It's a couple of months now since Bill DeMott resigned as head WWE trainer after an internal memo was leaked that accused him of creating an unprofessional and unsafe work environment in NXT back in 2013. The allegations included incidents of homophobic and racist bullying, amongst other off-color remarks, and a litany of unsafe training practices.
Since that time, DeMott has kept a low profile. Well, that was until he did a shoot interview for his friend Vince Russo's new VIP website. Whilst he didn't respond to any specific accusations, he did make it perfectly clear that he feels that the complaints were sour grapes from a group of individuals who blamed him for their own failings and weren't willing to work hard for the WWE superstardom that they craved.
When Russo complained about having to handhold young talent and babysit them as a backstage producer in TNA in 2012, even though he knew that they were never going to make it and had no business even being on television every single week, DeMott agreed that a lot of his time at the WWE Performance Centre was spent having to cater to the whims of the trainees that WWE had signed who had no life experience and were mentally unprepared for the rigours of their chosen profession:
"Yeah, you become a babysitter, big brother, guidance counsellor, authority figure, person of confidence, their trainer. The trick to this generation now is how do you be, I don't know if this is the right word, how do you be friendly and not be their friend?"
Knowing DeMott personally, Russo strongly believed that his problems were caused by having to pamper and kowtow to his students opening up a whole can of worms where they felt free to make false complaints against their teacher, which was a perception DeMott was willing to help foster by going on a rant about today's millennial generation that Vince McMahon would be proud of:
"I always use the term it's never the quarterback, it's the coach. We talk about football and a guy will stink the joint out, so it wasn't Tony Romo, it was the other guy and he was gone. Millennials, I think right that's what this generation is called the millennials. I think it's in the whole world. So what I can say and what I will say is as a dad as you are, as I am, I try to figure that out to keep my children away from that entitlement. I guess it's old school that you get what you earn and you try to earn what you want. I think that's all I am going to say about that because I think no matter what the case, Walmart, Publix, IBM, I always use IBM I don't know why, I go to a lot of management seminars and that's a lot of the conversation, the opening conversation: 'What do we do when they don't like that?' And I want to walk out because I'm not going to learn anything if I'm still trying to figure out [that]. It's tough, it's going to be tough for whoever has to figure out what they want tomorrow. And that's a challenge I think."
Personally, I'm not sure how it's entitled to want a workplace where bullying, particularly of a homophobic, racist or sexist nature, is not tolerated, and where outdated training techniques that cause unnecessary risk of injury are phased out, but maybe holding such an opinion is symptomatic of a lazy millennial attitude to life?