Here’s an interesting quote from longtime WWE star Edge from his recent interview on The Kurt Angle Show (transcription via Wrestling Inc):
“I do appreciate the different set of circumstances that talent have to try to get themselves over in nowadays because I think it’s more difficult. I really, really do and having come back now and seeing it first hand, I’m like wow, this is harder to try and present your story and present your character because the format has changed due to necessity.
“When I say more difficult, I mean for people coming into the industry now or coming into the company now. I have a body of work, so I don’t have to go through those same challenges because they’ve seen it, they know it and I can already come in and I’m already established. I’m talking if I were starting out now, oh man, and it was difficult when I started out back then too. I feel for a lot of young folks and I really do say just pick my brain because I can’t fully grasp what you’re having to encounter because I’m not at that stage in my career at the same time but I can at least give you some guidelines and some tent-poles to help you feel like you’re not drowning.”
It’s too bad he didn’t go more in depth with that answer, because there are very real concerns with just how well anyone can get over in such an overly produced “universe” like WWE. If all your lines are written for you, how much personality do you actually have? How much are fans actually connecting to the wrestler?
Again, though, it’s hard to know if that’s exactly what he’s talking about but there’s no questioning there were far more up-and-coming stars when Edge first broke in than now. The biggest difference during that time? How many writers — some of whom have no background in pro wrestling — are employed by the company.
But that’s just my take. What’s yours?