WWE had to make a series of painful decisions during the long months of the pandemic, which turned the whole world upside down and propelled humanity into a new era. The Stamford-based company has been forced to release a large number of talent and behind-the-scenes insiders, many of whom have been hired by All Elite Wrestling.
Recently, rumors have intensified regarding Daniel Bryan and CM Punk possibly joining the AEW. It goes without saying that it would be a huge blow for Vince McMahon. The WWE boss hasn't said a word about it, but the feeling is that he doesn't have the situation fully under control at this historical stage.
Many have criticized WWE's programming in recent weeks, especially with reference to the use of NXT athletes who have been brought to the main roster. During the latest edition of 'Smack Talk' on Sportskeeda, former WWE manager Dutch Mantell - who spent 40 years in the wrestling business - reflected on the logic behind Vince's recent decisions.
"I'll give you a very simple and quick answer: they don't give a shit" - began Dutch Mantell with great clarity.
Dutch Mantell opens up on Vince McMahon
“Vince McMahon's making a huge mess of Raw, SmackDown and NXT development.
His mind is going in 40 different directions. He is selling the shares, he is doing this, he is doing the other one, he is talking to the networks and much more. The only moment he dedicates to himself is probably when he trains in the gym, while otherwise he is always focused on business.
He can't take care of all those little details that go into making a successful show, it's not hard to understand. Wrestling fans have noticed this after all these years. That's why so many nonsense stories pop up,” Dutch Mantell added.
Over the past seven months, WWE has released as many as 52 superstars (the latest wave of layoffs was made official during the last episode of SmackDown). It was further revealed that the feeling within WWE is that NXT lost the war against AEW.
They now want to go in a new direction with NXT and have younger and bigger workers. This was reportedly why several cuts were made last week. Meltzer added that a memo was sent out revealing what WWE actually wants from NXT: “The wording is ‘no more midgets, no one starting in their 30s, they want people who can be box office attractions and main characters,” said Dave Meltzer.