WWE Release Longtime Employee
As part of their ongoing budget cuts WWE have released longtime time keeper (bell ringer) Mark Yeaton. He also worked in backstage production.
Steve Austin commented on the news on Twitter:
Triple H Discusses Bloated Creative Team
Bleacher Report has quotes from Triple H’s recent Needham Fireside Chat in New York City. During the event he breifly discussed the WWE creative process:
We have a whole creative writing team that fluxes over time. We produce eight hours of in-ring content each week. It’s a ton of content. There can be anywhere from 20 to 35 writers on with us. There’s a churn rate on that as well. At the end of the day, it’s all about churning out as many storylines as possible and looking at the business as a whole. You can write the greatest story in the world and have an actor with no charisma. The story will tank. They’re interdependent on each other.
He also explained why WWE don’t consider UFC competition:
UFC is not really a competitor to us. I explain it to our talent. They are like boxing. It’s completely different from what we are. We’re like the movie Rocky. We’re a story. We’re a great story that just happens to take place in the wrestling ring. In a boxing match, you’ll watch one time. You’re not going to go back and watch it a bunch of times unless you’re a connoisseur of boxing science. Rocky the movie? You’ll watch over and over again. It’s a triumph story. It’s a love story. We create characters you gravitate to. That you connect with. Whether you hate them or love them. We put them in unique storylines with creative passions. We have good guys and bad guys. That’s what makes the network successful. Who is going to go back and watch the Super Bowl from 1984? Who is going to go back and watch boxing from five years ago? Our product is evergreen.
Batista On Failed Return
Batista discussed his mishandled return to WWE with TampaBay.com:
I put it aside for now, and that really had a lot to do with my obligations to Marvel, but it also had to do with the fact that (the WWE and I) weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, creatively. The stuff they were doing with story lines just didn’t make sense to me. … I’d love to go back. I’m a professional wrestler at heart and I miss it. But I want to be there and be happy with what I’m doing.