Yesterday evening it was announced that the WWE released manager and on-air personality Brian Jossie, known to WWE fans as Abraham Washington. Washington was released, presumably for his Kobe Bryant comment last week (per TMZ).
Releasing Washington was a big mistake.
Washington was a great manager for his team of Titus O'Neil and Darren Young. The two stars were boring before Washington took them under his wing. Washington brought a much-needed talent level to the team. His mic skills, charisma and ability to turn the normal sentence into managerial and comedic gold made him an invaluable piece to his team.
For the WWE to release one of its best—if not the best—managers is ridiculous. Randy Orton and others repeatedly violate the WWE wellness policy, and yet they maintain their jobs. The big-time stars maintain their jobs because they are seen as much more valuable than the lowly manager.
Well, WWE: you are wrong.
Washington's career was just getting started. His future was bright; realistically, he would have been a manager for main-event talent sooner rather than later. Perhaps he would have taken Ryback under his wing and would have led him to heights that he can't reach on his own.
But now, it's all just talk of what could have been.
This release brings to the forefront a recurring problem in the WWE. That problem is the WWE's lack of build for non-main-event talent. The divas barely get air time and the tag division was completely ruined.
Over the past years, the WWE has transitioned away from cruiserweight wrestling by removing that championship and has decided to move into a type of comedic wrestling. Comedy where Santino Marella makes a mockery of the United States Championship and Hornswoggle retires superstars like Chavo Guerrero.
Maybe it is a sign of the times. Maybe what the average fan wants today is slapstick comedy that a five-year-old finds amusing.
That isn't what interests me.
What interests me is the good days of the WWE. The days where big-time superstars could be main-eventers or mid-carders.
The days where the Intercontinental championship was looked at as being just as prestigious as the World title. And yes, the days where big-time managers like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and Jimmy Hart helped make the WWE an interesting and enjoyable place.
With the firing of Abraham Washington, any hope for a return of the managerial era should be seriously doubted. Washington was bringing back an era of wrestling almost single-handedly.
But now, the WWE has pushed back any progress Washington made.
I hope Washington can find success somewhere else, because he surely has the talent to be successful for any company. As far as the WWE is concerned, they need to look closely at their policies. They fire someone for making one mistake made in the heat of the moment but allow wellness violators to stay?
Come on WWE. How many times has the WWE hired back Chris Masters after he failed the drug test many times over the course of his career?
The WWE truly has no regard for superstar wellness or health. What they are concerned about is making the most money in as tight-laced a manner as possible. If one superstar shows a little initiative then they are punished. Just look at Zack Ryder.
I'll even go as far to say that in today's WWE, superstars like Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho would not make it to the superstar level they reached in their day.
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