Jim Ross is no longer in WWE, but he knows a lot about how the company operates. He was in the offices for a long time, and he worked closely with Vince McMahon. The WWE Hall Of Famer saw the recent WWE cuts, and he had an interesting viewpoint on the situation.
During a recent Grillin’ JR, Ross said that “this thing,” meaning the entire coronavirus pandemic, has “more to come.” That is unfortunate. He also stated that WWE was stockpiling talent. Then JR addressed the idea that WWE was storing Superstars and not using them just to keep them from AEW.
If WWE was hoarding Superstars just so they couldn’t work for AEW then Ross said that shows that they don’t have confidence in their own management philosophy. It would be incredibly short-sighted for them to do that as well.
“At some point in time, you’ve almost got to go into some of these talents and say ‘look, the economy’s changed the model has changed. Things are different than they were before, and we’ve got to adjust. So not unlike an NFL contract, we need to renegotiate your deal.’ I just think that there’s more to come on this thing, unfortunately. But I think that some of these had massive salaries. For guys are coming in and working three or four times a month. It’s just not good business, and a lot of people believe that the reason all these talents are being stockpiled is because WWE did not want to give it an easier road for AEW to travel to build their brand. As in being able to sign some under-utilized and talented people. And so if that was the reason all along? To me, that was very short sighted.”
“It also tells me that maybe people there don’t have total confidence in their own management philosophy. WWE? they’re the f*cking NFL, right!? They didn’t need to stockpile everybody in the world.”
We’ll have to see what’s next in this entire situation. We thank you so much for reading about it on Ringside News as we all get through this together.
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Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote