Is WWE No More the Go to Place for Wrestlers?

Published 08/18/2021, 7:15 AM EDT


Is WWE no more the place to be when it comes to wrestling? Paul Wight, in a recent interview, stated how he feels confident of signing some of the talent recently released by WWE. While it is rather certain that AEW has great financial backing courtesy of the Khan family, it would be unwise to consider that WWE doesn’t have their fair share of the green to attract any world-class talent to their side of the island.

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In an interview with the Ring Report, Wight had the following to say, “There has been an influx of talent. For whatever reason, WWE has gone in a different direction with what they’re doing as a company. Their business line is beyond me and they do their own thing and it works for them.”

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“They’ve had great success with it. The biggest difference that I can relate to anyone outside is that AEW is a wrestling company, but also one dedicated to the talent. It’s about the fans, but also about the talent versus about being just about the company.” (H/T Wrestling Inc)

Is WWE pivoting because of AEW?

While we can understand the wrestlers and fan being unhappy, could it be that WWE is no more in the wrestling business? A deal with Peacock and classifying themselves under entertainment are indicators of a quiet pivot.

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It is rather pertinent that there is a mold of what makes you desirable in WWE, probably not updated to today’s times. A person at 200cm with muscles rather than an athlete with a work rate is the preference. The fans, though, clarify that anyone with an intriguing character can go over (Darby, Britt Baker, MJF). Changing times have led to changing preferences, and people seem to have imbibed the fresh.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon, chairman of WWE (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)

A brilliant company always has recognition and support from the masses. Currently, WWE lacks the same. A cited budget cut causing many to lose their job amidst a crisis doesn’t really score brownie points. Worst when you are a publicly trading company, record profits and releases aren’t the most complimentary instances.

WWE surely has catapulted itself to a situation where they are synonymous with wrestling to the general audience. It remains to be seen if the tide completely overturns such a mammoth empire. The cracks, sadly, are visible today.

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