Vince McMahon retired from WWE because a hush money scandal broke out. Triple H took over the company’s creative direction and fans noticed a difference. Those changes were also apparent during the 2022 Survivor Series WarGames event, and have also been noticed in the past couple of months.
Sean Sapp reported behind Fightful’s paywall that changes in WWE are also apparent backstage. It is noted that backstage morale has improved in big ways over the last several months, and “the culture” has changed within the company as well.
With WWE delivering strong quarterly numbers, everything seems safe for the company in a post-Vince McMahon world. However, the backstage morale has improved significantly. Speaking with members of the locker room over the last several months, the culture has been changed based on those that were willing to speak on it.
Almost everyone said that going to work was much more fun and easy going compared to the Vince McMahon era, with one saying there isn’t a perpetual fear of getting fired for things you can’t control. Another noted that there are still some talent that aren’t being used effectively, but that it’s a vast improvement over where things were in the summer. The creative input and ability to improvise more was also touted.
It was also noted that, “numerous talent that we spoke with looked back at that point as near an all-time low for them in the company, from a creative satisfaction and booking standpoint, to losing faith in Vince McMahon as a creative force and a leader in some sense.” Right now, there is a lot of “optimism of Triple H’s booking and creative, despite there being some hiccups.”
WWE’s landscape has certainly changed a lot in 2022, and in unexpected ways. Only time will tell how things will look when we’re rounding the corner into 2024 this time next year.
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