You've probably heard by now that WWE chairman Vince McMahon hasn't been in a particularly good mood lately.
Sparking his ire has presumably been the consistently precipitous decline of Raw's ratings since becoming a three-hour slog.
Just before the Oct. 8 edition of the show, McMahon reportedly demoted Brian Gewirtz from head writer to mere consultant (h/t PWInsider.com).
Rash or not, it has been a while since McMahon has acted so quickly to remedy—or at least attempt to—a perceived problem.
Now, if a new report is to be believed, McMahon may have had pressure from within his company to shake up the creative team as swiftly as he did.
According to the members-only "Elite" section of PWInsider.com (as reported by WrestleZone.com's Justin LaBar), a "top talent" recently got in McMahon's face about the underperforming WWE product:
A number of top talents have approached Vince McMahon in recent weeks...
One of the top talents had a verbal back and forth with McMahon in front of everyone. In this exchange, the talent basically told Vince the writing sucks and that McMahon doesn't have his finger on the pulse of things anymore.
...The talent told him he needs to start listening to people around him...saying when WWE goes to "hell in a handbasket," it will be all Vince's fault.
Whoever it is, one would have to think it is someone with enough job security to not only be safe from a reprisal, but effectively influence the boss' decision to oust Gewirtz.
Because, let's face it, someone who doesn't have the utmost respect of McMahon would likely be dismissed on the spot for challenging the head honcho in front of other employees.
Thus, in the mostly veteran-barren land of WWE, only a handful of stalwarts emerge as likely candidates to have taken McMahon to task over WWE's direction.
Certainly, WWE Champion CM Punk is outspoken enough to have gotten onto a soapbox.
In addition, one can argue that John Cena is passionate enough about his first love, WWE, to have tried to save it from the incompetent oarsmen in charge.
That being said, if the talent in question is a wrestler, Triple H makes the most sense. He technically wouldn't have been speaking out of line given his high-ranking position and familial relationship with Vince.
Not to mention, it's reasonable to assume that Triple H's voice would've carried enough weight to have cost Gewirtz his job right before Raw went on the air this past Monday.
If it's not a wrestler, either executive VP Kevin Dunn, Jim Ross or Paul Heyman would seem like big enough personalities to have stepped up to McMahon.
A thought worth considering is that the latter two in particular would have relatively little to lose if such a backstage exchange were to have become an ugly spat.
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