According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, by way of wrestlezone.com, Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Live Events Paul "Triple H" Levesque is changing how developmental talents learn to deliver promos.
He is starting to do away with word for word scripts and teach the developmental talents how to work with bullet points. This allows each talent to learn how to speak as their character and rely more on their own creative ability versus just reading what someone else wrote for them.
This is a major change for a company that, in recent years, has been harshly criticized for scripting its talent's promos to the extent that everyone sounds incredibly rehearsed and robotic. Today's Superstars have found it very difficult to connect with the WWE fans in the same way the iconic stars of the 1980s and '90s did. Superstar reliance on the scripts drawn up for them by creative has even led to uncomfortable and laughably bad moments, including Brad Maddox's latest blunder during the Highlight Reel two weeks ago.
In recent years, only the very top stars, such as John Cena and CM Punk, have been allowed the opportunity to deviate from the script. Their promos, for better or worse, have felt far more organic and natural than anything anyone in the midcard has said in three years. As a result, fans are more drawn to what those men have to say and, as a result, they remain far more over than anyone else.
Having benefited from the freedom to speak his mind through his character, and make that oh-so-important connection with the audience like he did, Triple H understands that the best way to build genuine Superstars is to allow them to integrate parts of their real-life selves into their characters. It is yet another old-school aspect he is working to reintroduce to the business.
Hall of Famers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels and Edge all benefited from being allowed shake the restraints of heavily scripted interviews and because of this, they all have at least one classic promo fans can point to as truly affecting them.
Future inductees The Rock and Mick Foley, it can be argued, would not have achieved the success they did without their strong microphone skills.
Hopefully "The Game's" latest move to better the business pays off. If it does, and if the young men and women in developmental can seize their opportunity, there may very well be a new golden era of sports entertainment right around the corner.
Or, at the very least, a silver one.
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