It has been a complaint on WWE for more than a decade that they do not give the fans what they want. There were a lot of new generation wrestlers whom fans wanted to see getting a nice push, but they did not get any.
For example, fans wanted Damien Sandow to get a decent push after his stunt double persona became famous. As a result, the company released him. Even now, there are many wrestlers like Shinsuke Nakamura, Ricochet and other names who are excellent talents and fans are dying to see them on the main events. But they are stuck somewhere in the lower mid-cards and jobbing roles.
Why WWE Fails To Give What Fans Want
Arn Anderson recently spoke on this topic on his own podcast “ARN” where he also WWE is not giving their fans what they are looking for. He said that WWE is unable to give fans what they want when it comes to Roman Reigns or Kevin Owens;
“Roman Reigns was going to be the lead guy as a babyface for the company. Instead of seeing way back when, years before that, that this is not what they want Roman to be. Roman doesn’t have to say anything. All Roman has to do is come through the curtain and be an a*skicking machine.
They don’t want him to be a nice guy. They don’t want him to be clever. They don’t want him to be entertaining, and they certainly don’t want to see him spear five or six heels at a given time. One of the things that I did learn from Vince early on is, don’t shove a babyface down the people’s necks if they’re not going to accept it because they’ll regurgitate it.
We got away from that theory, and we quit listening to our audience because they will absolutely tell you what they want. When you quit listening to them, and I used Kevin Owens as an example, when he beat Cena on the first show that he was on, the audience was 90% behind Kevin Owens.
That week, creative should have sat down and said, ‘Guys, I don’t care what you have written down for the next week, or month, or two months, this guy is a babyface.’ Next week, it doesn’t mean we change his style of work, it just means we put him in a position to be the favorite in the match.
You change everything that you have because it was so crystal clear this is what they wanted. Give it to them. With Roman, the fact that Roman goes out there and spears five guys does not make Roman more of a babyface. It makes him a god and he’s not earning his position, or his push, or however you want to call it. He’s just out there running through guys. The audience smells it, and they don’t like it.”
Except for pushes, WWE does not even change gimmicks on fans’ demand either. For example, John Cena’s heel turn that never happened since his babyface turn in late 2003. We hope WWE will change their mindset up soon.
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