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.
This is only the start as fans are also tired of how NXT talents being called up to the main roster are treated. The likes of former WWE Superstar Karrion Kross and Keith Lee are one of many blemishes on WWE’s record.
The company is certainly not known for its long-term storytelling as fans are simply tired of being treated like idiots. Despite that, even former WWE Superstars are tired of how WWE writes their storylines.
While speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Eric Bischoff talked about WWE’s flawed storylines and added that he would like to see more structured storylines in WWE.
One of the things where I am disappointed in myself is, I really think what’s missing, this goes for WWE and everyone else producing professional wrestling for content is the deemphasis of story.
At a time where the audience is watching so much great compelling story and so much story structuring, great characters, on so many other platforms — scripted entertainment is probably more successful now than it’s ever been — in wrestling, rather than gravitating towards a more sophisticated storytelling structure, not an angle that turns into a wrestling match because that’s what wrestling does and has almost always done. Every once in a while, they’ll stumble into a good story that will really resonate, but it’s more by accident than design.
If wrestling today would reemphasize and introduce a more sophisticated storytelling formula — I told Vince, ‘here is where the opportunity lies. The audience is getting smaller and smaller, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the stories suck.’ They’re not stories, there is no structure to them. Beginning, middle, and end is thrown together haphazardly, that’s not how stories are generally created. They weren’t when I was there last time and I don’t think they are anywhere else. There is a way to do it and that’s where I’m disappointed in myself is, I wasn’t able to play the game or manage myself well enough to be there long enough to try to effect that change. I would really like to see a more structured story formula.”
It remains to be seen whether WWE will ever decide to make a better structure to their storylines in general, as fans are simply tired of being taken for fools at this point in time.
h/t to Fightful for the quotes.