The world of pro wrestling is ever-changing as various aspects of the business have gone through a lot of changes throughout the years. This is especially true for WWE, which has seen the company focus on other aspects of the product, which hasn’t pleased fans. This includes the company’s focus on building proper stars and characters.
While speaking on WWE After the Bell, host Corey Graves talked about how the pro wrestling industry doesn’t much focus on characters nowadays. Graves added that he missed being invested in characters fans would see back in NXT, Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown.
Corey Graves added that he would like to see more character pieces in modern-day pro wrestling before mentioning the variety of WWE documentaries that give a detailed look into many WWE Superstars and their lives inside and outside the squared circle.
“The one way that the industry has changed as a whole is I feel like there’s a lot less focus on characters these days.
Right, wrong, or indifferent, everybody’s got their flavor of ice cream, what they prefer, I always missed and loved being invested in the characters we see on RAW and on SmackDown and on NXT. I’ve said I would like to see more character pieces, however, it’s almost more of an incentive to subscribe to WWE Network on Peacock to really dive into these specials, whether it be WWE 24 or Chronicles, to really get to know the person behind what you see on screen for a fraction of the show.”
“There are so many awesome documentaries that our teams put together about all the superstars and beyond the superstars, the behind the scenes of some of the WrestleManias. I honestly don’t think our documentary department gets enough love because what they put out, almost on a weekly basis at this point, is such an important, valuable companion to what we’re seeing on RAW and SmackDown, and again, everyone’s got their own opinion. I would like to see more character driven content in the shows themselves, but now you just have to look a little bit further and expand it.”
WWE’s inability to create proper stars with proper character development and compelling storylines remains a one of the biggest criticisms against the company and we wonder if WWE will ever fix this aspect of their product.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.