Following the culmination of numerous storylines at WrestleMania 39, Triple H and the WWE creative team have pressed the reset button on various angles as they anticipate the upcoming Backlash 2023 event. A WWE Hall of Famer, Eric Bischoff, recently shared his thoughts on the company's post-WrestleMania direction.
One of the notable feuds that took a backseat after WrestleMania is the heated rivalry between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns. Reigns, also known as The Tribal Chief, emerged victorious over The American Nightmare in their high-stakes title match at The Showcase of the Immortals.
Subsequently, Rhodes appears to have redirected his focus toward Brock Lesnar, who ambushed him during the latest episode of RAW. During a recent edition of his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff urged WWE officials to maintain and enhance the creative process that reached a crescendo in the lead-up to WrestleMania.
Bischoff expressed concern about the future of WWE's creative direction, stating, "Everybody was talking about 'WrestleMania, WrestleMania, WrestleMania. Cody/Roman, Cody/Roman, Cody/Roman.' I was excited about that as well, but I was more excited about where WWE was going to go after WrestleMania because the stage was set, and there was so much great story there." He continued, "I hope the WWE doesn't lose creative momentum.
I think it's time for WWE Creative to evolve." The recent WWE merger with the UFC and rumors of Vince McMahon rejoining the creative team post-WrestleMania have led some to speculate that these backstage changes have negatively impacted the quality of the product.
Triple H announced the return of the WWE Draft during the first episode of SmackDown following WrestleMania 39. This revelation prompted former WWE manager Dutch Mantell (formerly known as Zeb Colter) to comment on the lackluster nature of the announcement on his Story Time podcast.
Mantell voiced his disinterest in the draft, saying, "He comes out there, and he talks about one of the most boring-est things they can do, really is the draft. I don't know how they'll juice this thing up because a draft does not interest me.
I don't even know. I never understood it anyway." As WWE moves forward with its post-WrestleMania storylines, whether the creative team will heed Bischoff's advice and evolve to maintain viewer interest remains to be seen. Fans and industry insiders will closely monitor the company's trajectory in the coming weeks and months.