Chris Benoit was one of the best pro wrestlers on the planet during his life, but the tragic events surrounding his death caused the company to wipe him from history. It seems that WWE changed their policies about logging Benoit’s matches in the WWE Network archives.
Perched On The Top Rope podcast welcomed former WWE Network employee Marie Shadows, who lost her job in October. She detailed the company’s ever-changing policies in terms of search results. This included tagging Chris Benoit one week and then having the policy change once again.
“I understood where they were coming from. I was even frustrated with some of the rules they put in place. The first week I was there, you know how Chris Benoit is a very touchy subject. We have to go through lots and lots of footage. Depending on what they assign you, you have to be careful about what you put for the SEO. One week, ‘Chris Benoit’ is okay so make sure to tag it. Week two, the bosses come in and are like, ‘oh no, Vince doesn’t want that. Vince wants you to change it up.'”
“The workers didn’t have to do it, the supervisors had to do it, but we as the workers had to know that we couldn’t do it in the second week. The third week came and they were like, ‘Eh, it’s okay now.’ The fourth week they were like, ‘never mind, don’t worry about it, we’ll take care of everything.’ I understood fans when they were complaining about the WWE Network and ‘this didn’t work’ and ‘that didn’t work.’ I had those frustrations over there working with them.”
WWE changes their policy on a frequent basis, and it’s mostly at Vince McMahon’s whim. They are also in cost-cutting mode which is the reason why so many employees in the company lost their jobs. That put even more tasks on those who are still around, and the changing rules don’t make things any easier.
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Thanks to Fightful for the quote