Recent developments in your promotion have left me extremely concerned. I feel very troubled by constant reports about some of my favourite wrestlers being unhappy. Every day new reports surface online that wrestlers are voicing their frustrations about how they are being used. Even some of the guys that are always pushed are uncertain about signing a new deal.
With that being the case it says alot about what goes on behind the scenes. Your Chairman of the Board is so set in his ways and it would appear that it’s finally catching up to him. This is now no longer a case of better late than never. Instead, it’s a case of never late is better.
This is troublesome because it’s not possible to keep every wrestler on the roster happy at the same time. That I can understand. The issue at hand is that you never gave alot of these wrestlers the time of day and because of that they might feel like it’s too late to make amends. I think the question on everyone’s minds is if it’s only because of a promising promotion on the horizon causing you to rethink your booking situation.
If so, that was not the right way to go about doing things. We can all agree that you are going to have to reset your way of thinking. You are going to have to reset your way of gauging popularity. That’s a strange sentiment considering that popularity is one if the easiest things in the business to determine. All you have to do is listen to the fans. But because you believe you know what’s best, you have ignored them to the point of exhaustion.
Therefore, you cannot complain about the lack of interest in your product. But do you know who can complain? Talented wrestlers you have overlooked for years in favour of someone we do not want to accept. Wrestlers have been leaving their blood, sweat and tears in the ring to get over. And for quite a few of them that hard work has not paid off. Because instead of getting the recognition for their work in the form of a push, they have to take a back seat to whom you deem worthy of all your attention.
I’m always left wondering how many times Cody Rhodes went up to those in management to voice is dissatisfaction. And did you give him the time of day? No. Instead, you left his talents on the sidelines and left him straddled with a silly gimmick. Oh, I would love to know much you regret that decision now. You see, Cody built himself up to the point that the guys who are feeling mistreated in your company has the hope of being a bigger deal somewhere else. And like I’ve said, all of this could be avoided by simply resetting your mindset.
Yet you have continued to shove wrestlers down our throats who we just don’t want to see at the top. You have allowed wrestlers who we wanted in the spotlight to waste away in the darkness of booking hell. Your Lord and saviour Vince McMahon still prefers his bigger wrestlers over ones that can actually put on fantastic matches. And please don’t mention Braun Strowman because we have accepted him. Perhaps once you accept that we should be leading your booking decisions by voicing who we want in the driver’s seat your company will be a happy place for wrestlers and fans alike.
But as it stands right now, you stand the chance of losing all your best talent due to misguided preconceptions. And since you are all business men you have to realize that if you lose your best talent you will then lose your most loyal fans. Remember, wrestling is not universally popular anymore so your loyal fans is the ones you have to keep happy without fail. Because once those loyal fans are gone, the ratings will plummet further and you will eventually lose your shareholders which will in turn cause you to have to close the company.
You might think that is a tad extreme but sometimes even nightmares can become a reality. If you don’t reset your mindset the sun will no longer shine on the mighty WWE.
Dear Concerned Fan,
We appreciate the letter that you have sent us voicing your concern. We here at WWE always try to keep our fans happy despite the perceived lack of a universally satisfying direction. We have data that we have to collect and we push certain wrestlers based on that data. You have to be aware that data is not always accurate and we do get it wrong from time to time. Bear in mind that there is no company – wrestling or otherwise – whose decisionswill be right all the time.
We still try our best to put on a compelling product. You mentioned the drop in ratings we have gotten accustomed to in recent years. Regrettably, in this day and age that is something we have no control over. You said it yourself: wrestling is not as popular as it once was. Because of that lack of popularity we do not have the ability to reach the heights we were once able to surpass. That might seem like a poor excuse to you, but we have data proving the decline in interest of professional wrestling.
We do try our best to be accommodating to all sectors of our fanbase but with the varying desires of our fans that is something we are just not able to do. It’s because of that that we are not able to appease our fans so dissatisfied customers are expected. We do, however, work around the clock to see what we are able to do to decrease the number of fans who are not happy with our product. And yet there will always be fans who tend to disagree with our general direction.
I do have to add that we are in the midst of changing our general philosophy in the company. We are not naive and we do realise that times are changing and we are trying our utmost best to adapt to those changing times. Nothing can happen overnight so you have to keep in mind that it will take some time to steer our company to the proper direction. Hopefully we will reach a destination that all of our fans can enjoy at leisure.
We are well aware of the potential threat to our company looming on the horizon which is why we are actively trying to listen to all our fans and cater to their happiness. With that being said, not all fans know exactly what they want.
But yes, we are making a concentrated effort to reset our mindset. Evidence of that can be given with most of our booking decisions at the Royal Rumble. And as unprofessional it may seem to say, it’s not only us but the fans that also need to reset their mindsets. In recent years there has been a negative stigma about WWE not pushing the right people or not following through with an angle and because of that our fans are immediately unhappy.
We hate to say it, but our fans need to reset their negative perceptions of our company and give us time to allow the angles to play out. By coming in with negativity you are robbing yourself of enjoyment. By instantly assuming that we are going to mess up you are creating a pessimistic view of what we are trying to do. The worst part about that is that most fans are susceptible to suggestion and if a few fans go on social media to trash our product then plenty of fans will jump on the bandwagon.
Perhaps one day when we are able to reset our mindset this industry that we all love will be the better for it.
WWE Public Relations