One of the biggest criticisms that wrestling fans and critics often have with WWE’s product is that the wrestlers are often made to cut scripted promos.
As a result, the promos often come off as robotic and emotionless.
According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, AEW will not be hiring any writers. Meltzer says that promos for the talent will not be scripted:
“Legitimately they are not hiring writers and we are going to see a live two-hour show with no writers, just wrestlers coming up with storylines and going out there and having to cut promos and you know, knowing their bullet points and if they want to memorize their promos they can, if they don’t want to they don’t have to, but there’s not going to be any word-for-word stuff.”
Meltzer interestingly noted that this week on Raw, several promos were actually not scripted. This could be the start of WWE moving towards scrapping scripted promos altogether:
“By the way, on Raw this week several of the promos were not scripted word-for-word which is interesting. So, I mean it’s funny they may be copying or whatever. Let’s face it the scripted promos, we’ve all complained about them forever for whatever reason — they’re badly delivered and lifeless and all that so we’re going to a new concept and we’ll see if pro wrestling needs script writers to be effective television and you know among other things I mean the jury isn’t out for a million things when it comes to AEW, but there are going to be a lot of answers or preliminary answers [soon.]”
Meltzer did not note which stars cut the unscripted promos on Raw, but stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com for potentially more information on the matter.