For years, WWE has been notorious for declining fan requests, pleas and instead, Vince McMahon has forcibly shoved, whatever content he likes, down the audience’s throat.
The Chairman has plagued WWE with micromanagement that also extends to Superstar entrances, in-ring/match style and overall presentation.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed WWE’s policy of holding Superstars back in the rung.
“The whole thing is if you go live then you can see what the fans want. You know what WWE is doing as far as their ring structure and everything is what they want and not what the fans want. They are trying to educate, they are, in fact, trying and failing to educate to the fans that this is the right way to do it. This is the only way to do it.”
Notable coaches, namely Robbie Brookside and Norman Smiley who are currently employed in WWE, teach new recruits the elements of other styles but at the end of the day, the entire coaching session is strictly limited to WWE’s format.
Both Brookside and Smiley had made a name for themselves by working a style that is largely different from WWE’s.
“There’s only one way. This is our style, it’s our playbook. We’ve gotta teach the Mexicans to work this style you can’t go out there and do your style and everything like that. I mean, that’s the mentality in WWE for better or worse. So the question is like ‘can they re-educate them?’ They’re trying like hell — it’s not working, but they’re trying and that’s what’s left the door open for the competition is the fact that they’re not giving the people the style they want.”
WWE keeping the overall presentation in check has caused AEW to rapidly gain momentum and pose as the biggest threat in the business.
AEW is ardent on giving fans the product they want to see and that itself is a huge selling point for the upstart promotion in its quest to slay the mighty billion-dollar WWE.