WWE has hit a roadblock – ratings are dropping to an all-time record low, the product has gotten stale, Superstars are frustrated and fans are turning their backs on the billion-dollar company.
Vince McMahon himself and the creative are the ones to blame for WWE’s downfall – the writers turn down the brilliant ideas pitched by Superstars in fears that they might be fired by The Chairman.
On Wrestling Sheet Radio, Batista took several shots at the creative unit, noting that things have become worse since 2014.
“The creative process, I still don’t get. It was a nightmare to me the last time I was there which was 2014 and it seems like it’s become worse. It seems that they’re just — I feel like they don’t have a clear vision or a long-term vision. Everything’s just week-to-week and it doesn’t seem like they stick to a plan very much.”
Superstars don’t have much freedom in The Modern/New Era – they don’t have creative control and have to abide by what’s there in the script.
And for this reason, 16-time World Champion John Cena is believed to be the last individual from yesteryears to have enjoyed a greater amount of freedom. The Champ still delivers unscripted promos and his personality is quite edgy as compared to the lot.
“I don’t think that guys — and I’m gonna steal this from somebody — but Jericho pointed out something to me that makes complete sense. He said that John Cena, he’s the last guy. He’s the last guy who’s gonna be over like he is. It’s because performers now they’re limited, their hands are tied. They can’t go to war like we used to.”
The Animal recalled WWE’s glorious days of the past where the product seemed more realistic. There was a reason why Monday Night RAW triumphed in the Monday Night Wars but sadly that X-factor is largely missing from WWE’s current product.
“We used to go to war and beat the crap outa each other and it earned a level of respect from people. It was like a different level of respect. It was a different level of getting over. We had more freedom. We could be more full of piss and vinegar. We could be more on the edge and the guys are just not given that freedom anymore.”