WWE is always looking to cement their position on a global scale no matter where they are. They are obviously focusing on a few big markets from China to India to the Middle East and former Mae Young Classic competitor Zeda Zhang understands that all too well. In fact, it was one of the reasons why she thinks her time in WWE was cut short.
Zhang didn’t have a lot of chances to show what she could do, but apparently, as she spoke to Women’s Wrestling Weekly she revealed that there was a lot more going on behind the scenes which led to her ultimate release from WWE.
“They told me why. But talking to other people who have been released, the why that they tell you, might not exactly be the why. So, all they said was we know you work really hard, but unfortunately, hard work is not what gets you far in this industry. I think what it comes down to, is the market because when I got signed, I was actually suppose to get signed [in] June or July of 2017 but they brought me in half a year early. Because they wanted me to come with the Chinese crew because they were trying to get into China at the time.”
“But, because of the issues overseas and I guess the politics with everything, it’s hard to get in there. Because, China has a lot of rules and stuff like that, especially when it comes to another company from overseas trying to come in and promote something such as fighting and also the president over there is more traditional and he is very much about peace even though this is entertainment. They view wrestling back during like the Attitude Era. So, their idea is a little bit different… So, it’s kind of tough.
“That’s why you will see the new hires in waves… All of the sudden Chinese people are here, then the Indian people are here, then the Saudi Arabian people, it is literally all in waves of what the market needs, which makes sense because it’s a big company and it’s all about making money. So, it has to do with market and timing and they just don’t see certain people on TV at this time.”
“So, they originally told me I was going to be a part of the Chinese market and market me there. So, when I first started they had me on all the promos and doing all these things in Chinese, but then all a sudden they said, ‘we are going to keep you in the US market’, which then I wasn’t really out and about and promoted at all because they were so many other people.”
Zhang might be back in the WWE picture soon enough but as WWE continues their focus on the world market, Chinese fans might want someone who can not only represent them but also communicate with them. However, if you go to most foreign markets, those top Superstars in the states are the same that sell tickets overseas as well.