Wrestling icon Dutch Mantell recently shared his opinion that WWE might not renew contracts for several performers, who have expressed frustration for a variety of reasons. Reports suggest that backstage morale suffered following Vince McMahon's return to the promotion, with the RAW episode after WrestleMania 39 causing particular dissatisfaction among wrestlers due to numerous last-minute script alterations.
Budget Cuts and Contract Concerns
Nick Khan's hints at impending budget cuts further fuel concerns about the potential impact on morale, as some talent may face termination. Dutch Mantell addressed this issue on the latest episode of Sportskeeda Wrestling's Smack Talk, expressing his own annoyance with those performers who claim to be unhappy.
The former WWE manager questioned whether these talents could earn similar incomes elsewhere and speculated that WWE might not even opt to renew all athlete contracts. On Smack Talk, Dutch Mantell delved into the topic of backstage morale, highlighting that top WWE stars, such as Sami Zayn, Roman Reigns, and Cody Rhodes, rarely express dissatisfaction.
He asserted that it's easy to tell when morale is suffering, but emphasized that it seems to be improving at the moment. Mantell encouraged wrestlers to contribute to this positive atmosphere by "acting happy" as they enter the dressing room, fostering a supportive environment for all performers.
By maintaining a good attitude and focusing on camaraderie, wrestlers can help elevate morale, mitigating the effects of external factors such as budget cuts and potential contract non-renewals. While the post-WrestleMania 39 episode of RAW seemed chaotic, recent weeks have seen a series of well-received shows, indicating a return to normalcy.
Despite the challenges facing WWE, including potential budget cuts and contract non-renewals, Mantell's comments suggest that there is hope for the organization to overcome these obstacles and maintain high morale among its performers.
As the wrestling world watches closely, WWE must strike a balance between financial constraints and the well-being of its talent to ensure continued success in the industry.
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