The tides are changing, and some may say for the better. Professional wrestling has gained the much needed facelift it needed when AEW came to town. The promotion became the perfect alternative to the powerful World Wrestling Entertainment. With the new kids in town making big moves, WWE will be forced to make some long overdue changes if they want to keep the best wrestlers on their roster.
Below are three changes WWE could and should implement right away.
Wrestlers want more Freedom
The days of being an independent contractor unable to have outside deals or sponsorships are coming to an end. Soon, the WWE will be forced to change their ways, or lose their talent to promotions like AEW. Since AEW signed CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, and Adam Cole (a key player in the Wednesday Night Wars for NXT), WWE has some serious problems on their hands. Especially if Kevin Owens and Bray Wyatt also make the move.
WWE needs to allow their talent to have Twitch accounts and obtain sponsors they are able to promote on their personal social media accounts. Not only does this allow wrestlers the freedom to make an income outside of WWE, it will allow fans to feel they can interact more with their favorite superstars on other levels. It doesn’t make much sense why the organization won’t allow simple things like this, but the more wrestlers leave and speak up, the quicker things will change.
Creative needs to Change
The facts that WWE doesn’t have a criteria to be a wrestling fan when seeking writers is blasphemy and truly makes no sense. How are you going to write about a product you know nothing about? Writers like this are out of touch with fans and it often shows. Though WWE has given us great moments over the last few months, much of their changed ways were forced due to the general public being upset.
At some point, WWE needs to lead the charge and be ahead of the game. This is a solid start. Writers should have a clear understanding of the product and what the fans want. They should be in touch with what’s going on in the world of wrestling in order to come up with storylines that people want to tune into.
The fact this even has to be written is insane.
Listen to the Fans
Fans have been speaking out on WWE creative and the company’s decisions for far too long. AEW just chose to listen to what fans were missing. Something Vince McMahon doesn’t like doing. WWE is no longer the only big fish in the sea, and having competition like AEW will force more changes. If they listened to the fans more, who knows if they would in the position they are today against All Elite.
WWE has shown they are very much so a re-active company, while AEW is the opposite. WWE reacts, instead of being proactive during changing times. If UFC didn’t take a chance on Ronda Rousey, WWE wouldn’t have taken the chance they did with the women on the roster. Their would be no first-ever matches; that’s just the truth. The man who led the company when women were barely highlighted didn’t just change his ways overnight. It was just the popular thing to do.
If WWE wants to remain at the top, they are going to have to make some serious changes before the product takes new lows. The times are changing, the fans have spoken, but now the wrestlers are taking a stand. It’ll be interesting to see how the year concludes, and what 2022 brings.
We’re in a new era of professional wrestling. One that is refreshing to the masses.