On Wednesday, Stephanie McMahon joined representatives from Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL Players Association, NASCAR and other major sports brands for the 2018 SBJ Game Changers Conference in New York City.
It’s great exposure for WWE but there was a lot of negative feedback on social media in response to some of the things she said on the stage.
“It’s about doing, not just talking. You have to listen to your audience. Their voice matters,” McMahon said about the women’s evolution in WWE. Fans on Twitter took issue with McMahon saying that WWE is successful because they listened to the fans. “We’re successful for one reason only: We listened to our audience,” McMahon was quoted as saying.
There are fewer people watching WWE today than in the late 1990’s but it is true that WWE is more profitable than it’s ever been thanks in large part to their television deals. However, many fans would argue that the company doesn’t always give fans what they want and a large part of the fanbase has been asking for years for the company to reconsider the cookie-cutter nature of the way the show is scripted.
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— Katie Rosenberg (@katierosenberg) September 12, 2018
"Its about doing, not just talking. You have to listen to your audience. Their voice matters." Stephanie McMahon on the rise of #givedivasachance #SportsBiz #sbjgc #storytelling pic.twitter.com/Wlq5AEOPvK
— Joe Favorito (@joefav) September 12, 2018
So apparently the WWE fans feel differently, as evidenced by the 70+ comments I woke up to this morning. https://t.co/GL7dJIlYat
— Katie Rosenberg (@katierosenberg) September 13, 2018