During the Q&A, Angle was asked about the current WWE product and how bringing back an edgier product could turn things around for the company. Over the past years, the company has suffered a decline in popularity that has impact television ratings for Raw and SmackDown Live as well as attendance.
This was something that WWE had to face with poor attendance for the Stomping Grounds pay-per-view event in Tacoma, WA, Raw TV event in Everett, WA and SmackDown Live in Portland, OR. This is where he defended WWE’s product.
“The shows are about as good as they’re going to be. Keep in mind that WWE is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s bigger than ever. With that comes responsibility. WWE is a publicly traded company that gears toward children and families. During the attitude era, WWE catered to young adults. The storylines were Rated R type storylines. WWE can not do those types of storylines anymore.
“And IF they do, it has to be done very carefully. WWE has shareholders that are involved in the product. The shareholders want the company to remain a “family” type show. That’s the difference in writing. As far as the wrestling is concerned, it’s every bit as good now as it ever was. These are strictly my opinions, but I think they’re accurate.”