All Elite Wrestling made headlines last week when they announced part of their roster. It’s an exciting time to be a professional wrestling fan because this is the closest we’ve gotten to the Monday Night War when the wrestling business was booming.
The people in management are taking steps to make sure that fans will get the best product and part of their formula appears to be to move away from how WWE does things with wrestlers being scripted word for word.
During an interview with SEScoops, Cody Rhodes made it clear that wrestlers will not be micro-managed in All Elite Wrestling:
“We’re talking bullet points, we’re talking an overall knowledge of the business, and hey, let them go out and play. Take a look back at the wrestling you and I love. For the most part, they’re all grown men and women doing what they were hired to do. They’ve cut their teeth, they’ve paid their dues and now they’re going to go out there and play their music. I would very much like a presentation that mirrors that. We don’t need to micro-manage and we certainly don’t need to script a great deal of the product we’re planning.”
Rhodes also said that they are not going to have a large writing staff like WWE. In fact, there are no plans to hire writers anytime soon:
“This is probably going to be an unpopular thing to say, but I will say it. There won’t be a writer hired for All Elite Wrestling any time soon. Because wrestlers are the writers. We’re the writers. Like I said with guys going out there and playing their own music, believe me – the day comes that I see ‘this is something we can really benefit from’ – absolutely, but I knew 40 writers in WWE and about 4 of them actually did anything. The reason I remember them and value them, they helped produce pre-tapes, they were team players, so right now that’s one thing we’ve gotten a lot of questions about. We’re keeping it very in-house for now.”
This is a great interview. You can read all of it by clicking here.
We were at the rally last week in Jacksonville. You can listen to some of Tony Khan’s plans for the company in the video below: