Jim Cornette has given his verdict on what Triple H needs to do to shake up and improve WWE Raw and SmackDown.
Following Vince McMahon’s departure on July 22nd WWE has been undergoing arguably the biggest shake-up it has ever seen.
While on-screen changes are nothing new, Triple H as WWE’s new Head of Creative has already made a number of changes in direct contrast to the vision of McMahon. The Game has brought back a number of stars that the former Chairman released, and is allowing Superstars more freedom in promos in particular. This has led to a number of on-screen talents using previously banned words such as “wrestling,” “wrestler” and “hospital” on television.
Although the changes in language are only subtle, they mark a clear desire from WWE’s new regime to move on from McMahon’s values.
Speaking on the latest episode of his Jim Cornette Experience podcast, the legendary manager offered his opinion on how Triple H can shake up Raw and SmackDown. Cornette who worked extensively with McMahon for a number of years, explained that evolution rather than revolution will be key.
“But at some point fairly quickly, people are going to expect to see something that indicates that the show is going to get better and that they’re watching for a reason not just out of smoking the hopium. And so I don’t think, and they obviously hadn’t done this, I don’t think that they should have just said ‘oh God damn like I do a Heyman, like a Bischoff, or a sh*tstain. ‘Let’s turn on a dime, let’s just do something crazy.’
I think they are, and hopefully they are, but they should have sat down once they realised who’s going to be in charge and what’s going to be happening. Okay, how do we start pointing this thing in our vision, fix some of the issues that people have had with the programme, make it make sense, make it not so boring, whatever the problems are that they’ve identified that we all have identified.
And then within the next few weeks, something needs to happen to shake up the show, Whether they start with Raw or SmackDown, whichever. The formatting and just the sameness of everything, it’s all the same. Everybody does the same things and they talk in the same way. And you know, the angles have been overdone to, not to the AEW point where literally every single backstage promo wins in some kind of chaos, but most of them do.
But I don’t think they need to do things just in dribbles and drabs for months on end. And I don’t think they need to change the entire goddamn programme the first two weeks and maybe figure out six weeks later they’ve made a mistake, because they had a better idea, because this was a rush job, I think there’s got to be a sweet spot.
You don’t have to change the whole three hours at one time, just do something with somebody meaningful that I don’t know, God forbid, looks more like a wrestling programme and less like a game show and unexpected and with an air of violence and or realism to it. Not a car wreck for somebody’s taken to the hospital, because we’ve seen all of those.
Just do something different with somebody and start straightening the programme up to be a little less drab, fake and boring and scripted and a little more like a wrestling show.”
With the Triple H-led WWE revolution in full-swing, it was recently reported that the company recently reached out to an unnamed AEW star in attempt to get them to move across wrestling’s great divide.
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