i don’t buy that narrative. It something they would do to lower tiers guys way before the internet existed and The revival are lower tier guys so they get those comedy segments from time to time. They did that with Jericho and christian in the early 2000 and nobody when on saying they go put in a segment like this to humiliated them. It was just part of a story just like what happened with the revival is part of a story.
Let’s face it, ever since HHH got put in charge of talent relations things have gone downhill. I feel it’s a difference of business philosophy between Vince and HHH. Vince didn’T mind losing wrestlers that were unhappy. If you were unhappy and wanted to go elsewhere, he would pretty much give you your release on the spot without even thinking about it. He pretty much did that for a good 25 years if not more. Then HHH took over Johnny Ace’s job in talent relation and HHH had a different vision of the business then Vince and the rest of the old timers in charge. He wanted to hired every big name indy stars to WWE so that his NXT brand could take off and become what it is today. The problem is, he doesn’T want to release anyone on the main roster because he’s scared of the competition.
If we know anything about Vince it’S that he’s the complete opposite of HHH in that aspect and the guy loves competition and he probably see AEW as something he can finally go into competition with and maybe beat like he did everybody else.
HHH isn’t like that, he all about trying to get as much people under contract as possible so that nobody can compete with WWE. Is a good business philosophy to have but at the same time it comes with a cost and that’s some people will be unhappy with being stuck in a dead end. The other problem is that Both vince and HHH grew up in the wrestling business and they still believe about respect for the company that made you.
When people like Sasha banks or The revival go out and throw a tantrum or somebody like luke harper goes out and publicly announce that he ask his release from the company, they will take it as a slap in the face for everything they have done for those talents and has a promoter they should. The best way to get out of your contract is just ride it out and don’t make a fuss about it or at best go to them first and don’t talk about it to anyone or publicly put it on social media, your just going to get into more trouble and that’s where they get pig headed and decide to not release you.
The sasha banks situation is a prime example of that. Like Jason agnew said on sunday night main event, Who is sasha banks without WWE? She the niece of snoop dogg, that’s pretty much it. Who is Luke harper without WWE? He just Jon Huber.
These performer sign a contract and they knew in advance what they were in store for before signing, yeah i get that they want more out of their stay in WWE but because of the mindset of the talent relations department of WWE, not everybody will get a spot and a major push on WWE television, if that was the case, we would see as much homegrown talent in NXT as we see indy darlings and since they don’t release anybody anymore like they would do when Johnny ace or jim ross had the talent relations job then they’re stuck with too many guys and not enough hours. If i were those that are unhappy right now, i would just sucked it up and do my time and respect my contract until it expires and then just not resign a new contract and go somewhere else afterward.
In the end, they all see AEW as this big savior that would hired them if they leave WWE, the reality is out of maybe 20 guys that want to leave to go to AEW, maybe 1 or 2 will make it and that’s mostly those that could bring in some of the WWE fans with them. .