Prinze Jr.' s perspective sheds light on the critical differences in the approaches taken by WWE and AEW regarding nurturing and promoting talent. The actor and former WWE writer shared his thoughts on AEW's willingness to allow wrestlers to grow and develop, even if they initially stumble.
This contrasts with WWE's alleged zero-tolerance approach, where one mistake could potentially derail a wrestler's entire storyline or career. The Hollywood star, who has also appeared in hit television shows like "24" and "Friends," discussed the impact this difference in approach could have on the morale and confidence of the talent working for these organizations.
By allowing wrestlers to learn from their mistakes and improve in AEW, they can achieve success and longevity in their careers.
WWE's Zero-Tolerance Consequences
On the other hand, Prinze Jr. believes that WWE's unforgiving attitude towards errors could be detrimental to the growth and development of its performers.
He argues that the nature of live performances, like wrestling events, should be more forgiving than film and television, where retakes are commonplace. When asked about the reason behind WWE's stringent stance, Prinze Jr.
quickly attributes it to the company's long-standing owner and chairman, Vince McMahon. He recounted hearing McMahon dismiss wrestlers' potential after they made mistakes in the ring, referring to them as "dead money." This revelation offers a unique insider's perspective into professional wrestling, highlighting the distinct philosophies that separate WWE and AEW.
It remains to be seen whether AEW's more lenient approach toward its talent will eventually lead to tremendous success for the organization in the long run. However, Freddie Prinze Jr. sees value in allowing wrestlers to grow and learn from their mistakes rather than writing them off after a single misstep.
As the landscape of professional wrestling continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see if WWE eventually adopts a more forgiving attitude toward its performers or if AEW's approach continues to set them apart from its competition.