In a performance of Rich iron show, WWE star and Founder of Peace Actor John Cena was asked about the latest amount of cuts made by WWE over the past two years. Cena, noting that he came up at a time when WWE was making semi-annual cuts, suggested that WWE’s lack of cuts for years, as well as hiring as much talent as possible (a move Cena admitted could have been a bit defensive) led to this be a shock.
“There’s a lot to unpack there,” Cena said. “I want to say this. When I started in WWE, WWE had just absorbed WCW and ECW, and also had two areas of development. The lists were plentiful is probably a good word. When I started in WWE, there were releases twice a year. And it created efforts for development talents, and it created efforts for talents to try to make a name for themselves. Because we just knew it. We knew in a calendar year, shortly after WrestleMania and either before or after the holidays, there would be cuts. always been.And it seemed to stop right around when we seriously started redefining ourselves with our new school, the Ruthless Aggression era with characters of me, Brock, Randy, Dave.
“As those guys started anchoring and developing programs that go into the next decade or more, and we started expanding our reach, we started having more programming. The talent lists started to get big. And I think a lot about that, WWEs recruitment strategy, I think a lot of it could have done it, and once again I do not think about WWE. It’s just me who has a different perspective. I think a lot of it could have been a a bit of defensive hiring.Because there was, and still is, a huge boom right now in sports entertainment.People absorb this content they engage.People make a name for themselves outside of WWE, it’s no longer a one-stop-shop.So I think with this stream of passionate people who love sports entertainment, people are getting a name outside of WWE. If WWE feels they might fit in that world, they will try to give that person a chance. also really positive about continuing to hire new talent. “
To continue on his point that the WWE, especially the NXT brand, can be crowded, John Cena also shared a story about being at the show where Steve Austin was fired, and realizing that if Austin could be fired, anyone could . At the end of the day, Cena realizes that it is a business and decisions will be made with that in mind.
“The NXT Performance Center is, I would not say overwhelmed, but they have maximum capacity,” Cena said. “So you have all these artists, and many of them do not get a chance to perform. And I think that’s really frustrating, both for WWE and the attitude of the performers. And in the end, it’s sadly a business. And I remember when I started in WWE, I want to use the word lucky. I was so lucky to be at the show in Atlanta where Stone Cold Steve Austin was fired. And that moment right there, it shot through me like a cannon. Because I got the impression ‘if they can fire Stone Cold Steve Austin, unless your name is Vince McMahon, everyone is interchangeable.’
“I think a lot of the frustration from the audience out there is that they watch sports entertainment the way I do. I love watching matches, I love seeing potential in people, I love seeing potential in artists. And I see potential. in all, especially when people start to defy what they would call a gimmick or a personality.I love to be able to try to move on with it in conversations and see how far we can take it.But there are only so many spots, there is only so much programming.And I understand, from a business point of view, the amount of releases that have had to happen if the company justifies that ‘hey, this is the step we’re taking. We want less talent with , it has very little to do with the profit margin. ”
In the end, while acknowledging that every journey has an end, John Cena admitted that he felt bad about all the people who were released from the WWE, especially since that means they are not able to use ” their gift, “as he called it. He stressed once again that the abrupt shift in WWE, going from hiring to firing people, will affect how people see things in this regard.
“I know, of course, that this is a sensitive issue, and it will evoke perspective from everyone, and everyone is entitled to their perspective,” Cena said. “I think the sad thing here is that people who have this gift are not allowed to use it and people are out of work. And it’s the absolute saddest thing that people can no longer work for a company they have called home for a period of time. I feel with everyone who has had to go in that direction. But all of us, including myself, our journey will eventually have an end. And when you are sometimes in it, you do not always have that perspective.
“I personally, from my early days in WWE, always had the perspective that it could be over tomorrow for any of us. Because if they can fire Steve Austin, there’s no way I’m near His abilities.And that means they can fire me.But it’s just the culture I was brought up in. I was brought up in half-yearly cuts and it happened all the time.I think WWE went through so long a period where they did not release anyone and now they are somehow getting back into that rhythm again.And it’s a really abrupt shift to someone who is not familiar with it.And my heart goes out to everyone, to get the sad news, because it’s a tough conversation to have. ”
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