For the longest time now, the WWE has been the reflection of one Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s whims and understandably, both its highest points and lowest troughs have been attributed to the thick-set businessman.
While some may point to the increasing locus of control that Triple H seems to be garnering backstage, the product still resonates with Vince McMahon’s will, and bears his seal of approval before hitting TV screens.
That being said, the blame for some of the mistakes that have been are repetitively made by the WWE have to fall squarely on his (McMahon’s) shoulders. The audience may lobby for change, but the WWE have managed to desist it, no matter how hard-pressed to conformity they have been.
Here then, are 5 such biggest mistakes that the WWE have continued committing over the years.
#5 Ridiculous characterization
Today’s product seems to have dulled the edge of kayfabe, and the WWE just can’t seem to catch on with that concept.
Stuck on in an age where larger-than-life personas and heroic deeds straight out of a comic book sold straight, the WWE seems to be grappling between imposing their tried and tested ideas in characterization and embracing a changing dynamic of audience to whom that just doesn’t appeal anymore.
For every Superstar like Kevin Owens that keeps it real, there is a duo like Primo and Epico whose gimmicks just don’t beget sense, much less realism.
For every character like Finn Balor, or his alter ego, an extremely talented performer the likes of Cody Rhodes leaves the company because his far-fetched and childish gimmick was being persisted with despite clearly not yielding any traction with the audience.
Caught between a rock and a hard place, someone like Cesaro is losing his identity of being an inimitable ring wizard in pursuit of the proverbial brass ring, with a James Bond-esque gimmick that he is clearly not well-suited, pun unintended, to execute.
The worrying question is, ‘how many more talented performers will fall prey to this rigid approach of the WWE?’