Here are your submissions for this month:
Question: "The end of the year awards are coming up so I wanted to know if you guys will be doing it through Google Hangout again or if you would use a different method?"
Answer: The plan right now is to do it in Google Hangouts unless we either run into problems or find a better solution, but we're definitely working around the idea of having video for sure.
Question: "Will we see "12 Days of Outro" as an Outro this year after last year you guys said you might do it but never did?"
Answer: We actually did have a rendition of 12 Days of Outro on episode 163 last year, but we might be doing another one this year as well.
Question: "If you could wish diverticulitis on any member of the current roster, who would it be? And a few even jokier ones to pad out the segment: Why do you think Paden went to the hospital? And now that Paden's address got sent out on the Post Raw Show, what's the weirdest thing you would like to have sent to his house??"
Answer: Technically, I wouldn't wish diverticulitis on anyone, but if I had to choose, it would probably be Sheamus just to avoid having him as the champion. As far as the other questions, I'll save those for the Smack Talk episode.
Question: "Hey guys. Have any of you checked the trailer for season two of Lucha Underground? Production values - in wrestling?! Season 1 blew the shit out of WWE and the new roster looks great."
Answer: I haven't seen any of Lucha Underground yet, but I totally need to binge watch the first season and start watching season 2. The whole concept seems ridiculous, but oddly interesting.
Question: "My wife and I were watching a trailer for Concussion starring Will Smith on the true story of how a doctor believes that severe amounts of trauma to the head can cause behavioral problems and such. I brought up the story of Chris Benoit and the double-murder/suicide and was not sure if that was the final conclusion. Even though the real answers are with the Benoits, what do you believe was the cause or the reason of Chris Benoit's actions on that night?"
Answer: I'm by no means an authority on medical practices, but it always seemed a little too basic in my mind to blame it entirely on concussions. That being said, I could see that being a contributing factor. My guess has always been that Nancy and Chris probably had issues behind the scenes, both had tempers, and Chris probably had it in him to be vicious to begin with (which could explain why he got into wrestling to an extent and played such a serious character rather than having a more fun side). They probably got into an argument, things got heated, Chris accidentally or purposely killed her and then snapped and thought that killing his son and himself would be the best course of action rather than living with the guilt.
Question: "What is your oddest collection?"
Answer: I don't think I have any weird collections anymore. I used to collect paper clips as a kid, though.
Question: "What is one thing that you are optimistic about that most people are pessimistic about?"
Answer: Oddly enough, when people talk about how they're worried about terrorism, I tend to be the person who is pointing out how the chances of running into any problems are statistically very low. In general, if people are greatly upset about "what if" scenarios, I try to present the opposite point of view to calm them down. That totally doesn't apply to my own worrying, though.
Question: "What is one thing that you are pessimistic about that most people are optimistic about?"
Answer: I've gotten to a point where I don't trust that people will be on time for anything or that plans will work out that rely on people doing their end of the bargain. I always try to plan around them letting me down while everyone just assumes things will fall into place (probably because of people like me who then go ahead and make sure it does).
Question: "In honor of Christmas (merry Christmas or happy holidays to you guys, by the way), what is your favorite Christmas memory?"
Answer: Merry Christmas and whatnot to you, too, Andre! As far as a favorite Christmas memory goes, I don't think I have a specific one, but I just think back on when I was a kid and I would be surrounded by family members that aren't here anymore. As time goes on, I forget what I got for various years, but I remember more about that side of things.
Question: "How did you find out Santa wasn't real?"
Answer: I had my suspicions because my house doesn't have a chimney, and eventually I just asked my mom if he was real or not. When she reluctantly told me the truth, I asked about the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny and got them out of the way, too.
Question: "WWE are in a bad way right now, having wrestlers pulling double duty because they have a lot of injuries and refuse to use other guys they have. Will they seriously have wrestlers pulling double duty at Mania If they can't get big stars from the past?"
Answer: If any more people get injured and not enough people can make it back in time for WrestleMania, I think what WWE needs to do is scrap the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and utilize everybody at the best possible potential that they can. On top of that, if they're really hurting for ways to eat up time, they should consider having the NXT Championship defended, even if that's on the pre-show, which definitely can't be 2 hours of recaps with no matches at all.
Question: "I'm really worried about Mania this year, seeing how the company is treating RAW every week. Is there anything they can do to fix the mess they are in between TLC and Mania?"
Answer: Pray. If that doesn't work, they need to really sit down and plan out every feud that they want to do with multiple backup options all leading up to WrestleMania and when they do that, they need to keep in mind that their idea of where the company needs to go might need to be tweaked a bit. All it takes is one stubborn idea (such as "John Cena needs to win the Royal Rumble to challenge Roman Reigns for the title because those are our two big guys") to screw things sideways and the trickle-down effect will mess everything up.
Question: "What's your guys favourite match up that you could watch over and over again?"
Answer: If it counts, it would be the Royal Rumbles. Some of them are just so entertaining that I don't get bored rewatching them every year. If it has to be a normal match, though, I'd probably say Undertaker vs Mankind, Hell in a Cell at King of the Ring.
Question: "You guys favourite long term story line?"
Answer: Stone Cold vs Vince McMahon, easily.
Question: "Who do you guys think needs brought up from NXT to Smack Down and RAW and who needs moved down from Smack Down and RAW to NXT?"
Answer: Sami Zayn needs to come up to the main roster right now, while eventually in 2016 I'd like to see Finn Balor, Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Carmella, Samoa Joe, and Bayley move up. As far as going back down to NXT, people that should make appearances are Adam Rose, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Darren Young (if they push Titus separately), Fandango, Los Matadores, Heath Slater, Jack Swagger, R-Truth, and Mark Henry.
Question: "Would WWE be better if the used Smack Down as a upper mind card/ mid card show and get rid of main event and superstars or keep main event and superstars and get rid of Smack Down?"
Answer: I think what hurts SmackDown more than anything is that third hour of Raw and how that show has to be the primary focal point. Until that goes away, SmackDown will never be worth watching cause they'll never put in the proper time to build it. Having Main Event and Superstars doesn't help SmackDown at all, either. Rather than split it based on midcard and main event, I'd rather see them try to split it with men and women or something totally different. If SmackDown could be live, that would help, too, and later on in the week they could air Superstars and Main Event on Thursday and Friday/Saturday.