The recent ratings drops for Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown are obvious signs that changes are needed on WWE television. The new sets, announcers and pyro are things they can point at to show investors that there are changes happening but the biggest issue, the overall scripted nature of the show with unsophisticated storylines, is still prevalent.
Eric Bischoff was fired this week but the reality is that the problems plaguing the company will remain until real change happens at the top with Vince McMahon being less hands on with the product.
On a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez noted how the morale in the company has taken a hit.
Alvarez said, “I was told today, there may be more [releases] coming, who knows? Morale has not been good for a long time but apparently the morale has taken an even bigger hit since October 1st.”
He continued, “If you recall, the belief within WWE … their idea was ‘oh my god, we’re going to FOX and a new boom period is going to kick off.”
Alvarez pointed out how SmackDown lost around a million viewers from the debut show to the second show. He also pointed out how the draft was a disaster and things seemed to be thrown together even though people in WWE claimed that the whole draft was figured out in advance.
Alvarez also noted that he received texts from people in WWE who said they couldn’t bring themselves to watching Monday Night Raw.
In addition to all of this, there is still a negative buzz around WWE for the horrible finish to the Hell in a Cell main event. Click here for news on wrestlers who are unhappy about Seth Rollins getting blamed for that awful match.
Check out Alvarez’s rant on WWE (including the news about low morale) in the video below.