It’s a New Year, yes it is!
Today is the day everyone tries to set new goals for themselves in the hopes they can change their life around just because the calendar changed. It’s entirely symbolic, but it’s as good a time as any to start making adjustments.
It’s also going to be WWE Day 1. For the first time ever, a pay-per-view will kick off the year on the very first day of the year, meaning this is WWE’s opportunity to turn things around with this show in particular. They won’t, but it’s wishful thinking.
In 2018, The McMahon Family promised things would change for the better. 2019 was supposed to start all that, but it didn’t work out that way. 2020 was a mess with the pandemic and 2021 was supposed to be the year everything went “back to normal” but was arguably even more of a mess with all these budget cuts and a total lack of creative cohesion. These days, WWE is in a state of perpetual chaos and it’s hard to believe 2022 will be any better, since it seems WWE has little to no remorse over what’s going on right now and doesn’t appear to actually want to change anything for the better.
However, for the sake of putting it out there, let’s get into the sixth annual New Year’s resolutions that I have for what I’d like to see in WWE. This includes general ideas, specifics about Superstars and more.
Keep in mind that while some of these are serious and legitimate, many are just humorous or on the kayfabe side of things. It’s all in the name of fun and retrospection.
Something to Explain
I said this last year and I’m going to repeat it again.
Something to Wrestle With doesn’t address the current product, which I totally understand. It’s not good for WWE if he were to reveal all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes and were the spoil future storylines and such.
However, with how awful so much creative has been in the past few years, I really do think WWE could use this avenue to mend some fences with the audience while Prichard benefits in the process.
If he were to be allowed to talk about some of the product, he’d get more viewers who would be listening for insight on just what the hell is going on. Prichard could clarify some of the nonsense that we’re not privy to and maybe we could understand it better.
Every so often, he hints at WWE being annoying as hell and that there are problems that get in the way. Let’s hear about it! Maybe we sympathize and we can write off some bad storytelling if we know what happened that caused what they thought would be great to turn out so shitty.
For instance, from my perspective, I think WWE completely ruined Rhea Ripley when they had her tap out to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36. I want to know why they thought it was a good idea to set her up so well just to have her FORCE Flair into a match, lose, and spend the rest of 2020 with no direction to make up for it. Then, they took this weird avenue in 2021 to only half-ass give her the Raw Women’s Championship over Asuka in what felt like their C-plan, and they still had her unable to beat Flair.
I want to know what’s going on. Maybe they did have ideas in mind for that to go differently and it got all messed up and I could cut them some slack for it. But right now, with no info, I just assume they had shitty ideas, the wrong perspective, and that they’ll screw up other people just the same. That’s another resolution, by the way: get Rhea Ripley back on track.
I would love to see more transparency between WWE and its fans. For a public company, they do more to hide what’s going on than AEW and it shows.
Enough With the “Budget Cuts” B.S.
Speaking of transparency, enough with the catch-all “budget cuts” excuse being why you’re firing over 1/3 of your staff. You make record profits each quarter. How are there still budget cuts necessary?
Tell us more information on why certain people were deemed unworthy of staying on the roster than others. If you fired Bray Wyatt because you think he’s being “difficult to work with” because he’s telling you that your creative sucks, don’t just say he’s another budget cut. Call him out on it and let others judge the reality, instead of making up their own fantasies about why they’re fired.
That’s why you have fans thinking Keith Lee was canned because of the color of his skin or his weight. A lack of transparency means you’ve opened yourself up for people thinking you didn’t do enough to re-sign Adam Cole because you think he’s too short to be worth a damn.
If those types of things are true, those are problems to be addressed within WWE and the company’s mindset. But if they’re not true, why take on the burden of that negativity?
I would much rather a restaurant say to me “we raised our prices because the costs of our food products has gone up. We apologize and hope we can lower prices in the future when things get better” than to try to play games. Cable companies flat out make up shit and charge more money. They’re disgusting. Don’t be like them and just lie, or tell yourself that the lack of telling the truth by way of saying nothing at all is different than a lie.
And tell us what the budget cuts are all about. Not only do you owe it to your investors to talk about your future goals in a more outright manner without being coy, but you owe it to the fans who are your lifeblood. Fewer and fewer are willing to stick around and watch garbage television and events in the hopes of finding answers.
Take the Time and Put in the Effort
As simple as it is, work harder. This should be self-explanatory, but it doesn’t seem WWE wants to acknowledge this as a reality anymore.
You can’t tell me WWE employees really think the current product is great. If so, they’re delusional and should be fired. Everyone should know how repetitive all these rematches are and how the storylines go nowhere, the feuds are lackluster and it’s all chaos.
The fix starts with acknowledging the problem. And by that, I don’t mean Big E making a joke about the “can they coexist” trope and then still doing the same thing. I mean being honest with yourself, saying “this all sucks and we need to do better” and then actually doing it.