Many fans would agree that WWE’s product has fallen a lot when it comes to quality. The current product has a lot of flaws including 50/50 booking, feuds that don’t go anywhere, teams splitting up for no reason and storylines not making sense. The disinterest of the fans is reflected in the dwindling ratings of Monday Night RAW over the past few years.
As a whole, the element of storylines in pro wrestling, in general, has largely remained unchanged and that is an issue for many fans. While speaking to Adam Barnard on Foundation Radio, WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff talked about the current storylines in the pro wrestling world. Bischoff said that pro wrestling needs a new formula.
Eric Bischoff added that various mediums such as TV shows and movies have adapted their storylines over the years while the storylines of pro wrestling have not really changed much since the 60s. This is despite the fact that almost everything else about pro wrestling has changed over the years.
“Someone is going to have to develop a formula. It’s not set in stone. It’s not math, it’s art. Look at stand-up comics. All of the best – Jerry Seinfeld has a formula for developing his comedy. It’s a very imprecise formula. Somebody is going to have to develop a formula like is used in every other form of entertainment, whether it’s music, whether it’s movies, television, novels. There’s been a formula for great stories for a long time.”
Now, what makes a difference between consistently good programming or not is the experience those people have in coming up with ideas, throwing them at the wall and seeing what sticks, and executing them. There’s a lot of very talented people at that method of story approach, but that’s the same way that wrestling was produced and approached creatively since the beginning of wrestling time.”
“The business has changed, television has changed the business – television will change the business, and it has in some respects, but the storytelling aspect and the way wrestling is approached is lagging way the f*ck behind the production value, the athleticism, the size, the scope, the popularity. The only thing that hasn’t really grown and kept up with all those other great things is the approach to storytelling. It’s being done the same way now that it was in the 60s and 70s.”
We certainly wonder if pro wrestling as a whole will improve their storylines, especially WWE in this case. Many fans would agree that the majority of pro wrestling storylines have gotten stale over the years. We will have to see if that ever changes eventually.
h/t to Inside The Ropes for the quotes.