WWE News: Backstage Reaction to JTG's Rant, More on Morale in the Company
News continues to leak out regarding WWE star JTG's shocking Twitter tirade last week, giving fans an intriguing insight into the plummeting morale of the company's lower-card performers.
As most know by the now, the former tag team wrestler reportedly lashed out for a few reasons, with the main issues being disappointing payoffs to lower-card wrestlers for the WrestleMania 28 event and the company's recent tour of Brazil.
It appears like these issues have been brewing for a while, and JTG was simply the only one willing to speak up about it.
Interestingly, PWI noted that management attributed the low payoffs for the South America shows to a "clerical error" and promised that the issue would be cleared up soon.
Of course, whether or not there genuinely was a "clerical error" or management were making a hasty attempt to appease their disgruntled wrestlers remains up in the air.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer notes that, though some are sticking to the story about it being a simple office mistake, the prevailing perception backstage is that JTG's complaints caused the sudden turnaround, which has won the NXT wrestler some fans in the locker room:
This text coming almost immediately after the complaints were voiced seemed telling, and JTG became very popular among the undercard wrestlers because it was seen as a guy at the lowest rung who stood up to management and everyone on the show looks to be getting more money as a result. Others will try and claim it was a coincidence of timing and the company discovered an accounting error.
As far as there being any talent issues in the future, Meltzer also provided an update on the general morale in the company right now:
The feeling was whatever problems there could have been from talent, are all quelled because the top guys are happy with their position and aren’t going to make waves, and the bottom guys can only lose their jobs if they are vocal.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops from here and whether or not this matter truly is done and dusted.
Sure, many in WWE may feel that the issue is settled, but if anger and frustration among the lower card is as prevalent as has been suggested, it seems inevitable that these issues will once again crop up in the future. Unless, of course, the company drastically changes how it relates to and deal with its lower-card performers.
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