A former WWE employee has expressed their true feelings about what it was like attending a WWE meeting.
Since departing the company, Dan Ryckert has shared some stories about the company culture in WWE. Although Ryckert was thrilled to have been given a job with WWE, he was ready to leave by the time he departed. He admitted that the company was ruled by fear, and everyone working there was on pins and needles when it was laying off many wrestlers and backstage personnel. But there were other issues involving a podcast that Ryckert himself had to deal with while employed.
“Early on, it was a lot. I was doing some traveling, not a ton, but like wearing suits and stuff, things that I didn’t have to do before. But it’s more like running from meeting to meeting and kinda dealing with more of the corporate crap.
These meetings and stuff, they feel like they’re straight out of a dumb comedy or something where like nobody could ever be this way. I remember for instance, so we had this business partner when I first started, before the pandemic. They would fly in these experts, these podcast marketing experts from Beverly Hills.
It was always a big deal where it’s like, okay, we’re gonna have a three or four hour meeting with this company. I got pulled into this room and there’s this whole PowerPoint thing and they’re trying to think of ways to do a podcast with the New Day. The New Day, as a wrestling fan and a friend of those guys, the answer is let them talk because they are hilarious. Don’t screw with the rapport, we don’t have to overproduce this thing and put all of these segments [together] and stuff.
Ryckert continued saying how when he tried pitching a video game podcast involving him and Xavier Woods, WWE immediately shot it down. Their reasons according to Ryckert were because they didn’t believe there was much of a market for that kind of content. Ryckert also told how he wore a luchador mask to attend two AEW shows in the past. Though Ryckert has since started game streaming, it appears he still has many pro-wrestling stories to tell.
h/t – Fightful