but if a return is planned, they're going to try and keep it so tightly under wraps that we will likely find out at the same time. 

Average Joseph asks, "O.K. so what was the deal with Mae Young giving birth to a hand? Never sufficiently explained." 

And it never will be. 

David Swearing asks, "When do you think Jeff Hardy will return to WWE?"

Well, I talked to Matt earlier this week, and while he wasn't sure, he seems to think Jeff will remain in TNA for "a little while". I think the door is open for Jeff to return to the WWE, but if he does so I would assume it will be on a part-time schedule like Rob Van Dam or Chris Jericho. That would allow him to come back, get a big reaction, pop the buyrate for a couple of shows, work like crazy for a few weeks at a time, and take off to rest, heal his body, and work on all his other non-wrestling ventures. I do not see Jeff Hardy ever returning to a full-time WWE schedule as a part of the regular roster. 

Sean Hurley asks, "Is Wrestlezone hiring columnists now or any time soon?" 

It's very rare that Wrestlezone puts a "we're hiring" sign on its door. I got the job almost 4 years ago when Chris Cash was looking for new monthly columns, in the same hiring block that brought in Ken Napzok, but that is the only time I've seen this website advertise for potential new writers. If you're interested, you can always submit something to Nick Paglino, our editor-in-chief. The proper contact forms are at the bottom of the website. 

DBO asks, "With the unification coming, what does that mean for Ziggler, Sandow, et al." 

The same thing it means for anybody that wants a shot at a world title: they have to step up, work their ass off, and make a really good case that they can carry the company. And even then, as they've shown time and time again, there are no promises in pro wrestling. It's going to be that much harder with only one world title, as in order to keep consistent PPV buyrates the strap is almost always going to be on a name like John Cena or Randy Orton, but it also means those who defeat the long-time titans will be seen as that much better. WWE will take fewer risks on stars like Jack Swagger or The Miz, as they have done in the past, because the safety net of a second world title won't be there. But what's good about this is you'll start to see the Intercontinental Championship and even the Tag Team Championships become a lot more relevant and necessary. Instead of four people in world title picture at a time, there will only be two, and that remainder will have to find somewhere else to go. It will do those real secondary titles well to have guys like Ziggler, Christian, Miz, maybe even Alberto del Rio or Rey Mysterio chasing them. 

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