Anonymous source: WWE’s atmosphere is toxic and it’s all because of one person

The following should be viewed as unconfirmed news/rumors. An anonymous caller recently called into the Pro Wrestling Show Podcast hosted by Wade Keller. The caller claimed to have recently had a night out with three members of WWE’s creative team. The caller made a number of fascinating claims, including that the backstage atmosphere is “toxic” and that one person is responsible for that.

“Regarding WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, the writers allegedly said there is no chance of Vince stepping down. Obviously that day will come eventually, but it sounds like there is a feeling that Vince isn’t stepping down any time soon. It also sounds like a lot of the writers blame Vince for a lot of the negativity. “It’s such a toxic atmosphere and it’s all because of one person,” one writer said. (H/T to Wrestlingnews.co.) It was emphasized that WWE’s problems are not the fault of the creative team, and that Vince is the one who deserves the blame.

Regarding Vince and WWE creative, it was said that Vince wants suggestions from everyone, but those suggestions never make it to TV. It was also said that 99 out of 100 times you can come up with an idea for Vince, but it won’t be used. The writers also painted a picture of Vince being out of touch. They claimed Vince just “watches WWE and works out” and is not aware of things going on in the real world. Regarding the WWE NXT developmental system, the writers claimed that Vince does not keep track of what goes on there, and that he “maybe” watches the Takeover specials. Triple H has indicated in the past that Vince does know what’s going on with the black & yellow brand.”

For more rumors on the backstage happenings of the WWE check out Wrestlinginc’s summary of the call. You can listen to the Pro Wrestling Show Podcast here.

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Vince McMahon says WWE talent shouldn’t fear repercussions for time off

WWE owner Vince McMahon recently sat down with Variety for a lengthy interview. The CEO of the WWE discussed a number of topics, including whether or not superstars should worry about taking time off.

“Anybody who wants time off can get time off. That’s easy. In addition to that, it’s easy to weave a talent in and out of a storyline. If they get injured, you’re not expecting that. Or if they have a family matter. Our characters are real people with real problems. It’s a revolving situation where this talent will work these dates, that talent will work those dates.”

For more of McMahon’s thoughts check Variety.com’s interview.

Jim Ross speaks on if Vince McMahon is concerned with AEW

Jim Ross was recently on Busted Open Radio. Ross openly discussed whether or not he believed Vince McMahon was at all intimidated about going head to head with someone with more money than him.

“You know, I don’t know if he is concerned about going head-to-head with anybody. I doubt it. I think he is bulletproof in that regard,” stated Ross. “I have said this internally with AEW; the worst mistake we can make is trying to chase WWE. We don’t need to chase WWE.

“I am sure there is concern financially about rosters. I am not officially in that department, but I asked one guy in WWE who is an under-card guy, a solid hand, who can help the younger guys earn, early 30s, and they said to me that he is not available. He just signed for a half a million dollars. He is not even on television, $500,000 just to keep him off the streets sort to speak. So yeah, I think there is a reactionary phase that is going around that AEW is willing to pay people.”

For more from Ross check out Busted Open Radio’s entire interview. Exerpts prepared by Wrestlinginc.

Vince McMahon’s XFL announces television deal

The broadcast partners for Vince McMahon’s XFL football league have been announced. The deal doesn’t include any T.V. rights fees for the companies involved, however the networks will foot the bill for production costs.

“XFL games will air on ESPN, ABC, Fox and FS1 in 2020. That includes several primetime Thursday night games on the main Fox network, one night before SmackDown LIVE’s regular time slot on the channel (effective October of this year).”

For the full rundown on the XFL and their television partners check out Cageside seats article