Much has been made about a shift in mentality in WWE and NXT, and the hiring around them.
Fightful spoke with several talent following the August 6 releases, and relayed some of the concerns.
Fightful has learned a little more about the shift in mentality, hiring, and developmental for WWE, and some concerns raised about them.
We can't corroborate everything that has been reported elsewhere, and are still working to find out more, but there has been a noted shift in the development of talent. Hits to morale happened well before this past weekend's releases, with female WWE talent speaking to Fightful about their concerns for the future of their booking, as well as who would be hired to work with them, once Johnny Ace was put back in his talent relations spot.
Canyon Ceman had plenty of heat within WWE and the Performance Center, but that's also happened with nearly every person we've spoken with as it results to talent relations. However, when it became clear that Ceman was on his way out, there were a lot of concerns about what direction NXT's hiring was going. There were also some names passed on at recent tryouts that people in NXT thought were going to be a slam dunk, that a couple of wrestlers claim were red flags.
If it seems like there have been a lot of "NXT morale low" posts since the pandemic, there have been, with a noticeable shift happening since the pandemic started.
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