In addition to the crisis linked to the pandemic, WWE has also had to deal with the rise of All Elite Wrestling in recent months. Tony Khan's company has signed several former WWE superstars, including two all-time stars of the caliber of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan (now Bryan Danielson).
The Stamford-based company tried to respond with the great returns of Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, awaiting Crown Jewel, the event to be held in Saudi Arabia on Thursday 21 October. As if that weren't enough, ratings aren't rewarding WWE, which AEW has seen overtaken by AEW in the 18 to 49-year-old demographic.
During the latest edition of 'Legion of RAW' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo highlighted how the 'King of the Ring' tournament is too much influenced by Vince McMahon's 'hand' “I have worked in WWE for many years and know Vince McMahon well.
Can I say something with great sincerity? It would be appropriate to stop with the crown and the throne, it has become an obsolete antic. This has always been one of Vince's problems. He likes to do the same things every year and he doesn't realize the time that goes by.
That set is now pathetic and stupid. At some point, you have to realize that a change is needed. We have passed the era of thrones, crowns and all the rest. Xavier Woods had a conversation with the crown, are we kidding?" - sentenced Vince Russo.
Vince Russo slams Vince McMahon
Vince Russo drew a parallel with All Elite Wrestling: “Everyone knows I'm not a huge fan of AEW, there are obvious problems there too. However, if Vince McMahon continues to do these archaic, stale, stupid and ridiculous things, it's clear that Tony Khan's company will take over.
Time is running out and WWE does nothing but makes its product more and more anachronistic. The situation is truly terrible”. Mr. Perfect once complained to Vince McMahon about a wrestling singlet that former WWE costume designer Tom Fleming created for Adam Bomb.
Fleming told Pro Wrestling Defined’s Jonathan O’Dwyer in 2021 that Mr. Perfect thought Bomb’s attire looked too similar to his. After confronting Fleming, the former Intercontinental Champion took his complaint to Vince McMahon.
“I was like, ‘Vince approves everything, I just do the designs. If you’ve got beef, man, go talk to Vince.’ He stormed over to Vince and I saw the same thing. He was screaming and yelling, and I saw Vince start laughing, and he [Mr. Perfect] just punched one of the lockers and stormed off,” Fleming said.