WWE Hall of Famer Edge spoke about the good and bad of scripted promos in WWE on a recent episode of his podcast, E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness.
WWE implemented scripted promos several years ago, which many fans and wrestlers alike are not supporters of due to it taking away from the artform.
The former WWE Champion, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Christian in 2012, started with the positives of scripted promos which is the fact that WWE officials know exactly what the talent will say when talking on live television. They do this because WWE is a publicly traded company that has a responsibility to FOX and USA Network.
“It’s interesting, you hear how scripted everything is and da-da-da-da-da and how stifling it can be, and I think there’s probably an argument for both sides. I think there’s an argument because you’re a publicly traded company; it’s FOX; it’s USA [Network]; it’s all of these things, so I get that side of it.”
Regarding the negatives, Edge stated that with scripted promos then fans miss out on excellent promos that are remembered such as Steve Austin’s ‘Austin 3:16.’
“But I also get the aspect if things were so heavily scripted, you don’t get the Macho Man [Randy Savage] ‘cream of the crop’ promo, I don’t think. You wouldn’t get ‘Austin 3:16’, I don’t think.” Edge added, “I get both sides, I guess is what I’m saying.”
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