The current WWE 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. All of this has led to fans simply being tired of the company and the disinterest of the fans is reflected in the dwindling ratings of both main roster shows over the past few years.
While WWE Creative certainly have their own share of the blame for the rapid decline in the quality of the product, it seems WWE management also has their own responsibility in the matter.
While speaking to Busted Open Radio, former WWE writer and current MLW CEO Court Bauer discussed his time in WWE. Working in WWE for several years, Bauer is well aware of how the company functions and mentioned what WWE writers are told when a Superstar is no longer getting pushed.
“And then there’s stuff you don’t know about like ‘yeah you can’t push that guy.’ And we have no idea what’s happened. We don’t know if there’s a contract issue, we don’t know if that guy has heat for some random reason. We’re just told ‘he’s on the do not disturb list.’”
Court Bauer then went on to claim that “creative has nothing for you” is an excuse from WWE management to lay the blame on the writers in the company, as WWE Creative almost certainly has something or the other for the Superstars.
But it’s always kicked back, ‘oh, creative has nothing for you.’ No, creative has something for someone. It may not be the best idea, it might be a horrible idea and you wish they didn’t have something for you. But that was an excuse built out of talent relations to pass the heat, especially when firing someone. Instead of saying ‘hey man, you’re a pain in my ass or we can’t do payroll with you on it at the moment.’ Whatever the issue is. But creative having nothing for you, imagine if you said that to Vince. What would Vince say? ‘Okay, is the wrestler gone or you gone? Cause it’s your obligation to have creative.’ Do you think Vince is just going to shrug that off and say ‘yeah yeah. Okay that’s understandable. Why would you have creative for you guy? I’m only paying you to do that.’ That never made sense to me.”
WWE Creative will continue to get blamed for Superstars not getting pushed and it is not likely to change anytime soon. It is to be noted that there were partnership talks between WWE and MLW. However, those talks were already finished before WrestleMania 37 this year.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.