WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson recently did a Q&A segment on his “ARN” podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
During the podcast, he talked about when he knew his time with WWE was coming to an end.
The longtime WWE agent and pro wrestling legend departed from WWE in February 2019. Although details are still unknown, it’s been reported that he was let go after having an argument with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Anderson noted that it was four years prior to the release he was getting blamed for stuff that was perceived to be his fault that wasn’t and he felt that his opinion wasn’t valued.
He brought up the duties as a road agent and how they travel just as much as the talent but unlike the talent, a producer has to be at the buildings for TV earlier.
“On top of all that, they would send the show [script] out, sometimes on Sunday night. So after you had already put in 1,000 miles, you had already did a show, you had driven to RAW, however far that was. Then you would get an e-mail, and you would have to critique the show, have to read through a three-hour RAW, give your opinions, suggestions. Same thing with SmackDown. Now it doesn’t matter that it’s 4 in the morning and you’re dead tired. But that’s all the Producers.”
“Very rarely in those last 4 years was anything that anyone of us had offered, because you would get a sheet with the Producer suggestions, and names that go by with them, and they never would use any of those suggestions. and I knew my opinion was no longer valued. And you would speak up, it would be taken the wrong way, it was almost like it was Creative vs. the Producers, which was the farthest thing from the truth. We were doing all we could to support their ideas. A lot of them we disagreed with and we’d voice it, and then we’d get kicked around the room, but by the time it got back to the beginning, it was just what was written originally. I just felt like the last 4 years, it was… I always kinda felt like I was one of those, ‘You WCW guys.’ I always felt that way,” Arn revealed.
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H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription