WWE has always boasted about their progressive brand of content, and with each passing year, the company has shown their ability to adapt to the circumstances with something new for the widespread WWE fandom.
Over the years, the company has made plenty of promises and delivered on some of them, while some never found the light of the day for various reasons.
WWE has for several years been a major part of the pop culture in the United States of America, and despite the company’s fall from relevancy in the last two decades, several mainstream names have found an association in some way or the other.
2020 has been a disastrous year for everyone in this world, and the same goes without saying for WWE. The company has managed to continue its weekly programming, but there are still several changes that have found their way to the way things work, and many more will continue to happen as the year passes.
Current State of The Company
There was a point sometime in December 2018, the entire McMahon Family entered the ring and promised a slew of changes to the way WWE is presented, with the removal of General Managers and the introduction of new faces.
Those changes did not last much, and WWE eventually went back to the way it was, and the introduction of the Wild Card Rule post WrestleMania last year, was seen as a major failure which eventually led to WWE bringing back a full-fledged brand split in October last year.
There are also other issues within the company, such as former RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey going haywire in interviews and straight-up calling it ‘fake wrestling’. This didn’t go down well with either the fans or the women’s roster. Many felt it was a work by the former MMA starlet but she did a good job of blurring the lines.
WWE also made a rather controversial decision in April to let go of a truckload of wrestlers, producers and other backstage personnel, which was a cost-cutting measure to tackle the losses brought by the COVID-19 enforced lockdown.
The Women’s Revolution
WWE takes great pride in bringing up the Women’s Revolution in US Wrestling at every chance they get, and they have certainly put a lot of work behind bringing legitimacy to the female side of sports entertainment.
The women of the company have come a long way from being ‘sex symbols’ to main-eventing weekly shows and PPVs and standing side-by-side with the men.
WWE has a tremendous Women’s Division, especially on NXT, where stars like Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai, Candice LeRae, etc., have consistently made headlines with their performances.
The Women of WWE have on several occasions outperformed the men, and Becky Lynch organically rose to the levels no other star has ever dreamed of before.
Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim.
WWE is using their own star Seth Rollins’ motto to bring out a major change in the way their championship belts look like. After dishing out a brand new Intercontinental Championship in November last year, the company is reportedly changing up some of the other designs as well.
WWE has a plethora of titles on their roster currently, and the design of certain titles like the Universal Championship has faced flak.
WWE could be waiting until the crowd returns, to introduce the new designs, but it still remains unclear on which titles will be going to be replaced.
WWE suspended their live events due to the COVID-19 situation, but it seems like WWE could be canceling their house-shows forever. The weekly live-events weren’t bringing in a great deal of profit for the company, and it also denied the wrestlers of breaks between the weekly shows.
Vince McMahon mentioned recently that WWE’s live event business won’t be the same again, as Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that the company could never do these shows again.
The landscape of WWE could drastically change if this rumor turns out to be true, as the company has historically done house-shows. Before RAW and Smackdown became a part of weekly programming, the company’s sole purpose was producing house-shows.
What Does The Future Look Like?
In conclusion, the Pandemic Era has brought about an irreversible change within the world, and WWE hasn’t managed to stay away from it. There are certain changes that were forced due to the pandemic, while some others are encouraging decisions taken by the top brass to ensure that the fans remain satisfied with WWE programming.
WWE has also introduced cinematic matches, which have become some sort of norm, with all the PPVs, including NXT Takeover, featuring these matchups. It will be interesting to see if WWE continues the production of such matches once the dust settles and crowds start filling the seats once again.