Something that has become a staple of this site over the last two years has returned for the first time in 2017. For the first fan interaction we look at the creative side of pro-wrestling and I am aware of how heavily criticized every company's creative teams are and booking is one of the more highly debated topics in pro-wrestling today; these are the reasons I chose to interact on this subject. This series will be split into two parts due to the depth that some fans went into with their answers:
Question: Do you think that non wrestling people belong on the creative team? Even if they have knowledge in TV writing?
Gabrielle: Yes, why not? BUT, in my opinion, I think they need to study the business first, to understand what it is, to understand the difference between a storyline for a wrestling angle and a storyline in a TV drama show. They would need a history lesson, they could watch old footage and current footage of wrestling. That process would have to take a few months for them to really grasp it. Only than, they would be allowed in the creative team.
Big Gold Belt Show: Yes, think of it this way...in professional sports they have non sport people handle contracts because they know business. Simply enough, if they know what is entertainment and character development, they should be ok.
Well You Know Radio: Personally, no. I think its been the influence of these non-insiders that has led to lines like "sufferin succotash" and the absolute control over what the performers say and do. One of the draws of professional wrestling is the unpredictable nature of a predetermined event. And I think that close scripts have majorly hurt the product overall. I think if you hire innovative "smart" thinkers, not necessarily TV people, you get better results.
Wrestling Happy Hour: Absolutely. If someone has a proven track record of making entertaining episodic television then who gives a fuck where they grass rooted.
Ring Rap: I think it's best to have a variety of people in creative, but the majority should be wrestling-centric. As part of a team, anyone with ideas can be valuable and can contribute a different perspective, but at the end of the day, the person making the final decisions needs to have experience in the industry in some form.
Danny: I don't think non wrestling people belong behind the creative table for WWE. Like honestly, Freddie Prince Jr. at one point was apart of the creative team!! Keep the writing to the wrestling minds of the past, present and future. WWE needs to listen to the fans and yes sometimes the fans, including myself, don't agree with the writers but hey it's been better as of late. They just need to bring some edge back into wrestling and another thing I really miss; hero faces and red hot heels. WWE needs to do a better job finding a hero heel; Stone Cold, and a heel that we hate, corporation rock. Or when I went to my first PPV; I hated HHH and was rooting for HBK. That rivalry was pure gold. Now I find myself rooting for heels all the time because I can't stand the faces. The only time I found myself now rooting for the face is Jericho because why not?! He's my favorite of all time.
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