Sunday, February 2, 2014

WWE: "Just relax and enjoy the product the company gives you"

"Internet is so funny. You all read the sites so you all should know the 'plans' for Mania. None of those plans have Bryan in a title match so the internet exploding at the end of the show is beyond laughable. Plus dont hate on Rey, he didn't book himself as #30. The way most of you were acting the company should have called an audible and put Brooklyn Brawler as #30 just to piss you off even more. over 50,000 mania tix sold and a network that will change your life for ever is about to launch, so just relax and enjoy the product the company gives you. By the way, didn't you all shit on the wwe for the Sept - Nov ppvs last year and said you were done, but turned around to watch/buy the Rumble? Pittsburgh you were an awesome crowd and it was an honor to be in your building last night"

This letter, allegedly written by an anonymous top WWE Superstar, was sent to F4WOnline.  If this letter doesn't prove how out of touch this company is, I don't know what will.  It's actually somewhat disheartening that they even have the top Superstars believing this line of thinking.

This straw argument people use -- that Internet fans will NEVER be satisfied -- is a cheap excuse that overlooks the actual issue.  Even Matt Striker used that argument on Twitter earlier this week, stating that the main event of WrestleMania could be Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd in an iron man match and we'd still complain about the result.  That statement, as well as this one (particularly the Brooklyn Brawler comment) doesn't actually acknowledge the issue though -- that the company is insisting upon certain things, and that the company expects the fans to change their opinion based on what is provided to them ("just relax and enjoy the product the company gives you") instead of the company changing course to give the fans what they want.

Aside from Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania, has the company EVER experienced enormous success with a Superstar because THEY decided "he's our guy"?  Austin was the result of the people.  So was Rock.  So was Cena (as hard as it is to believe).  So was Batista.  Sometimes those moments coincided -- guys like Bret Hart, HBK, Diesel, Edge, Triple H (through DX), Angle, and CM Punk got the company's seal of approval....but it wasn't without the fans' support.  Even somebody who was forced down our throat, like Orton, likely experienced his greatest success when the fans DID demand it (following Legacy).

But now?  Guys are seemingly punished for getting a rise from the audience.  Look at Zack Ryder.  Look at Dolph Ziggler.  Look at Daniel Bryan, who HAS experienced the biggest push of his life, but SURELY would have been in an even loftier position if it was any other era.  I've made this comment before, but imagine what this company would accomplish if they put as much effort into giving their fans what the want as they do working AROUND what their fans want (stuff like giving us Daniel Bryan in an opening segment "so the fans can get the chanting out of their systems").

Do I know for sure that this was actually written by a WWE Superstar?  Or even anybody associated with the company whatsoever?  No.  But it does pinpoint the company's mentality.  And it's extremely disgusting and frustrating.

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