During the recent edition of The PWTorch Livecast podcast, former WWE Creative writer Matt McCarthy discussed his time working in WWE and more. Here are the highlights.
McCarthy on Vince McMahon’s hometown jobbing policy: “I mean, I don’t know why (Vince) does that, but it’s something that’s always happened. I don’t remember any specific examples of it, but there was always an awareness of, ‘Well, what town are we in, oh so-and-so is from here, Vince is probably going to want him to lose.’ I never, ever got an explanation for why that was. Even a general booking philosophy of why you’d do that.”
On why Vince McMahon does it: “I don’t know. I know Vince can get hung up on not wanting to just do the same old thing. That’s kind of a problem when you’re in your 70s and you’ve been doing this job your entire life and you’ve seen it all and done it all.”
On if it makes sense to job Superstars in their hometown: “I think (Vince) can under-appreciate how much turnover there is in the audience and how many new viewers you get. There are people who haven’t seen that stuff before. When I watch Jack Gallagher, I am smitten because I never get to see that type of wrestling anymore and I never have. I want that type of stuff, I love that type of stuff. There’s a whole century’s worth of booking philosophies and tricks that we’ve never seen. Johnny Carson said it once. ‘There’s no new jokes. There’s just an audience who hasn’t heard them yet.’ Not everything has to be – sometimes a wheel is what you need, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You don’t have to go against the grain just because you’ve been going with the grain so long.”
His thoughts on what his policies would be for booking decisions: “I’m talking about applying what we know works, examining the situation we’re in, and see what the most logical place we can go, and what’s something really exciting we can do that we haven’t done in a long time. There’s only so many ideas in the bucket. I think I heard Kevin Nash say there’s really only nine reasons for guys to have a match, and it’s true. We’re still tuning in and we still watch to see the good guy beat the bad guy. It doesn’t need to be more complicated than that. It’s pro wrestling. It should be simple. It should just be pro wrestling. It doesn’t need to be anything more than that.”