Jim Ross: "WWE Superstars Develop Too Slow"

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Jim Ross: "WWE Superstars Develop Too Slow"

The effects of the global pandemic have also been felt for WWE, which has been forced to lay off large numbers of superstars and insiders over the past year and a half. The empty arenas and the subsequent crisis do not fully explain the collapse in ratings that the company has suffered in recent times.

The rise of All Elite Wrestling - capable of engaging two phenomena such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson - has certainly not helped Vince McMahon's company, which is increasingly succumbing in the 18 to 49-year-old demographic.

The detractors believe that the Stamford-based federation has not had the courage to renew its product in recent years, limiting itself to proposing the same stories with a few small adjustments. Add to this the difficulty of WWE in creating popular and recognizable superstars who are able to attract new audiences.

Recently, changes have been made to the NXT brand, encouraging the development of young talent who was relatively unknown before making their television debut. In the latest edition of his 'Grilling JR' podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross analyzed the new approach of Vince McMahon and co.

Jim Ross analyzes the problems of the WWE

“My opinion is that WWE's planning and organization have gotten a bit stale. They are desperately trying to reverse course and 'rejuvenate' the roster. The example of NXT is emblematic in this sense ”- examined JR.

“I am reminded of the case of Big E, who is probably having the best moment of his entire career. We are not talking about a very young wrestler, they waited too long before leveling him up. There is an evident delay in the progression of the athletes, I don't know if I mean it ”- he added.

Big E was 26 when he made his debut on the WWE main roster (it was 2012). The Shield member first captured the WWE Championship this year alone, snatching it from Bobby Lashley's hands. "Fans of wrestling love the new and they love surprises, I repeated it ad nauseam" - Jim Ross commented, further distinguishing between the WWE and AEW.