I really don’t get the WWE sometimes. I just don’t get it.
Last night, the WWE had their “Draft”, where talent gets drafted from one show to another (RAW, Smackdown, and ECW). It’s supposed to be ‘random’, but it’s obvious that it is perfectly calculated. But the real issue is that the talent sometimes doesn’t know it is changing rosters, until that night when their name is shown on the screen.
I mean, to a degree… the wrestlers just work on different nights and go on different ‘tours’. It’s not that big of a deal.
Anyway, Jim Ross, the voice of the WWE, and really the main constant in professional wrestling, got drafted from RAW to Smackdown. Now, I have no problem with any talent or any professional being told that their job function has changed. It happens to everyone.
However, according to his blog entry, Jim Ross found out with the rest of America that he was moving to Smackdown.
So basically, the higher-ups of the WWE decided that it would be fun to let Jim Ross twist in the wind during a live wrestling broadcast about being moved to Smackdown, which in many eyes is seen as a demotion. An employee of 15 years, who has become an institution. Basically, Jim Ross is probably the greatest wrestling play-by-play man in the business.
The WWE should at least treat him with enough respect to let him know ahead of time that this would be happening. To hang him out to dry like that is just insane.
I mean the character of Mr. McMahon is a caricature of who he is, but there’s a saying in the wrestling business that you have to live your gimmick. And maybe Vince McMahon is one of those people who truly believes that the only way to stay at the top is to piss on the people underneath.
There are times when I’m disgusted that I watch this crap. Wouldn’t cock fighting be more socially redeeming?