WWE has had to manage the effects of the global pandemic, which have also affected the sports entertainment business. There have been tons of superstars who have had to pack their bags in the past couple of years, including big names like Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Mickie James, Andrade, John Morrison and Bray Wyatt.
The simultaneous rise of All Elite Wrestling dealt a further blow to the Stamford-based firm, which saw two giants such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson getting blown away. In the war of ratings, AEW has taken over WWE in the 18 to 49-year-old demographic.
To cope with the emergency, WWE is trying to renew its offer and 'rejuvenate' the product. It is no mystery that Vince McMahon has always had a fondness for the most impressive athletes. Freddie Prinze Jr., who worked at WWE as a head writer between 2008 and 2009, talked about this with Chris Jericho.
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“Vince McMahon's father was obsessed with giants, a particular trait he passed on to his son as well. Vince has always been of the opinion that imposing athletes are more credible in the eyes of the people.
He always tended to object when I tried to 'throw' small superstars. Although wrestling has changed, his philosophy has remained the same" - explained Freddie Prinze Jr. Chris Jericho is back on his farewell to WWE: “Honestly, I think Vince McMahon thought to the last that I was bluffing for more money.
A man who has known me for so long, he should have known I'm not that kind of person. I have always been sincere towards him, I have not made mistakes in this sense. I'm sure Vince underestimated that situation and that he has some regrets today.
He could have done more to keep me in WWE. At the same time, I want to thank him. I enjoyed working with him, even if it wasn't always easy to deal with him." The former Intercontinental Champion said the WWE boss was probably scared of the British Bulldogs and 'half encouraged' their behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
"I think that Vince was afraid of The Bulldogs bullying. I think he was half encouraging it and half saying, hey guys, that's not funny, you know? I think it wasn't the way may be to approach it because the Bulldogs were saying 'Okay, he heard it.
He laughed a little bit, but he didn't fire us. So I think we could keep going.' They got worse and worse. So when I stood up, the only guy who stood up to them, I think Vince realized that he screwed up, that he shouldn't let it go that far," said Jacques Rougeau.