WWE Report: Vince McMahon Institutes Ridiculous Ban

Imaan Jalali@imaanjalaliFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Over the years, Vince McMahon has made no apologies for marching to the beat of his own drum.

For better or worse, the WWE Chairman is who he is—an enigma who couldn't be cracked by even the foremost shrink in the world.

Still, to be a "genius," one must be a little unconventional and offbeat compared to the rest of the general population.

Maintaining such a reputation, though, requires one to ride the fine line between the genius that guides and the insanity that is only one misstep over.

For all of his accomplishments, McMahon's decision-making has fallen by the wayside in recent years, devoid of the big picture-astuteness that made WWE the preeminent wrestling organization.

Even worse, McMahon's choices have become influenced by a shortsighted stubbornness at best and frivolous grudges at worst.

The latest example, according to Dave Meltzer's latest update (h/t F4WOnline.com), is a ludicrous ban mandated by the WWE's head honcho:

For those asking, Vince McMahon made the call Monday night not to mention Fort Wayne, which was the city Raw was being taped in. Right now one of Vince's things, and these things change all the time is that if he doesn't think the city sounds big league enough, the name of the city is banned.  A few weeks back when SmackDown was in Columbia, SC, he made the same call.  

If the WWE is truly adamant about embracing its "Universe," then such measures only serve to alienate the fans who don't live in a major metropolis.

What separates the WWE from other entertainment acts is that it reaches far and wide, attracting a hodgepodge of viewers in every corner of the nation and the globe.

As opposed to shunning its supporters who aren't "mainstream" enough, the company should appreciate the people-powered patronage no matter where it comes from.

Otherwise, if McMahon is too ashamed to have Michael Cole utter "we're live from [insert city]" on air, then he shouldn't bother to schedule a Raw there to begin with.

Not to mention, why is McMahon worrying about such a relatively inconsequential matter anyway, when he should be focusing on better storylines and shoring up the talent pool instead?