Is It Time for Vince McMahon to Step Down from Running WWE Daily?

Justin LaBar@@JustinLaBar Featured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Vince McMahon is a catch-22 of a boss. As much as you win with him is as much as you can lose with him.

He leads by example. He won't ask any talent to go out and do something he wouldn't do.

McMahon will work a stiff, bloody match as only he knows how. He'll also test a zip line first from the rafters to the arena floor before Shawn Michaels uses it for his entrance at WrestleMania 12 in 1996.

Sleep is his enemy. He can be as sick at work as he is at home. There is always work to be done. I'm sure this is more than many other people can say about their company's top executive who spends more time on a golf course than the office.

As tenacious of a work ethic to keep things moving forward is as tenacious of a work ethic that you have to try and get to slow down at the right time.

Is that time now? is reporting courtesy of, the famous rumored top star lashing out at McMahon several weeks ago involves none other than John Cena.

Cena is reported to be the top star who told McMahon he's out of touch with the product and its quality is going down.

It's something that's difficult to source and prove―but you can imagine if the top star is saying this, how many currently and who have left the company share the same viewpoint.

@CrankyVince: The popular Twitter account that parodies McMahon, posts daily depicting the Chairman as an ego-maniacal alpha male. The account has come under question in the past year on more than one occasion for leaking information. This had led questions to who and how high up, currently or in the past, the person running the account is.

In the position McMahon is in, criticism and parody has to be expected. However, if some of the biggest critics are those who are in top positions for you, executive or performer, what does that say about the state of the company?

I've said in the past on various forums of radio, print and video―there are too many hands in the pot. Sixteen creative writers plus anybody else who is going to have a say in things from talent to other top ranking officials.

Too many cooks in the kitchen and the top chef is never wrong.

A parody twitter account, I can move past. You're always going to have employees from the past or present mocking the boss in some form behind his back. The top everyday talent in John Cena who I would have to presume is making the top money, speaks up and says things are bad―reality check.

Vince McMahon is a good businessman. He would have to be to make it as long and far as he has. But being good at business doesn't mean you're good at dictating the creative direction of the content.

Take a record label executive for example. You can be a good record executive who is good at organizing the structure of and leading the company. A good record executive can gauge what general direction the focus of the company should be. This doesn't mean the record executive should walk down to the studio and write the artists' songs for them.

That's what McMahon seems to be doing.

You don't have to be the most talented/smartest person at everything. A top executive of any company's surrounds themselves with smart people.

WWE is producing nine hours of original television programming each week. Three hours for Raw, two for Smackdown, an hour each for Superstars, Main Event, Saturday Morning Slam and NXT.

The quality of the content WWE produces all comes back to the creative direction.

To me, the nine hours doesn't equal needing 16 people involved in the creative input, especially if they're going to come up with a script only for it to be rewritten for the approval of one person.

For years, wrestling territories survived off of one official booker (head of creative). One booker and in an organic process, appropriate input from select others as well as the talent involved. Not one mind running everything, but one mind leading the way with a few others providing checks and balances. The quality in many of those territories was great.

The No. 1 issue they all faced was money. Ironically, WWE has no issue with money, they have an issue with creative.

I know WWE is an entertainment company but the base of everything they do is wrestling. I don't care what Vince McMahon thinks or how ashamed he might be to be in the “wrasslin business.” Wrestling is the base of it all.

The WWE Superstar who they market to be in a movie, merchandise and anything else all starts in that 20 foot by 20 foot WRESTLING ring where they WRESTLE. They WRESTLE and that is what gains the rapport with the audience to care. They WRESTLE and then the audience knows to see them in a movie or care to buy a crazy piece of merchandise with that WRESTLERS face on it.

It's annoying to see the avoidance of the word wrestler in WWE. A friend of mine is a former WWE announcer who could never say wrestler or wrestling moves while on the air. That's like an NFL commentator not saying the word "football."

I can understand the thought process of wanting to bring people from Hollywood to help boost the entertainment aspect of creative, but I don't think its needed.

Bring in a Hollywood writer to consult on things, especially vignettes such as Kane and Daniel Bryan in anger management classes. It was a Hollywood like production with the way it was produced.

Bring in someone who can help write, shoot and edit the piece so the characters and story is told in an effective way. This isn't wrestling, this is an entertainment promo being done to further the wrestlers' characters. This is a situation which calls for Hollywood help.

The weekly creative for WWE's programs needs a maximum of five people. That's just enough people to help add or point out things to an idea but few enough to where things don't get too complicated and altered.

Then, you have to get the correct five people. It seems from things like NXT's presentation, rebirth of the tag team division―all that Triple H is working with is for the better in the eyes of the fans.

I'm excited for the future when Triple H has more final say and is leading the direction of more in WWE.

Vince McMahon has an amazing resume and biography. Agree or disagree with things he's done or about him―you have to respect the legacy he'll forever have.

Vince McMahon built the WWE. He's earned the right to decide when he's done.
As I said, Vince McMahon's a good businessman.

I want to know that he's still able to make a good business decision on who, how many and to what degree of input people have in the creative/quality direction of the product...even if he has to evaluate himself.


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